Nawalowalo

Is Nawalowalo so stupid in thinking that his role this time to inform Provincial Councils of the interim government’s directives before the sitting of the GCC is proper and vakaturaga?

The last time the Task Force went around, it was to obtain the Provinces view regarding the composition of the GCC, which was vakaturaga.

However, after the interim government rejected certain crucial recommendations of the Task Force, Nawalowalo simply overlooks this breach, but seems ever so keen on returning to the Provinces, only this time to lay down the law and any Province who rejects it he has the audacity to label as ‘renegade.’

It is these kinds of arrogant, elitist, spineless, insensitive and stubborn behaviour, which gives chiefs a bad name.

I ask Nawalowalo & his Task Force, what if the Provinces of Tailevu, Rewa and Cakaudrove and others refuse to join this GCC?

Do they truly believe any decision taken by ‘subordinate chiefs’ will be binding and respected on the Paramount Chiefs and Fijians?

‘Rogo kei na dokai, kua ni guta mai de ko na leqa kina.’

Tui Savu.
Townsville QLD.
Australia.

79 Responses to “Nawalowalo”

  1. Mark Manning Says:

    No disrespect to competent Chiefs , but isn’t it time the whole GCC was disbanded . It seems to have become a political football ?

  2. Tim Says:

    The term renegade I hope (despite what Nawalowalo’s intent) is taken as a compliment.
    Challenging anything that comes as the product of a coup that no one wanted other than those hoping to slither out of their responsibilities, or for personal gain at everyone else’s expense should be something to be proud of.

  3. aubatinuku-N Says:

    I am ….so so about the GCC, maybe if chiefs and clan leaders stay focussed on issues at home, closer to the heart and hearth then that should definitely qualify under the cleaning the backyard point.

    Why is it so important to have the GCC round table? If we can even call it that, when the fabric that is supposed to hold together our respective provinces is not exactly what we can call intact.

    The GCC has become almost like a nesting ground for highly inflated egos with no essence kind of supposed leadership for certain people involved. Nothing personal against chiefs but maybe we need to step away from the project and really think about what exactly are we doing dramatizing over GCC issues when obviously we have more important priorities closer to home. Certain other individuals have let the whole thing go to their heads and it is fast becomming a good tool for leverage within certain circles.

    I would suggest something like:
    Every chief or wanna be chief (in the case of Eveli Mataitini) go back home to your province, align youselves correct, fill up your storehouses and hold 0nce a year combined provincial meetings and or celebrations where people can all come together and catch up, mingle and appreciate their heritage and reconnect with or reassure ancient and/or traditional connections.

    “Jerusalem first”

    Certainly a point to consider Mark!

  4. aubatinuku-N Says:

    A chief is nothing without the people and the people are not stupid!

  5. IslandBoy Says:

    In response to Tui, yes Nawalowalo is stupid, spineless, ignorant and arrogant. However I must disagree very strongly with Mark Manning about the GCC being disbanded.

    The GCC in its original mode was the mechnism by which Fijian chiefs and well educated Fijians could express and relay the concerns of their people in a forum and process that was a parallel to Parliament and was a venerable and respected institution.

    The former Gs & GGs of Fiji, very wisely paid a lot of attention to the deliberations of the GCC. One of the best speeches ever delievered by anyone at anytime in Fiji was Jai Ram Reddy’s address to the GCC when he was invited to attend.

    He spoke eloquently and with great respect about reconciling the needs of all races in Fiji while recognising the special interests of Fijians in our common quest for peace and prosperity. But then he was a statesman while Mahen is a just another political arsehole with a bad attitude.

    The GCC certainly had many flaws and there were some less than worthy representative, but the majority of the members were real representatves of their provincial councils and it was a forum providing a platform for the articulation of our concerns.

    For Mark Manning to say it should be disbanded is akin to Khaiyum saying the GCC and the chiefly system has a use by date that has expired. This a an attempt to further erode structures that protect the rights and traditions of Fijians.

    For those of us from the renegade provinces, its working perfectly well. Through our village and tikina counciuls we have expressed our desire for a return to parliamentary government and to let the elected government make the relevant decisions, should chnage be warranted, but in full and complete consultation with the GCC.

    The head of our confederacy has heard us loud and clear and is standing by our decision. We are not going to tolerate anyone else but the Gone Marama Bale determining who our representatives on the GCC should be, Manning and Khaiyum be damned.

    A RENEGADFE REWAN

  6. natewaprince Says:

    MM,if you have nothing constructive to say,please don’t say it here.You have a habit of shooting off your mouth (so to speak) without thinking,as is obvious with your wild rantings on this site.

    The GCC and the chiefly system is what the Fijian way of life is all about. Without it,we would end up like the Aborigines in Australia where you are blogging from.

    What you are suggesting is exactly what this regime is attempting to do,for without the GCC and the chiefly system,it would mean the total collapse of all our Fijian institutions and our everyday way of life.

    If you’re against the pig and his illegal regime,please keep these types of insensitive comments to yourself.

  7. Indian Says:

    Speaking of junta whores, here is another one:

    FACE TO FACE
    With John Samy,
    Head, Technical And Support Secretariat (TASS)
    to the
    National Council to Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF)
    On the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress (PCCPP)

    1.How did you get to be part of the initial process with the proposed Charter – the setting up of the National Council to Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) and the Technical and Support Secretariat (TASS)? On whose invitation did you get involved as I understand that you stated on Close up last Sunday that Mr Chaudhry invited you. Can you elaborate on your answer please.

    I am happy to elaborate as I was not given the courtesy of an opportunity to do so in that “Close Up” progamme. Also, what I said in the “Close Up” programme has been quoted out of context and distorted in various media reports, especially by the adversaries of Minister Chaudhry.
    First, a bit by way of background.
    While still with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), I followed closely the developments unfolding in Fiji in recent years; and in doing so, I have been concerned about the stagnation and decline, about the growing poverty and constant instability. In September 2006 I wrote to Ratu Jone Kubuabola, then the Finance Minister and formerly a fellow Permanent Secretary colleague from the mid-1980s.
    At the time of the military takeover in December 2006, I was no longer with ADB; I was settled in Auckland. In January last year, Francis (Narayan) and I traveled to Wellington, at our initiative and expense, to meet with senior officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; to express our concerns about New Zealand’s not only hard, but hardening stance towards Fiji. We felt that New Zealand and indeed Australia and the international community should look at ways and means to assist Fiji deal with its fundamental problems, rather than to isolate it.
    Towards the end of February last year, when the Interim Government was working on its Road Map for the restoration of democracy, I was contacted by Minister Chaudhry. It was then, and remains now, my clear understanding that the invitation for my involvement originated from the Prime Minister; that Minister Chaudhry contacted me only upon the express request of the Prime Minister.

    2.The question that people are asking is how much are you being paid as there is a speculation that you are being paid $30,000 a month?
    This is a matter on which there seems to be a lot of speculation and interest. I should therefore respond appropriately and with due transparency.
    First, let me be very clear: I am not being paid $F30,000 a month for the role of Head, Technical and Support Secretariat (TASS). When asked to serve in this role, since no external funding was available, I took the initiative to volunteer to work on local (Fiji) market rates. In the international market, however, given my professional experience and accomplishments, for a regular assignment with the World Bank or ADB I would in fact be paid at least, if not more than, $F30,000 per month, plus per diem. In November last year, I did a one-week assignment in Madrid, Spain and for that I received about $US1800 per day.
    What I am being paid as Head, TASS has no comparison whatsoever to these figures; i.e the rates for my services in the international market. It is very much less and this Head TASS role is no “regular” assignment.
    My being here, serving in this role for NCBBF and Fiji, has nothing to do with earning money. You should recall also that in the “Close Up” programme, I indicated that for over 10 months of last year I provided my time and services free; in fact I paid for almost all of my expenses from my pocket.

