Press Release Citizens Constitutional Forum – December 2003

This article was posted by JW and thought it should be posted because it shows how inconsistent Akuila Yabaki has been in dealing with Bainimarama and Qarase. Consider his saying how Bainimarama will take the Military to ‘new heights of professionalism and to become less politicised.’

Vinaka JW and bloggers keep up the good work. We at solivakasama with your help will continue to highlight their lies for which they will be accountable for one day.

SV Team.

Support for Bainimarama
CCF calls on Fiji Government to give extension to Commander Frank Bainimarama’s tenure when his term in office comes up for renewal in March 2004.
Since 2000 CCF has been consistent in giving robust support to Commodore Frank Bainimarama and especially in his unrelenting pursuit to bring all perpetrators of the 2000 events and the mutiny within the barracks to account and ultimate justice. We would give similar support to anyone who wants to do the same. We believe Commander Bainimarama has a plan to move the Military towards the highest standard of professionalism and that it becomes less politicized. This is a belief which is reflected in the CCF recommendation to the Defence Review Committee 2003.
Rev. Akuila D. Yabaki, Director CCF
(Press Release CCF, 17-12-2003)

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30 Responses to “Press Release Citizens Constitutional Forum – December 2003”

  1. Tracker Says:

    Yabaki’s stand has been hypocritical. He has always been inconsistent and too judgmental about everything and everyone. Now, it’s coming back to haunt him! So similar to Shaista.

    Supporters of CCF have been so disillusioned by his lack of depth and incompetence. Even the workers there were disillusioned and one or two have left because of Yabaki’s stand during this current crisis.

    At one stage, CCF was the darling of the Development Agencies, now, its an embarrasement for them to be associated with CCF.

    Now that Yabaki is supporting the participation of some political parties in the next elections, it has really shown how narrow minded and naive he is. Political parties and politicians represent the views & aspirations of the people. Affirmative action for Fijians or poor people for that matter is not necessarily discriminatory. The issues that relate to these are about choosing the right group, ensuring that laws & policies are in place and that they are strictly followed & consistent and that competent people are facilitating its implementation. Even CERD explicitly spells this out.

    Being part of NCBBF and his own warped loyalty to Frank has thrown all objectivity out of the window. Let’s all pray for the good reverend!!

    Peace & Love

  2. Mark Manning Says:

    This is indeed a good argument as to why you shouldn’t mix religion with politics .
    As I stated before , some religious leaders will blow their own trumpets and try and pretend that they alone take a high moral ground .
    Often , it is just arrogance , ego and greed which sits behind this thin veil of deceit ! They will push their own hidden agendas while pretending to represent Christianity or any other doctrine , just look at al qaeda !

  3. aubatinuku-N Says:

    The good reverend should stick to what he is trained for, the work of the Lord and not bother his righteous little self with political ideas. It is obvious to all that his head is so far up where the sun dont shine.

  4. Tracker Says:

    When his application to be readmitted to pastoral duties at the Methodist Church Conference was rejected because of his boozing, he said that he was not a hypocrite because he never preached against boozing!

    What an idiot!

  5. Jose Says:

    What you are seeing is exactly what it is. You should not be surprised. There is the apostate christianity and christians who professed to be. But there is a remnant church.

  6. Budhau Says:

    Yabaki seems to very consistent – he is with Bainimarama.

    BTW this is what Dr Steven Ratuva wrote about Bainimarama back then.

    “The appointment of Bainimarama as Commander of the Army in 1999 was precisely for the purpose of ensuring that no coup would take place again. This was related to be by a senior Fiji government official when we met in Europe way back in 1999. Bainimarama was seen as a real “professional” soldier (someone committed to oath of allegiance to the nation and state), as opposed to a “political” soldier (someone who uses the military as a means of achieving political ends), like Rabuka. He was also seen as “too green” (because he was younger than some of the more experienced senior officers who were overlooked during the appointment). Besides, he was only a seaman, being Commander of the Navy – a rather small unit – and was thus considered a “marginal” entity in as far as the land Army was concerned.”

    So the idea of Bainimarama being a professional soldier had been going around for a while.

    This whole fight seems to be about Bainimarama not backing the Speight coup – and the related conflict since then. The mutiny, some senior officers who were behind Speight being fired, Qarase joining up with coup conspirators, Qarase trying to get jailed coupsters out of jail and all that.

