From The Crowd

1st July

OPINION: Plant a better future

As the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic continues to reverberate, for Pacific Island countries such as Fiji, access to productive lands has meant that agriculture has again gained prominence as a potential powerhouse for livelihoods,...

27th June

Surviving COVID-19

Greetings readers, this week I thought I might very briefly introduce you to a very well respected and revered global organisation that boasts more than seven million supporters and members throughout the world. The organisation is called Amnesty International and with the social media age it has made organisations such as this, a very powerful...

A bad rap in the press

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) have got a bad rap in the press. Press reports have claimed that meat workers hired under the PLS in Wagga Wagga and Inverell have been given accommodation that is too expensive (the former) and also substandard (the latter). Some SWP workers stranded in Tasmania...

Ratu Sukuna’s 1944 mission to Yacata

Part 3: This is the final article is on Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna’s visit to Yacata Island, Cakaudrove, in 1944 to tell villagers about the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Corporal Sefanaia Sukanaivalu. It is based on a radio program delivered by Sir Len Usher through the Fiji Broadcasting Commission in the 1950s. He...

Voice of the people

Part 5: This is the final article based on letters written by A.J.C.Foster that appeared in The Fiji Times of April 8, 1959.   There will be many who have to be convinced against their will or judgement.here is little more to be said on the subject of a change against someone’s will. I am...

26th June

OPINION: Report is not history

THE chair of USP Council, Winston Thompson, has airily dismissed media questions about the contents of the BDO Report, alleging that the BDO Report “is now history….  has now been dealt with and we need to give it a rest”. It is understandable that Winston Thompson might want to consign the BDO Report to the...

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