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Mums Hail Baby Grant
Torika Tinai, 30 with her new born baby girl at Colonial War Memorial Hospital on August 1, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 02
10:31 2018

Torika Tinai and husband Mitieli Kaicina had double celebrations after the birth of their fifth child yesterday.

They not only celebrated their fourth girl but they were delighted they will receive $1000 on her behalf.

Mum Ms Tinai, 30 from Naluwai, Naitasiri, said: “It was surreal. The birth was smooth. The $1000 is a bonus.”

She is one of the first mothers who will receive the $1000 grant under the Parenthood Assistance Payment scheme which came into effect yesterday.

Her baby was one of the 21 born between midnight on Tuesday night and 10.30 last night at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. The grant only applies to those earning $30,000 a year and less. Husband Mr Kaicina, a construction worker, will take five days paternity leave as part of the scheme. The new measures were announced by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum when he presented the 2018-2019 National Budget in Parliament last month to help families.

Stay-home mum Ms Tinai said: “I am twice as happy and thankful today; firstly after giving birth to my beautiful baby daughter and also finding out that I will be receiving $1000 from the Government.”

“It will relieve our burden, me and my husband, because our family income is around $24,000. It becomes harder to manage my family of five now.”

Ms Tinai said the money she would receive would cover the cost of baby formula, diapers, and baby clothes.

“I am really happy about my daughter receiving $500 because it will cover her education needs when she enrols in Year 1 of primary school.”

“It will also reduce my husband’s stress, money wise because my child is already prepared by the Government for primary education.”

Mr Kaicina said: “It is a good feeling, I am very happy to hear this news,” he said.

Another woman, Litia Nadoku, 35, of Namosi, who is about to give birth to her fourth child said: “The assistance will support four children and me because of the rising cost of living. We are grateful to the Government for this initiative,” said Ms Nadoku.

She is a single mother and the only bread winner in the family. She said her stress level would come down because of the grant.

Ms Nadoku is a production worker for Pure Fiji with an income below $30,000.

She said she was looking forward to the 98 days of maternity leave so that she can spend quality time with her baby. Previously it was 84 days.

To be eligible, the child must meet all of the following requirements:

be born on or after August 1 2018;

  •  have a mother who is a Fijian citizen residing in Fiji;
  • live with parents whose total income is $30,000 per year or less (if the father is not living with the mother, her individual income is $30,000 or less); and
  • have their Parenthood Assistance Payment application filed within one year of the child’s date of birth.

The application form for the Government’s $1000 Parenthood Assistance Payment is available after the child is registered at the Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) registry office.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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