  7. LUVfiji Says:

    Bainimarama was viewed as still “green” and gullible; damn easy to manipulate to take care of the interest of the power hungry — that weak and failed politician; the wannabe chief, ganilua, na kai somosomo. hahaha what a laugh.. “someone committed to oath of allegiace to the nation and state”. How wrong was the analysis on the “professional” soldier !! He produced the dead opposite!

  8. natewaprince Says:

    Vore: Holy Father forgive me for I have sinned.

    Pope: This is very inappropriate my son.You cannot confess to me now,we’re having dinner with the other heads of govts.

    Vore: But father,I have to.I have committed a cardinal sin and I accidentally admitted it in the media.

    Pope: Well just tell me the gist of it and I’ll get one of the cardinals to see you later.

    Vore: Well it’s like this,I’m having it on with my male AG and I let it slip in the media that he was handsome.

    Pope: Oh no,not another of those cases.What’s becoming of this church.It seems there’s only one type of sin in this world and you’re all committing it.

    Vore: But can you help me father?

    Pope: Let’s finish dinner first then I’ll ring arch-bishop Pedro about this,OK?

    Vore: Thank you father,could you pass the urau please.

  9. IslandBoy Says:

    Akuila Yabaki is about as genuine as his fake accent. This is a complete nut job at the service of the white pseudo intellectual wannabe elite around Suva.

  10. FijiGirl Says:

    For once, I agree with Budhau.
    Yabaki has consistently sided with Vore.
    He has consistently been anti-SDL.

    He consistently confuses ‘indigenous self-determination’ with ‘racism’.

    (For more info on Indigenous self-determination, see http://www.cpsu.org.uk/downloads/indigenous_self_determination.pdf)

    Would foreign government aid agencies reading this blog please take note, and cut your funding to CCF? Vinaka.

    God bless Fiji

  11. Striker Says:

    Reverend, sacked for drinking-wannabe reverend; Yabaki is a fraud, a wolf in sheep clothing. The only good thing this coup had done is that it has revealed to one and all the hypocrites, liars, frauds, power-hungry and criminals such as Chaudary, Yabaki and others who have been the cause of Fiji’s suffering and pain. Unless we learn and get rid off them, once and for all from positions of influence and leadership, Fiji will never see good times!

  12. Peace Pipe Says:

    IB, Yabaki is a nut case indeed, like a parrot trained to repeat memorised words which in his case are “racism” and “racist”. He is an overt sapota of the pig being a member of the ncbbf – spare change ($100 daily sitting allowance) for those extra nips at the Fiji Club.

    There’s something I wish to ask the alcoholic rev “Who are you fighting for?”. Because in all of his criticisms he attacks the Fijians as culprits and trys to make out the Indos as victims. Come on rev see who are the owners of the land who through their generosity allow aliens to live and progress in Fiji. Aliens have progressed way past the Fijian and now dominate the economy. So who would logically and rightfully need the attention of govt. Of course the Fijians. Its their land their country that have created wealth for others.

  13. Pusiloa Says:

    A little bird told me a few days a go that a plane load of Indian nationals (with Indian passports)arrived in Nadi last week with job descriptions – General labourer. Can someone confirm? I’ll be interested to know. Chodo is beefing up for one man one vote election system.

  14. Pusiloa Says:

    These blerry Kulinas may be here to rejuvenate the ailing industry…..

    50-year leases for cane farms
    TIMOTHY NAIVALUWAQA
    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    INTERIM Sugar Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has assured former cane farmers 50-year leases if they return to the industry.

    National Farmers Union president Sanjeet Maharaj said Mr Chaudhry informed them that negotiations had started with the Native Lands Trust Board to secure the leases for cane farmers.

    Mr Chaudhry is also the union general secretary.

    Mr Maharaj said the initiative taken by Mr Chaudhry to attract farmers would be complemented by the grower incentive scheme introduced in March.

    Mr Maharaj said it was vital that more farmers were brought back into the sugar industry so that it would be able to reach the 4.2 million tonne target to ensure its viability.

    He also said with the increased export quota to the European Union, there was an urgent need to boost productivity.

    “The industry needs help and these types of initiatives should be welcomed by all,” he said.

    “The sugar forecast prices stand at about $55 so it is still very good to be in the industry.”

