I am deeply touched by the generous welcome shown to me today and by the very great honour you have bestowed on me in granting me the chiefly title of Mal Menaringmanu.

President Tirsupe, Members of The Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs,

Halo yufala evriwan.  

[ Hello everyone. ]

I am deeply touched by the generous welcome shown to me today and by the very great honour you have bestowed on me in granting me the chiefly title of Mal Menaringmanu.

I know that chiefly titles are rarely given, and that to bear one is both a great privilege and a great responsibility.  I can only say that, as Chief Mal Menaringmanu, I will do my very best to honour the four dual principles upon which the Law of the Malvatumauri Council of Chiefs is based – namely, love and happiness; respect and honour; goodness and peace; and goodwill and service. 

I have nothing but the greatest respect for the role which this Council has played in Vanuatu's history, and for the essential place it occupies in your society today. 

President Tirsupe, I understand that you are nearing the end of your term in office. To be the highest arbiter of custom in a country with such a rich customary heritage is a solemn responsibility and one which I know you have discharged with great dignity.

I am profoundly grateful to you all for the unique honour you have shown me today and for your very special hospitality.