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Political Parties Need New Strategies

We cannot rush this process but we can educate people
By Alumita Durutalo
July 9, 2013 | Filed under: Fiji News | Posted by: By ROSI DOVIVERATA The old political parties have to rethink strategies and broaden their reach ahead of next year’s general elections, says academic expert Dr Alumita Durutalo.  And all parties need to have employment creation as a key platform to attract the new, young voters, she says.

Dr Durutalo recently joined the Indigenous Studies and Pacific Islands Studies programmes at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Previously at the University of the South Pacific, Dr Durutalo lectured in Politics and International Relations. One of her courses was on Political Parties, Elections and Democracies in the Pacific.
Here are her thoughts on the progress towards the elections – and how the parties shape up: Views on registered parties
The formation of parties is a positive step towards the return to representative democracy in Fiji. Political par…

Well done Fiji Airways!

Auckland Airport 2013 Awards Announced - 12 July 2013
Auckland Airport has announced the winners of its 2013 Airline of the Year Award and 2013 Aeronautical Service Provider Award

Judy Nicholl, General Manager Aeronautical Operations, says the annual awards recognise excellence by the service providers and airlines at Auckland Airport.

“The Aeronautical Service Provider Award recognises the achievements of border and government agencies and ground handlers, all of whom play a critical role in the passenger experience and operational success of the airport.”

 “The 2013 Aeronautical Service Provider Award winner is the Ministry for Primary Industries. This acknowledges the Ministry’s very positive engagement in various process-improvements and initiatives, including a project to increase voluntary bio-security compliance by external Chinese passengers arriving at…

Two Faces of International Power: Fiji and Egypt

By Scott MacWilliam In July 2013, a military regime overthrew and imprisoned an elected Prime Minister and government, jailing as well as killing regime supporters. The US, Australian and New Zealand governments have done little more than warn their citizens about the possible dangers of travelling to that country as the protests against army rule escalate. The Australian Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr, a USA-phile and most suitable deputy sheriff has been conspicuously silent about a democratically-elected government being overthrown in a coup.  Foreign aid has continued from the USA, including military aid despite ostensible bans against such assistance: a get-out clause in the relevant legislation has been invoked to permit the continuing provision of arms and other aid. No travel bans have been put in place against any of the coup-makers or the new regime’s top officials, even as the death toll among civilian protesters rises. IMF officials are now more willing to advance a mas…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Life Goes On

It was mid day in Lautoka when I went into town. As we neared the CBD, we had to slowdown because of the heavy traffic, people crossing at pedestrian crossings, jay walkers, slow vehicles, cars doubled parked and people crossing dangerously. Then we stopped at the City Mall and the eateries were full of people. And the supermarkets were full. Taxis, legal and illegal were doing brisk booming trade. I saw people crossing the road with supermarket shopping carts full of groceries going to their parked cars. Four wheel drives were everywhere.

At a supermarket I spotted a family, a lady was with her children and husband pushing the cart full of cheap groceries. At the cashier the total was $185. The man pulled out his ATM bank card and the cashier asked, “Do you need cash back sir?” He looked at his with who nodded and he said, “$150 please. The card was swiped the groceries paid for the man received the cash, gave $100 to his wife and took the $50 and w…

Views on Policies Towards Fiji

Foreign policy towards Fiji up for debate From RNZI News
Fri 12 Jul 2013  Zealand--- Foreign policy experts, students and diplomats have been mulling over how best to handle Fiji. The approaches discussed at Otago University’s annual Foreign Policy School ranged from crude horse-trading to long-term strategic planning. As Radio New Zealand International Sally Round reports, there was no right answer, but plenty of debate. Fiji’s first coup leader Sitiveni Rabuka used the military dictionary to describe contrasting foreign policy towards Fiji before and after the latest coup. SITIVENI RABUKA: When you look at the actions of Australia and New Zealand and some other former friends we had and you look at what China is doing, who is being tactical,who is being strategic? The Australian High Commissioner in New Zealand, Michael Potts, agreed Canberra, for one, has taken a tactical approach. MICHAEL POTTS: Australian voters feel quite strongly about the events in Fiji over three deca…