    Mr Maharaj urged all former cane farmers living throughout the country to take advantage of the initiative.

    But Fiji Cane Growers Association general secretary, Bala Dass says Mr Chaudhry and sugar authorities should concentrate on existing farmers in the industry before trying to attract more.

    Mr Dass said more farmers were leaving the industry annually because they were not satisfied with the current conditions.

    Mr Dass said even though landowners were willing to give their land to farmers, they were hesitant to remain in the sugar industry.

    NLTB officials could not be reached for comment.

    During the Macuata Bose Vanua held in Vanua Levu two weeks ago, chiefs agreed that leases for cane farmers were extended to ensure land was not left idle.

    On March 26, Cabinet approved the growers’ incentive scheme that would see farmers producing more than their farm basic allotment and being paid a bonus of $3 per tonne.

  15. Budhau Says:

    The Indians are coming…the plane, the plane. Sound like some Fantasy Island story.

    You idiots – those Indians at FSC – they were working for a Indian company that was installing Indian made machinery at FSC – they would have done the same thing if the SDL was in power.

    So what you trying to do – convince some Fijians on this “Indians are coming” conspiracy – that won’t be too hard – some of those idiots are still waiting for that $6 billion that is on the way – just tell them that the money is coming in containers at Lautoka wharf and you will have bus loads of these guys arriving in Lautoka for the money.

    As for the land leases – if is for the land owners to decide – ALTA says minimum lease is 30 years – the 50 year leases are perfectly legal as long as the landowners agrees. Those Macuata guys have realized – they need the money.

  16. Shri Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra Says:

    People, stop criticizing and start participating and creating a new harmonic Fiji.

    The Expected One.

  17. Budhau Says:

    Balaji – Participating – of course we are participating – ain’t that what we are doing here in this blog. Some of us even have bumper stickers on our cars denouncing the military regime in Fiji, I even have a Fiji flag in my living room.

    What you want me to do – leave my $18.00/hour job in Australia and go to Fiji – hell no.

  18. Shri Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra Says:

    You’re a dumb ass, Budhau. I wasn’t talking about cyber participation you degenerate viper.

    You can keep your $18.00/hour job and your 18-point IQ in Australia and leave the rest to us.

    The Expected One.

  19. Tim Says:

    @FijiGirl – absolutely correct re the confusion. It’s taken a while but New Zealand, and now Australia appear to have recognised the difference which is why the junta don’t like them – it doesn’t suit their agenda.
    As for Yabaki and his ilk – not too long ago I attended a funeral where I was reminded how many feel. He represents the seedier side of the church, still keen to contain the damage from an era when the dysfunctional clergy were shunted off to Pacific isles where hopefully no one was going to notice. Unfortunately there’s nowhere left for them to go

  20. Wailei! Says:

    We should all put Yabaki and people like him including all the IG and its supporters on an island and bomb them to eternity. Including the corrupt politicians who have benefited in this coup.

  21. Wailei! Says:

    This is from the ” FIJI DAILY POST”

    SDL to pursue Chaudhry’s tax evasion
    3-Jun-2008 10:25 AM

    THERE is a possibility that the alleged tax evasion issue by the interim Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, may resurface.

    Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanu (SDL) leader, Laisenia Qarase, said there was a possibility that his party would take Chaudhry’s tax evasion case to the Fiji Independent
    Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and Police Commissioner.

    Qarase said the issue was part of their resolutions at the annual general meeting held on May 23. He added that Chaudhry should be brought to justice.

    “The matter was just swept under the carpet. The evidence is so clear,” he said.

    Qarase stressed that the interim regime on one hand does not spare people with the slightest suspicion of corruption and in Chaudhry’s case, it was a whitewash.

    “Everybody should be treated equally,” he said.

    A tribunal appointed by the interim regime cleared Chaudhry of the alleged tax evasion.
    The Fiji Times had named Chaudhry as the minister in the alleged tax evasion scheme and
    went public with it.

    Chaudhry is now suing The Fiji Times for a billion dollars in damages.

  22. Peace Pipe Says:

    Now Chodo is embracing the policies SDL was trying to pursue in providing 50 year leases to farmers. He vehemently opposed it while he was in the parliament. He just didn’t want the credit going to Qarase thats all. Now that he has stolen power he starts to adopt the very thing he opposed to make himself out to be the hero. What a conniving snake he is. And what Bala Dass is saying is true. Why try to bring in more new farmers when the existing ones are still in dire staits in need of assistance since the EU funds are not forthcoming. Methinks the brains of Chodo are so twisted it cannot think logically and rationally.