    3.There has been opposition to the allowances that members of the NCBBF are receiving ($100 per seating) – do you think it fair that these people are receiving such an allowance when people are struggling to make ends meet all over the country?

    The allowance of $100 a day for the NCBBF members is fair. This allowance is only paid for the full NCBBF meetings. The first meeting was held on January 16, 08 and by the time the PCCPP work is accomplished i.e by the end of October 08, NCBBF is expected to meet a total of 4 to 5 times more. The allowance is to meet reasonable expenses, at least for those who need this. Not all of the council members need such an allowance; and already a number have so indicated. It is neither fair nor relevant to compare or contrast the NCBBF allowance to the income of other people because there is no rational basis for such comparisons.

    The NCBBF members will not confine their role only to attending the full council meetings. They are serving as National Task Team (NTT) members; and they will serve at the Working Group (WG) level. They will not be paid the $100 allowance for the NTT and WG meetings. Thus the amount of time that each NCBBF member is dedicating is much more substantial than the number of days they will sit in full council.
    I wish to make a plea on this issue: let us not be small-minded; please take a broader view, look at the magnitude and great strategic importance of the PCCPP initiative.

    4. How many of the 35 members have decided to forego their allowances and in doing so, could you explain where these (alloances) will be diverted to?
    Of the 35 members, ten (10) are from the Interim Government and they are not being paid this allowance. Of the remaining 25 members, we have received advice from five members that they will refrain from taking this allowance. During the National Task Team (NTT) meetings ten days ago, this issue was discussed. The NTTs consist only NCBBF members and, for their NTT meetings and also the forthcoming Working Groups meetings, the NCBBF members will not be paid such an allowance.

    5.Knowing that there is a tough road ahead for the NCBBF and TASS in compiling the Charter through consultation, how are you handling the criticism leveled against you and all those involved?
    There is a much broader base of support for the PCCPP initiative than is conveyed through some of the media reports.
    Where criticisms are justified, we must take these seriously. The way NCBBF and TASS must handle the justified criticisms is to seek to be responsive; to pay heed; and to look at ways and means through which we can address the genuine concerns raised.
    However, where the criticisms are frivolous, unfounded, and motivated by narrow-minded, inward-looking or parochial agendas, we have to try hard to ignore these, to move on, and to get on with the tasks on hand. There is much to do, and it is advisable not to get side-tracked from the larger and much more important purpose of the PCCPP initiative.

    6.What has the feedback been like from the PR teams which visited districts and provinces last year? Are people coming around to the idea of a Charter?
    The feedback has been very good. Most of the communities consulted support the People’s Charter idea and some contributed constructive suggestions that have been incorporated in the programme of the NCBBF.

    7.Could you explain how the $2.4m budget will be used?
    The budget will be used on the following:

    Administrative and office expenses of TASSSalaries for mainly the local staff and a few consultantsAdvertising and public relations Consultation, feedback and community outreach activities
    Administrative and organisational costs for the meetings of the NCBBF, the 3 NTTs and the 9 Working Groups (WGs)
    8.How many people declined invitations to join the NCBBF?
    As of now there are 10 who did not attend the first NCBBF meeting. I should stress that the NCBBF in its first meeting resolved to keep the doors open and for dialogue to be undertaken to try and get as many of the 10 to come on board the PCCPP initiative.

    9.Former Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi said that he was approached regarding the background of the NCBBF last year and also the possibility of being a co-chair – he declined your informal approach. Can you explain why is it you approached Ratu Joni seeing as he has publicly stated that he didn’t agree with the military takeover and the military’s seizure of political power.?
    I also personally don’t agree with the coups but it is in the interest of Fiji and its people that they take a forward looking view and to put in place solutions to Fiji’s fundamental problems that will provide sustainable results.
    Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi is a prominent and respected leader on the national stage. He is a very key stakeholder about Fiji and its future.

    9.The SDL party and the Methodist Church have stated their opposition to the Charter. Seen as both represent a large number of Fijians, do you think that views from many Fijians may not be included in the Charter if these two organisations don’t participate in the process?
    The NCBBF has decided to continue to keep its doors open to the SDL and the Methodist Church even though their leaders have declined. The NCBBF community outreach teams have access to the communities at the local level, and they have not been rejected. Also efforts have been made to start and or continue to dialogue with those who remain opposed. This includes SDL and the Methodist Church.

    10.Political parties have said time and again that the Charter should be named the Fiji Labour Party manifesto as it is speculated that Mr Chaudhry is behind the whole idea and concept of the Charter – could you confirm or deny this please?
    It is neither appropriate nor sensible for someone like me, who has no associations with any political parties, to respond to questions like this.
    What I can say is that if the Interim Prime Minister Commodore Bainimarama did not believe in this, if he did not have full ownership and commitment to the People’s Charter concept as the way forward for Fiji, then the Charter initiative would not have seen the light of the day.

    11.Who is the brains behind the concept of the proposed Charter?
    I have already referred to the originating role of the Interim Prime Minister. Also we have comments and suggestions from many people who responded to the first public draft Consultation Paper on the People’s Charter proposal issued in May 2007. Now that the process is underway, it should be through the collective will of Fiji’s people, that will determine the make up of the PCCPP.

    12.The same political parties say that instead of calling it the People’s Charter for Change, Peace and Progress, the interim Government, FLP, military should just turn it into a manifesto and let the people decide through elections if they agree with the policies and concept of the Charter – your comments please.The people of Fiji will decide acceptance of the charter or otherwise in a referendum.

    13.Given that elections date been set for March 2009 and the interim government wants the Charter in place before the elections happens – with barely a year left till the elections do you think this ample time to formulate and implement the Charter?
    It is anticipated that the political parties that will contest the March 09 general elections will all have manifestos in which the contents of the People’s Charter contents will dominate. This is if they are to be responsive to the collective will of the people of Fiji.
    The NCBBF work plan aims to complete the Charter work well before March 2009. The work programme will be reviewed as we progress along, and the sequence of activities may change, but the NCBBF seeks to complete its work programme in 10 months, that is within the election timeframe.

    14.The Interim PM has said last week that only God knows when the elections will be held – do you think will be held in March next year based on the Charter?
    The Interim Government has expressed its commitment in an international agreement to have a general election by March 2009. Only God knows why this point has still not registered into the brains of some journalists.

    15.Will future governments have an obligation to follow the Charter after elections? I ask this because the SDL party has gone on record in the past saying that whatever government that comes into power can easily dismantle and do away with the Charter – can that happen?
    If the Charter is endorsed in a referendum then it will have moral and indeed legal force on future governments to implement what the majority have said or what they want. This question will need to be posed to the political parties that contest the election and the elected government in 2009.

    16.The interim PM has stated that the Charter will take care of people like former PM Mr Qarase and would prohibit corrupt people from standing in the elections – could you explain how exactly this will be done?
    The electoral regulations on election corruption that the Attorney General has said will be formulated before the General Election will address this issue. I am not in a position to enlighten you on any detail at this early stage of the PCCPP process. Electoral reform is on the agenda of issues to be addressed by the NCBBF.

