Fiji Sun » Coconut Wireless Leading Fiji newspaper for Fiji News, Sport and Pacific news Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:39:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IN BETWEEN The LINES Mon, 04 Jun 2018 02:25:35 +0000 VUNIVALU MOVE MOVING AHEAD

More and more interesting devel­opments on that little island off the Tailevu coast.

Seems those who want Ratu Epeni Cakobau installed to the long vacant title of Vunivalu are pressing ahead. They plan an installation on Bau this Friday.

However, the split amongst those who once played such a prominent role in chiefly times past won’t go away.

Because of the split warriors who traditionally provide security for such an event have withdrawn.

Another warrior clan has been brought in. They will guard the Bau landing and the installation proper on the chiefly island.

Fiji Sun has been reliably informed that the kingmaker will carry out his traditional duty.

After the installation a letter will be written to inform the Roko Tui to confirm the installation.

This letter will be signed by the Roko Tui and forwarded to the chairman of the iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission for the installation to be registered and formally recognised by Govern­ment.

But the group against the instal­lation includes some within the Tui Kaba household who will stay away from the event.

It is possible that the Govern­ment will not accept the letter because of disunity within the Tui Kaba clan.

An interesting week ahead.


Could that party which in times past symbolised the Indo-Fijian political presence be about to see some divisions of a new kind.

Could it see the emergence of an iTaukei leader as its current leader languishes in the polls?

Some within have apparently been thinking about it.



A provincial council office has been operating on land for more than 70 years without a lease agreement.

Last year the council made a tra­ditional presentation to the chiefly clan who are the owners of the land. About 10 tabua were used.

Now it is working with the land­owners, Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs and Lands Department for a lease agreement.

The council needs the lease because it wants to make some developments on the leased land to get money to help provincial operations.

The chiefly clan has not demand­ed anything from all the years the office had been on their land.

A real chiefly gesture.



The people of Suvavou Village across Suva harbour in Lami have long felt aggrieved as they have seen Suva grow and prosper on what was their land. That was until they were moved off it long ago in colonial times.

They have aired their concerns to past governments but no change has been made. Hope is high now in Suvavou that a caring Govern­ment is leading the nation.

They have been informed to write a letter, which they have done. They are now crossing their fingers for a more positive reply than they got from past governments.

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Coconut Wireless, 08th June 2017 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:25 +0000 MP’s behaviour under scrutiny

A Member of Parliament is skating on thin ice and soon he could be exiting the august  House. Not that he wants to but he would be compelled to do the honourable thing.

You see, his party is fed up to the neck with his antics.

The last time he apologised to the party leader he was pardoned. This time he is likely to be shown the door because of his continuing alleged breaches of party rules and standards.


Think about it

The United Nations Ocean Conference began on June 5 in New York and Fiji is co-hosting the event. But some of the usual anti-mob are still posting up on social media that it is of no use.

If it wasn’t for any good use for the country and the world as a whole, then why would so many countries take part.

A little thought by the keyboard warrior mob might go a long way to understanding.


Is that it?

The Nasinu Court House registry door handle seriously needs repair.

The door which the public uses to enter the registry is not accessible to the public because a door knob is missing.


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Coconut Wireless, 6th June 2017 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 22:54:14 +0000 Tight lipped

After a worrisome week, the public can notice the beginning of safe removal of asbestos at Suva Civic Centre Building.

Experts at the scene says good results are coming up soon.

However every consultant, expert, Ministry and council related to the issue have taken to remain tight lipped and wait for work to end.


No comments

Asbestos has been the talk of the town, but not only said to be found in one place.

There are said to be some other buildings that contains asbestos.

Unfortunately, the relevant authorities do not want to comment.


Not a worry

Despite asbestos being a worry around the civic centre seawall, smoking weed in that particular area was not a worry to the securities who monitor the area.


Students in uniform

Speaking of the civic center students in their uniform continue to be mingling around the seawall, dating.

What are our schools doing to monitor this and what are our law enforcement officers doing about this area?


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Coconut Wireless , 19th May 2017 Thu, 18 May 2017 22:08:43 +0000 Dozed off

Spare a thought for our Parliamentarians. Sometimes they have to sit there in the Standing Committee meetings for hours listening to submissions from various organisations.

They took their toll on an MP who simply dozed off.


Costly mix-up

A bus driver and a shopkeeper must be cursing themselves after they gave the wrong change. In both cases a $7 note had been exchanged. The driver and the shopkeeper both thought it was $20.