    He now calls on Qarase to join the charter farter process to move the country forward. He realises that without Qarase and his 80%+ of Fijian support the charter cannot be legit so it would be useless. He desperately needs the charter too since it would provide immunity for him as well, thats why he is adamant and vociferously insists on having the charter quickly and before the elections takes place. He even threatens that there won’t be an election if there is no charter. Sounds exactly like the pig since both have got their asses so screwed up and need to find an escape route so they devised the charter farter for their self preservation.

  23. Shri Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra Says:

    **********Early Fiji: Staging Area For Conflict*******************

    Nobody knows precisely from where, or when, the Fijians made their way to the archipelago that became their home. The continuous pattern of islands from New Britain south to Vanuatu, separated only by short stretches of open sea, would have provided convenient passage to people of even limited nautical resources. Papuans or Melanesians may have moved slowly southward, reaching the southernmost islands of Vanuatu and somehow crossing the 500 miles of sea to the Fijian archipelago. Fijian legend describes such a migration from the Northwest, and also recounts the subsequent arrival of at least one other group which successfully established itself on the rich coastal plains and river deltas. The ancestral Polynesians had, in fact, successfully settled many coastal sites while moving southward, dislodging and occasionally co-existing with the original Melanesian inhabitants.

    When the Polynesians arrived in Fiji, the Melanesians were not firmly entrenched, having themselves arrived only recently. The Polynesians were in a position to contest the incumbent Melanesians for the possession of this resource-rich, fecund and malaria-free island group. Excavation of various coastal sites testify that the Polynesians prevailed for several hundred years. But the unexplored reaches of the Pacific ultimately beckoned, and many of them departed first to the Laus, on to Tonga and Samoa, and ultimately to their destiny as master explorers and colonizers of distant Pacific landfalls.

    Midway between two worlds, and inhabited by two peoples struggling for supremacy and possession, Fiji became a place of relentless and bloody conflict. The reports of early missionaries and traders who explored and exploited the islands in the early nineteenth century reveal details of extreme violence, cannabalism and internecine warfare. The remains of innumerable strategically located and heavily fortified villages and strongholds indicate that for hundreds of years warfare had been accepted as a normal way of life. European contact and the subsequent introduction of firearms further escalated the tradition of warfare.

    Keith Rankin: Voyagers and Villagers
    Thursday, 13 July 2000, 8:58 am
    Column: Keith Rankin

    Keith Rankin’s Thursday Column
    Voyagers and Villagers
    13 July 2000

    When crises of democracy such as those in Fiji and the Solomon Islands take place, I can do nothing other than try to understand the historical forces that are at work. I put on my macro economic-historian hat (as distinct from my macroeconomic historian hat), and like to delve a bit further into the past than most commentators do.

    These two conflicts are being played out on a multi-millennial time scale.

    The situation in Fiji has some important similarities with those in the south-west Philippines and Sri Lanka.

    Outsiders looking at a map of Fiji tend to see an island – Viti Levu – surrounded by smaller islands, one of which – Vanua Levu – is quite large. The alternative view is to see a sea – the Koro Sea – surrounded by many islands. The Koro Sea connects the politically dominant divisions and confederacies of Fiji (Central and North Divisions, Lau Confederacy). The eastern side of Viti Levu, which includes the capital, Suva, is in the Central Division. (The capital of ‘Old Fiji’ was actually the Koro Sea island of Lavuka.) The disconnected region is the economically important Western Division, which includes the international airport and most of the resorts frequented by western tourists.

    Fiji represents the geographical boundary of the old ethnic classifications of Melanesia and Polynesia. The indigenous people of western Viti Levu are ethnically like the people of Vanuatu, whereas the people of Lau are much more like those of Tonga. There is evidence that the Polynesians of Eastern Fiji are closer genetically to the Indo-Fijians than to the people of predominantly Papuan (ancient Melanesian) ancestry of Western Fiji.

    If we see thus see the Fijian problem as one in which the “real” Fijians (who live around the Koro Sea rim) are outnumbered by a coalition of outsiders (Indo-Fijians and West Fijians) with commercial nous, then recent events become more understandable.