  8. lauan boy Says:

    lets pray the new GCC will sack the arsehole @Govt House before anything else….they will do everyone a great service if they do that. then install Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi as new President.

    vakamadua na Tui Vuda ….. bleary weak bastard.

  9. Inoke Says:

    Nawalowalo is only thinking of himself and is self-serving. Take Ro Filipe’s advice Nawalowalo and resign!

    From the FIJI TIMES.

    REWA chief Ro Filipe Tuisawau has called on the head of the Great Council of Chiefs taskforce team, Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo, to resign.

    This, Ro Filipe said, was because Ratu Josateki had declared his interest and availability for the position of Vice President.

    “This was while his team was still working on the consultations relating to changes to the GCC and after the GCC was unceremoniously and illegally suspended,” said Ro Filipe.

    “Such actions bring into question his professionalism and ethics. As he is interested in the Vice President’s position and as the GCC is the appointing body, it is totally unethical for Ratu Nawalowalo to continue to lead a team that is formulating the rules for the new GCC.”

    Ro Filipe said the proper and ethical thing to do was for Ratu Josateki to resign as head of the taskforce team because of conflict of interest.

    He said Ratu Josateki should also resign from the National Council of Building a Better Fiji – of which he is a member – because his public declarations make him a candidate for the vice presidency.

    But Ratu Josateki said his comments stating his availability for the vice president’s position were taken out of context.

    He said he had been asked about the vice president’s post and his response was that like any leader, he would be willing to take on the post if offered.

  10. Always 4 Fiji Says:

    John, it was no surprise to some of us who knew about your involvement with the interim government that you would head the Task Force. You told some of us yourself about this time last year. It was when you trying to recruit Fiji people living in New Zealand to be part of your team and while distributing the draft charter four months after the coup. Some of us wondered then whether your association and planning with the coup perpetrators began before the coup. John you will recall that you told some of the Labour MPs in New Zealand when canvassing for their support for the Charter and justifying the coup that you (John) have a direct line of communication with Frank Bainimarama. Your charter is like a coup in itself John! You said that you did not get paid for the 10 months you worked for the interim government last year. What were you doing? I am sure my fellow bloggers in this site and others can see through the lies.

  11. Sky Pilot Says:

    It is amazing what the international organisations pay consultants like John Samy. In doing so one would expect to hear a degree of coherence and competence coming forth from this very well paid mouth.

    Just goes to show that it is not just cream that rises to the top……

  12. Mark Manning Says:

    A solution has been found to the Lami town road potholes .
    The I.G. should disband the Military and have all ex servicemen building better roads for the Fiji community . A road going around each Island , will have the effect of taking the country forward .
    When asked by reporters if this means that by taking this road around the Island will bring one back to where they started , the spokesman for the I.G. said , uhhhh !

  13. Mark Manning Says:

    I have no opinion on and no knowledge of the GCC.
    I admit that , but if it’s not working , if it has no power , no teeth , then what is it’s role in politics , other than to elect the President and Vice President .
    If recent events are anything to go by , I suggest that the GCC , perhaps through no fault of it’s own , has become a political football .
    As an observer , i am concerned at how some Chiefs are seeming to use the GCC to promote their own personal agendas , despite the damage those decisions are having or are about to have of the Fijian community as a whole !
    That’s why I put it out there to disband the GCC .
    Where does it’s role Culturally and Politically begin and end ?
    Has the GCC become an excuse for people like Frank , to continue to have coup after coup ?
    If disbanded or at least removed from choosing the President and Vice President , would that help stop the GCC being used as an excuse for another coup ?

  14. Tim Says:

    @ Always 4 Fiji Says. Thanks for putting that on record. The grimy sleezing hoping that NZ Labour’s pragmatism and “moving on” agenda, that has somewhat stalled IS NOT the same thing as the iIG/junta catchcry “moveing forward”. One is done in the context of legitimacy and a mandate, the other is not. And it is that illegitimate context that merely serves to keep the coup culture going. This is not a coup to end all coups, it is yet another self-serving programme that merely keeps the pendulum swinging from one extreme to the other, each time p*ssing off one or more factions, and in fact further factionalising people and creating disunity. As i’ve said before, there can be no solution as long as interests groups (of whatever persuasion) think they can only gain an advantage by shitting on others.

  15. Tim Says:

    oops – got interrupted when posting – I mean that John’s grimy sleezing trying to gain favour by lobbying for sympathisers IS NOT…… etc (above)

  16. Glawyer Says:

    So since he wasn’t with ADB basically John Slimy was ‘kicking paper’ waiting for another payoff which unfortunately for us was provided by that idiot Vore.

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  18. maxgxl Says:

    SO HOW MUCH IS THE WALLOWERS SITTING ALLOWANCE ON THE NCBBF? HOW MUCH FOR THE TEAM? HOW MUCH HAS HE COLLECTED OVER THE LAST YEAR? $30,000???

    Kadavu chief Ratu Josateki Nawalowalo has denied he’s financially benefiting from his position as chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs taskforce.

    Speaking to Fijilive Ratu Josateki said it was not in his interest to benefit from his position because he was serving the interim government in taking the country forward.

    “There are some chiefs who I don’t want to name who think that I am in it for the money but let me make it clear that I am not paid to sit in the taskforce,” he said.

    “People think that we get thousands of dollars to do this when in fact we are getting nothing at all and I am doing this because I believe that the new changes to the GCC are something that is good for this nation.”

    “The only money we get covers our allowance, which is not much, and we are not complaining.”

    Ratu Josateki could not reveal how much the taskforce team was getting in allowances because it would only jeopardise the work they are doing, adding only that, “it’s not much”.

    “Some people are overreacting by saying that I’m in it for the money because as far as I am concerned I was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead the taskforce.”

  19. yaqona levu Says:

    Ratu Nawalowalo was saying the night before …during yaqona time that if there was no Indian IN Fiji we would no problems….

  20. Tim Says:

    Voreqe says: “oh stop lighting little bushfires…..you lot jus dun unnastan”!
    “here’s me, the great Voreqe, trying to move Fiji forward, and all you can do is criticise!. Why? I jus dun unna stan! You’re all jus jealous”
    Problem is Voreqe – people jus unnastan all too well.

    Shaista and iI-Arse: come out come out wherever you are – it’s time to make some more bullshit statements just to show you’re “really the champions of the people”. Chances are one or two will believe them.

    What do people think Voreqe and Chodo’s first response to the news that the Reserve Bank has turned a profit will be?
    My pick is they’ll be rapt there’s a bit of money they can use to “move Fiji forward”.
    Frank will be thinking that shot of him on discombobulatedbubu does NOTHING for him, firstly perhaps a new uniform and a bit of fluff to keep the missus quiet (poor bitch), then maybe one ot two more comforts to keep the troops happy and in line. All while he faces the dilemma of how the hell he’s going to let the troops know what’s really going on, and his plans don’t include them.
    The others – who the hell knows. Chodo it’ll be me first whilst my deluded follwers can pick up the crumbs that trickle down from my spectacular ego (oh!, and of course my concern for the working class man – jeez i nearly forgot).
    Shaista and I-Arse: Any port in a storm. Jus have to come up with a bita bulsch to keep the natives happy – hey bitch! you’re hogging that joint – pass it over
    Perhaps the latter two COULD be forgiven for the fact they’ve never grown up and still clinging to the image.
    I wouldn’t forgive them

  21. aubatinuku-N Says:

    All of the above brought up so far should serve as a wakeup call for us Fijians to really put some backbone into standing up for our rights as an indigenous group of this planet whose existence is being threatened by forces within afftected by western civilization and change in general. Change is a good thing, it’s who and how that change is handled that can either make or break our society.

