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Naiqama Backed

Support for Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu as the next Leader of the Opposition has been gaining momentum. In the SODELPA president’s recent trip to the United States he was popular in
01 Aug 2015 10:01
Naiqama Backed

Support for Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu as the next Leader of the Opposition has been gaining momentum.

In the SODELPA president’s recent trip to the United States he was popular in the way he conducted himself.

While he acknowledged the traditional welcome ceremony by party supporters there, he returned the traditional gifts to them. The other leader that has been doing this is Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The PM has openly declared that he is there to serve the people, not to be served and he wants all those in Government to follow his example.

Ratu Naiqama obviously believes in the same principle.

While in the US he also advised supporters that money they wanted to give him should be directed to the SODELPA accounts in Suva.

 

New direction

SODELPA yesterday issued statement on bauxite mining to the Fiji Sun. It may signify the end of the party’s ban against this newspaper.

Where does this leave Ro Teimumu, Mick Beddoes, and the crew at the Opposition office?

 

Levuka man a first

Ok, who was the first local journalist to work for the Fiji Times?

Many would say Stan Whippy Ritova, who began working at the Fiji Times in the late 1950s and became a star for the original Fiji Sun in the 1970s.

But the death in Blenheim, New Zealand, this week of Reg Spowart, 89, is a reminder that there were others too.

Mr Spowart, from a Levuka family, began his journalism career on the Fiji Times in the 1950s.

He later moved to New Zealand where he rose to become editor of the daily Marlborough Express for 11 years.

He retired from the Express after a 40-year journalism career in Fiji and New Zealand.

He was recognised as the first Pacific Islander to head a New Zealand daily newspaper.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

 




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