The moral of the story: don’t rush.


Fear factor

There seems to be a perception about fear, participants were told at the Press Freedom Day celebrations at Fiji National University – the fear to express an anti-establishment idea.

The fear, they were told, was unfounded. There is no reason for it. If you want evidence just look at the Letters to the Editor columns of the newspapers.


Tale of two worlds

When you walk into the Ratu Cakobau Park washrooms in Nausori, they are a delight because they are clean. They have been transformed from what they were last year.

It’s a different world when you pay and walk into the washrooms on the other side of town. Only one word to describe their condition: Pathetic.


Sexual harassment

A company driver has lost his job because of alleged sexual harassment.

He touched a female employee’s breast to wake her up. She had fallen asleep on her way home from a busy night shift.



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Coconut Wireless, 18th May 2017 Wed, 17 May 2017 23:00:17 +0000 Allegedly threatened and victimised

A concerned citizen in Korovou Town, Tailevu, and his crew are being threatened and victimised after airing their concerns to the Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last week, during the Budget consultations.

The young man has been told there are  consequences for exercising his freedom of speech and talking to the A-G.

This appears to be a politically motivated act.


Question for Fisheries

Talking about politics, one village in the West has been visited by a political party campaigner.

Not only did he spend a few days, but used the time to spread his message.

He told the villagers there were others like him visiting other villages.

He allegedly told villagers that they could not catch fish or get fresh water mussels from the local river, even for their own consumption, without a licence.

Some villagers are afraid to venture into the river now.

Talk about politics.


A sickly tale

A  boss tells the wife of an employee that he can’t visit him in hospital in case he might get sick.

His employee is admitted after an accident. It sounds like a sickly tale.



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Coconut Wireless: May 17th, 2017 Tue, 16 May 2017 23:00:46 +0000 The holier than thou radio gang

We cannot understand what was going on in the minds of those folks at CFL when they criticised our report on a rape trial. They claimed we had breached the Media Code of Ethics by naming one victim who had died.

Fact: When this story first broke in 2016 before the case went to court, we had named the rape and murder victim because her family wanted it, to highlight the seriousness of the issue.

Fact: If the CFL radio reporters were listening in court they would have heard that the lawyers had no objection to the naming of the deceased victim because it was already public knowledge.

Could their attitude issue – and this isn’t the first such example – be because of struggles with their own reporting?

‘Number of the Beast’

SODELPA Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro just could not resist it.

He tweeted “It’s kinda amusing. So with candidate numbers starting at 508, I shudder to think who’ll get the dreaded 666”.

Newswire then reported the “number of the Beast” – 666 – was set to appear on Fiji’s ballot papers for the 2018 general election.

“This means that one candidate would be assigned the number 666, and it is hard to imagine that number being anyone’s first choice.

“In popular culture, 666 has become a widely recognised symbol of the anti-christ, or the Devil himself.”

Superstition? You be the judge.

New catch phrase

It’s funny how videos posted up now on social media can go viral instantly. Recently a video was posted of two locals arguing. A new catch phrase was born from the exchange and has rapidly gained popularity.  It’s called ‘Waraki Tupou’.

Talk of the town

A group of men who arrived recently from a tour of duty overseas is the talk of the town. They convinced the operator of a nightclub to close the door. Then they  bought drinks for everyone inside until the patrons had had enough.

Kudos to Police officer

A Police officer is the best friend of reporters  after he stopped the abusive calls from a cell block. An accused person awaiting trial, backed by relatives from the outside, began hurling abuse at reporters.

The officer intervened and told them that reporters were just doing their job. Kudos to the officer.

Coconut Wireless was compiled by Ranoba Baoa with contributions from Mere Satakala, Arieta Vakasukawaqa and Ashna Kumar.


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Coconut Wireless, 14th May 2017 Sun, 14 May 2017 05:32:20 +0000 House plans?

Word is that negotiations among Opposition political leaders have reached a stage where they’ve discussed about who is going to occupy the State House, if they happen to come into power next year. Some say this is important if they are to win more support.


Prices overboard

One wonders why the cost of food and beverages sold on local inter-island ferries is always high. A serve of curry and rice can be $10. $10 seems to be the minimum for any serve.


I’m the boss

Seems like someone in Tailevu North wants to be the town’s big boss and the men in blue are said to be doing nothing about it. Why?


