Thursday, February 27, 2014

VTO invited on National Liberation History tour

Ms Hilda Lini takes guests through the tour.
On Thursday 20th February 2014, to commemorate Lini Day on 21st February, VTO Information Officer Michaela Aurthur, and the Events and Trade Manager Mr Sebastien Bador were invited to partake and witness the launching of the Freedom Tour or National Liberation History guided tour, by Ms Motarilavoa Hilda Lini and from Gahena’s Travel & Tours. At 03.00pm the duo boarded the tour bus and stopped in front of several historical sites very much linked with fight towards Vanuatu's Independence when Vanuatu was colonized by the British and French.
These monumental buildings included the first parliament house ever built in Port Vila, the British Resident Commissioner island, the current parliament house, the British Paddock, and French prison cells. Onboard the tour were pivotal freedom fighters who fought alongside Vanuatu's Father of Independence, the late Father Walter Lini, who was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Vanuatu in 1980, 30th July. These honorable individuals were Mr Kalkot Matas Kelekele and Mr. Ati George Sokomanu (Vanuatu's first Head of State), and Mrs Hilda Lini (sister to late Walter Lini). The tour ended at 4pm at the Maliudu Nakamal, Tagabe, and the launching was officiated by Mr Kalkot Matas Kelekele.