United in Peace we progress statue

United in Peace we progress Statue in front of Vanuatu Parliament House. Design by: Allan Palmer

" From the past to the present the strength of a nation has been, still is and always be, the unity of it's people. If people are to be united, then family unity must prevail. If the laws, principles and customs of nation assist the families to be united peacefully the country can only progress."

The husband is the head of the family and leads his family to the future with confidence. The wife is the pride of her husband. Her and her children are beatiful, dressed well and healthy. The parents represents the elderly generation.
This means that she cares for her family and looks after their health
The son is looking towards the future that his father is pointing to
He holds a book to his chest which shows that he cherishes education as the road to progress
The daughter in her mums arm represents the individual Ni-Vanuatu's feeling in a display of peace and security and also represent the future of the country.

To listen to the live interview between Allan Palmer (Statue designer) and Buzz FM96 Vanuatu explaining the meaning of the statue, please click here.

Part of the interview script in the audio:

Kizzy Kalsakau: Some Vanuatu history is not told, only a few people know about them. The new generations don’t know anything. I’m referring to something that you designed. It’s the family statue in front of the Parliament House.

Allan Palmer: Yes, I heard some rumors about some people claiming this and that about the statue. It came on the 10th anniversary of independence in 1990. The committee of the independence celebration, of course because of us supplying vehicles to them during that grand celebration they were going to have, they asked me if I had any other ideas or anything. I said no it’s only an idea, because I like history, I said why don’t you create a statue. I didn’t intend it to be in front of Parliament. For me it’s a statue in town where people could look at it and think about peace and unity. You can be united by force, but you have to be united in peace, then it works.

So, when the committee heard that, that was it. I left them and forgot all about it. But then some months later I received a letter from the Minister of the Government of Vanuatu asking me if I could create a statue. And I accepted.

But I’m not a sculpture, I’m not an artist. I can give an idea, and the idea is of a family because it all comes to the family first because when you look at a nation, what makes a nation, powerful? It is when the family is united, people are united, they sit down and they talk together and then it can only progress. I’m not talking about my own knowledge, no, I don’t have that knowledge. I’m talking about when people study books, I’m not going back 2,000 years, 3000 years, just look at 1st world war, 2nd world war for example. Just an example. As soon as the First World War in 1918 ended up, because it’s a hundred years now, the world created a league of nations to put peace. But in the 1930s it was demolished. Then we came to 1942 – 1945, Second World War. As soon as the war finished, what the nations thought was the best thing to do, they decided to form the United Nations. That word, United, and when you look at its charter, its aim, — Chapter One, first paragraph: The aim of the United Nations is to put peace and security worldwide. But it all boils down to the family.

So, my aim was to show in town a stature that would symbolize a family. The husband or the father being the head of the family. Now, I’ll talk a bit about the husband. The father, I made him out to be Melanesian, because it is a Melanesian country. So, if you look at the statue, he is Melanesian. He is healthy, he is strong, you can see his muscles. He is healthy and his finger is pointing towards the future. So, he’s caring about his family to make sure it progresses on. Then he holds his wife with his arm. So, he cherishes his wife. He looks after his wife. And if you have a look at his wife, she’s well-dressed, she’s got pearls, so he is looking after her. So, I made the wife like a half cast, because it tells us color is not important, it is not the color that he wants, it’s the heart. And then there is the young boy in the front. He’s about 10 or 11 years old and he cherishes a book. He’s holding a book on his heart. And that can be regarded as sacred education and can also be spiritual education because Vanuatu’s Motto: Long God Yumi Stanap, In God We Stand. That was the Motto when the country became Independent until today. It is a Christian country indeed. It is a very religious country. And so, that little boy is educated at high school he learned spiritual education as well.

Then I made the little girl. She could be 4 years old and being held by her mother and her head is lying on her mother’s side, like she is at rest, at peace. She feels secure. She’s in the family that is united in peace, not forced, but united in peace and love and she’s at rest. And then because the husband looks after her so well, and she wants to go where he goes, he points to the future. The whole family looks towards the future with him. They are all looking towards the future because they trust the head of the family – the father.

So that was the main idea – putting the family together so that the nation can have a family that sticks together, it is united in peace, well educated, in good health, then the nation can only progress.

Kizzy Kalsakau: The statue came with a motto?

Allan Palmer: The idea was to have a family united in peace and love. So, I put this in French, English and Bislama – ‘United in Peace We Progress’. The words are on the white marble down at the bottom or base of the statue. A lot of people do not see it, but if you have a look down at the bottom on a white marble there (now reddish brown). It was done by China.

(Extracted from Vanuatu Daily Post)

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Members of 1st Legislature

Ministers of the 1st legislature of the 1st Parliament from 1980 to 1983.

