30 December, 2006

More New Year entertainment in Suva

These are two more alternatives for entertainment as we welcome 2007:
  • Street Party along Victoria Parade next to Albert Park and the old Grand Pacific Hotel on Sunday, 31 December 2006. This is a "no-alcohol" street party where young and old alike dance, celebrate and welcome in the new Year. No entry fee required.
  • Pirates and Wenches Party, Sunday, 31 December 2006, The Point After, Queen Elizabeth Drive, on the seawall opposite Veiuto Primary School. Dress the part. Activities include : "Find the treasure", music, fireworks, best costume and more. F$50.00 per ticket. Call telephone +679 3305794 for reservations.

I would assume a lot of Fijians would also be attending their New Year church services as they reflect on 2006 and its events and pray for 2007.

Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home with seaviews through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. After a 20% discount, the rate per night for the entire home is F$112.00. Local calls are free and included in the rate. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephones +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

29 December, 2006

New Year celebration packages

Some New Year celebration packages offered in or around Suva include :
  • Tiki Pool Bar New Years Eve, Sunday, 31 December 2006, 6pm till late, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour. The poolside party is to feature a huge sound system with an international DJ (one of Sydney’s best) and local DJs. Entertainment includes techno hula girls; Samoan and Indian drummers; Tongan dancers; fire dancers; and Arts Village warriors. Also featuring henna tattooing and face painting; party toys; chai lounge and fortune teller; and seven food stalls. When the poolside bar closes, the party will move down to the beach with a huge bon fire till the sun rises, where the recovery party will keep going with a beach bbq, games, music and another bonfire on new year’s night. Tickets are F$39.00 per person and include a party pack worth over F$30.00. For more information call telephone +679 3450065.
  • The Pearl’s ‘New Years Eve Celebration', Sunday, 31 December 2006, 6pm till late The Pearl, Pacific Harbour. Count down to 2007 in style at The Pearl. Two packages available and include a combination of sparkling wine on arrival, celebrations, food stalls, midnight munchies, fireworks, entertainment through the night, midnight toast. Package 1 F$40.00 per person pre-paid, F$45.00 per person at the door. Package 2 F$99.00 per person pre-paid, F$105.00 per person at the door. Free transfers courtesy of Coral Sun in the Pacific Harbour area, and transfers from Suva available at F$5.00 per person return. Reservations preferred. For more details on packages and reservations call telephone +679 3450022.
  • JJ's on the Park, 'A Night of the Stars', Sunday, 31 December 2006, from 8pm, JJ's on the Park, Suva. Choose your favourite actor or actress, siren, vamp, hero or villain. Your choice of costume. Band "Chill Out" will be playing. A feast of fun, food and fine wines is offered. Call telephone +679 3305005 for reservations.
  • Big bang on the lake, Sunday, 31 December 2006, from 8.30pm, The Raintree Lodge, Colo-i-Suva. Fireworks display, dj and live music and italian buffet dinner from F$18.50 per person. Contact telephone +679 3320562 for reservations.

Fiji teams continue training

The Fiji teams for 7s Rugby, Rugby League and Netball continue their training over the festive season to prepare for upcoming international tours. The rugby 7s and League teams are preparing for their 7s tournaments with the rugby league 7s held in January, Australia, while the 7s Rugby tournament's next IRB series to be held at Wellington, NZ in February. The Netball team is working towards warm-up matches that will take them right up to the World Netball Championships. The netball championship was to have been held in Fiji but has not been rescheduled for November 2007 in New Zealand.

