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28 Receive Order Of Fiji 2018 Medals

Former chief justice, Anthony Gates and former governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Barry Whiteside, were awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji.
30 Nov 2019 13:26
28 Receive Order Of Fiji 2018 Medals
Former Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor Barry Whiteside with daughters, Georgia Whiteside and Karyn Gibson after receiving his Companion of the Order of Fiji medal. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Twenty-eight citizens received the Order of Fiji 2018 Awards yesterday.

Among them was a former Chief Justice, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, notable social workers, former soldiers, sevens rugby players, a boxer, weightlifter and pre-school student.

Held at the State House, President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote said it was the services provided by such people that ensured Fiji’s growth as a society.

He said the commitment made by the recipients in nation-building proved that there were still people who put others’ needs first, before theirs.

The former chief justice, Anthony Gates and former governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Barry Whiteside, were awarded the Companion of the Order of Fiji.

This is given for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree.

Captain (navy) John Fox (second from left) with his family members William Fox, Akesa Fox and John Fox (jr) after receiving his  Officer of the Order of Fiji (OF) medal from the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, during the Order of Fiji Investiture Ceremony at the State House on November 29, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Captain (navy) John Fox (second from left) with his family members William Fox, Akesa Fox and John Fox (jr) after receiving his
Officer of the Order of Fiji (OF) medal from the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, during the Order of Fiji Investiture Ceremony at the State House on November 29, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Retired accountant Jenny Seeto, former Suva mayor Ratu Peni Volavola, veteran broadcaster Keith Broadbridge, Lagisoa Delana, Ratu Inoke Seru and cancer activist Sina Kami were awarded the Officer of the Order of Fiji.

For the Member of Order of Fiji, Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s contribution in driving development in the North was also recognised. Also recognised were Tessa Mackenzie, who designed the Fiji flag, Apenisa Bogiso, Professor Narendra Reddy, Ratu Epeli Niudamu, Manasa Ragigia, Opetaia Alefaio and Dr Saraswati Nandan.

Sevens players Kalione Nasoko and Samisoni Viriviri along with boxing sensation Winston Hill and weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai were awarded the Medal of the Order of Fiji.

Former soldiers Jitoko Soko, Saula Raiyawa and Jone Kotobalavu were also in this listing with Mohammed Latif Koya.

But the toast of the day was the pint sized hero, five-year-old Aqoriniasi Dreu whose action saved his brother’s life. He was the recipient of the Bravery Medal.

Member of Order of Fiji recipient Ratu Wiliame said this was unexpected.

“I received an email last week. I am still trying to find out who nominated me. For me it is about building a better and productive future for all Fijians,” he said.

“And incidentally work for me starts in Vanua Levu.”

Mr Whiteside was all smiles and happy for being recognised.

“I did not expect this. But I am happy that it has come,” he said.

“For me, my contribution started on a small scale as I worked to provide for my family, but soon I saw that I could do more and help towards the bigger scale of things.”

Dr. Saraswati Nandan received the Member of the Order of Fiji (MF) from the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote during the Order of Fiji Investiture ceremony at State House on November 29, 2019.  Photo: Ronald Kumar

Dr. Saraswati Nandan received the Member of the Order of Fiji (MF) from the President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote during the Order of Fiji Investiture ceremony at State House on November 29, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Dr Nandan was the unsung hero. Her commitment towards providing medical help for the destitute was recognised.

Her son, Suva lawyer, Sidharth Nandan said his mother provided medical clinics in areas where people were poor.

He said she did this not for recognition but as her duty towards humanity.

Edited by Percy Kean

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