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Love For Science Drove Tuidraki To Meteorology

Aminiasi Tuidraki once dreamed of becoming a doctor like his father. But circumstances prevented him. Instead, he turned to meteorology, as he pursued his passion for science. Mr Tuidraki, 55,
10 Sep 2016 10:45
Love For  Science Drove Tuidraki To Meteorology
Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Parveen Kumar with department of meteorological services principal technical officer Aminiasi Tuidraki. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Aminiasi Tuidraki once dreamed of becoming a doctor like his father.

But circumstances prevented him. Instead, he turned to meteorology, as he pursued his passion for science.

Mr Tuidraki, 55, was last night awarded the Certificate of Dedication, Commitment and contribution for 35 years of service with the Department of Meteorology at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport in Walu Bay, Suva.

He was one of the six employees given special awards for outstanding achievement during the ministry’s awards presentation.

Mr Tuidraki said: “I worked for the Fiji Meteorological Office for 35 years since I joined them on October 30, 1981.

“I left university and joined the office after attempts of trying to become a doctor. Unfortunately things didn’t happen the way I wished, which is to become a doctor just like my father,” he said.

Mr Tuidraki said he had moved up the ranks during his 35 years of service.

“I started from the base level, and then I became an observer until I became a meteorologist after completing my studies in Australia in 1985 then rose to the principal level in meteorological service.

“I have worked in all divisions like forecasting, network, infrastructure, quality measurement system within the department.

“We were able to receive many awards for our work during those 35 years, my contribution is very extensive, I did forecasting  for eight years after returning from overseas. My work didn’t focus on Fiji only but the region and internationally too,” he said.

Mr Tuidraki said the Fiji Meteorological Service played an important as it also catered for the region and the globe.

He said their role was to monitor weather forecast for seven Pacific countries and also paths of tropical cyclones under the World Meteorological Organisation covering the Pacific Ocean. Mr Tuidraki said the Fiji Meteorological Office was a scientific technical organisation.

“Our products are ‘words’, we deal with forecast, hydrology, climatology and meteorology, I operated in the director level for five years.

“We should keep updating our technology in this area due to the change of weather conditions due to climate change; we need a powerful information technology system because we also deal with aviation weather,” he said.

Mr Tuidraki thanked his family for their support and all those that worked with him for 35 years in the area of meteorology.

“My advice for young people is always have a passion for their dreams, I was interested in the area of science even though I didn’t get to become a doctor, I still managed to work in an area that was involved in the field of science, I never regretted making this decision till today.

“I was brought up in a family that evolved in science, my father was a doctor and mother was a nurse, so this is where I had the passion to strive in this field,” he said.

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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