Special Promotion on Accommodation

The hotel industry is now offering large discounts for accommodation packages in an attempt to attract tourists to come back to Fiji. Discounts of up to 40% are being offered for wholesale accommodation and travel rates. It has been reported that the take-up rate for the packages has been good. For our two bedroom Suva rental, we have been offering a 20% discount on the rate per night from November and will run it until 31 March 2007 after which we will have a review. The home is fully furnished and includes Sky TV, free local calls, a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access with the two bedrooms each offering a double bed. The rate of F$112.00 per night covers a total number of 4 guests. A minor charge may be added for numbers more than 4. To check out photos and details of amenities provided, click on the appropriate links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephones +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

24 December, 2006

Christmas Eve in Suva

Today is Christmas Eve and I have just noted that Suva is so quiet. There are just a few cars on the road with hardly anyone walking around. Perhaps it is a Sunday and Sunday's are always quiet. It may be that people are also recovering from all the partying from Friday and Saturday. Nightclubs in Suva have been full over the past two nights as people celebrated Christmas - perhaps too to get over the crisis that we have been facing. Tonight? I do not think that the clubs will be that full like it was the last two nights. As I said, it is Sunday. From me, let me just say that I wish you readers a very Merry Christmas and a Successful 2007. Let us rediscover for ourselves for real meaning of Christmas - a time to reflect on ourselves and our journey, a time to share with the less fortunate - a time that God gave us His son! Again to all of you out there, particularly, those in the cold countries who cannot venture out as much as they would like to at this time, Merry Christmas.

21 December, 2006

Fiji to remain as hosts for the World Hobie championship 2007

Fiji will remain as hosts for the World’s Hobie 16 Championship in 2007. About 60 teams have already confirmed participation at the Championship with entries still being received. The organisers have welcomed the military's move to remove prisoners off the island of Nukulau which now could be included as a venue for the competition. The 18th Hobie Worlds will be held in Suva from 8 to 19 October, 2007. Note from GV : For those seeking accommodation during that period in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Fiji Museum opening hours

The opening hours for the Fiji Museum are back to normal and are as follows :
  • Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4.30pm;
  • Friday, 9.30am to 4pm;
  • Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm;
  • Sunday, 1pm to 4.30pm.

The Museum will be closed on 25 and 26 December 2006 and 1 January 2007.

Note from GV : Check out our two bedroom rental home in Suva through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

20 December, 2006

Nukulau Island back as a picnic spot

Nukulau Island will be enjoyed again by Suva residents and visitors when it stops being used as a correction facility to accommodate George Speight and other men that were implicated in the 2000 coup. Nukulau Island is right across the waters from Laucala Bay and is one of the few places with white sandy beach near Suva. In past years, before it became an island prison, Suva residents would use the place for their parties and picnics after payment of a small fee to the authorities. Now that it has been given back as a picnic spot, it should be a more exciting place to go to given its most history as an island prison.

19 December, 2006

Our more accepting society

After the military took over government two weeks ago today, there are reports (and one can also observe themselves) that soldiers who man our roadblocks have been warmly greeted and received with drinks, food and garlands from members of the public. Although much has been said about the illegality of the takeover and the abuse of democracy in our system of government, it seems amusing that within two weeks, our soldiers are more-or-less accepted by society. This may be attributed to our very accepting attitude which is ingrained in our culture and traditions. Fijians do not usually harbour resentment and hatred. Once they have traditionally apologised, usually with a presentation of kava and a drink of what is presented, the ills are forgotten and things are again on a level footing. Another reason for the acceptance of the soldiers is that some members of our families and friends serve in the army, whether it be a father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or cousin. Therefore, one cannot go on hating them as there is bound to be a relative or friend or friend's friend there. One last reason is that the people of Fiji, particularly Suva, are now getting quite used to the phenomenon of a coup, having gone through 4 in the last 19 years. One can see that after each coup, people have gotten up and soldiered on. Whether they have been affected by lost jobs or pay cuts or any other disadvantageous situation arising as a result of a particular coup, the people of Fiji have moved on with their lives. With that resilience of attitude, one can only hope that it will happen again this time. Onward Fiji!

