Opinion

between the lines: 4th October, 2018

When rugby rules Sports, in this case rugby, is a great unifier, a melting pot for politics. Pictured above are two giants of Rewa, traditionally and politically, Ro Teimumu Kepa
04 Oct 2018 11:19
between the lines: 4th October, 2018

When rugby rules

Sports, in this case rugby, is a great unifier, a melting pot for politics. Pictured above are two giants of Rewa, traditionally and politically, Ro Teimumu Kepa the Roko Tui Dreketi and newphew Ro Filipe Tuisawau. They are showing off the Ratu Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama Shield Rewa won in the Vanua competition. PM Mr Bainimarama even hosted the victory celebrations at his village in Kiuva, Bau Tailevu, overshadowing politics.

History disappears

At the launch of the new Fijian Holdings 17-storey building in Suva last week a significant part of Fiji’s media history was overlooked. The site of the new highrise was once the home of Fiji’s (and the Pacific’s} leading advertising and communications company. It was housed in a beautiful, large single storey colonial building with large grounds and was the home of Wilson Addison Advertising and several other companies they owned. For a short period it was also home to Fiji TV until they leased their own studios across Gorrie Street. The building burnt to the ground several years after the agency did.

Wilson Addison went into bankruptcy and ceased operation and the property was sold, but as it had a historic building classification it was not developed until today. During the agency days it was a Friday night meeting place for the local media people and assorted guests and the discussion was always lively. The caretaker, who lived in the basement, was one of Fiji’s master potters and almost every day Wati could be seen firing her work in the car park. The impact on the media business in Fiji was significant and the site probably deserves a memorial plaque.

Jale Baba show

Jale Baba would not have needed to remove the post containing personal details of Fijian citizens if he had done due diligence and raised his concerns with the Fijian Elections Office. Sure enough he ought to have picked some tips from SODELPA MP Semesa Karavaki who is a former Supervisor of Elections himself.

Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj



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