Not new but prevalent

Workers living between Korovou town and Natovi prefer using private vehicles because they charge less fare.

Illegal operators in Korovou seem to be making money.


Shining Star and Sun

Nice to see praise for the Pacific Islands press this past week amidst criticism of the major Australian news media.

Julian Moti QC hailed the Solomon Star and Fiji Sun newspapers for fair reporting about now discredited Australian persecution because of his role as Solomon Islands Attorney-General.

Fijian-born Mr Moti was speaking during the launch in Suva of the book Redeeming Moti, by Australian investigative journalist and commentator Susan Merrell.



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Coconut Wireless, 13th May 2017 Sat, 13 May 2017 00:03:28 +0000 Nair moves

So Robin Nair is off to join the NFP. Wonder why? Could it have anything to do with his own ambitions for a bigger ride on the COP23 bandwagon not happening?

The now departed PS Foreign Affairs was apparently involved in some territorial skirmishing. This in the countdown to our leadership of this world event.

Things, it is whispered, did not go all his way.


Top service

A group of rural villagers was thoroughly impressed with the service it got from the top officials at the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs yesterday. One of the elderly villagers said: “They are professionals. They were efficient and courteous and they respected us. They recognised that we had come a long way to see them. We were absolutely satisfied with their level of customer service and we say thank you.”

Those involved get the public service medal for the week.


Patients First

This scenario was witnessed at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital recently. The hospital matron suddenly enters the ward announcing: “Patients first please, patients first”

Any visitor would have thought they were next on the list of diners.


$150 transaction

Members of a union are scratching their heads over a $150 transaction that has seen a man walk away with building material for two houses.

The houses have been dismantled to make way for a new development.


Where is Ella?

Tropical Cyclone Ella’s wavering movement around the Fiji group is slowly becoming a joke for most, which is shared on social media.  Some have even gone to ‘search for Ella during their work trips in the interior parts of the country.

A status read; “Nanna Ella where are you hiding? I am coming to look for you.”

And while these hilarious outbursts are often refreshing and humorous, members of the community are being urged to stay safe.


Crazy Drivers

A bus company whose drivers are well known for running their buses like crazy was at it again.

This time at Nakasi a little after 6am. It overtook at least four vehicles before returning to its lane avoiding a near accident.

The driver of the on-coming vehicle looked clearly disgusted by such stupidity early in the morning.



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Coconut Wireless: April 2nd, 2017 Mon, 01 May 2017 22:01:47 +0000 Fact checking the ‘Opposition Times’

So the gang over at the paper the Attorney-General has branded the “Opposition Times” is not happy about us reporting what the A-G said about them in Parliament. Supporters have used crude language to back up their gang. So maybe it’s time for some Fact Checking.

The paper the A-G calls the “Opposition Times” claimed that their reporter, Felix Chaudhry, was at Tavua after the A-G’s Budget Consultations was to have started and no one was there.

FACT: He did stop at the venue, Tavua College, at 9am, when it was to have started. But he left almost immediately to cover the National Federation Party-linked Fiji Cane Growers Association meeting in Rakiraki. He immediately put a story online that there was no attendance at Tavua.

Our reporter Shahani Mala who was at the Fiji Cane Growers Association meeting in Rakiraki heard Felix Chaudhry telling everyone how there was no attendance at Tavua.

FACT: Fiji Sun’s Lautoka Editor Charles Chambers, who had covered the Tavua Budget Consultations, met Felix Chaudhry at the Rakiraki Budget Consultations later that day and told of about 40 people had turned up in Tavua. He showed him pictures of those who had attended. The Fiji Times immediately removed that story online.

Their reporter vanished from the Rakiraki Budget Consultation. Perhaps he did not want to face the Attorney-General over his inaccurate story.


Felix Chaudhry – who said there was no one at the A-G’s event at Tavua – also said in his coverage of the NFP-linked Fiji Cane Growers Council meeting that over 200 attended. Our reporter Shahani Mala, who was also there, physically counted just over 100 in attendance.

Talk about blowing things out of proportion. Why would they do that?

Coconut Wireless was edited by Nemani Delaibatiki from contributions from our West newsroom staff.


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Coconut Wireless: 24th April 2017 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:17:30 +0000 Technical glitches

Day one of the 2017 Coca-Cola Games was delayed a few times because of technical difficulties at the start of a track event. A Secondary School’s Athletics Association representative said technical difficulties were expected but they would remedy this in the remaining two days.