Consumers more confident

Business is booming again for Suva retailers after consumers regained confidence after the military take-over of government a fortnight ago. Some businesses said that they had to resort to extraordinary marketing techniques to improve sales. Morris Hedstroms, one of the largest supermarket chains in Fiji, said that consumer spending at their stores increased last week. The store said that people's confidence had returned and that they were buying items on hire purchase and gifts for their families and friends for Christmas. After the Christmas and New Year shopping spree, families start buying school items for their children for the new school year which starts late January 2007. While some families will be enjoying their Christmas and New Year, we should also say a prayer and, if possible, help those whose father, mother, brother and sister, lost jobs as a result of the political crisis.

18 December, 2006

New bank opens in Suva

A new bank, Bank South Pacific Limited (BSP), will open in Suva today. BSP, from Papua New Guinea, acquired the operations of Habib Bank Limited of Pakistan. The bank will operate from the same premises that was used by Habib Bank. BSP is the largest bank in PNG. Visitors to Suva can access ATMs at most parts of the city. Most of these ATMs accept international credit cards - you can see whether the machine will accept your card if the card symbol is displayed next to the ATM. The only bank that does not offer ATM services are Bank of Baroda. Plans by BSP to offer electronic banking services are yet to be seen. Banks have recently also extended their opening hours to 4pm daily. ANZ and Colonial have a few of their branches open until midday on Saturdays.

17 December, 2006

Hyundai Fitness Centre member wins Mr Fiji Bodybuilding Competition

Hyundai Fitness Centre member and my good friend, Ben Saqata, has again won the Mr Fiji Bodybuilding Championship held at Nadi yesterday. Ben who is currently studying again at the University of the South Pacific, has been winning the competition over the last few years. The competition was held as a buildup to the South Pacific Games to be held at Apia, 2007. Other men from Suva who got placed during the championships were : William Ubitau who won the Junior Mr Fiji title and under 85kg weight category; and Livai Nabaro who won the under 75kg category. We wish these men well in their training over the next few months as they build themselves up for the Apia Games.

New Marist Club opens

A newly refurbished club house, formerly the Marist Club, and now called Bosco's Bar, is now open. The Bar is located within the Marist Brothers High School buildings. With its new name, the club pays tribute to a former Fiji rugby representative and captain of the national rugby team. Pio Bosco Tikoisuva was a well known rugby player throughout the 1970s in Fiji. His most memorable moment was when he captained the national team who beat the visiting British Lions team in Fiji in 1977. Bosco when on to excel in his professional life and was the Government Printer before taking over the Chief Executive Officer role of the Fiji Rugby Union. He has since retired. The club management thought that he was a very good role model for players hence their choice for the bar to be named after Bosco. The club management is also working on other plans to further promote the club and its activities to attract families of former students.

15 December, 2006

Cycling Summer Critirium

The final Crit for the year will be held on Sunday, 21 December 2006 at Vuya Road, Veiuto. Registration at 5.30pm and race starts at 6pm. Contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123 for details.

Upcoming Activities, Events and Accommodation in Suva (Updated 15.12.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Pacific Arts Alliance, School Holiday Arts Programmes, classes begin Monday, 27 November, and runs until Monday, 22 January, 2007, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Swimming lessons, from 4 to 15 December 2006, Olympic Pool, Suva;
  • Baseball Coaching Program for teens aged between 12 and 18 years, Tuesday, 5 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Sports Holiday Activities, classes run until Friday, 15 December 2006, Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fancy Rubbish Art Exhibition, open until end December 2006, Fiji Museum , Thurston Gardens, Suva;
  • Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre Saturday Summer Classes, starts Saturday, 9 December 2006 and runs until Saturday, 27 January 2007, Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, 94 Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • Diploma in Rugby Coaching Course, from Monday, 11 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006, Fiji Institute of Technology, School of Maritime & Fisheries Studies, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Professionals President Cup 2006 Golf Tournament, Friday, 22 December, and Saturday, 23 December 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Cycling Summer Critirium, Sunday, 24 December 2006, starts 5.30pm, Vuya Road, Veiuto;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara, display of bird paintings by William Belcher and exhibition for Westpac's 101st anniversary of services in Fiji, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay ();
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Pacific arts in the sun : Family event, every Saturday, 7am to 11am, Holiday Inn; Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Some entertainment to check tonight

