Opinion

Chris Hipkins to look into Pacific overstayer petition

New Zealand’s new Prime Minister has agreed to look at an overstayer petition that was launched by Pacific community leaders almost three years ago. The petition calls for pathways to residency to be established for...

Letters to the Editor – Monday, February 6, 2023

Use of vernacular in Parliament I APPLAUD the decision of the Coalition Government to allow members of Parliament to speak in their own language – Hindi and iTaukei – while delivering their speeches in Parliament. According to the Speaker of Parliament gone turaga bale na Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, the use of iTaukei and...

Editorial comment – Back to school

Today thousands of students around the country will pack their bags, don their uniforms and head to school for the beginning of another new year of learning. We’ve had two years of developments on the education front. We had education put on hold at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, and...

5th February

Behind the News: State media and independence

This week, one of the stories that caused a media storm had to do with the salary and bonuses paid out to Fijian Broadcasting Corporation CEO, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. A shocked FBC chairman, Ajay Bhai Amrit, announced the sacking FBC chief executive officer, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum, the younger brother of former attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and revealed that...

OPINION: Living a meaningful life

I had a chat with my son-in-law last month about our jobs (mine were years ago). I wasn’t surprised when we shared the same sentiment about life and work: the things we do daily that don’t give us joy. I felt relieved when I learned that he did not find his job meaningful. The longer...

Letters to the Editor – Sunday, February 5, 2023

The journey towards success “Never let your talents go to waste,” was the apt message that Marica Qio Yasa, who shared her story with Pauliasi Mateboto (FT 03/03), had for readers. She stated that life often threw challenges not to break one’s spirit, but to bring out one’s untapped potential. As Marica shared the challenges...

Editorial comment – A major challenge

The resignation of Flying Fijians coach Vern Cotter as head coach has attracted a lot of attention. In fact it’s going to raise a lot of questions as well, especially when we consider we are a little over seven months away from the Rugby World Cup in France, in September. Fiji Rugby Union chairman Humphrey...

4th February

Editorial comment – Unity, resilience and togetherness

As a nation we have overcome many challenges. The 2022 General Elections confirmed a change in the mood of the people. It reflected what Fijians wanted. History will confirm a large percentage of voters wanted change. As we enter the second month of the year, we reflect on this. We are reminded about numbers, the...

OPINION: Fiji’s leadership, the coalition Government

The coalition Government has been in place for over a month and we have witnessed some encouraging feats as well as lessons that we must heed. Emerging from sixteen years of a restrictive and authoritarian government, the coalition Government is the long-awaited salve to a self-censoring and hurting nation. There have been some very significant...

OPINION: It’s your freedom – so speak up and step up

Five weeks on from Christmas Eve, I think most of us are still a bit stunned at what has happened. A new government came to power in dramatic circumstances. It took not one but two SODELPA management board meetings to change it, with razor-thin margins. The same drama extended into Parliament. There was definitely a...

3rd February

Kiribati rejoins forum

A defence and security expert says there is still a lot of work to do to fully mend Pacific regional unity even with Kiribati stating its intention to rejoin the Forum. The Micronesian country’s shock withdrawal in July last year rocked the foundations of Pacific regionalism and raised questions about the power dynamics and politics...

Letters to the Editor – Friday, February 3, 2023

Up through the ranks! Reading Napolioni Likuveiqali’s story as the acting principal Customs officer border Lautoka brought alight memories of Allen Lockington, who was also a Customs officer, and had a distinguished career. Napolioni, who has spent 27 years as a Customs officer, treats each day in the Customs field as a learning experience. I...

Editorial comment – Raising standards

The revelation that our public health system is not as it should be, should inch out concern. In fact we should be concerned as a nation. Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said Fiji’s public health system was “plagued” with crumbling infrastructure and overworked staff. He said this during an event at the Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital...

2nd February

Letters to the Editor – Thursday, December 2, 2023

Stay strong, last long! Renowned Fijian academic Professor Steven Ratuva had a timely message for the coalition Government, “Stay strong, last long”. He added that it was imperative the coalition Government stayed “strong, resilient and lasted” because it had great implications for the future of Fiji’s democracy. I read his message and then pondered about...

Editorial comment – Violence on the home front

It is good to know that Minister for Women Lynda Tabuya and her ministry are working on the National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls. The aim is to help eradicate domestic violence. In fact any effort or campaign to fight this should be encouraged. It’s not going to be a stroll...

1st February

Editorial comment – A united front

We need to be watching what we eat! In fact, the food we eat could be a factor in whether we contract diabetes, a non-communicable disease, and maybe even some forms of cancers. Public health physician and epidemiologist Professor Nigel Unwin drove through this message as part of an effort to determine the causes of...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Rugby rookie on the rise Karl Tenana and co-commentators could not stop heaping praises on our rookie Batirerega and one of them said he is “all arms and legs”. Solid debut by the rookie and he should be the new star. Give him a few more games and tournaments. No fancy ending when he scores...

31st January

A decade of Greg’s life lost – When he woke up in 2017, he thought it was 2005

Greg Harvey woke up one morning in August 2017 thinking it was 2005. “I was in a panic because I thought I was going to be late to uni,” Mr Harvey said. Mr Harvey could not remember the past 12 years of his life. “Then I noticed the house all looked different. We’d had the...

Letters to the Editor – Tuesday, January 31, 2023

We need big, powerful men A big request to the selectors of the Fiji men’s 7s team. Please look for bigger physical, robust and powerful men who can compete in rucks and mauls and win turnovers and break the opposition defence. The current team is so full of small and lean players. There is an...

Editorial comment – Health care system

It is encouraging to note that attention is now focused on our health service. Health Minister Dr Atonio Lalabalavu said any help extended by the community and private sector would be welcomed with open arms. He spoke about assistance and health care delivery. There was a need for a co-ordinated effort, he said, in terms...

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