Friday, October 29, 2010

Pacific Islands
Political Studies Association

Call for papers

12th Pacific Islands Political Studies Association (PIPSA) Conference

Hosted by The University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus, Apia, Samoa,

December 8-9, 2011

Pacific politics, Pacific communities

This is a general call for papers for the 12th PIPSA conference to be held in Apia, Samoa, hosted by the University of the South Pacific, Alafua Campus. The conference aims to explore a range of issues pertaining to the relationship between politics and community in the Pacific. The broad theme Pacific politics, Pacific communities attempts to capture the complex relationships between communities and politics at the local, national, regional and international levels. It covers a range of issues and individual papers may focus on any of these specific areas:

...participatory democracy; community and grassroots governance; sustainable development; regime change; media and democracy; migration and development; conflict and conflict resolution; regional geo-politics; regional intervention; human rights; law enforcement; land and indigenous rights; youth participation; sovereignty and autonomy; sea-level rise; poverty and marginalization; gender and participation; aid and development; cultural identity; citizenship; religion and politics; human security; regional security; globalization and free trade; community violence; intra-regional challenges; nation-building; constitutional and legal reform; electoral democracy; civil society engagement; cultural and ethnic diversity; political mobilization through virtual social networks...

The 100 word abstract should be sent to Sue Rider (, Australian National University or Folole Asaua (, University of Auckland, by 30 April 2011 and the 4,000 word paper by October 30 2011. Other details of the conference will be sent out later.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________PIPSA Executive Committee: President, Steven Ratuva (University of Auckland); Vice-President, David Hegarty (Australian National University); Secretary, Jon Schultz (University of Melbourne); Tarcisius Kabutaulaka (University of Hawaii); Anne Brown (University of Queensland); Sandra Tarte (University of the South Pacific); Michael Leach (Swinburne University).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Save The Children Fiji - 'Inspires Unity'.

If all else fails in Fiji, at the very least we have the Children to cater for. The challenges are what do we as parents, grand-parents tell them about the dragged-out situation Fiji is in now post 2006 coup? These part of Fiji's history will be looked upon by many in time to come as one of perhaps 'a bad dream period'.

Each morning many parents in Fiji will be waking up wondering where the next meal will come from for their children.
Is there a break somewhere to the cimate of poverty that Fiji has dived into ever since that so-called bloodless coup of 2006?
The coup have been excuted without blood-shed at the time but there has been reported deaths, beatings, abuse and continuous extensions of Public Emergency Regulations ever since.
This is not a healthy environment for our children. Some may say, we are still better off than other countries devasted by war, earthquake, disasters etc. However, by Fiji standards, Fiji citizens and those with vested interest in Fiji should not and must not be exposed to the ill-will of Bainimarama & his dictatorship. It has not done any good to anyone in Fiji or those with vested interests.

Below is an article by Fiji Times and although they may have capitalised on Save the Children Fiji's initiative, it still does not take away the bitter taste of what the people of Fiji have had to endured since coup 2006.
May God Bless Fiji & those Children that are asking many questions.

Luvei Viti Team.
Read more;
Unite for children

Samantha Rina. Saturday, October 23, 2010
Save the Children Fiji organised a two-day forum to inspire unity for stakeholders to work collectively for a safer environment for children.

SC Fiji chief executive Chandra Shekhar said non-government organisations specialising in the field of child welfare and rights had over the years individually done good work to help create a safer environment for the children of Fiji.

He said it was time to f¡o¡cus on working collectively.

Issues discussed on Tuesday included education and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

"In our 38 years of existence, we have never had such a forum where we get our partners together to collectively address our work. We have never received any feedback from them on how effective our work has been or on how we can improve our service. So this is the first time we are organising such a forum and it is to inform our partners of our work and get their feedback," he said.

Mr Shekhar said there were several organisations doing the same work and each had programs and expertise which was kept exclusive and not shared.

"So this is a platform to open up our work and share ideas so we can help each other. Sometimes organisations have the same programs but our ways of conducting them are different. Today has been successful because throughout the symposium, we have already begun to discuss ideas on how we can work together," he said.

Mr Shekhar said a report would be compiled immediately after the symposium which would contain recommendations from participants.