    My initial post on this topic is in no way meant to suggest disbandment of our GCC it is just another of the many ways of indicating that considering the current political situation in Fiji, the Fijian people as a whole should realize that more than ever we need strong minded, honest, qualified leaders at the helm.

    The Voreqes, Shaistas, Chaudharys, Iarses, etc, etc of this world will come and go but we must NEVER EVER sell out or be fooled into losing our Heritage, our culture and our land.
    The greed of some is obvious and their end is inevitable.

    END TYRANNY!
    DEMOCRACY NOW!!
    Rerevaka na Kalou ka doka na Tui!!

  22. Linus Says:

    Just found on Fiji Village if anyone interested.

    Archbishop to Appear On Talkback Show Tomorrow
    Publish date/time: 16/04/2008 [13:01]

    Co-Chair of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, Archbishop Petero Mataca will appear in a special talkback on Fijivillage tomorrow.

    Archbishop Mataca has agreed to come on the special talkback show to address issues in relation to the National Council for Building a Better Fiji and the People’s Charter process.

    The talkback will kick off at 4pm tomorrow (Fiji Time) and can be heard through Legend FM Live Radio.

  23. ncbbf Says:

    “You Cannot Shake Hands with a Clenched Fist”
    By Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

    Those were the words running through my mind, after I received the first telephone alert on Thursday afternoon, telling me that peace vigil supporters Claire Slatter, Noelene Nabulivou, Marlene Dutta and Shirley Tagi had been arrested by police. I was on my way to Lautoka, on the invitation of the Ba Province Soqosoqo Vakamarama, to share information about our community radio initiative and peace initiatives.
    This meeting was an opportunity to extend a hand of friendship and peace, to leaders of an important indigenous women’s network in one of Fiji’s largest provinces whose geographical boundaries extend from Nadi to Tavua and out to the Yasawa Group. It was an opportunity to articulate that we, as women no matter what our ethnic background, share a vision of solidarity and that through dialogue (enabled through the exchange of information and communication) we can collectively find the solution for a gender inclusive and just peaceful and sustainable peace for our country.

    But my peace-journey albeit to Lautoka was disrupted. Throughout the remainder of the afternoon, and well into the evening, I kept vigil, as best I could, to follow events that unfurled in Suva, first at the Central Police Station, and later at the Police Mess, where my friends were being detained. What had followed were not only public outcry from NGO supporters in Fiji and other parts of the world, but the further arrest of women’s human rights defenders and peace activists, later that afternoon.

    According to my colleague, Peter Sipeli, who was amongst those detained later than afternoon, the vigil-group was treated well, but I kept asking myself, “What wrong is there in keeping watch for peace? What wrong was being done to stand in silent solidarity for women and children, for other human rights defenders in Tibet? Would we get the same treatment if we stood in solidarity for the quest for peace, and women’s participation in peace and non-violent resolution of conflicts which continue in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and other Pacific Island countries?”

    As Peter related to me, between 230pm and 1am, 17 people were arrested and detained for questioning: “230pm – Marlene called me to tell me that two truckloads of policemen came to arrest them (Claire, Marlene, Shirley and Noelene) and removed the banner and other little posters that Noelene had made. I immediately called Sharon and Shamima to inform them of what happened. Shamima and Sharon both called Richard Naidu for legal assistance. On my way to the vigil I noticed a Police truck with our banners. At the same time I received a call from Sharon who had been in touch with the four women who by now were at the Central Police Station. I headed for the police station, where I waited with them and fielded several calls from journalists. Shamima and Edwina arrived at 3pm and advised that legal assistance was on the way.”

    “I stayed at the police station while they headed for the vigil site, where women from FWRM and Aids Task Force, SWAN and other friends were. I got to the vigil between 345 and 4pm after the police arrived on the scene. Shamima was explaining to the police that this was a vigil.

    It was a peaceful and prayer vigil, in solidarity for women and children in Tibet. Shortly after that, it seems the police received further instructions to arrest the vigil members.
    Between 415pm and 430pm the members of the vigil group were taken into police custody.

    They included Tara Chetty, Naemah Khan and Unaisi (FWRM), Shamima, Edwina, Tevita and I were taken in a second truck. Other including Jane Keith Reid, AIDS Task Force of Fiji staff and a representative SWAN were also arrested. A total of 17 people were in police custody.

    When we arrived at the police station, we found that the first group of detainees was still being questioned.”

    “Half an hour later, our group was sent to wait at the Officers Mess. At about 5pm (half an hour later) Shamima managed to convince the officers in charge to continue the processing at the Mess. Interviews were conducted in pairs, and we decided that mothers and those with other family commitments should be interviewed first. This included Edwina, Naemah and Unaisi. Shamima and I chose to go last. Jane remained with her staff throughout. Marlene, Claire, Noelene and Shirley were finally released at 7pm. During this time we became more aware that there had been clear orders to arrest the vigil group, rather than simply confiscate our material and send us home with a warning.

    We were served a dinner of lamb curry, and had access to clean bathrooms and the last group of us were finally able to leave at 1am”

    What led to this event?

    In response to a call to action and international solidarity Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil was convened at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in Suva (April 7) as a mark of solidarity with the women and children in Tibet, and to amplify the call for a peaceful return to parliamentary democracy in Fiji.

    On Monday, close to 20 men and women gathered in solidarity for peace in Tibet, and to also amplify our collective voice for peaceful resolution to the social, economic and political crisis we continue to face in Fiji.

    We were representatives from femLINKPACIFIC, Fiji Women’s Right Movement, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (thank you to Shamima for helping us to re-ignite the vigil process in 2008), ECREA, CCF, NCWF, as well as Claire Slatter, Suliana Siwatibau and of course Tessa Mackenzie, a key member of our Suva Peace Vigil collective.

    We added Black Ribbons to our “Fiji Blue Ribbons” as a mark of solidarity with women and children in Tibet.

    I had been strengthened by the demonstration of solidarity, by our colleagues, in particular Shamima Ali a leading women’s human rights defender, who had not only suggested we revive the weekly vigils, and in doing so, reaffirmed the critical role of the vigil.

    We resolved that the situation regarding Tibet required a public yet silent peace vigil.
    I also received a further message of solidarity from Mosese Waqa, the Chairperson of the Interim Steering Committee of the People Building Peace network, which gave us further positive encouragement:

    “..It’s now time that we begin to encourage and support each other in our various Pacific networks to intentionally weave and sustain a tapestry of “peace circles” through initiatives across the Pacific that resonate with our local communities and have currency with national, regional and international issues. The peace vigils have been a fantastic demonstration of that. Your poignant demonstration for peace offers the public an alternative and creative way of creating civil space for airing community views amidst threats to civil society space by regimes which feel threatened by civil society sector that is serious about good and just governance. Fiji and Suva in particular is potent with great possibilities in this regard due the presence of leading activists (household names), and leading or cutting edge NGOs, most of which are women leaders and women based CSOs. The convergence of a solidarity group of truly intergenerational group of activists is so affirming of what can be achieved through working together.”

