“Retired” Vanuatu Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones talks about the “audio posts” at his Secret Garden retreat.
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“It has been my decision alone to retire as my health has deteriorated rapidly in the last three years.
“I have been lucky. I came to Vanuatu only 4 years after cyclone Uma had destroyed the place. I came here in 1989 with $8000 and one of those small early Macintosh computers and the first Apple laser printer. Nowadays I would not have been allowed in with only Vt800,000!
“I screwed up when I first arrived by putting girls in mini dresses wrapped around tamtams on a wall calendar and was fined by paramount chief Willie Bongmatur, but I was lucky and my little business started growing.
“Our PM around 1993 was Maxime Carlot Korman, and it was he who gave me the approval to launch a newspaper when I was a foreigner.”
– From the Vanuatu Daily Post last month.