The two-day workshop was attended by more than 50 people from NGOs, civil society groups, religious organisations, youths and children.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congratulation Celia Wade-Brown: Celia: New Mayor for WELLINGTON City

Celia's Speech
Tena kotou, tena kotou, tena kotou katoa
Ehara taku toa, he taki tahi, he toa taki tini
My success is not mine alone, as it was not individual success but the success of us working together
This is an amazing and deeply democratic outcome.
Now I am in a position to lead on issues of transport choice, clean technology and local community support. However, Wellington has spoken up for a different style of leadership and I’ll do my very best to trust, include and respect as many Wellingtonians as possible in our journey forward. Since it’s such a close call it will be doubly important to consult and involve, to have conversations as well as formal submissions.
I look forward to working with the new Councillors, developing a different relationship with returning councillors and, over time, meeting mayors from around the country.
Most of all I look forward to developing ways to reach solutions together, to ensure people’s issues are listened to and the economy, society and environmental challenges are dealt with together not traded off against each other. My background in Council, teaching, business and other countries will help that engagement.
I urge all my supporters to engage with the new Council and their own communities to work on good transport choices, appropriate technology and supporting local communities. Our work hasn’t finished – it’s just begun! I believe that people from this wonderful capital can play a leadership role in New Zealand and the wider global community.
There will be longer term issues to work on like light rail so we must start discussions about routes, costs, and benefits early.
Together with the official induction for the incoming Council, I plan to invite input from community groups and businesses to share their ideas, criticisms and explore ways of working with us.
This election result is not the end of research, work and dedication, nor the end of conversations, ideas and fun! It is the ongoing evolution of Wellingtonians' existing commitment to a resilient, cosmopolitan and beautiful city, a continuation of some trends to a cleaner ocean, renewable energy and protected biodiversity, and definitely a city where there are quality jobs and worthwhile businesses.
Our result could not have been achieved without the very broad-based campaign team and I’d like to thank Alastair, Tania, Kent, Heike, Chris, Peter G and Peter H, Patrick M and Patrick L, Liz Springford, Tane, Pauline, Pam, Alana, Ann and many more. Thanks to Iona, Steff, Jack, Paul, Marcus, Helene, Andy and Ngaire and other candidates who have supported me. Thanks to the photographers and designers who presented such a smart and convincing campaign. Thanks to the people who shared their ideas on arts, light rail, climate change and many other issues throughout this campaign.
Thanks to my fellow mayoral contenders who covered all the bases from amusing and well-dressed through knowledgeable and friendly to enraged and demagogic. We have all learnt much from this campaign and I hope we can continue to learn from each other. Today I received Kerry Prendergast’s congratulations and I’m sure I’ll draw on her knowledge and experience as we deal with some of the challenging issues ahead – with affordability, leaky homes, central government relations and climate change issues.
And MOST of all, thank you Wellingtonians, for voting for me. I will do my very best to earn and keep that confidence.
Read more from Sai Lealea's Wellington blog;

Wellington has a new mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, following the counting of special votes.

Celia Wade-Brown has been confirmed as Wellington's new mayor, defeating Kerry Prendergast by 176 votes. Video by Katie Chapman.

The result was announced by the Wellington City Council moments ago.

Wade-Brown said she was "really pleased" with the result.

"I'm feeling fine. I'm ready to learn a lot and work with the people of Wellington."

She said one of the first calls she received was from Kerry Prendergast, who called to offer her congratulations.

Asked what she was going to do this afternoon, Wade-Brown said she was about to hop on her bicycle and ride into town for a press conference.

"The media want to meet with me, so I'll do that, and make a few points."

The first thing she planned to do as mayor was to make sure that everyone on the new council had a role to play "going forward."

In a statement outgoing mayor Prendergast said: ''It goes without saying that I am tremendously disappointed at the outcome of the election. But I congratulate Celia and sincerely wish her all the very best for the huge job she now faces.

After working 12-hour days for nine years, it will be a huge change for me and it will take me some time to get used to it.

I would like to pay tribute to the councillors and staff I have worked with since joining Wellington City Council in 1989, and particularly since I became Mayor in 2001.

There have been disagreements and differing views, but together we have made many bold and innovative decisions that have helped transform this city from the grey bureaucratic town it was into the diverse and exciting place we know today."

"I would like to thank my family, who have had to share me with the city of Wellington for a long time. If there is any consolation to be had, it is in the fact that I can now spend more time being a wife, mother and grandmother."

Ms Wade-Brown will be sworn in as Mayor on Wednesday 27 October.

She beat the incumbent Kerry Prendergast by a total of 176 votes in the end, 24,881 to 24,705 votes - believed to be the closest mayoral race the Capital has seen.

A total of 632 special votes were finally included.

Special votes were needed to separate the two leading candidates for the mayoralty, former midwife Kerry

Prendergast, and Ms Wade-Brown, a keen environmentalist and Green Party member.

Just 40 votes separated the pair after the weekend's local body elections.

Some 963 special votes were originally issued.

Of these, 774 were returned to the electoral office by the deadline of 12 noon last Saturday. A total of 90 special votes had to be discarded because they could not be verified by the Registrar of Electors. Another 52 votes were disallowed because the declarations were not in order.

The Registrar is responsible for compiling and maintaining the electoral roll, only they can determine if a person is eligible to cast a vote.

The Council's Electoral Officer, Ross Bly, says special votes take more time to count as they have to be meticulously processed first.

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"We had to verify that all special voters were eligible to vote in Wellington and make sure no one had voted twice. Making sure everyone's enrolled, checking and double checking to make triply sure - this takes a lot of time when you've got almost a thousand special votes to go through," says Ross.

The results for City Councillors were announced on Saturday.


City councillor 1994-98, then 2001-10.

Born in Paddington, west London, and grew up in a council flat.

Came to Wellington in 1983, lives in Island Bay.

Married with two boys, aged 17 and 19.

Green Party member.

Campaigned to:

Develop light rail, with central government support.

Develop a new cycle and walking lane around Wellington Harbour, from Eastbourne to the south coast.

Clean up inner-city lanes, and get small businesses into them, to encourage more walking and cycling.

Focus on clean technology, including broadband and renewable energy.

Cut red tape for small and medium-sized businesses.

More local community support for libraries and initiatives such community gardens and curtain banks.

A more inclusive leadership style.

Bainimarama His Divide and Rule Technique. Is he Pushing for MSG Chairmanship to Validate Himself?

FDFM’s Rebuttal of Fiji’s demand for the MSG’s Chairmanship.

Date: 17 October, 2010

The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement calls on the National Leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) not to relent to the demands of the illegal and self styled Prime.

The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement calls on the National Leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) not to relent to the demands of the illegal and self styled Prime Minister of Fiji that he be given the chairmanship of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
The Movement calls on the MSG leaders to open their eyes to the obvious technique that Bainimarama had used in the past and is now trying to use on the MSG.

His divide and rule technique should not be tolerated and allowed anymore. Not only is it vexatious, it is also damaging to long term multilateral relations in the Pacific Region and the time is right to put a stop to it.

Bainimarama had previously driven a wedge between Fijian leaders and chiefs by awarding some people prestige roles and jobs while denying others. He has offered rural development to certain provinces and tribes while denying others. He has fired many of his senior military officers while quickly elevating junior officers who would have had to wait in line for years before reaching senior officer rank.

In the Region he has attempted to drive a wedge between Pacific islands Forum leaders by trying to portray Australia and New Zealand as too far removed from Pacific Islands and not true Pacific nations.

He is now trying to drive a wedge between leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The question that needs to be asked is how genuine is he in pushing for the interest of the MSG groups or is he only in there for political expediency.

MSG leaders must now take a common stand on the chairmanship issue. It is time, they as elected members address the issue of Bainimarama’s qualification as the next MSG Chairman taking it to consideration that they themselves became leaders via democratic processes.
MSG leaders must also not forget that Bainimarama’s records so far has included the abolition of the Great Council of Chiefs, the dismantling of power of the Fijian Affairs Board and the compromising of powers vested with the Native Land Trust Board to managed communally owned land.

He has removed all affirmative action programmes for indigenous Fijians. The question must be asked, is Bainimarama genuine about the Melanesian Fijians or is there someone else pulling his strings?

Based on Bainimarama’s records on how he treats his own Melanesian Fijian people, does he deserve to take on the august role of chairmanship of the paramount regional body of the Melanesian People?

Since Bainimarama has now removed all affirmative action programs for indigenous Fijians, what is he prepared to do to improve the participation of indigenous Melanesian Fijians in commerce and bring them on par with the descendents of immigrant Indian and Chinese Communities?
After all, he cannot force his so-called political reform on the people without also addressing the huge economic and commercial disparity between indigenous Fijians and the descendents of immigrant races that now dominate Fiji’s Commercial Sector.

MSG leaders must also address the issue of the MSG’s democratic ideals. The Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement was born out of our desires of Fijians to restore democracy and freedom in Fiji and strongly appeal to the MSG leaders not to compromise on these ideals. These leaders must not allow a self styled illegal Prime Minister to take the chair.

When making this decision they must carefully decide what message they are trying to send to potential anti democratic opportunist awaiting on the wing for the opportunity to overthrow elected governments in their own country. The lessons from the suffering of the people of Fiji and those of the Solomon Islands to opportunist power grabbers must not be in vain.

MSG leader’s must not make a mockery of the honour and intellectuals of the countries and people they represent because the whole world is looking. They must dwell deep into their conscious and do what is morally and legally right. They should not allow a common thug who legitimised his leadership by cocking a gun on the heads of Fiji’s people to taint the respected and honoured role of MSG Chairmanship.

Commodore Bainimarama is trying to bully himself into the MSG Chairmanship role. It is time the leaders of the rest of the Melanesian Countries and the FLNK of New Caledonia have some spine and follow Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Natapei’s lead by standing up to Bainimarama’s bullying.

FDFM Secretariat.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bravo!! Chilean Miners Rescue: A Miraculous Event.

CNN has their fingers on the pulse when we watch the full coverage they have minute by minute on the rescue of these 33 miners. They have been trapped and rescued from 'the UNDER-BELLY' to cite what the Chilean Minister for Health had said. It is indeed a mix of miracle with engineering ingenuity.

Families, friends, media and more have camped outside the area where these miners were trapped for the last two months.

Its an awesome story just witnessing as we watch CNN giving the world a great coverage of these miners who are already rescued being met by immediate family members or loved ones before being whisked away for further medical checks. It is a story of a lifetime. Many Chileans were seen to be singing a chant of a Hero's Welcome each time the capsule emerged carrying one of the rescued miners. At the time of writing 31 miners have been brought to the surface.

A stunning story indeed. We wish those miners the very best and speedy recovery for those that have fallen ill of some sort due to the confined space and health risks they had encountered whilst in the UNDER-BELLY of the Chilean hills.

Last but not least, well done for such great coverage and sharing the stories to every corner of the globe.

Luvei Viti Team
images: courtesy international
Time taken to rescue 31 miners: 21.30. 50 approx
02 more to be rescued as yet.
Read more by clicking the links below;
Twenty-eight of the miners trapped in a refuge for 69 days have now been rescued. "We can all feel proud to be Chilean," said President Sebastian Pinera.
An operation to rescue 33 miners trapped underground in Chile since August is nearing completion. Watch as the remaining men are brought to the surface. LAUNCH LIVE PLAYER MESSAGES OF HOPE FULL COVERAGE LIVE BLOG
Chilean Miner Rescue21:03:37 time since start of rescue underground: 04rescued:29

Saturday, October 9, 2010

This Fiji Day: The Truth About Indigenous Fijians As Opposed to Hogwash Theory Given By Two 'Palmy' Massey University Staff in their Paper in Fiji.

Date: Sat, Oct 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM
Subject: PNJ can you please assist in defining what this means?
We will research who these two people commenting. Thanks


I don't know who the two authors of this story are, nor do I understand what they are basing their facts on. Currently, the only international regulations concerning Fiji and indigenous peoples that has been ratified by Fiji is ILO Convention 169. This was ratified in 1998 and recognizes people of Fiji as indigenous. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples does not make any mention of "dominant group" in its criteria. It states:

Article 3
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.

Article 33
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine their own identity or membership in accordance with their customs and traditions. This does not impair the right of indigenous individuals to obtain citizenship of the States in which they live.
2. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine the structures and to select the membership of their institutions in accordance with their own procedures.

Obviously, these authors do not know what they are talking about.

I think Article 32 also pertains to this article:

Article 32
1. Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development or use of their lands or territories and other resources.
2. States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories and other resources, particularly in connection with the development, utilization or exploitation of mineral, water or other resources.
3. States shall provide effective mechanisms for just and fair redress for any such activities, and appropriate measures shall be taken to mitigate adverse environmental, economic, social, cultural or spiritual impact.

Peter N. Jones, Ph.D.
Director: Bauu Institute and Press
Editor: Indigenous People's Issues & Resources

Subject: luvei-viti-thinktank-at-vuw[] PNJ can you please assist in defining what this means? We will reserach who these two people commenting. Thanks

Fijians don't meet indigenous criteria

Friday, October 08, 2010

Children brave the rain to put on a cultural dance at Albert Park in Suva yesterday as experts discuss tradition and culture at a workshop on social policy, social welfare systems and human security. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Children brave the rain to put on a cultural dance at Albert Park in Suva yesterday as experts discuss tradition and culture at a workshop on social policy, social welfare systems and human security. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FIJIANS may not be considered indigenous under the United Nations definition of indigenous people, a paper on social policy has revealed.

In their presentation on whether development was really a freedom or a cost to cultural heritage, authors Litea Meo-Sewabu and Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata said Fijians failed to be identified as indigenous because Fijians remained the dominant group.

By United Nations standards, indigenous people developed on their own territories and formed non-dominant sectors of society. Indigenous people were determined to preserve their ancestral territories.

"We need to encompass the learning of the new while not forgetting the knowledge of our ancestors and the cultural practices of our societies," they said.

"The influences of politics, education and media apparent in our villages and communities raise questions about development as freedom.

"Social policies aspire to achieve wellbeing.

"These polices are often imposed on those at grassroots community level and yet it is these very people who often face the brunt of globalisation and pluralism, and not protected culturally or socially."

Social policy, they said, were often based on European philosophies and values with indigenous communities expected to conform to them. "International declarations and conventions are only relevant to villages if they know about them, if they know how to effectively use them and if they see them as having any relevance to their communities," they said.

"Development needs to occur but is it at the cost of people's freedom? Freedom in this context meaning the ability for villagers to enjoy life and fully participate within their social structures," the pair said.

And more...


TRADITIONAL practices can evolve but if it is economically viable, then it needs to ensure that people are liberated, said authors Litea Meo-Sewabu and Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata. Speaking on social policy at a three-day conference, the duo said eventhough income was generated, women felt oppressed. Women earned income but did not feel liberated. Development programs should ensure people live the life they truly value.

Under siege

TRADITIONAL leadership is under threat because of the imbalance in the village structure, participants from Massey University in New Zealand said. Litea Meo-Sewabu and Wheturangi Walsh-Tapiata said villagers were taken for granted in the face of development projects. In their paper on social policy, the pair expressed concern at the continued rapid loss of cultural heritage in the name of development. "Whose development," the two said.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Is Bainimarama & his regime Taking Fiji back to Modernization Era?

Below are excerpts of Warden Narsey's latest report on Poverty, Household Incomes & Income Distribution in Fiji. The full report can be viewed in the link below or by clicking the header. The report is shocking but was to be expected considering how Bainimarama & his illegal regime are so hell-bent in gripping to powers in Fiji under the guise of 'cleaning up corruption' or another word 'structural adjustmentts with the hope of pleasing World Bank & IMF.

Interestingly, structural adjustments is now outdated when one looks at the evolution of development paradigms overtime. This particular approach had failed in its attempts as post-development theorist had observed. So where is Bainimarama & his sidekick Khaiyum are getting their ideas from?

 Ironically, whilst we can clearly see that Bainimarama & his illegal regime are in overdrive mode to prove that their idea of coup 2006 is valid and which now is being mocked by all around the globe. Whilst we can argue that they may have tried to mix in with their thinking the modernization paradigm  which they tried to copy by enforcing some rules that were introduced during colonial era and based from western concepts. This as we all know had failed in many areas that had been colonised as the views used were via restricted lenses. The intention was to lift the South including Fiji,  out of being underdeveloped or  to modernize the South designed and rooted in western model of development. It is now becoming evident that whilst at that time Colonial powers had specific plans in place.  

Their idea was to rid traditional society and define economic growth through capitalism, urbanization, industrialization as central components of development. The thinking that if traditional system was done away with, this will make way for mass consumption thus ending primitive system and promote take-off system. To reach industrialization it will take exploitation, intelligence and innovation and this assumes an end point.
It is now becoming so obvious that Bainimarama & Khaiyum are hooked on executing these same principles as can be seen in what they are doing to all Indigenous Fijians in Fiji. It appears that what is happening here is the old age thinking  at the heart of dependency paradigm, to deny development in Fiji, the salience of modernization theory. 

Our theory is;  this is a way where Bainimarama & his regime are now creating a situation  as a way to exploit Fiji via industrialized and capitalized Chinese world's way who Fijian coconut -whispers  are saying that Bainimarama & his regime are being given loads of  handouts from China. This will for sure create a central mechanism of creating a capitalist Chinese- orientated Fiji economy.  All one has to do is take a head count of how many Chinese nationals that have been given Fiji Passport in return of brown-envelope filled with cash!!The outcome, now much noted by those of us who are critics and monitoring Fiji saga closely, will be to deny Fiji and its people from being developed and create a situation where Fiji remains economically underdeveloped. 

Sadly, the situation we are now seeing that the idea of core and peripheral is fast surfacing in Fiji as never been seen before. Core means industrialized state [i.e China] and peripheral in this instance [i.e Fiji] as less industrialized that relies on exports earnings and production and sale of products overseas. Wedged between core and peripherals are semi-peripheral players or those that acts as economic middle player between the two. This flow creates a division between the rich and the poor. As can be seen in this thinking, it will strengthened interdependence thus widening the gap of unequal relationship between the haves & have nots in Fiji. In other words, Bainimarama and his regime will become more richer and those not in control [i.e the people] will become more poorer.
Luvei Viti Think Tank Team.

ps... more discussion on structural adjustment in our next article.

Read more;
Poverty, Household Incomes and Income Distribution in Fiji, 2008-09

[by] Professor Wadan Narsey, School of Economics (FBE, USP).

But GDP does not include impact of Remittance earnings

Remittances have been very large: $300 million in 2006, probably more. Remittances rose in real terms to 2006; declined to 2007 and 2008, before rising again in 2009.

i.e. remittances have strongly counter-balanced the impact of declining GDP per capita.

Gross National Income per capita (includes impact of remittances) is better indicator of disposable incomes in Fiji: FIBoS does not produce data series on this. WB does.
read more;
1 October 2010 Fiji’s poverty over the long term: Sheer lack of economic Growth

Most important factor impacting on poverty is long term economic growth.

Economic growth depends on national savings and investment.

Savings Ratio as % GDP:

= Gross National Income – Consumption – Net Transfers out

Gross Fixed Capital Formation as % GDP.

Result: Gross National Income

Compare and contrast Fiji and Mauritius. Both island nations; dependent on tourism and sugar; ethnically mixed population ........

Monday, October 4, 2010

Well Done Commonwealth & Congratulations India: For Dazzling Opening Ceremony

Early this morning Aotearoa time, those of us that managed to stay awake or set our alarms to watch the opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, it was well worth the wait. India must be congratulated for such stunning performance.

The dignatories which included our very own Rt Hon. Sir Anand Satyanand, New Zealand's Governor General,  HRH: The Prince of Wales-Prince Charles, his wife, Camilla: Dutchess of Cornwall, HRH Prince Edward, President of India, Prime Minster of India and other dignatories graced the opening ceremony with their presence. Security was tight as can be seen but had been well executed from the entrance of these special guests upto their departure.

The flags of nation parade was a great reminder of what sports can do in such a volatile world. The Commonwealth must be proud for having such a vision to bring people together from all over the Commonwealth Nations in the world. One thing that became clear, the Commonwealth is very much alive and well. Perhaps the Commonwealth Conversation 2009 which had been instigated by Royal Commonwealth Society could have been the catalyst for such a turn out to this 2010 game. For those of us watching via satellite could almost feel the enthusiasm from atheletes, supporters and the people of India.

Great work India!

For those Fiji Indian who have got their roots in India, I will be proud if I were you. Seeing that your Motherland India has put on such a great event against the adverse publicity that had been televised here in New Zealand few weeks ago. Often, stories do get leaked and does not give an opportunity for host nation as in this case India to prepare themselves to the onslaught of media. It does pay to be careful of what we hear and read from media as often the stories may have a twist to it as in this case.

 You should be proud of your roots other than denying your birthright. Everyone who has an Indian origin or link should be proud of what India has achieved. They have showcased India and its beauty to the world.

We wish all the athletes in India particularly those from downunder:

Read more from the Peninsula;

 Small fry with big dreams at the Delhi event Monday, 04 October 2010 06:35

Australia and England are the heavyweight sporting attractions at the Commonwealth Games that officially opened yesterday, but there are plenty of tiny teams with big hopes in New Delhi:


- First took part in the Commonwealth Games in 1998, Kiribati has more pressing concerns than never having won a medal. Global warming is being blamed for Kiribati facing the threat of becoming the first nation to be swallowed by sea within this century.  

- Formerly the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is located between Hawaii and Australia and its name translates as ‘Eight Standing Together’ after the eight atolls that make up the microstate. Shares the same environmental worries as Kiribati. Made its Commonwealth Games debut in 1998 at Kuala Lampur, where it was represented by a lone weightlifter
Norfolk Island

- An Australian territory, it has competed in five Commonwealth Games since 1986 and claimed only one medal - a bronze in the women’s lawn bowls thanks to Carmen Anderson. Found it tough going in Melbourne in 2006, its mixed doubles team in the squash event lost in three sets to Australia in just 8min 18sec.

Solomon Islands

- Has sent a 12-member team to New Delhi taking part in track and field, boxing, weightlifting, wrestling and tennis where Michael Leong boasts a professional world ranking, although it’s in the 700s. The Solomon Islands, a conglomeration of more than 1,000 small islands in the south-west Pacific, debuted at the Games in 1982, but no medal yet.


- One of the Pacific islands’ supreme performers at the Commonwealth Games with an impressive record in weightlifting. On their debut in 1990, Nauru won gold and two silver; 12 years later, the team went home with 15 medals. But on the bigger stages, reality bites - there was only one Nauru athlete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


- Debut in 2002, Niue took part in athletics, boxing, rugby sevens, shooting, weightlifting and lawn bowls in 2006. A 43-strong team is in New Delhi, including 19 officials - estimated to be three percent of the island’s population.
Luvei Viti Team
Also included Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and notably absent is Fiji as it is currently suspended from the Commonwealth.
Read History of Fiji Indians;

Indians in Fiji

Indians, defined by the constitution of Fiji as anybody who can trace, through either the male or the female line, their ancestry back to anywhere on the Indian subcontinent, constitute about 38 percent of Fiji's population. They are mostly descended from indentured labourers brought to the islands by Fiji's British colonial rulers between 1879 and 1916 to work on Fiji's sugar plantations. These were complemented by the later arrival of Gujarati and Punjabi immigrants.

The name debate

The Constitution of Fiji refers to citizens of Indian descent simply as "Indian," and all Government documents use this name. A number of names have been proposed, however, to distinguish Fiji-born citizens of Indian origin both from the indigenous inhabitants of Fiji and from India-born immigrants. Among the more popular proposals are Fiji Indian, Indian Fijian, and Indo-Fijian. All three labels have proved culturally and politically controversial, and finding a label of identification for the Indian community in Fiji has fuelled a debate that has continued for many decades.

An Internet search using a popular search engine found 56,500 hits for "Indo-Fijian", 20,600 for "Fiji Indian" and 28,000 for "Fijian Indian".

Why is Alton Shameem a product of Indian Diaspora in Auckland Ashamed of His Identity?

A month or two ago we had written about this Fiji Indian man who laid claims that he was an Indigenous Fijian as well as one other of his colleague both of Indian origin. Now he has done it again. When one reads excerpt of article from Scoop website it appears that Alton Shameem has gone it so wrong or he is so ashamed of his own origin that he likes to tag himself pretending he is an Indigenous Fijian leader when in essence he is not.