    In history, we can broadly class the world’s peoples into three economic groups: voyagers (generally warrior peoples including for example the Tatars, Mongols, Tutsi and Masai who roamed the steppes of Asia and Africa rather than the seas), independent villagers, and subject peoples (who paid rent to overlords of voyager ancestry). Fiji was a perfect habitat for voyagers who could live in large part by extracting rent from subject cultivators. The larger islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu had more potential to generate rental income than did the smaller islands of eastern Polynesia.

    It is now generally accepted by anthropologists that ‘Melanesia’ is a misleading ethnic construct. Island Melanesia is in fact a bridge between New Guinea and Polynesia. Melanesia, however, remains a useful cultural concept. Melanesia’s village culture juxtaposes Polynesia’s expansive voyaging culture.

    4000 years ago there was no Polynesia. But there was Austronesia that encompassed the archipelagos of Southeast Asia. And there was Old Melanesia, populated by Papuan ‘village people’ who had settled the Bismark and neighbouring Solomon Islands archipelagos many thousands of years earlier, mainly during periods of ice age when sea levels were lower. The islands were closer to each other then. Rising sea levels meant that these village people became increasingly isolated from each other.

    At least two branches of the Austronesian (otherwise known as Malayo-Polynesian) population were voyagers, however. The eastern branch came to be known, through their pottery, as “proto-Lapita”. The oldest proto-Lapita pottery found so far is from Taiwan. There are linguistic links between the Philippines, Taiwan and Fujien, the province of mainland China opposite Taiwan. (Fujien sounds remarkably like Fiji!) Proto-Lapita became Lapita when, after voyaging south, they reached the coast of New Guinea.

    My interpretation of the Lapita story is as follows. I take the view that a voyaging people will always intrude upon a village people; rarely if ever will the reverse occur. The Lapita Hawaiki is possibly the island of Cebu, the central island of the Visayan (sometimes spelt ‘Bisayan’ 😉 maritime nation in the central Philippines.
    The Visayan people have, in the 20th century, become the ultimate modern day voyagers. These are the people who, more than any others, crew the tankers, container ships and tramp ships that represent the sine qua non of modern international trade.

    Proto-Lapita first voyaged north, in the millennia before 2000BC. By 2000BC, a proto-Lapita empire centred on
    Cebu would have reached to China, across the Sulu Sea to Borneo, and south to the Moluccan Islands of Eastern Indonesia.

    The first contact between Papua and Lapita was in West Papua, to the immediate southeast of Halmahera. (Halmahera and West Papua are both major flashpoints today as the modern Indonesian empire verges on disintegration.) However, the clash with Old Melanesia that defines the classical Lapita period took place on the beaches of the Bismark archipelago (to the northeast of New Guinea, to the west of the Solomon Islands) at around 1500BC.

    As usually happens when a group of voyagers successfully intrudes into a village society, the intruders will have become overlords. The hegemony of the Lapita in the Bismark region will have created a subject people, some of whom probably became slaves.

    The Lapita, from their Bismark base, traded obsidian and other items throughout their empire. Soon though, a group of Lapita voyaged further to the east. Much further. By 1000BC they had settled in Fiji (and, soon after, Tonga and Samoa), with only one major staging post, the Santa Cruz Islands that are a part of the nation we call the Solomon Islands but are outside of the Solomons archipelago. From Santa Cruz they split. Some, instead of sailing east, voyaged south, to Vanuatu, and on to New Caledonia.

    (In the meantime, back in the Philippines, the western Sulu-based people gained hegemony over what is now Northern Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, including the Visayas. Western Austronesian language forms replaced the proto-Lapita eastern variants throughout the Philippines. The Sulu mariners voyaged on to Palau, Guam and the Marianas at about the same time that the Lapita reached Fiji. 1000 years later, around 0AD, a group of western Malayo-Polynesians voyaged to Madagascar and made contact with southern Africa. Perhaps 500 years later [c.500AD] the descendants of the Lapita must have made contact with South America. In another 500 years, the settlement of New Zealand became the Lapita equivalent of the settlement of Madagascar.)

