Letters To The Editor: 13th January, 2019

iTaukei fears Amenatave Yaconisau, 53 Palm Drive Delainavesi However attractive the arguments provided in this newspaper about iTaukei fears the fact remains six seats are gone showing disillusionment about the
13 Jan 2019 13:44
Letters To The Editor: 13th January, 2019

iTaukei fears

Amenatave Yaconisau, 53 Palm Drive Delainavesi

However attractive the arguments provided in this newspaper about iTaukei fears the fact remains six seats are gone showing disillusionment about the administration. The next maybe more.

Give thanks where it’s due

Vasiti Toai Fatiaki, Nadera, Suva

I wish to thank Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete and your ministry for the professionalism, expertise, skills, commitment, dedication, love, care, patience and understanding extended to me by the medical staff.

I was admitted at the Acute Medical Ward from November 21 until December 19 and for the four weeks I was given complete bed rest.

Unfortunately, I cannot remember the names of the individuals whom I met, but I must mention Dr. Amrish Krishnan and Sarita, Dr. Ravi, Dr. Ana and Dr. Mere.

I must thank the nurses for their love, care, patience and sacrifice.  This helped me understand the difference between a vocation and a job, the whole network, including doctors, nurses, catering, laundry, cleaning and transport services, functioned smoothly and peacefully.

All good things must be shared with as many people as possible and credit given where it is due.

I must thank the doctors and nurses at Valelevu Health Centre for referring me to the CWM Hospital.

I would also like to thank the helpful staff of the kidney foundation.  The dialysis treatment although useful is very expensive, $250 per session for retirees who depend on their children (in my case, one son).  This is a big dent on my son’s savings.

While in hospital I learned that the Government will open in 2019 a new Dialysis Unit in Nadera, the fee will be reduced to $75 per session. I have now heard that it has been reduced to $75 per session in Labasa.

I wonder therefore, how soon the dialysis fee will be reduced in Suva.

Again, Mr Minister, please accept my grateful thanks and appreciation.

New school year

Spencer Robinson, Suva

The long school break has now ended and it is back to reality for yet another new school term beginning next week.

At least this would be a relief on some of us who have to wake up early to prepare for work or school.

In addition, there would be perhaps a higher traffic congestion status and buses jam-packed in the morning and afternoons come next week. Whatever one’s view is, it is important that we prioritise and execute proper travel plans so that we arrive at our destinations safely and on time.

To all primary, high school and tertiary students, have a blessed and enjoyable first school term and semester.

To the educators, academics and support staff, best wishes as well.

If we are to succeed in life, we need to put into practice the motivational and powerful words once shared by Dr. Ifereimi Baledrokadroka, “Chase your dream and never give up. Trust God, honour your parents and work hard.”

Stolen Vehicles

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

How was it possible that stolen cars from New Zealand were not detected in New Zealand, but were discovered in Fiji by our very own Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.

What a job well done.

Maybe they have gone through before, but with discovery I believe it might never come our way again.

Because Fiji is the hub of the Pacific a lot of illegal goods should be expected by our FRCS officers ,

But a job well done and Vinaka Vakalevu.

Levuka Museum

Satish Nakched, Suva

Museums determine who their target visitors will be and create a theme and design that will appeal to the general public.

It is important to craft an experience that makes people talk about the museum visit because referrals are the best way to advertise. Such is the town of Levuka, where the entire township’s buildings can be classified as the only living museum, probably in the world, that have buildings and structures dating back to 1877 and earlier which now are under the protection of UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

One such building is the old Morris Hedstroms store that houses the Levuka Community centre together with a museum and the space is also shared by the library.

Morris Hedstroms started business in 1868 by two former entrepreneur students of Levuka Public School and proudly stands in its original state to this day.

For any first-time visitors the Levuka museum is a must to stop by for information and viewing of the old artefacts that gave birth to the nation.

Being in the UNESCO World heritage listing elevates Levuka to another level with the other elite world heritage sites and the visitors flock to this sleepy township to enjoy the antiques.

However, this is met with a lot of disappointment when one enters the Levuka Museum to see the deteriorating place.

The interior of the museum is dusty, very humid and exposed to noise that emanates from the EFL power generator next door.

There is no automated fire fighting equipment installed in the building and the portable fire extinguishers are all kept under the receptionist’s front desk and were last serviced in 2015.

The staff are inadequately trained in basic firefighting and should a blaze start the whole place will be destroyed in record time because of the high fire load status and the ever-blowing southeasterly winds. Is the museum building is not OHS compliant, including the spacious rear Bond House where the floor and the wall boards can collapse anytime and the hazards are very dangerous?

The so-called garden beside the museum has large open water chambers, broken beer bottles and the weeds are knee high in height. This garden houses the exhibits of the first electric power station of the nation and the manual-aided push carts that were used in the 18th century at the Queen’s Wharf, which gave birth to the automotive industry in Fiji.

I believe that this centre must be closed for public safety and probably could be the worst kept heritage site in the UNESCO listing. All the library paper repositories have faded because of extreme heat exposure and may not last very long unless immediate and drastic action is taken by the National Trust of Fiji, who are the custodians of the premise mandated under the Heritage Decree 2012.

The National Trust of Fiji is obliged under the decree and the World Heritage Convention to manage the significance of the place to the world heritage values and status and that is now long overdue.

The place needs a major renovation and the ministry concerned must without any delay act in order to preserve this for future generations and the world to enjoy.

The only positive for the Levuka museum is the friendly faces of the hard-working staff operating under extreme conditions and who never fail to inspire and equip the visitors with their excellent knowledge of history.


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