Suva's nightlife is abuzz with parties and all the build-up to Christmas and New Year. There are a lot of pubs, nightclubs and hotels to check out which cater to different tastes as far as music and cost of drinks is concerned. Some entertainment to check tonight include :
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, Victoria Parade, from 6pm to 10pm where reknown Fijian musician, Tom Mawi, plays jazz. Singers, Debbie Kanaimawi and Lee-Ann Ah Sam, perform there;
  • Retrospect with DJ Tora from 8pm till late at Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade. DJ Tora plays soul, funk, disco and classics;
  • O'Reillys Nightclub for the much younger generation with more upbeat music catering to that generation;
  • Karaoke Bar at Bourbon & Blues Nightclub if you want to test your vocals.

For those who want to party on the early hours, some of the nightclubs in the city now have licences to operate to the early hours. Check out these two : Traps and Birdland Nightclub.

12 December, 2006

Interim President reassures tourists of safety

The Interim President, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, yesterday thanked tourists that had visited at this time despite the bad publicity and asked them to inform their families and friends overseas that there is no threat to them to visit Fiji. "Please do not miss this opportunity to grace our shores and experience our very unique multicultural way of life", he said. Business is slowly returning after a week of low customer turnout and low sales, according to the Fiji Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber said that business is slowly picking up not only in Suva but the other parts of Fiji as well. Tappoos Suva store said that the flow of shoppers and the resulting sales in the past few days had been encouraging. Shops continue to advertise their sales for Christmas. Some of the bargains are worth checking out.

11 December, 2006

World Fijian Fellowship Conference

The World Fijian Fellowship Conference will be held from 12 to 17 December 2006 at the Suva Civic Centre. The morning sessions will be from 9am to 3pm while the evening classes will start at 7pm. Note from GV : For accommodation in a two bedroom rental home in Suva, check out links at the right hand side of this blog then e-mail us on gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

2007 World Netball Championships taken away from Fiji

The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) withdrew the 2007 World Netball Championships from Fiji last Saturday. The Championships was to have been held in Suva, July 2007. The withdrawal was attributed to the military takeover of government last week. As a result of the withdrawal, Fiji is expected to lose around F$6 million in revenue that would have been gained from the Championships.

07 December, 2006

New Blog : Your Views on Fiji

I have set up a new blog where readers can post their comments/views on what has happened in Fiji and, more particularly, what can be done as we move forward. Anyone is welcome to post comments on the blog, http://viewsonfiji.blogspot.com/. Also check out our other blog, http://investinfiji.blogspot.com/. Links are provided at the right hand side of this blog.

Fancy Rubbish Art Exhibition

The ‘Fancy Rubbish’ Art Exhibition is open now until end December 2006 at the Fiji Museum, Thurston Gardens, Suva. The temporary exhibition features the work of local artists Kishore Lal and Boogie Gibbons, who make art from waste materials. The pieces which include coffee tables and candelabras which are available for purchase. Opening hours are :
  • Mondays to Thursdays to 4.30pm;
  • Fridays, 8am to 4pm;
  • Saturdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm;
  • Sundays, 1pm to 4.30pm.

Entry fees is F$7.00 per adult and F$5.00 per students. For more information, contact Vika Koro on telephones +679 3315944 or +679 9940539.

Multi-ethnic Cultural Centre Summer Classes

The Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre Saturday Summer Classes will start Saturday, 9 December 2006, and runs until Saturday, 27 January 2007, at the Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, 94 Waimanu Road, Suva. Classes will include :
  • Tabla, 8am to 10am;
  • Kathak 1, 10am to 12pm;
  • Vocal/Harmonium, 10am to 12pm;
  • Kathak 2, 12pm to 2pm;
  • Vocal/ Harmonium, 12pm to 2pm.

