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Ranawai Remembered

Fiji’s improving economic situation is attracting interest from overseas investors. Take for example the two who attended a specially organised meeting at a local restaurant recently. Their local agent introduced
26 Jul 2016 09:20
Ranawai Remembered
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Fiji’s improving economic situation is attracting interest from overseas investors. Take for example the two who attended a specially organised meeting at a local restaurant recently.

Their local agent introduced them and spoke of big plans to develop iTaukei land and resources. He spoke of a sawmill in one of the provinces and the processing of mahogany trees.

But when he started talking about starting an iTaukei business movement like Apolosi Ranawai, a person in attendance decided to leave because he felt the tenor of the meeting had gone in a different direction. It sounded like another venture with overseas connection which had gone belly-up. Mr Ranawai was a business entrepreneur who wanted to build an empire of iTaukei business during the colonial era.

He wanted iTaukei to ride in iTaukei buses and buy from iTaukei shops.

He had such a following that it worried the colonial rulers to the point that he was exiled. He was regarded as a cult hero by some.

No doubt some today still regard him as a legend and want to keep his legacy alive.

 

Back to school

It was a wakeup call for many of the participants in the Fiji National University’s two-week training  programme which started in Vutia, Rewa, yesterday.

They were told it was back to school. That meant no phones, no fooling around, no disrespect, must address appropriately according to local customs and traditions, must listen to the instructors, and most importantly, must be punctual. A local shop ran out of exercise books as students made a late scramble for stationery. But the students are excited about getting a certificate. They don’t mind the rules as long as they graduate.

 

After Care Fund

A request has reached one of the highest offices in Government about a proposed After Care Fund for police officers similar to the one for military personnel.

On peacekeeping missions, military officers are armed but not Police officers.

The argument is that Police officers are exposed to higher risks because they are unarmed and they can’t defend themselves in a firefight.

 


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