Disappointing however, the same problem continued.

A bit of arrogance was shown to the public by the Coke Games volunteers. Please, smile and co-operate next time around.

Good citizens

Thank you to the bus driver and good citizens on board the ‘Baravi Cruizer’ for always ensuring that a man with special disability gets off at a safe place in Samabula to get to work. “Fiji the way the world should be.”

Coconut Wireless was compiled by Grace Narayan.


]]> 0 Coconut Wireless : 17th April 2017 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:12:54 +0000 Wait! Doc’s out shopping

A patient waits patiently at a health centre only to be informed to wait a little while longer because the doctor was out shopping.

Blessed are the drunk

On Resurrection Sunday a drunk man turns up at the Hot Bread wishing to buy a chicken pie ($3.85) with only a dollar in his hand.

A blessed Sunday to all as the drunk man was given two hot sausage rolls for his dollar.

Fijian 7s  distraction

A gala dinner organised in Suva last week apparently had some disagreement amongst the organisers and the turn out did not look so successful.

Think people were more excited to watch the 7s.

Coconut Wireless is compiled by Naisa Koroi with contributions from Losirene Lacanivalu and Ashna Kumar.

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Coconut Wireless, 15th April 2017 Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:45:32 +0000 Listen good,listen well

We hear the Foreign Affairs minister did not mince his words when setting some heads of missions straight on a few issues. Pin drop silence was the order of the day when he spoke.


Unusually quiet

So a once SODELPA strongman has gone all quiet maybe because he got a Government construction contract? And, who was screaming from the rooftops that FijiFirst supporters were benefitting?


Decrying merit

Some of the failed media types really cannot fathom the role merit plays in Fiji’s career growth. The same types are best known for being someone’s child and someone’s spouse. The same types are decrying merit-based appointment in the civil service. Shame, indeed.


Justice isn’t like that

So a local political commentator had hoped the results of the last polls would be different so that criminal proceedings against would come to an end. That is not how the judiciary works, people!


This is not new

A word of caution to school managements around the country- if you are inviting a Minister or an assistant Minister to officiate at an event, please get their names correct on the welcome banner. One such blooper was noted this week.


What’s your status?

What is the immigration status of all those in the US who attended a recent political rally? Interesting to know.


Here’s the climax

Asenaca Caucau is SODELPA USA president? Really? Indians, weeds, Parliament! Ring a bell anyone? So the leader is preaching about getting Indo-Fijian voters. Wonder how this would pan out for them.




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Coconut Wireless, 01st April 2017 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:32:58 +0000 Hope or less

So we hear a former youth man for one  political Party is hoping that his former comrades would join his new venture and was overheard telling one, not to enter his office again if the latter does not join him in his new aspirations. Have hope, people.


What does that even mean?

One quotable quote from Parliament was left out in a rush: ‘You really shouldn’t be rubbing McDonald’s’ – Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa.


Just keyboard warriors

Wait for it, very soon social media will be flooded with ‘analysis’ from one who should have left politics behind a long time ago. We can only have hope.



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Coconut Wireless: 28th March, 2017 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:00:28 +0000 Legal advice

Law students will do well to sit in Judge Justice Salesi Temo’s court room. He has never been one reluctant to call out prosecution or defence lawyers in their shortcomings. His courtroom is one of the best places to pick up dos and don’ts of the court house.

Face-to-face scammers

Now forget about the online, phone scams circulated on social media.

This one was done face to face – but luckily no money was exchanged.

Here is how it was done: Two men in their mid 40’s produced a letter with an official address, logo and even a TIN number.

The letter stated they were part of a youth group looking for funds to assist youth back in the village.

Luckily the likely victim did no have any money with him and suggested that they come back later.

After some fact checking, the TIN number on the letter belonged to an individual, the name of the youth group was a village in the West while the men posing as agents for the group were from the Central division.

Talk about big time con artists!!!

Coconut Wireless is compiled by Ranoba Baoa with contributions from Jyoti Pratibha and Ashna Kumar.


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Coconut Wireless, 27th March 2017 Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:30:55 +0000 Scam alert

Have been receiving calls via viber saying you have won $100,000.

And in order to receive the said amount, you have to pay few hundred dollars before it is transferred into your bank account?

People, IT’S A SCAM!

An unfortunately some have fallen for it.

Facebook Live 

Notable is the use of the Facebook Live platform by churches around the country.

