Monday, October 22, 2018

Fiji Election: Accusations all round

Unity's Nabulivou on FijiFirst's undemocratic ways;
SODELPA's Rabuka's tax liabilities; calls for a Leaders' debate, NFP's Prasad's claim of 12 years of Government incompetence.

Former PM and SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka has admitted in his court caution interview that he had failed to declare all his assets, liabilities and income to the Supervisor of Elections contrary to the Political Parties Act.

NZ Labour Day: What We've Gained and Lost


Our thanks to London carpenter Samuel Parnell (1810-1890) whose insistence in 1840 on eight hours work, eight hours sleep and eight hours recreation started it all.
The story goes that  a fellow passenger on the Duke of Roxburgh, shipping agent George Hunter asked him  to build him a store at Petone when they arrived in February 1840. Parnell's response has entered New Zealand folklore:

Sunday, October 21, 2018

How to Treat our Oceans like National Parks

A TED talk. Listen to David Lang on how to treat  our oceans like national parks


Oscar Kightley on the Cultural History of Samoan Tattooiong

Courtesy,  pn141
Tatau is an extraordinary book tracing the painful rite of passage and art form that has endured for 3000 years.
The play began with a group of Samoan men, bare chested and wearing yellow lavalava, walking to the centre of the stage, laying down some mats and sitting down for a ritual that’s been practised continuously for thousands of years – traditional Samoan tatau.  Read more.

Child Poverty: We No Longer have a Welfare Net. Government Needs to Get a Move On

Janet McAllister* let's fly at our collapsed "welfare system" and Government sluggishness in tackling the child poverty problem.                                    
Here is what she has to say. For the full article,  click this link.

Due to inflation and rising rents, we do not currently have a welfare net; it’s more of a platform submerged so deeply in water that people who fall on to it can’t breathe, even standing on tip-toes.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

A New Meaning for "Multi-Culturalism?"

At the investiture with Governor-General Patsy Reddy. pn138
Also -- Academic warns about  Chinese influence in our elections.

Alex Braae in The Bulletin thinks Jamie-Lee Ross's secretly recorded tapes raise "huge questions for National" not because they broke the law or proved Simon Bridges breached the Electoral Act by not disclosing a large donation —which they didn't— but because of ethical and other issues. 

The tapes prove Bridges knew about the donation from multi-millionaire Yikun Zhang, who National had nominated for the Order of Merit.  

Petrol Price Realities -- Jane Clifton in the NZ Listener, and Brian Fallow on fuel prices and inflation

Also -- Brian Fallow "How Petrol Prices will hit home." How Fuel Prices will Hit Home."


A PM made gassy with fuel-price billiousness lets rip with a good blurt.    By Jane Clifton

Not very flattering, NZ Listener.  pn139
It's hard to see how petrol prices can be brought down without Government regulation.
Most political leaders relish what might be called their “gutsful” moments – typified by Helen Clark, who used to preface drastic action with, “People have had a gutsful of …”

Not all gutsful moments are great “Build a wall/Drain a swamp” theatre. John Key’s were a bit yeah/nah, but you could tell he’d finally taken the hatchet to an issue when he omitted to say he was “relaxed” about it. Bill English struck without warning. He had such a gutsful of Housing New Zealand that it woke up one morning to the news that all its properties were to be transferred to private charities. This didn’t eventuate, as few charities wanted them either – which underlines that the key to a successful gutsful moment is to have one’s ducks in a row so that decisive action can follow immediately.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fiji Election Update 19 October

"Fear God and honour the King."  pn 142
FijiFirst, SODELPA and the National Federation Party are each fielding 51 candidates, the number of seats in Parliament plus the Speaker.

The Fiji Labour Party, HOPE (Humanity, Opportunities, Prosperity, Equality) and Unity Fiji parties have between 25 and 28. The People's Democratic Party and Freedom Alliance Party will not contest the election, choosing instead to respectively work with SODELPA or the FLP. There are no Independent candidates. 

Don Brash finally made it to Massey

Don Brash finally made it to speak at Massey. Its Political Society and "free speechers " are happy. 

Did he say anything unexpected? No. Not really. We already know his views on Maori and the Treaty of Waitangi. 

Weekend Reading 20-21 October

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■ Jane Clifton and Brian Fallow on Petrol price realitiespn39

■ A new meaning for "multiculturalism.'
Satire on the Jamie-Lee Ross and Simon Bridges saga. pn138

■ Child poverty. We not longer have a welfare net. Government needs to get a move on. pn135

■ The environment. Listen to a TED talk on treating the oceans like national parks. pn140
■ The cultural history of Samoan tattooing. Oscar Kightley.  pn141

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fiji: Govt has stabbed the stomach of our people by putting 9% VAT on basic food items - Prasad

By Vijay Narayan, Dhanjay Deo and Mohammed Feroz
Wednesday 17/10/2018

National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad campaigning in Tabia, Labasa with the NFP team
National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad says this government has stabbed in the stomach of our people by putting 9% VAT on basic food items that were previously zero rated.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pacific Islands Weekly: October 17th: Posts on Fiji, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, PNG

A sample of Pacific Island fruit.  pn132
Rabuka to appear onViti Straight Talk tomorrow, Thurdsay, at 7pm.
♦ SODELPA would introduce minimum wage of $4 a hour.
♦ NFP would raise wages in stages. 
♦ 63,000 people eligible to vote.
♦ Latest poll result. See pn130.
♦ Fiji has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council.

♦Seven objections against political party candidates contesting next month’s general election were received yesterday as the Electoral Commission ended the objection period at 4pm.
The objections: