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Letters To The Editor, 8th June 2018

Letters To The Editor, 8th June 2018
June 08
11:00 2018

Must read

Ecelini Naivadra, Namadi

A World of Change – my life in the glob­al women’s rights movement by Anne S Walker, is a must-read for all those who re­member Anne as the tall blonde Australian young woman who together with her com­patriot, Ruth Lechte, established the Young Women’s Christian Association in Fiji in 1962.

Through Anne and Ruth, the Fiji YWCA es­tablished the first multiracial kindergarten, the first multiracial Netball (then known as Basketball) Association and the first multi­racial Women’s Hockey Association in Suva in the 1960s.

Of interest in the book is the position tak­en by a group of local women members of the YWCA at a 1965 local consultation on independence by Eireen White, Parliamen­tary Under Secretary of the Colonial Office.

The book records that all “stated that they wanted an independent Fiji, one where eve­ryone could vote for the candidate of their choice and not necessarily from their own ethnic group”.

Ruth Lechte, Anne Walker and Amelia Rokotuivuna, all YWCA leaders then, were also instrumental in organising local dem­onstrations against the resumption of nu­clear testing in Tahiti in 1965.

After 11 years working with women and youth groups in Fiji, Anne went on to fur­ther her studies in the United States, ob­tained a Doctorate and later headed the In­ternational Women’s Tribune Centre in New York, a vital clearing house of information for women advocates throughout the world.

The USP Book Centre and MHCC have been requested to sell the book, published by Arcadia, 2018.

Floating Maritime Hospital

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

The commissioning of the $8 million Mul­ti-Purpose Landing Craft Vessel Veivueti is a milestone achievement for all our remote maritime islands throughout Fiji.

Government must be applauded for its in­clusive vision for providing such unique medical services to our grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers, aunts, uncles and children who have mostly missed this very important medical service because of their remoteness.

This is in the spirit of our 2013 Constitu­tion.

Apart from being a moving hospital it can double up as a relief response vessel during and after the cyclones in carting cargo and water to the affected islands, especially the Lau Group, Lomaiviti, Kadavu, Vatulele, Beqa and the Yasawa Group.

It will greatly benefit islands such as Kioa, Rabi, Rotuma and Taveuni.

Specialised medical surgeons will now be able to visit these most beautiful islands and provide medical treatment for our families out there.

I found NFP leader Biman Prasad’s nega­tive attack in the other newspaper relevant to the Veivueti launch uncalled for and ir­responsible.

Veivueti serves a very important purpose for those in the outer islands and not for someone like Biman, who lived all his life on Viti Levu where all is at his convenience.

He has never experienced what we from these islands have to make do with – the very little we have – including our forefathers and children who have had to face the reality of death because of the lack of advanced medi­cal facilities.

Where was the NFP hiding all these years? This questions also goes for former govern­ments, including that of Ratu Mara, Sitiveni Rabuka, Mahendra Chaudhry and Laisenia Qarase.

This Government has seen it fit to provide the Veivueti for these maritime Fijians through a political will to make it happen for these long forgotten, unfortunate Fiji­ans. I would say dirty and discriminating politics of the past may have blinded them from doing the right thing by us Fijians.

No Fijian will be left behind by this Fiji­First Government.

Vinaka vakalevu.

Brilliant writing

Steven Singh, Sydney, Australia

I look forward to reading your newspaper every day, particularly the letters to the edi­tor. My sanity and faith is restored by your regular contributors such asTimoci Gau­navinaka, Amenatave Yacconisau, Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa and Tukai Lagonilakeba who write brilliant pieces and dissect almost all aspects of politics. No nonsense writing and straight as an arrow stuff.

Sometimes I say to myself, geez that’s what I was thinking, but I am not that knowledge­able to put it on paper and make it look in­spirational.

Thank you gentlemen and keep it coming.

Fish ban

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Now that the ban on Kawakawa and Donu has been officially implemented, my friend Cameron will be looking for other alterna­tive for his Sunday lunch. I suggest he valolo the qitawa.

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