Learn traditional Indian musical instruments and singing. Fees are F$20.00 per student per programme. For more information, contact Saras or Dharmendra on telephone +679 3300050.

Nausori 7s on this weekend

The last tournament on the Fiji Rugby Union 2006 calendar, the Nausori 7s Rugby tournament, will be held this weekend at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Drive over the new Rewa bridge as you make your way to the park. Nausori has a potential of becoming another major city with developments coming up including the upgrade of the airport there.

Upcoming Activities, Events and Accommodation in Suva (Updated 7.12.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, until Friday, 8 December 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Pacific Arts Alliance, School Holiday Arts Programmes, classes begin Monday, 27 November, and runs until Monday, 22 January, 2007, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Swimming lessons, from 4 to 15 December 2006, Olympic Pool, Suva;
  • Tourism Training segments for Suva, 4 to 9 December 2006, at various venues in Suva;
  • Baseball Coaching Program for teens aged between 12 and 18 years, Tuesday, 5 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • National Boxing Championships, 6 to 8 December 2006, New Town Hall, Suva;
  • Air Pacific Tourism Training Week, Exhibition of training products and services, Thursday, 7 December 2006, 10am to 5pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Sports Holiday Activities, classes run until Friday, 15 December 2006, Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fancy Rubbish Art Exhibition, open until end December 2006, Fiji Museum , Thurston Gardens, Suva;
  • Fiji Table Tennis Association Open Tournament, 8 to 10 December 2006, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre Saturday Summer Classes, starts Saturday, 9 December 2006 and runs until Saturday, 27 January 2007, Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, 94 Waimanu Road, Suva;
  • LTA Fiji Fun Cycle 2006, Sunday, 10 December 2006 starts 7am, from Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Diploma in Rugby Coaching Course, from Monday, 11 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006, Fiji Institute of Technology, School of Maritime & Fisheries Studies, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Red Wave XXXIII Art Exhibition to start from Tuesday, 12 December 2006, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Cine Nite- ‘Our Happy Lives’, Tuesday, 13 December 2006, from 7.30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Rugby Union IRB backed International 7s Rugby Tournament, January 2007, date and venue to be confirmed;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara, display of bird paintings by William Belcher and exhibition for Westpac's 101st anniversary of services in Fiji, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay ();
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Pacific arts in the sun : Family event, every Saturday, 7am to 11am, Holiday Inn;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Pacific Sun's ATR42 to begin flights on 17 December 2006

Pacific Sun, the subsidiary of Air Pacific, will commence its domestic flights from Suva-Nadi and Nadi-Suva from 17 December 2006. Suva-Nadi and Nadi-Suva flights will operate daily in the morning to provide connection to Air Pacific flights to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo and further connections for the Los Angeles, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney evening flights. Regional flights will also start every Sunday morning from 17 December 2006 when the airline's ATR42 will depart 7.15am from Suva to Nadi and then to Port Vila, Vanuatu. For more details, call Pacific Sun on telephone +679 6720888.

Suva residents live through another one

The Fiji Military Forces took over government on Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 6pm, Fiji time, after ousting Laisenia Qarase's government. As reported, this would be the 4th coup after the two of 1987 and one of 2000. Suva residents have lived through all of them and now, as in the past experiences, continue to go on with their daily lives. People are going to work, drive around, play their favourite sports and sit and "talanoa" (tell stories) with their friends and family. Somehow Suva residents have become all too used to having a coup or could not care less anymore. We have lived through past ones, through the grace of God, and He will make us live through this one. All in all, we pray that our leaders this time, take us through to a better footing minus all corruption and greed. Over the next few days, this blog will continue to bring you updates on what is happening in and around Suva.

