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Jinny Ruben


Our Manager Jinny, is a proud kiwi, married to a Ni-Vanuatu for 20 years now, and mum to 4 gorgeous children. She is also a life coach and occupational therapist. Jinny has lived in Vanuatu for 13 years now, she and her husband own a cargo/passenger shipping business. Jinny took on the role as manager of 16 Degrees South on August 2018. Starting with a portfolio of 9 properties, she has passionately grown the business up to showcasing more than 30 properties within a year. She believes ‘it’s all about relationships’ and she invests in building them with the owners, the guests and the team.

She will be your first contact and will ensure that your holiday starts on the right foot, stays on the right foot and ends on the right foot. She is always happy to provide recommendations, advice, or anything else that might pop up during your stay. Everything is a pleasure for Jinny; so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Larissa Kalmet

Administration Officer

Larissa is our wonderful Administration Officer at 16 Degrees South, helping Jinny with all the bookings and payments with an attentive care to your needs. Larissa is from the Banks Island (up north), and is married with 2 children. She is very creative and enjoys making jeweler; she also loves cooking.  With a background in administration and accounts, Larissa then joined the 16 Degrees South team in 2017 as head of housekeeping. This has given her an excellent knowledge of the houses, which helps with booking and administration.

Christopher Malili

Marketing Officer

Christopher, is our marketing “guy” that looks after all of our advertising: website, rentals platform accounts, social media etc… He is also our photographer, shooting the new properties ready for listing. With a formal educational background in economics, he worked 4 years as an accountant for Tusker, the famous local brewery. Very interested in marketing and design, he was then transferred to the marketing department, where he had to learn on the job. He then joined the 16 Degrees South team on July 2018. He likes spending his own spare time on editing short video clips about Vanuatu. Funny and friendly like any Ni Vanuatu, Christopher, “man Malekula” likes to promote his so called “Vanuatu Paradise” to others.

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