    The following day, I had been heartened by news from Ethel Suri that a vigil would be staged later this month in Honiara:

    “Reading through your email and realizing how we in our part of the world face such little trials an challenges compared to other countries. The SICA Federation of Women is organizing the Fellowship of the Least Coin and we shall be combing the prayers for peace especially for Tibet. I am glad to inform you that we will have a black ribbon and also yellow flowers. The service will this Sunday on the 13th April. ”

    This was reaffirmed by Ella Kauhue, the General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Council of Women who also added, “It is a good move by the Solomon Islands Christian Association and Federation of Women (SICAFOW) facilitated by Ms Ethel
    Suri to bring together women from all walks of life here in the capital to show solidarity with the people of Tibet especially women and children who have lost their loved ones. I am sure women leaders will be attending the event.”

    The Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil was first convened in May 2000 and continues to serve as a demonstration of non violence for peaceful transformation in Fiji and the global society. The weekly vigil is a time of reflection and solidarity for the most vulnerable in our society who face the brunt of physical and institutional violence at times of conflict. The Monday Vigil was an opportunity to gather in peaceful solidarity for families in Tibet and in our own country who desire peace.

    To “keep vigil” is to watch and to wait. It is a time to step away from busy-ness and to tend to our spirits. For many of us the recent political events have not allowed much time to think and so our weekly Peace Vigil is a time a time to stop for a moment, to find within ourselves the peace we want to see take shape in the world, to calm the mind, to listen for the still small voice inside that help us faithfully respond to the events around us and not just to react. It is a time of reflection and sharing, but it is not a passive action.

    A Vigil is a component of non-violence. Our silence during our vigil is our active demonstration that non-violence is a critical requirement for sustainable peace. It is in the stillness that the seeds of hope and the seeds of action are sown. And silence is not isolation, for when women come together for peace our silence can resound throughout the nation. This Blue Ribbon Peace Vigil Initiative signifies the ongoing commitment of the Suva Peace Vigil Collective to build on women’s peace initiatives which emerged from the 2000 Blue Ribbon Initiative, which was first convened by the National Council of Women Fiji on May 21, 2000.

    As Chantelle Khan, the Director of ECREA has also recently pointed out:

    “Advocacy and non-violent protest are legitimate approaches to peace-building. They decrease the potential for violent conflict by providing a peaceful way for people to express their opinions, create public awareness, pressure government, and work for change without having to resort to force. The arrest of our 17 activists, who were holding a peaceful vigil in protest of human rights abuses in Tibet, is not only an infringement of their right to free speech and lawful assembly, it is counter-productive to the creation of a just and peaceful society in Fiji. Did the authorities sincerely believe that 17 women, in clusters of 4 or less, peacefully standing by the sea wall, posed a serious threat to public safety and well-being? This suggests a level of paranoia that is unsettling. Rather than seeking to suppress activists, the interests of peace in Fiji would be better served by embracing non-violent advocacy as a constructive form of popular participation in society. Opposition and protest may make the interim government uncomfortable, but that is part of being a responsive government.”

    The unwillingness by interim government, military, and police forces to accept advocacy and peaceful protest as a necessary and useful part of the process of creating a just and peaceful Fiji does not augur well for building sustainable peace in Fiji. The actions on Thursday do not send the right message out to those of us who have been willing to come to the peace table, to engage in dialogue and discussion. In fact, what we are being told by these actions is you can come to the table on some issues, but don’t disagree with us on our political positions.

    It is imperative, that the interim regime reconsider the position it has taken in support of the Government of China. The interim regime must remember that as a member of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, it is also strategically positioned to recommend dialogue.

    You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
    To our brothers and sisters in Fiji, who may scoff at our actions, consider the words of
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Choose now, to act for peace. Choose peaceful solidarity, choose to be responsive not passive, when you watch the nightly news, when you see the violence in the world over, this is your time, to add to the global chorus for peace, to choose non-violence.

    It is not hard to imagine, women and men working to overcome violence –from our homes, community, our churches, our organizations, and our world. Imagine we are the seeds of peace in our country, nourished by the deep roots of the peace-builders who have gone before us. Imagine that we are the strong trunks and the fragile branches of peace reaching out in Fiji. Imagine that through our actions, we will one day see the fruits of peace, for ourselves, and for generations to come.

    To the leaders of our time, this is your opportunity to give greater consideration to calling for and providing a supportive environment for peaceful dialogue and negotiations, not only in pre-arranged forums, theatrically staged, but in informal and creative ways, so that we can all display and articulate our vision for peace.

    Be assured, we will continue to keep vigil for peace, in Fiji and the rest of the world. We will continue with our journey for peace, however difficult it may be. The blue candle we light every week, will remain ignited, because as Lisa says in her poem, this journey for peace will continue, in Fiji in solidarity for all who desire peace:”…(peace) it’s the pledge of remembrance and hope, a wish i send on its journey in the belief that being together for Tibet can turn the tide on violence in our homes, Bring back smiles in Bougainville, Solidarity in the Solomons, Change in the Cook Islands, Pressure a Pacific wave to bear down and bear fruit in Fiji…let me remind you peace that two things — this prayer, and my ocean-world bear your name and I still believe in you.”

    From the Community Media Centre

  24. ex Fiji Tourist Says:

    Go to

    http://discombobulatedbubu.blogspot.com/

    for another brilliant characterization of Fiji’s new ‘friend’, china.

  25. pengyou Says:

    @ EFT

    thanks for the pointer to the brilliant cartoon on Bubu’s page. THAT is just an example of voceqe’s new best friend. China characterises voceqe, sevele, the king of tonga as all WAIGUO PENGYOU : someone the Chinese party-state expects will carry water for them and NEVER criticize them

    Luckily, the fisherman from kiuva is used to being a water carrier – for borron’s grandchildren, for that bankrupt ganilua, for the idiotic naulukau and now, for the thief chodo!

    Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (who is fluent in Chinese) used a linguistic device during a recent speech at Beijing University. He suggests that Western countries could employ it as a model for dealing with China in the future.

    Rudd’s speech involves turning the Chinese term “friend” on its head. Friend (pengyou in Chinese) and frienship (youyi) are two of the most distorted concepts in modern China culture. In modern China, a friend is someone who will do you favors and who expects favors in return. A “foreign friend” is someone the Chinese party-state expects will carry water for them and NEVER criticize them.

    Whenever a Chinese official calls you “foreign friend” (waiguo pengyou), some type of horrible deal will soon be asked or expected of you.

    So what did Rudd do? He went back — way back — into Chinese history, to the 7th century AD, and used another word for friendship (zhengyou).

    “A true friend,” Rudd said, “is one who can be a zhengyou, that is a partner who sees beyond immediate benefit to the broader and firm basis for continuing, profound and sincere friendship….A strong relationship, and a true friendship,” he told the students, “are built on the ability to engage in a direct, frank and ongoing dialogue about our fundamental interests and future vision.”

    Former Japanese Foreign Minister Aso Taro—who might well become Japan’s next prime minister—described his 2006 meeting with then-Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing during an interview published in the February issue of Shokun! magazine.

    Here’s what Mr. Aso said. The translation is mine:

    “The chief characteristic of the Chinese government’s diplomatic stance is to give priority to their own benefit. They’ll join hands with anyone if they think it will be beneficial to them. They are a formidable country in that regard. I’ll give you an example.

