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DOVNC launched new region
June 30, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Maewo Island in the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia has now become a region of its own following its inauguration on June 25, 2009.

Bishop James Ligo of the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia launched the new region at Narovorovo village in Central Maewo. Narovorovo will also become the regional headquarter.

In his launching address Bishop Ligo challenged the people of Maewo to work hard and work hand in hand in order to fully realize the importance of becoming an independent region.

“The road ahead is long and you must prepare well to seriously take onboard the important work of building up your new region. You owned it therefore you must nurture it well as it begins it growth.”

The Bishop said everyone has an important responsibility to play in the region through their different ministries and roles they have and play in their society.
But warned that this responsibility must not be taken for granted as they need to work hard.

He also thanked those, whose plans and visions have materialized on that day in particular a Mothers Union leader Veve Faith Mary.

In 2002 Veve Mary came up with the idea to make Maewo a region of its own. This was then taken to the Church leaders who put their support behind it. And so it was brought before the Regional conference at Asanwari and was duly passed.
In 2005 that resolution was discussed and passed at the Diocesan Synod level at Atanonboaboa on North Pentecost.

With the recent addition of Maewo the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia now have 5 regions. Maewo used to be part of Ambae Maewo region. It currently have four districts with a population of 500 people.