Showing posts from January 22, 2012

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

                                    Don't Bury Medals

Medals are indeed a reflection of hard work and honesty. 113 police officers in Suva were awarded medals for long service, peacekeeping missions and bravery. These medals can be displayed at home well after the recipient has passed on.

Many people in the villages have buried medals together with the owners and on Remembrance Day there is nothing to show. Children or relatives go and march, plain cheated.

I would like to remind people not to bury medals with the owner, keep them as a visible memory of your loved ones who were awarded for the various reasons - for long service, peacekeeping missions and bravery. Even saving a life.

So plea…

Landlubber Diplomacy Won't Work in Fiji

The following article appeared in The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC :
U.S. Congressman: Landlubber diplomacy won't work in Fiji
By Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa) - 01/25/12 12:01 PM ET
In Samoa, when a tauta (landman) advances an opinion about fishing or navigation, he is met with the reply "O le va’ai le tauta" – or, "that is the opinion of a landlubber."
In response to Fiji’s 2006 coup, Australia and New Zealand have advanced a policy to force Fiji back to democracy. Based on a Eurocentric mindset that fails to take into account Fiji’s colonial history, complex ethnic mix and chiefly, provincial, religious and family rivalries, Australia and New Zealand imposed a wide range of sanctions on Fiji and cut off diplomatic channels.
Having no policy of its own, the U.S. marched in time, applying section 508 sanction law which severed U.S. aid to Fiji. U.S. sanctions, however, have had no consequence because U.S. aid to Fiji was less tha…

Tuilaepa Playing Games Again. See an American Samoa contrary position in tomorrow's Weekend Reading. Tuilaepa was cited on Radio NZ International, the Contrary Position was not

Samoa PM says there will be no Fiji elections in 2014

Goodbye PER. There Were Two Public Meetings on the Constitution in Fiji This Week. This was one of them - And look who was there!

WEEKEND READING  • Allen Lockington column • Compulsory Registration and Voting by Richard Chappell • Landlubber Diplomacy Won't Work in Fji by Eni F.H. Faleomavaega

Press Release from the Citizens' Constitutional Forum, a non-government organization that educates and advocates for good governance, human rights and multiculturalism in Fiji. We are not aligned with any political party.

Book launch marks significant milestone towards  Constitutional Development in Fiji

"The state of un-forgiveness and vengeance is a cold desolate place in which no one should linger for too long.” Those were the words of former Vice President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi at the launch of the handbook “Constitution: Making and Reform; Options for the Processes” at the Holiday Inn, Suva last night (Wednessay), hosted by the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum.

Speaking in front of over 80 invited guests, including the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, Fiji Labour Pa…

Flooding Update

Six people are now confirmed dead and 3,450 people are sheltering in 74 evacuation centres. A State of Emergency has been declared in the worst affected areas. Ba residents say the flood is the worst in living memory, far worse than 2009.The PM has appealed to citizens to offer financial support. Donations may be deposited with any branch of the Bank of the South Pacific.  NZ has given $350,000 to the Fiji Red Cross and the US and Vodafone have each donated $50,000 in aid assistance..

Where is the PM?
"Aid" from the anti-government bloggers continues with inferences of government neglect and incompetency. Just what the country needs at this time. An anonymous  Doubting Thomas (they are all anonymous and they all say much the same thing) asks why the PM was not there, in the flooded area.

Now hear this, "Tomasi"! From Nadi today the PM said:

"To all those affected by the flooding, the prayers and thoughts of all Fijians are with you-especially the families of t…

News and Comments Thursday 26 January 2012