And why not when Fijians can tune in from their smartphones, laptops or desktops from around the world to hear their favourite local preacher.

Kudos to the churches who are keeping up with the changing landscape in digital communication!


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Coconut Wireless, 26th March 2017 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:25:41 +0000 Julie Zahra loss

Despite all the hype surrounding the Julia Zahra concert, it turns out the organisers made a bit of a loss.

This is because the local music talent happened to charge more than the main event.

So basically, Julia Zahra got paid less than the other musicians.

Also the organisers had to pay a 25 per cent tax comprised of the service turnover tax and environment tax. Ms Zahra’s agent told the organisers that they only paid a five per cent tax for her concert in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

The organisers said they would have still made a loss even without the taxes.

Are our musicians going to price such shows out of Fiji?


Where’s the cop car?

Yesterday there was a road accident in Korolevu. Unfortunately, it seems that the officers of the nearby Korolevu Community Police Post could not attend to the accident because the vehicle was with officers of the Sigatoka Police Station.

So the officers from the Sigatoka Police Station had to come to attend to the accident.

Shouldn’t all these areas have their own Police vehicles to police their own areas?


Get your facts about epilepsy right

Parents need to get their facts straight about epilepsy!

International Purple Day, which creates awareness on epilepsy, was marked on Friday. However, a medical consultant has concerns about the mindset of parents.

Some parents have complained to schools, telling teachers not to let their children sit with kids who suffer from epilepsy, because they think the epileptic kids are possessed by ‘evil spirits’.

Seriously parents? In this modern enlightened age, you actually think this proven medical condition is the work of evil spirits?

The medical consultant also said there were cases where the parents of epileptic children sent their kids to schools that cater for kids with special needs or just let them stay at home.

Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures.

Don’t let the younger generations suffer because you don’t know what this common medical condition is.


Earth Hour

Did anyone mark Earth Hour by turning out their lights yesterday? Let’s not forget the environment, people.




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Coconut Wireless, 24th March 2017 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:52:59 +0000 Laisenia’ who?

In a recent youth workshop where the  Minister of Youth and Sports was the guest,the master of ceremonies (MC) was so nervous that in his welcoming speech he said ‘Laisenia Qarase’ instead of Laisenia Tuitubou.

Pleasure enhancer

Word is that teenagers are currently going about using a particular pleasure enhancer. Apparently this particular enhancer is being served over the counter in some pharmacies. Wonder what the age limit in buying this substance.



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Coconut Wireless: 22nd March 2017 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:00:59 +0000 A rare moment

It was a rare moment in Parliament yesterday when both sides supported the Land Transport Amendment Bill 2017. A moment to savour.

No voice of dissent. It was a perfect bipartisan show. Who said it can’t be done?

It also highlights that everyone has had enough of what’s been happening in the LTA over the years. Can we expect more bipartisan work in Parliament?

ν Coconut Wireless is compiled by Ranoba Baoa with contribution from Arieta Vakasukawaqa.

]]> 0 Coconut Wireless: 21st March, 2017 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:00:22 +0000 Not a safe fruit to ripen anymore

A taxi driver has been thinking and wishing he was back in the good old days when servicing the other day.

From a village within the greater Suva area, his perception of a carefree village lifestyle that he was raised in has changed a lot.

“Today even our banana plants next to our homes are not safe,” he said.

With the tropical fruit selling for five to $10 dollars a bunch, a whole banana bundle would be raking in close to $100, he said some plants when ripening were not safe and disappeared the next morning.

“The worst part is stalks have been removed from the kitchen while the family is asleep,” he said.

ν Coconut Wireless is compiled by Caroline Ratucadra with contributions from Rusiate Mataika.

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Coconut Wireless: 20th March, 2017 Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:08:41 +0000 Dead chicken disappears

The rooster that was taken in for evidence after it was shot following a neighbourly dispute in Labasa last year is said to have disappeared without the knowledge of the powers that be. Must have been a nice curry or soup dinner!

Another price tag poser

Many on social media are still trying to get their head around the frozen chicken display at a local supermarket. The special price tag was $12.85 and it also had $115.65 each marked. It surely got a lot of head scratching! The key word here is per “bag”!

Thieves go graffiti

A prominent primary school in Nadi suffered two break-ins in a space of one week. The culprits not only took off with cash but they also did graffiti on the walls and floors of the classroom.

Thankfully the teachers quickly stepped into action yesterday to clean up the graffiti of words not fit for kids.



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