Letters To The Editor, 4th February, 2016

Sonny Bill Williams Osea Sivo Naisau,  Ba Sonny Bill Williams is a multitalented sports personality. He also seems to possess the innate ability to be at the right place at
04 Feb 2016 08:43
Letters To The Editor, 4th February, 2016

Sonny Bill Williams

Osea Sivo Naisau,  Ba

Sonny Bill Williams is a multitalented sports personality.

He also seems to possess the innate ability to be at the right place at the right time.

In Rugby League, he won the NRL Final in rugby Union won super rugby with the Waikato Chiefs, twice World Cup champion with the All Blacks.

A good professional boxer and lately in his first taste of World Sevens rugby claimed the Wellington title on home turf.

It’s like the guy’s professional career was properly calculated and he seems to cherish the challenges and risks that accompanied it.

Sonny Bill Williams apart from being a sporting superstar is also a down to earth gentleman.

In last year’s World Cup, he gave his winning medal to an adoring fan and $100,000 of boxing purse to the Christchurch earthquake appeal.

Apart from other giveaways, in last weekend’s Wellington 7s he gave boots and tickets to a single mother of five.

Some give privately while others show it publicly. A well-known public personality like SBW has to express himself openly because if you’re that good on centre stage, there must be something special about you as a human being.

Ethics of a game

Joji O. Toronibau,  Tunuloa

Remember when Fiji wins a game……..they cry when they are happy, laugh when a bit nervous and angry when frustrated.

Remember Manasa Bari in Hong Kong perhaps, and the latest at the 15s World Cup when Japan beat the Springboks?


iTaukei legacy

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa,  Canada

Before our new Constitution, the word Fijian meant the iTaukei people of Fiji, even though we were a multi-racial nation.

The iTaukei pride itself in being Christian, friendly, hospitable, caring, always smiling and would go the second mile for one in need or entertain visitors.

I believe this is why the then Air Pacific used the words “Fiji the way the world should be” as part of its promotional logo to sell Fiji abroad.

Over the years as we are exposed to overseas cultures and lifestyles, bringing with it all the different types of rights; our own iTaukei legacy has been greatly affected.

We will eat our food without sharing or inviting those around us, our respect for elders in the community has diminished including women and many more.

Currently, the issue of women’s rights has been raised, whether men should stand up and give their seats to women in a packed bus.

Some women have already responded to this issue, saying that it is a matter of human courtesy and being a gentleman.

My two cents contribution is for all iTaukei to have pride and be grounded in our iTaukei legacy of putting God first, others second and self last which resulted in Fiji being the way the world should be.

It is sad that we are slowly losing our identity, in that we see people of other races giving their seats to women, while we ignore that instinctive response we were brought up in.

Not only the iTaukei language is to be taught as compulsory in schools, but our young Fijians should also be taught our iTaukei legacy.

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