    “This happened during my meeting with the Chinese foreign minister in Doha, Qatar, in May 2006. Talks (between our countries) at the foreign minister level had been suspended for some time. Li Zhaoxing kept going on and on about Japan-China friendship, but I just brushed it off and told him, “I’m not interested in that at all.” An approach and response based on emotions will at times be very damaging to the national interest.

    “He seemed suspicious of what I was saying, so here’s what I told him. I said that what we needed was “Japan-China Mutual Benefit”, and we should both recognize that Japan-China friendship was a means to that end. I took out a piece of paper, wrote 日中共益 (Japan-China mutual benefit) in kanji on it and handed it over to him.

    “When the meeting was over, he immediately came over to me and quickly extended his hand for a handshake.”

    As Mr. Aso noted elsewhere in the interview, there hasn’t been any Japan-China friendship during 1,500 years of diplomatic relations. (He wasn’t taking a hard line; he was just stating the facts as he saw them.) But he also pointed out that an examination of the long bilateral relationship shows the Japanese can disregard a few years of chilly ties without having to worry about it.

    The Australian prime minister knows enough Chinese to refuse the dubious distinction of “foreign friend”, and has enough wit to make a point by employing a linguistic gambit. Unfortunately, that is as likely to influence the Chinese as a Free Tibet bumper sticker.

    Mr. Rudd suggests that friends look beyond benefit to engage in an honest dialogue. The Japanese foreign minister understands that the Chinese accept no nation as a friend unless they benefit from it, and they’re not at all interested in honest dialogue on someone else’s terms. He knows that for China, “the broader and firm basis for…sincere friendship” is their own self interest.

    Words are pretty meaningless when dealing with people who believe political powers grows out of barrel of a gun.

  26. yaqona levu Says:

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  27. weca Says:

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  28. dazza Says:

    dredre mada

  29. senitoa Says:

    This story sounds like ridiculous drivel.

    Not to criticise this woman, but indigenous Fijians birth rate is the highest in the country – in fact the General Voters and Indo-Fijian numbers are declining and they probably have a negative birth rate? ie they are not replacing themselves with migration and not enough births to replace those who die/migrate. I would think too that on average, Fijians have more children, averaging 4-6 kids in the rural areas? More than making up for those that are not marrying, marrying later and having 1 or 2 kids!

    ===================

    Decline in indigenous population looms
    Wednesday, April 16, 2008
    The Social Welfare Department warns of a future with declining indigenous population if current trends of indigenous youths opting not to marry continue.

    Social Welfare Officer Ana Delana says there are an increasing number of young indigenous persons, more than any other ethnic group in the country, preferring a single life as opposed to a married one.

    Delana says some of the negative outcomes of such a decision are the rise in the number illegitimate children, teenage pregnancies, and general breakdown in the moral fabric of indigenous society.

    “That is a very interesting issues because if you look back on the family, particularly I’m looking at it from a Fijian perspective, in the traditional system the extended family role where parents prepare children for adult life or prepare them for marriage and going through marriage is a life transition, for adolescents and both parents have to help or guide their children, their adolescence children in choosing a lifetime partners.

    “The guidance is missing because in my view as a social welfare officer the family is focusing now on getting material things, getting jobs and a lot of material things and children are being prepared to acquire that,” she said.

    Ten years ago, most indigenous youths were marrying at the age of 20, now many tie the knot on an average a few years later at the age of 28.
    http://www.radiofiji.com.fj/fullstory.php?id=10446

  30. Mark Manning Says:

    Dazza
    ? the puchline ?

  31. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Mark, I think the punchline is “we’re all ass pennies and the illegal junta is all ass feasting ass ass pennies”
    One perspective! 😉

  32. Budhau Says:

    They should do away with the GCC having any constitutional role. Didn’t they get this expanded constitutional role after the Rabuka coup, I think they better go back to doing what they did before.

    BTW – this Nawalowalo – so you think he is setting himself up for the next Veep.

  33. Tim Says:

    pengyou’s post hits the nail on the head. And it also highlights the danger in lumping Chinese people as a whole and the Chinese Regime in one basket.
    Like Frank and cohorts, the Chinese “regime” sees friendship in terms of a transaction. – the business of friendship, preferably with some sort of profit.
    It comes from having a stubborn, “we know best – you’re just simpletons” and closed mind mentality.
    It doesn’t seem to have dawned on some people (including dedicated follwers of Frank’s fashion in the RFMF), Chodo and others that it is in their interests to keep people poor and struggling. It becomes their justification for their paternalistic and self-interest. Their raison d’etre.
    The junta has now been raging for well over a year, and before the global downturn began to hit. What ACTUALLY has been achieved? Well for one thing, the self-appointed elite have not had to struggle. Do they honestly expect the rest of the world to believe their intentions were noble LET ALONE those in Fiji struggling to make ends meet and whose positions have worsened. This junta should also realise that those not opposing the Charter and/or the entire regime DOESN’T mean they support it.
    It might just mean that they see it as the fastest way to relieve themselves of the opportunistic egos running this bugger’s muddle and return to a legitimate means of expressing their will.

  34. Seini Says:

    Well this latest from $2 man shows he is completely insane. Even as a Puppet President he would be no good to the Bainimahendra gang because he could be bought so cheaply by anyone making an offer. This man cannot be bought but he can be leased by the hour at very cheap rates. He did not earn his nickname for nothing.

  35. Corruption Fighter Says:

    Anyone about to transfer money to Fiji, hold off. Anyone wanting to get money out of Fiji, do it now. The RBF transfer of ‘profits’ to the illegal regime announced yesterday is highly suspect. Any figures produced by the Ministry of Finance or any body under the contro! of Chodopu$$ should be treated with suspicion. We just don’t know and cannot trust anything they do. Foreign exchange levels are OK, they say, because imports are falling. But exports are also falling. Gold, sugar, tourism, everything except Fiji Water, is in strife. Do not believe the illegal regime, they lie about everything. The fact is that the illegal regime probably has a huge undisclosed deficit and the Fiji dollar is about to be devalued.

    Corruption Fighte

  36. Dragon Says:

    Reserve bank making a profit???Are they now also in profit making or the are tasked with supervising fiancial institutions???

  37. John Veikoso Says:

    RATU JO NAWALOWALO to you so called fijians, dou yavu kaisi!!! ya na turaga therefore respect him for that. At least he has the courage to take us forward not like spineless so called fijians like Tui Savu who are making their money overseas and still wanting to have a say in our future. Take a break TS, concentrate on your new home and forget about this country whach you deserted!!!! GCC will now be made up of the real people who will move the country forward, sa ra kui mai na lewe ni vanua, era nai tu vakalialia o ira na turaga marama ra sagata tiko nai lakalako oqo.. sa dri yani, aubatilutu oops nuku, sa baci toso cake na Rewa river, varau mada na qalo….

  38. aubatinuku-N Says:

    http://www.fijilive.com/news_new/index.php/news/show_news/3151

  39. anon Says:

    JV drau veicai ga kei na turaga Nawawalevu qori.

    Moce Jo, boci.

  40. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Bula vinaka Jone Veikoso aka oops oops oops alot!

    You are watching your fantasy fade away!
    People like Tui Savu contribute to the Fiji economy when they come spend in Fiji which in turn pays for your wages you sorry excuse of a man!!

