Tapanga Rarua applies for the registration of Holy (Healing) Water

DailyPost – Former MP, Willie Jimmy Tapanga Rarua, the holder of the lease title for the land on which the miracle water in Luganville, Santo, is located and his wife Alvin Tapanga Rarua have applied to the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) in Port Vila to register the services under the name Holy (Healing) Water.

A Notice by Luganville Municipal Council on the Property in Question to the site advising to the people that miracle water is for free

A Notice by Luganville Municipal Council on the Property in Question to the site advising to the people that miracle water is for free

The application forms lodged with the VFSC were signed on April 25, 2017 and signed by the two applicants.

An accompanying Lands Records Office document shows that an Urban Commercial Lease dated April 17, 2007 between the Lessor, the Minister of Lands and the Lessees Willie Jimmy Tanaga Rarua and Alvin Tapanga Rarua is for 75 years.

In a letter to the Commissioner of the VFSC dated April 15, 2017, Mr. and Mrs. Tanpanga Rarua said that: “As proprietors of the Property Lease Title 03/1113/053 situated in Luganville, Espiritu Santo, we wish to register the name Holy or Healing Water that is currently being used by the trespassers into our property without our consent.”

“We are also concerned of the fact that while we allow the use of the water to be free, commercial entities such as Vanuatu Ferry, Vanuatu Cargo, Big Sister and other coastal shipping agencies and even Air Vanuatu are all providing special trips to the travelling public at discounted rates to travel to travel to Santo to bathe in the Healing Water in my property,” they wrote.

They alleged these entities are abetting and are in complicity with the traveling public to trespass into their property.

“We therefore request the Commissioner to assist us to register the words or Name ‘Healing (Holy) Water Limited’ in our favor as proprietors of the property.”

The name is to only apply to the water in Luganville and not any other place, they said.

Caretakers of the water source say that upwards to 1,000 people visit the Miracle Water site everyday and between 3,000 and 4,000 on public holidays and weekends.

These people are coming from all over the country including now from nearby New Caledonia.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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West Papuan leader sees solidarity grow in NZ

International support for West Papuan self-determination cause is growing, according to a Papuan independence leader.

Benny Wenda is in New Zealand this week, raising awareness about the Indonesian-administered region of Papua, or West Papua, which he fled in 2003.

New Zealand MPs pose with the West Papua Freedom Movement's Benny Wenda after signing the International Parliamentarians for West Papua Declaration.

New Zealand MPs pose with the West Papua Freedom Movement’s Benny Wenda after signing the International Parliamentarians for West Papua Declaration.

Last night in Wellington he addressed a group of MPs, after which eleven members signed a declaration by the International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

This international organisation of MPs is calling for an internationally supervised self-determination vote in Papua.

Mr Wenda said momentum was being driven by the Pacific Coalition on West Papua, chaired by the Solomon Islands prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

New Zealand MPs sign the International Parliamentarians for West Papua declaration as Benny Wenda the head of the West Papua Freedom Movement looks on. Wellington 10-05-2017. Photo: RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins

New Zealand MPs sign the International Parliamentarians for West Papua declaration as Benny Wenda the head of the West Papua Freedom Movement looks on. Wellington 10-05-2017. Photo: RNZI/ Koroi Hawkins

“So the Manasseh Sogavare leadership is bringing a big impact on the West Papua issue. And the seven countries (of the coalition) I joined. It is bringing the West Papua case in United Nations level,” he said.

“So this is a big thing to change now. So we also got support from African, Carribean and the Pacific. So this is a growing number and solidarity around the world.”

Mr Wenda said West Papuans as a people had been through many grave challenges in the last five decades of Indonesian rule, but that they remained ever hopeful.

A growing solidarity network in the Pacific was giving them hope.

“The parliamentarians today…. Catherine Delahunty (New Zealand Green Party MP) lead a lot of MPs, bringing them in to sign their support.

“This is the best medicine, I think, for the people of West Papua. That’s why their spirit is alive even (though) they’re suffering under the Indonesian illegal occupation.”

New Zealand MPs pose with the West Papua Freedom Movement's Benny Wenda after signing the International Parliamentarians for West Papua Declaration.

New Zealand MPs pose with the West Papua Freedom Movement’s Benny Wenda after signing the International Parliamentarians for West Papua Declaration.

According to Mr Wenda, West Papuans were united under the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

Indonesian government officials have characterised the Liberation Movement as a group of Papuans living abroad which lacks legitimacy to represent Papuans.

Mr Wenda dismissed this, pointing out that the leadership of the Liberation Movement is based both in and, out of necessity, outside Papua.

West Papuan grassroots support for the organisation within Papua was massive, he said.

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