We advise AS if he is so confused as can be noted by the several tags or labels he has on the article below then he better go and check the Indigenous Fijian "Vola Ni Kawa" WHETHER HE IS ON THAT LIST ON NOT!!

Its a pity that Scoop, such a reputable news link must stoop so low in printing such incorrect, shady information on someone that is trying to fake his identity or fool the public of Aotearoa.

Shame on you Alton Shameem!! It may be an idea if we get to see you in court testifying to what your real identity is?
Bera na Liva.

USA – Fiji Entente
16:02 October 4, 2010Pacific Press Releasesadmin

Press Release – Fiji Club

“The members and supporters of Fiji Club of New Zealand and the Young Executive Club are delighted to hear that USA is eager to engage with the Fiji government and to have Fiji as close partner”, said Alton Shameem JP the indigenous Fijian Leader, …USA – Fiji Entente

“The members and supporters of Fiji Club of New Zealand a......hat USA is eager to engage with the Fiji government and to have Fiji as close partner”, said Alton Shameem JP the indigenous Fijian Leader, Founder and President of Fiji Club of New Zealand (FCNZ) ....

“This entente between USA and Fiji governments....................................................government.
The Fiji government has 85% support of the Fijians and other nations in the Pacific, Asia, Middle East and Europe” said Alton Shameem JP the native Fijian Leader, Founder, Chairman and

“We demand ............................President Barack Obama, the act of engagement and dialogue with all countries and our close neighbor Fiji” said Alton Shameem JP the Community, National and International and Multicultural Leader.

““ What New Zealand & Australian governments should do is set in motion entente cordiale with Fiji and we are ready to help to make it happen” said Alton Shameem JP the native Fijian, Community, ..................

Friday, October 1, 2010

"Free and Fair Election For Fiji" : USA Echoes their Intention to Coup leader Bainimarama.

Whilst we applaud the Americans for stepping in to negotiate a Fair & Free Elections for Fiji one must remember that there has been alot of backroom work being done by neighboring Pacific Island Regions i.e New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, Samoa & others.

The Commonwealth has been firm in its position as it had had put the military man & his regime in the sin bin post 2006 coup. Canadians echoed their support as well for the Pacific Island forum in their stand. United Nations has to a degree but we thought it took too much of a soft approach.

All in all the efforts have been well noted by those of us monitoring Fiji saga without getting too overly caught up with who is wanting 'air-time' on blogosphere by these power hungry military regime in Fiji.

We do thank these key nations who have heard the Voices of Fiji people in Fiji and abroad that all has not been well for the Nation as can be seen with its poor economic, political, social and cultural performance since the military took over in 2006. Perhaps this is the big break we have been waiting for.
God Bless Fiji.
Luvei Viti Think Tank Team.
Original story by AFP below;

US ready to engage Fiji

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it was ready for dialogue with Fiji's military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama but that it would only ease sanctions in return for progress on democracy.

Kurt Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that the United States wanted the Pacific island again to be a close US partner as it was before Bainimarama's 2006 coup.

"We now hope, in close coordination with regional players, to seek more direct engagement with Prime Minister Bainimarama to encourage his government to take steps to restore democracy and freedom," Campbell said.

Testifying before Congress, Campbell said such engagement would offer Fiji a chance for international acceptance "while reinforcing the message that any easing of US sanctions is tied to the restoral of democratic processes."

"Our objective is to put Fiji back on track for reintegration into international institutions and for holding free and fair elections no later than 2014," Campbell said.

Bainimarama recently suggested the 2014 election date after expelling Australia's ambassador. The military leader had faced wide criticism after calling off elections he promised for 2009.

US law imposes sanctions on any nation where the military ousts an elected government, including restrictions on assistance, military sales and visas for coup leaders.

But Campbell said that the United States maintained limited assistance, including in disaster preparedness and on inter-ethnic dialogue, and found that the engagement was "yielding positive results."

President Barack Obama's administration has made engagement a hallmark of its foreign policy. The United States has pursued a similar line in Myanmar, also known as Burma, where Campbell has initiated dialogue but called for greater process on democracy.

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