Out to lunch

Blur of bright colours gets out of the car. It is Vicky Joe, woman of ac­tion and Prin­ci­pal/ Part­ner at Law Part­ners. Her colour­ful dress matches her lively and warm per­son­al­ity as we sit down to en­joy lunch at Au Fare.

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With Vicki Joe.

She first came to Van­u­atu in 1999, af­ter a one-year trip around the world with her for­mer hus­band. Dur­ing this trip, she vis­ited China for the first time, trav­el­ling to Hong Kong and Guangzhou where her fa­ther is orig­i­nally from. They stayed in Van­u­atu un­til 2002 when they re­turned to New Zealand. In 2006, af­ter her di­vorce, she de­cided to re­turn to Van­u­atu, the coun­try she now calls home. She is a prin­ci­pal/part­ner at Law Part­ners where she as­sists new in­vestors to set­tle in the coun­try. Law Part­ners is a firm of char­tered ac­coun­tants, au­di­tors and busi­ness ser­vice providers. The firm em­ploys over 20 staff flu­ent in English, French, Chi­nese and Bis­lama. Law Part­ners as­sist com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als with for­ma­tion and ac­qui­si­tion of com­pa­nies, reg­is­tered of­fice and cor­po­rate sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices, and ad­vice and as­sis­tance in ob­tain­ing VIPA cer­tifi­cates, busi­ness li­censes, res­i­dency and work per­mits. The firm also pro­vides ac­count­ing and pay­roll ser­vices, VAT re­turns, au­dit, body cor­po­rate ad­min­is­tra­tion, boat reg­is­tra­tion and more. Their clients range from large cor­po­ra­tions to small owner-man­aged busi­nesses and in­vestors. Her favourite spot in Van­u­atu is her home, ‘the view from our house over Erakor Is­land and the bay is stun­ning’. She is an early riser who loves to keep ac­tive. Up with the sunrise, she trains twice a week and takes her dogs for a walk the other three days. She has three dogs, Nico, Chillie and Scoo­bie. Since she landed in Van­u­atu in 2006, she has learned to dive, play ten­nis, play golf and is study­ing French, ad­vanced. What she loves the most about her job is work­ing with peo­ple. ‘I love the fact that I can be of help to peo­ple who are choos­ing Van­u­atu as the place where they would like to in­vest and live’. She has a lit­tle tat­too of her name writ­ten in Chi­nese on her wrist. She de­cided to get the tat­too af­ter a di­vorce as an ex­pres­sion of her own iden­tity. Her par­ents are Chi­nese but she does not speak the lan­guage. ‘I was raised in New Zealand. My par­ents wanted for us to in­te­grate so they would speak to us al­ways in English. For many years, we were the only Chi­nese fam­ily in Mt. Maun­ganui, the town where I am from’. Her week­ends are spent do­ing the things she loves, div­ing, play­ing golf, swimming and be­ing so­cial. She is a mem­ber of the Port Vila Golf and Coun­try Club com­mit­tee, a Ki­wani mem­ber and one of the or­gan­is­ers of the an­nual Ki­wa­nis’ Char­ity Golf day. Her favourite trip in Van­u­atu has been Tanna and the amaz­ing Ya­sur Vol­cano. In 2014, she made a chal­lenge with her part­ner that if she got her hand­i­cap down to 30, he will quit smok­ing. She did and he quit. He is still not smok­ing. Her guilty plea­sures are French Fries and Cham­pagne. If she could not live in Van­u­atu, she would live in another trop­i­cal is­land.

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