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[Bislama, either from Fijian vatu, stone, or from a kindred word in a Malayo-Polynesian language of Vanuatu (perhaps chosen as the name for the currency because of its phonetic similarity to Vanuatu), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *batu, stone, from Proto-Austronesian; akin to Tsou (Austronesian language of Taiwain) fatu.]


(Currencies) the standard monetary unit of Vanuatu


(ˈvɑ tu)

n., pl. -tus.
the basic monetary unit of Vanuatu.
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One man only he found who approved of his project, and that was Ra Vatu, who secretly encouraged him and offered to lend him guides to the first foothills.
John Starhurst journeyed up the sluggish Rewa in one of Ra Vatu's canoes.
This canoe was also the property of Ra Vatu. In it was Erirola, Ra Vatu's first cousin and trusted henchman; and in the small basket that never left his hand was a whale tooth.
The Buli of Gatoka, seated on his best mat, surrounded by his chief men, three busy fly-brushers at his back, deigned to receive from the hand of his herald the whale tooth presented by Ra Vatu and carried into the mountains by his cousin, Erirola.
"It is the whale tooth of Ra Vatu," he whispered to Starhurst.
"Ra Vatu is soon to become Lotu," Starhurst explained, "and I have come bringing the Lotu to you."
"Ra Vatu has arranged that we should be well received."
For Vatu and her fellow market mamas, the opportunity to boost their own businesses and that of people producing island-made items came with the redevelopment plans for Vanuatu's storm-damaged seafront.
In two cases (Vatu vola vola na vu and Maqere), the sites are located on ridges at a relatively higher altitude, overlooking a large valley and the sea, respectively.
Income generation had three key objectives: notably paying school fees (which are roughly Vatu 40,000 per year, plus transport costs, for high school, and Vatu 9000 for primary school).
Vatu describes this in terms of her knowledge that domestic work is about being used and simultaneously feeling useless because of racialization in terms of one's color or foreigner status: "And, I mean, imagine how you feel, it's just like--you feel like being used.
After the passing of the bill in Parliament in November 2005, all incoming and outgoing passengers to and from Vanuatu will be legally obligated to declare to the Department of Customs cash exceeding one million Vatu in possession (approximately $9,100).