Hon. Father Walter H.Lini Prime Minister
and Minister of Justice
Hon. Fred Kalomuana Timakata First Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Home Affairs
Hon. Donald Kalpokas Minister of Education
Hon. Willie Korisa Minister of Health
Hon. John Naupa Ministry of Public Works
Hon. Thomas Reuben Seru Ministry of Primary Industry
Hon. Kalpokor Kalsakau Ministry of Finance
Hon. Sethy reganvanu Ministry of Lands
Hon. George Worek Minister of Agriculture

Members of the 1st legislature of the 1st Parliament from 1980 to 1983

Hon. D.Poilapa Member for Efate
Hon. N.Roselyn Member for Banks/Torres
Hon. G.Worek Member for Banks/Torres
Hon. S.Bule Member for Pentecost
Hon. K.Vocor Member for Luganville
Hon. Amos Andeng Member for Ambrym
Hon. W.Nalan Member for Aore/Santo
Hon. A.Obed Member for Malekula
Hon. A.Nanua Member for Efate
Hon. J.Vira Member for Aoba/Maewo
Hon. T.Tungu Member for Aoba/Maewo
Hon. A.Maliu Member for Santo
Hon. G.Leymand Member for Malekula
Hon. A.Karearu Member for Malo/Aore/Santo
Hon. A.Ruben Member for Malo/Aore/Santo
Hon. J. Taritonga Member for Epi
Hon. A. Malere Member for Malekula
Hon. J.Hopa Member for Ambrym

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Members of the 3rd legislature of the Parliament from 1987 to 1991

Onneyn Tahi Vanuaku Party Ambae
Harold Colin Qualao Vanuaku Party Ambae
Samson Bue U.M.P Ambae
Amos Andeng U.M.P Ambrym
Jack Tungon Hopa Vanuaku Party Ambrym
Charles Godden Vanuaku Paty Banks/Torres
Luke Titinson Dini U.M.P Banks/Torres
Andes Jacques Carlot U.M.P Efate
Joel Pakoa Lao Mansale U.M.P Efate
Donald Kalpokas Vanuaku Party Efate
Chilia Jimmy Meto Vanuaku Party Efate
Jimmy Simon Vanuaku Party Epi
Alfred Masseng U.M.P Luganville
Edgell William Vanuaku Party Luganville
Boe Roger Jerry Vanuaku Party Maewo
Lingtamat Anatole Vanuaku Party Malekula
Sethy John Regenvanu Vanuaku Party Malekula
Adrien Malere UMP Malekula
Paul Telukluk UMP Malekula
Alleh Rantes Vanuaku Party Malekula
Simeon Ennis Vanuaku Pary Malekula
Nipake Edward Natapei Vanuaku Party Other Southern Islands
William Mahit Vanuaku Party Paama
Walter Hadye Lini Vanuaku Party Pentecost
Boulekone Vincent UMP Pentecost
Gaetano Bulewak UMP Pentecost
Basile Tabi Vanuaku Party Pentecost
Sela Molisa Vanuaku Party Santo/Malo/Aore
Vohor Serge UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Harry Karaeru UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Rene Luc FMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Vuro Baravu Andrew
UMP Santo/Malo/Aore
Kavcor Wass Vanuaku Party Santo/Malo/Aore
David Kari Vanuaku Party Sherpherds
Fred Kalo Timakata Vanuaku Party Sherpherds
Henry Iouiou Vanuaku Party Tanna
Iaris Naunun UMP Tanna
Iolu Johnson Abil Vanuaku Party Tanna
Keasipai Song UMP Tanna
Daniel Iamiaham Vanuaku Party Tanna
Kawai Thompson UMP Tanna
Maxime Carot UMP Port Vila
T.R Willie Jimmy UMP Port Vila
Maria Crowby UMP Port Vila
Hilda Lini Vanuaku Party Port Vila
Barak Tame Sope Vanuaku Party Port Vila

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Members of the 5th legislature of the Parliament from 1995 to 1998

Hon. Andeng Amos MP   Ambrym
Hon. Bakon Gideon Fred MP   Malekula
Hon. Bangabiti Amos MP   Pentecost
Hon. Bangtor Daniel MP   Ambrym
Hon. Bahavus Josiah MP   Malekula
Hon. Boulekone Vincent MP   Pentecost
Hon. Bue Samson MP   Ambae
Hon. Bule Allen MP   Pentecost
Hon. Carlot Louis MP   Efate Rural
Hon. Dickinson John
MP   Banks/Torres
Hon. Edgel William MP   Port Vila
Hon. Hakwa Silas MP   Ambae
Hon. Jimmy Imbert MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Iauko Henry MP   Tanna
Hon. Willie Jimmy MP   Port Vila
Hon. Kalpokas Donald MP   Efate
Hon. Karie Robert MP   Tongoa
Hon. Kilman Sato MP   Malekula
Hon. Lango Demis MP   Paama
Hon. Lauha Jeffrey MP   Tanna
Hon. Lini Hilda MP   Port Vila
Hon. Lini Walter H MP   Pentecost
Hon. Varasmate Willie Ollie MP   Epi
Hon. Maseng Alfred MP   Luganville
Hon. Metmetsan Cyriaque MP   Malekula
Hon. Meto Chilia Jimmy MP   Efate
Hon. Molisa Sela MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Morrisen John Willie MP   Malekula
Hon. Muelsul Edouard MP   Pentecost
Hon. Nafuki Allan MP   Southern Islands
Hon. Nako Charlie MP   Tanna
Hon. Natapei Edward Nipake MP   Port Vila
Hon. Natuman Joe MP   Tanna
Hon. Naukaut Shem MP   Tanna
Hon. Naunun Iarris MP   Tanna
Hon. Pasvu Philip MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Ravutia Albert MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Soksok Vital MP   Malekula
Hon. Solomon John Lee MP   Tongoa/Shepherds
Hon. Song Keasipai MP   Tanna
Hon. Sope Barak Tame MP   Efate
Hon. Tabivaka Paolo MP   Luganville
Hon. Tamata James Adin MP   Maewo
Hon. Tari John MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Taribe Louise MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Telukluk Paul B MP   Malekula
Hon. Titeks Jackleen R MP   Malekula
Hon.Vohor Serge Rialuth MP   Santo/Malo
Hon. Wetin Edgel MP   Banks/Torres

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