Opinion

Point of Origin | Jannif in the ’60s (Part 3): St Paul’s, UE year, Maori culture and the twins

The 1960s are not referred to as the swinging ’60s for no reason. The cultural revolution against the old-world ways by the new world youth truly heralded the age of Aquarius. From the technological advancements...

Beading her way to FJFW | Helen Oro – First Nation indigenous fashion designer of Canada

We at Fiji Fashion Week are preparing ecstatically to receive the first group of indigenous First Nations people of the Pelican Lake Band from Saskatchewan in the middle of Canada. Fashion and Jewellery Designer Helen Oro is from the Pelican Lake Tribe of the Bear Creek Clan. She is “thrilled to be the first indigenous...

Letters to the Editor | Monday, May 29, 2023

Souvenir currency TODAY we commemorate the life of one of Fiji’s most visionary leaders, Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vanayaliyali Sukuna, after a lapse of 13 years. A grand salute to our Coalition Government for reviving Ratu Sukuna Day and the first Girmit Day. Allow me to propose that we have souvenir notes and coins in...

Editorial comment | A soldier, scholar and statesman

Today we celebrate the life of a special man. He was a man of many hats. He was soldier, a scholar, a chief and a statesman! Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka raises some fundamental issues in his message to the nation for Ratu Sukuna Day today. He draws our attention to what Ratu Sukuna did to...

28th May

Postcard from Oxford | Over and out Oxford!

Bula everyone! I did it! After four years I have finally finished studying at the University of Oxford. It feels incredibly surreal, to even type that to all of you, but after years of hard work it is all over. The past few years have been anything but boring, I’ve loved, lost, celebrated, cried but...

Letters to the Editor | Sunday, May 28, 2023

Proud Fijian I enjoyed the groups of entertainers who performed their traditional meke for the last two days at the recent Great Council of Chiefs meeting which I haven’t seen for a very long time, like the much talked about lakalaka titled “Ofa ki Nakula” which went viral via mainstream and social media from people...

Editorial comment | A nailbiter in the end

What a joy it was to see the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika run the ball yesterday on firm underfoot conditions at Churchill Park in Lautoka in Round 14 of the Super Rugby Pacific competition. The teams obviously loved the intensity, and the fans loved the show. In the end it was a classic display...

27th May

Opinion | A divided aspiration

In the last article in this series, I focused on the activities and festivities that were organised to mark the arrival of the girmitiya in Fiji. In the process, I outlined a number of things that stood out in the organisation of these events. In this piece, let me elaborate and discuss one key point...

Opinion | Crisis in our identity – Rightful place for ‘driftwood’ of the Pacific

Saturday, May 20, 2023 evening bore a gloomy note with overcast skies, blustery winds and pelting rain. There was no secure place except being indoors. And it immensely worried the Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ members who had organised the Fiji Girmit Remembrance Day annual event at the Malaeola Hall, Auckland from 5pm. They feared that...

Opinion | Who failed to protect our media freedom?

On World Press Freedom Day (May 3, 2023) there was an excellent two-page personal account by The Fiji Times Chief Editor (Fred Wesley) on “Never again must we be suppressed”. To refresh your memory about the personal trials and tribulations faced by not just the brave journalists but also their families (including their traumatised young...

Opinion | The 11th Henry Kila Memorial Address: Reversing rural decline in PNG

I was born in the mid-1980s, and grew up in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, in Enga, in Porgera District, in a beautiful government outpost called Kolombi, which was established by early Christian missionaries during the colonial era. During its heyday, Kolombi was more than just a government outpost. When I was a kid,...

Being a good pet owner | ‘They’re a source of endless blessings’

This article refers mostly to dogs as pets but could equally apply to cats. A definition of “pet” is interesting: – noun: a domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship; and – verb: stroke or pat (an animal) affectionately. Words such as companionship and affection are important components of the meaning. Patting is important for...

Letters to the Editor | Saturday, May 27, 2023

Review team’s recommendations WHAT if the GCC had met after the GCC Review Team had completed its task following the nationwide consultations? This would have enabled the GCC to consider and subsequently endorse — among other agenda items — the review team’s recommendations. That would appear, in my humble opinion, to be a more logical...

Editorial comment | Life and road rules

Now that the first meeting of the Great Council of Chiefs in 16 years has ended on the island of Bau, we look forward to celebrations to mark Ratu Sukuna Day. Events have been scheduled reflecting on the life of a man who has been described as a statesman, a leader and a chief. Students...

Beyond the Scope | Welfare recipient numbers skyrocket

Social welfare assistance is provided by governments to individuals and families in need. This assistance aims to help individuals meet their basic needs, overcome financial difficulties, and improve their overall wellbeing. Governments design these programs to provide a safety net and help individuals and families overcome temporary or long-term challenges they may face. These safety...

26th May

Letters to the Editor | Friday, May 26, 2023

GCC opening At this time of writing, 10.56am Wednesday, May 24, filled with mixed emotions and tear-filled eyes of happiness, I humble myself to say thank you to the Lord our God in Jesus holy name, for after 16 years of much dominance, the Great Council of Chiefs has risen from its ashes on the...

Editorial | At the GCC

A number of issues have emerged from the Great Council of Chiefs meeting on Bau Island this week as important discussion points. For instance, what is the core role of the GCC? Is there a role for youth, women and people of other ethnicities in the GCC for instance, and whether it is ready for...

25th May

Letters to the Editor | Thursday, May 25, 2023

Back in History Thank you for the Back in History page each day. They are always interesting. I can report to you, that the helicopter pilot in yesterday’s article (24/5) still has his pilot’s licence and is still flying, now in the USA. He was just 23 years old when that accident happened and I...

Editorial comment | Challenges of our young

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) co-ordinator Shamima Ali believes there is still a lack of a unified response to the needs of troubled teens and young people in the country. She was relating this to the alarming suicide statistics we have recorded so far — an average of 110 a year with an attempted suicide...

24th May

Letters to the Editor | Wednesday, July 24, 2023

Glue problem The question is: Why do children want to sniff glue or any other inhalant? The quick answer is: It provides a quick high or a buzz. But there are so many other cheap alternatives as well like gasoline, paint thinners, lighter fluid, nail polish remover including a host of other inhalants, all within...

Editorial comment | The GCC and two worlds

After a lapse of 16 years, chiefs from around the country will once again converge on a venue to meet and discuss issues they feel are important for their people. Attention will be firmly focused on the Great Council of Chiefs meeting on Bau Island starting today. It is already attracting a lot of that...

23rd May

Brothers’ triple treat | Born within minutes of each other, graduate on the same day

Identical triplets graduate with law degrees on the very same day. Cale, Max and Jackson Tu’inukuafe, who are of Tongan heritage through their father, all graduated from the Victoria University of Wellington this week. Triplets are rare and according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine identical triplets only occur once in every 10,000 births....

Letters to the Editor | Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Simply marvelous I have nothing but praise for the Fijiana girls. From a very little country, they do Fiji proud when they battle against a much larger country with resources and experience much greater than has Fiji. The Fijiana are simply marvelous. P Kailola Suva Extended role not needed I disagree with former permanent secretary...

Editorial comment | When there’s more to glue

Renowned psychotherapist Selina Kuruleca reckons Fiji seriously needs to implement and action a Volatile Substance Act if we are to effectively address the glue-sniffing issue. Ms Kuruleca said legislation, implementation and enforcement was the only way to combat the rising number of youths engaged in “sniffing” the industrial adhesive. It’s a sentiment echoed by Acting...

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