Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lelepa Office opened at Chief Roi Mata’s Domain, World Heritage site in Vanuatu

News source Daily Post, 14 May 2013: Chief Roi Mata’s Domain is the first site in Vanuatu that was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008. Chief Roi Mata is the last paramount chief in early 17th century. The property includes Roi Mata’s residence (Mangass Village), the site of his death (Fels cave in Lelepa Island) and mass burial site (Artok Island). Local communities manage Roi Mata Cultural Tours. Entirely owned by communities, local guides allow visitors to visit the sites and places associated with Chief Roi Mata. The Tours include a traditional performance depicting the time of Chief Roi Mata and a Melanesian lunch prepared by local communities. World Heritage site of the Chief Roi Mata’s Domain now has a permanent office recently opened on Lelepa Island.  The opening on 5 May 2013 marked a significant day in the history of the World Heritage site, the first World Heritage site in Vanuatu that was successfully inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008. In his remark, Mr Richard Matanik, Chair of the Management Committee of the site, acknowledged generous support of donors and partners such as the Government of Australia through the Pacific Public Sector Linkage Programme, UNESCO and UNDP for all the works done for the site since its inscription including maintenance, buffer zone protection and land use.  He invited the church groups, women’s groups and youth to use the new office space and its equipments with care as it would help them in their works. Ms Brigitte Laboukly, representative of Vanuatu Cultural Centre at the opening, congratulated the Management Committee for their commitment to the site and the completion of the office with UNDP funding, as well as community members for their continuous support towards all the projects at this World Heritage site. She also thanked the International Advisory Group for their advices and support and assured the chiefs and community on the continuous support of Vanuatu Cultural Centre. Link to story