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Waiting for a bus …

I spend a lot of time waiting for a bus when in Vanuatu. The past 12 months, I estimate I've taken 650 bus trips, injecting around 100,000 vatu (that's about $1,300 NZD) into the bus economy :) Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai…

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Women Walking In Futuna

See what we’ve been up to …

A little taste of what we experienced when visiting the southern islands of Futuna and Aniwa. This is what we call impact. Making a difference in Vanuatu. Tackling "period poverty". Thanks to the the Frontier Innovators programme of DFAT Australia.

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Period. End of a Sentence.

Menstruation, periods, rags, Aunt Flo, or sik mun (if you are in Vanuatu) –  whatever you call it – “it” is certainly attracting a lot of media interest these days. Academy Awards In fact, ‘Period. End of Sentence’ just won…

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Empowerment has many faces

Empowerment of women can happen on many levels and has many faces. In terms of empowerment with Mamma’s Laef, people tend to think of the “empowerment” being, “having access to good menstrual hygiene pads”,  or “receiving education / awareness”.  Mamma’s…

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No more sales

The day has finally arrived and my final GST return can be completed.   The website shop has closed.   For those lovers of Lav Kokonas Virgin Coconut Oil, I'm sorry, but I have been unable to find an alternative NZ supplier…

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The End

...   but some things will continue. After 5 years of trading products from Vanuatu to New Zealanders, I'm finishing that part of the Lav Kokonas journey, effective from 1st April 2017. So get in while you can.   Everything has 20%…

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