    And you call people like Jo Nawalowalo and Eveli Mataitini real people? Hah!!
    I pity them and you, where is Eveli Mataitini now huh? Eveli Mataitini who you said is the only blue blood of Rewa, he ran with his tail between his hind legs to the next base then he was too late to catch the ball. Well you can’t catch a ball really with 2 fists, this person is so full of himself that he even shakes hands with 2 fists just to prove my point.

    Kua mada ni via leqataka na nitou uciwai na Rewa, kimu sigai ni dau qalo na kai REWA, kimu dau ova naita! To quote my GMB, “O REWA na vanua Kalougata”, the Rewa Delta has some of the richest lands in Fiji and it’s all location, location, location. So be careful what you wish for folks! You will get it! 😉

    Jone Veikoso, did you figure out our three point plan yet?
    You never answered that one, so I will safely assume that it’s just beyond you.
    I have compromising pictures of Voreqe Bainimarama’s daughter with weapons that daddy dearest must’ve supplied her to use in her school item presentation.
    After having viewed these pictures I am wondering what the Bainimarama family is all about and what the HECK kind of school she attends. Fiji is not Zimbabwe or do we have a dictatorship going here?
    OH! By the way, she loves to hug her very large MIDORI bottle! 😉

    Sa dri yani!! 😉

    http://www.fijilive.com/news_new/index.php/news/show_news/3151

  41. Tui Says:

    Bula vinaka Ratu Veikoso. Mudou, sara vaka yalowai taki tiko i ira na tovaka tiko na matanitu dau laba qo. Qarauna, ni se tagi tiko ga na dra nei Verebasag, Malabese kei Rabaka. Na tamata e dau cavuta wasoma na vosa na kaisi, e dau vakaraita saraga na nona “background” ka dina.
    O sa turaga levu soti vakacava mo mai vei ru tiko i na loma ni blog qo. Au sa kanaka oti boy, qarauna de o yalowai vakai iaratou na family nei voreqe. Keimami qo keimami qarava tiko na kalou o Jiovah. Keimami masulaka tiko me na qai yaco ga na nona gauna na kalou. Sa sake qori o Seremaia. Sa vosataki tamana tale o Rajend. Sa ra vakaraitaka na nodra sega di dua vata na lewe ni vanua na charter kei na matanitu dau laba, dau butako, lasulasu qo.
    Au sa kerei iko mo bau yalomatua. Do not have council with the wicked for your days are numbered. Noqu vosa ga ni tatau vei iko, “sa kalougata ko ira sa yalomalua nira na taukena na vanua.”
    Kevaka o yavu taka tiko mai na nomu cakacaka kei na lomamu e na lasu, loma ca kei na dau vakadave dra, noqu vosa qo vei iko, qarauna na gusumu, qarauna na matamu, qarauna na yavamu, me kua ni kauti iko ki vua na vuni ca. Baleta na cudru ni kalou e dau dede, ia ni sa tau vei iko na nona cudru tagane, ko na qai kila kina na ca ni murimuri qase o cakava tiko!
    Free yourself from that mental slavery before it’s late. Well it’s too late for Seremaia, YOU, STILL HAVE TIME!

  42. Tui Says:

    @aubatinuku, gang those must be the “missing weapons” from the RFMF armory!

  43. IslandBoy Says:

    @Jone Veikoso – O kai vei mada o iko? Tarogi ira na turaga ni Tavuki na nona i tutu o Josateki Nawalowalo. Kevaka me bau Tui Tavuki, mani segai, yawa sara mai na Tui Naceva.

    Na sese qo a sa vosataki mada vi Adi Ateca Ganilau, nona a via claim viwekani me vosa vi iratou na gone mai GH na gauna sa ra bale kina na Gone Turaga Tui Nayau, segai ga ni kila.

    Qovia na gusuma de qai ca na ulumu.

  44. IslandBoy Says:

    aubatinuku-N – Jone segai beka ni dau vakarogoci ratou mai Drekena, dodonu me kila ni vakacalai na ka e kanaka tiko, Rewa e dau sili waca la.

  45. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Well said IB! 🙂

    Isa! Vaka sala e dau kanaka na buqu (dearly departed) 😦
    Straight to the heart for me!
    Au lomani ratou vakalevu mai Drekena!

  46. Taukei Says:

    JV vata ki Ratu Jo Nawalowalo kemu rau lako mada mai reguci noqu ka vakadabe lmao kemu drau raica mai.

  47. John Veikoso Says:

    Valoloma o naita Tu Jo ni ra spoil taki koya o ira ga na wekana mai Rewa, sa rauta me dravudravua tu ga na delta baleta na veilecaki ni nomudou vakasama na turaga naita. Lauan Boy, o kai yawa!!! sega nomu vanua mai via vosota na neimami Turaga Bale!!! LESU KI TA NIU VAKA NA KA SA VARAU CAKAVA QO O QARASE!!! I reallly dont know which sector of the fijian society you people represent, the 2cent brain? cant be kai viti because you’re critisizing Tui Vuda and Rt Jo, two paramount chiefs vei keimami na kai viti. Rewa dou sili waca la? dina sara ga na vosa ya, waca tu ga, vakaoti kakana tu ga. Go Ratu Frank Bainimarama, you’re the man for Fiji now!!!! sa dri yani vei kemuni na kaisi mo ni qai vosa mai.

  48. aubatinuku-N Says:

    God Bless you too Jone Veikoso and Company!!

    Du se totolo me lai caka na teitei, sa voleka na nomudou gauna ni lauqa!!
    E sa rui sivia na nomudou taura wavoki tu na nomudou dui dakai, levu la na vakilakila wavoki tu sigai tiko ni dua ka e rawa mai vale!!

    Levu na lasu, levu na lawaki, levu na butako!

    Go get real man jobs!!
    Ooops oops oops alot Jone Veikoso and Company!!
    E vavei du lule? Wainisula!!

  49. Striker Says:

    Kevaka meda sa na volitaki na i taukei, me keitou liu mai Lomaiviti. Me yacoga na nodratou lewa mai na Sauca, mai vei Ratu Jo Nawalowalo kei iratou na turaga!

  50. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Sa, sa!! Na kai vei mada qoka o JONE VEIKOSO??

    Tutu na sese, sa qai dua qo!!
    Too late bro, Nawalowalo pretty much manages to make a big fool of himself without anyones help at all, let alone us bloggers!!

    Blogs are like opinions, everyone has one!!

  51. jo Says:

    GCC membership

    I REFER to the comments from the Naitasiri Province Council (FT 17/4) that “the Naitasiri Provincial Council will not submit the names of the three chiefs to join the new look Great Council of Chiefs.”

    I wish to advise that the Naitasiri Provincial Co-uncil or any other provincial council does not have any role to play in the selection and appointment of chiefs to the GCC. It is the chiefs themselves in their Bose Vanua who select the three to represent them.

    That list of names is then given to the Roko Tui of the province who will forward it to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs to confirm that the nominations meet the criteria laid down in the regulations, before the formal appointment by the minister.

    Meli Bainimarama
    Permanent Secretary for Indigenous Affairs

  52. John Veikoso Says:

    True bro batilutu, all have an opinion, mine on you is that you’re a foreigner like Tui Savu, you both dont belong to this country unlike Turaga Naita Rt Joe Nawalowalo who we Fijians recognise as a true chief of kadavu and Fiji. Sorry bro but that is a fact, o kemudrau sa kaisi botabota toka mada ga.