    The emergent Lapita nation had four divisions: far western, western, eastern and southern. By 0AD the Lapita nation had become ‘Island Melanesia’ and ‘Polynesia’. Ethnically, the Polynesians retained their Southeast Asian identity, picking up little more than an anti-malaria gene from the Papuans. The other parts of the Lapita “cultural complex” became much more mixed-blood, while retaining Austronesian language and culture. The economic contact between West Fiji and the other Lapita divisions ensured a much greater Papuan genetic presence in Lapita Fiji than in Lapita Tonga and Lapita Samoa.

    A mercantile culture must have developed in the west of Fiji, while a predatory warlord/landlord culture predominated in the Koro Sea. Old Fiji must have had a number of Te Rauparaha-like warlords in its 2000 years of post-Lapita history, creaming the wealth of the Western Division. The Koro Sea was so feared by Europeans in the 18th century that Captain Bligh, having been kicked off the Bounty near Tahiti, deliberately avoided Fiji on his long longboat voyage to Timor and safety.

    Fiji today is 21st century Lapita, the descendants of the first globalising people. It retains the same socio-ethnic tensions that would have arisen on those first fateful encounters between Austronesian voyagers and Papuan villagers 3,500 years ago.

    How does Fiji differ from the Solomon Islands? The Solomon archipelago was largely ‘leap-frogged’ by the Lapita intruders. I guess that means the Lapita voyagers faced effective resistance. While the Solomons became an integral part of the Lapita economic and cultural complex that emerged, the Solomons’ people themselves remained villagers. The sea passages that connected the Solomons in the eyes of the recent British, French and German intruders – the New Georgia Sound and Independence Strait – were dividers rather than connectors to the Island Melanesians who lived there.

    The commercially minded Malaitan people however seem very similar to the West Fijians. They probably played a central role in facilitating Lapita-era trade. Living on an island lacking cultivable land, the Malaitans were more able and willing to build a nation around those sea passages. Honiara, on the eastern (Malaitan) side of Guadalcanal (and on Ironbottom Sound on the west of the Independence Strait), became a kind of western outpost of Malaita. The Guadalcanal villagers are resisting the Malaitan intrusion, exactly as they resisted the Lapita intrusion 3,000 years earlier.

    In Fiji, the ingrained warrior-cum-ruler culture of the Koro Sea may never allow itself to become subject to the combined voting power of the villager descendants of slaves, servants and indentured labourers. Yet the Fijian generosity and economic inclusiveness, perhaps a Lapita cultural legacy, should lead to a rapid healing of the wounds (and another two constitutions!). The Solomon Islands on the other hand, lacking that history of constructive voyager-villager interaction, face a more uncertain road into the future.

  24. tailevu Says:

    Shri Baladeva-Balarama-Vasudeva-Subhadra oilei, no one will bother to read your comments, is this story telling?

  25. natewaprince Says:

    Cross sara ga noqu eyes.

  26. FijiGirl Says:

    @ tailevu – SBBVS thinks that if she dumps large tracts of text on this eminent blog, she will dissuade thinking people from blogging here.
    She thinks this because she has the attention span of a flea, and is unable to focus on text longer and more complex than the average New Idea article.
    Get back to your hair-straighteners, nose-jobs and yes-men, old woman SBBVS.
    You don’t need to prove your stupidity to us : we already KNOW how stupid you are.

    God bless Fiji

  27. aubatinuku-N Says:

    What the heck is Sai Baba on about? Macawa!

  28. Jose Says:

    Folks don’t worry about the Shrek, don’t even refer to that thingy.

  29. Mark Manning Says:

    Blessed are the cheese makers !

  30. IslandBoy Says:

    @SBBVS – I find your post is not an accurate reflection of the current Fiji situation. Our Indo-Fijian brothers and sisters did not “voyage” to Fiji of their own volition and were certainly not warlike conquerors.

    Your post is linear in outlook and fails to acknowledge the continuos trade and warfare between Tonga, Samoa and Fiji over centuries that plaved a very large part in the determination of their sociocultural profiles.

    It only makes sense if Fiji was the point of diaspora of the Lapita people, which you do not mention. The recent Lapita shard finds on the beaches and hills of Nadroga/Navosa blast your false history out of the water. How do you account for the ancient Tongan derived language spoken by the people in the upper most reaches of the Sigatoka valley?

    Also if you venture further to Hawaii and Rapanui, the argument falls apart as there were no previous inhabitants of these islands.

    The argument you propose is similar to the flat earth position, severely uninformed and extremely dated.

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