  53. John Veikoso Says:

    True bro batilutu, all of us have an opinion, mine on you is that you’re a foreigner like Tui Savu, you both dont belong to this country unlike Turaga Naita Rt Joe Nawalowalo who we Fijians recognise as a true chief of kadavu and Fiji. Sorry bro but that is a fact, o kemudrau sa kaisi botabota toka mada ga.

  54. Tebara Says:

    JV .. Tui Savu stands for equality in all of us and backs his statements up with hardcore facts. Sega ni vaka taki iko sivia ga nomu vakataramasa vaka na BOCI… drau kalasi vata kei nomu tutua o Nawalowalo…. sega ni dua na betemudrau kina veisiga vinaka nei Viti ni mataka. Drau cakava ga na masivolo vei Vore me ra kana kina na nomudrau manivusi drau va vutuka wavoki toka qori veibogi e na siti levu o Suva.

  55. Destiny Says:

    remember… opinions are like arseholes everyone’s got one..

    @JV keep going bro, even though everyone else on site thinks you are a boci i like your comments…

  56. Tebara Says:

    kila vinaka o iko nomu favourite hole destiny!

  57. Ozombo Says:

    Destiny: You said ” ..like arseholes every one’s got one.” I say you have the biggest one.!!!!

  58. Destiny Says:

    boys boys… so much talk about arseholes… I have a fine ass thanks…

  59. John Veikoso Says:

    Destiny, Tebara and Ozombo are jealous because their boci’s are so small you wouldnt notice it from their assholes, my boci is all for your ass Destiny, keep up the good sensible constructive comments, keep smiling people its a dull day

  60. Dauvavana Says:

    Qori tobo tu na nona dau kana arse e rua na sotia Destiny kei JV. Sa mai tukuni e matanalevu na nodrau ka vuni.

    The truth shall be shouted from the roof top bahahahahhaha

  61. Tebara Says:

    On that note …lets all sign off for the week … LOL

    Great weekend to all !

  62. Destiny Says:

    @JV honey you can have my ass any day…

  63. Tebara Says:

    Isa kemudrau ..sa rauta mada na boidada ..LOL !! sa sega mai na toilet paper ni tabana ni matanitu. Dou sa na vuki taqari na drauni uto qori … LOL !

  64. Dauvavana Says:

    @Tebara

    sega drauni voivoi ko sebera ni kari se drauni salato

    bahahahahaha

    Okay happy hour at O’Reilleys here we come 🙂 🙂

  65. Tebara Says:

    lets go chill to Traps easy songs sebera ni tou wili duru i O Reillys… C U there guys … just watch out for Piggys ball wipers lukin out for us … KAILA

  66. Destiny Says:

    Am I invited to O’Reilleys? I would just love to come and show you my ass.. maybe you can also invite JV and tell him face to face what you think of him…

  67. Dauvavana Says:

    @ Destiny

    Clean your arse first as we dont want you following us around with the flies and all…………………sosovi lago jiko vei kemudrau kei JV

    Ciao and good weekend all.

  68. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Destiny can have the pole, I’ll bring my camera!

  69. John Veikoso Says:

    Dauvavana and Tebara are frequent drinkers at O’Reileys and Traps to gether with John Apted and his bum mates so Destiny change of venue, Bali Hai where rel men meet and drink.

  70. John Veikoso Says:

    Dauvavana and Tebara are frequent drinkers at O’Reileys and Traps to gether with John Apted and his bum mates so Destiny change of venue, Bali Hai where real men meet and drink.

  71. LUVfiji Says:

    And I’ll bring a blank DVD to record !!

  72. anon Says:

    JV – Bali Hai where real men meet and drink and dinau at the bar!! Dou sota kece ga vaka boi dada! ia bau kalasi toka o ira na gunu i Traps baleta era sauma rawa na gunu kei na veika qima, o kemudou mai Bali e dinau mada na gunu kei na veika qima!!!

  73. natewaprince Says:

    Destiny says JV can have her ass any day.Io,da sa kila ni qo na nodra cakacaka o ratou na media cell mai na keba.Na vei soli cici tiko ga vataki ira.

  74. aubatinuku-N Says:

    Real men go to DUBAI!! Heheheheh! 😉

  75. dredre tiko 2 Says:

    @ NP

    vinaka me lua o jv ni soli vua na ass qase nei destiny

  76. Tebara Says:

    Hahahahahahahahahaha @ dredre tikos blog entry .. !!

  77. aubatinuku-N Says:

    I just received a tip off from santa’s helpers that Bernie Bainimarama’s bebo.com profile is now blocked but only too late because those GUN Shots, excuse the pun have been saved for posterity.

    We might be able to view them again soon via Yat Sen Sec Sch website is what I hear because they will be emailed to the appropriate authorities at the sch.

    Out of the mouth of babes!

  78. Jose Says:

    O jo nawalwalo na kai veicoco. Vakatalega kina o jone veikoso na kaisi botoboto keina luveni qala.

  79. Tui Says:

    Kerekere meu digress mada mai na veitalona sa tini sara ina boidada.
    Au sa kanaka oti ni o Jone Veikoso e dau nona cakacaka voli na vaqara tagane. Dou qarauni kemodou na taciqu. O iratou mai na keba sa “short” tiko nodratou supply ni yalewa dina, sa ratou tini tiko vei iratou na “gals” mai na dakuni ni NLTB. E dua vei ira na gals qori o Destiny.
    O DESTINY EDU VEI IRA NA VIAVIA YALEWA TIKO! ESA ADVERTISE TAKA TIKO NA NONA MUIMURI I NA BLOG QO! TU NA DA!
    Laivi rau me rau qai boidada tiko, na blog me qai ga. Me vaka ni sa lala dina iko na nodrau qavokavoka, sa na tina ga na nodrau veitalaona ina benu!
    Isa tou sa masu ga me rau veivutuni ka kila ni cakacaka vakasisila na “fight-sword” earau dau cakava tiko mai QEB. Me vaka ga ni qele butakoci mai vei iratou mai Kalabu e toka kina na QEB, sa na yaco tiko mai na kudru ni vanua, sara na tini ki na vakasalewalwa na noda sotia, me vaka taki Sotoma kei Komora. Dou sa kila vinaka tika nai talanoa kei Sotoma kei na cudru ni kalou e tau vei ira na dau fafafine tiko mai Nabua. Qarauni kemudou!
    Anyway food for thought for you coup apologists from todays FT. Bit by bit we chip away on the walls, and it will collapse. LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY, GOD BLESS FIJI!
    —————————————–
    ‘Council not as representative as anticipated’
    FREDERICA ELBOURNE
    Wednesday, April 23, 2008
    THE composition of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji is less representative than what had been initially hoped for, the Independent Monitoring Group said in its first report yesterday.

    The group’s request for President Ratu Josefa Iloilo to make public the report in the interest of transparency was approved yesterday. Prepared by a three member team comprising Geert van Linden, Amy Chambers and Robin Nair, the group said a central requirement for the council was that its membership be broadly representative of Fiji society.

    The group said it hoped to meet those who’d left the council and those who refused to meet.

    “As for the independence of the PCCPP process from the (interim) Government, the IMG heard expressions of concern from people it met about the participation of the interim Prime Minister as co-chair, and about the large number of Cabinet members involved in the process, some times in prominent positions.”

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