05 December, 2006

Art Display July 2007

An art display is being organised by some Fijian artists living abroad. The display will be on from around 4 to 10 July 2007 and will coincide with the Double Dialogues conference which will be held at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The conference will attract academics and artists from all over the world. The theme for the conference is 'Art and Lies'. The four artists exhibiting have international exhibition experience (Suva, Auckland, New York, San Francisco, Melbourne) and include :
  • Ema Tavola (Manukau, New Zealand);
  • Leilani Kake (Manukau, New Zealand);
  • Torika Bolatagici (Melbourne, Australia); and
  • Salote Tawale (Melbourne, Australia).

The 4 artists work across a range of mediums (painting, photography, sculpture/installation, video).

For more information, contact Torika Bolatagici on e-mail torika@netspace.net.au.

Note from GV : For accommodation, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog and e-mail us on gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephones +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

Baseball coaching clinic for 12 to 18 year olds

A baseball coaching program for teens aged between 12 and 18 years will be held from 5 to 15 December 2006, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds. Contact Inoke on telephone +679 9335068 for more details.

Business continues as usual in Suva

Business continues as usual in Suva despite developments on the political front. Businesses in the capital city are to remain open according to the Suva Retailers Association. Some of the businesses interviewed said that they will continue to operate as normal, with added security. These include Telecom Fiji Limited, McDonalds, Carpenters Fiji Limited and Flour Mills of Fiji Limited. Transport continues to run and people are going to work.

Lami to start reclamation project

The reclamation of Lami town's foreshore is to start as early as next year. The Lami Town Council is looking at concept plans before it embarks on securing funds for the project. The proposed reclamation of the 42 acre area on the foreshore is estimated to cost about F$6 million. Provisions for shopping malls, park reserve, mariners, buildings for light commercial use together with a hotel and convention centre are part of the project.

03 December, 2006

LTA Fiji Fun Cycle 2006

The LTA Fiji Fun Cycle 2006 will be held on Sunday, 10 December 2006. It starts from the Post Fiji Stadium carpark at 8am. Registration is at 7am. Entry fee is F$5.00 per person for children under 13 and F$10.00 per person for adults. For the fee, you get a free LTA Fiji Fun Cycle t-shirt, a special Aquasafe Drink Bottle and a Velocity bandana. Take your bike, helmet and your whole family to the Fun Cycle event. Proceeds from the event will go to the National Diabetes Centre.

Smiles of Fiji

If there is one thing that Fiji is famous for, it's the beautiful smiles of its people. The annual photo contest organised by the Alliance Francaise of Suva has ended with the winners announced. "The contest was organised because we thought it would be good to show an open, pleasant and opportunistic view of Fiji", said Eric Galmard of the Alliance Francaise. Mr Galmard said the photo contest has been held for the past four years and was a way for the communities of Fiji coming together. Training workshops were held to help people who did not have much experience in photography. Mr Galmard said that the quantity and quality of photos have improved from last year. Winners in the Amateur Category were :
  • Nicole McClenanahan's Bula Rain, 1st place;
  • Samu Savou's Bubbly Smile, 2nd place;
  • Mark Tedeschi's Togetherness, 3rd place.

In the Professional Category, the winners were :

  • Garret Garm's Fun in the Sand, 1st place;
  • Bill Campbell's Love is in the Air, 2nd place;
  • Isoa Tokalauvere's Exquisite, 3rd place.

To view these photos and more that were sent in for the competition, visit the Alliance Francaise at 14 McGregor Road, Suva or e-mail allifra@connect.com.fj.

Note from GV : For self-catering accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home is equipped with a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access for guests' use. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Levuka Parish wins Bishop Foley Cup

Sacred Heart Parish from Levuka, Ovalau, won the Bishop Foley Cup after defeating Lami Parish 14-10 at the Suva Grammar School Grounds, Veiuto, Suva. The Bishop Foley tournament was put on again after being a non-feature for the last 20 years. The tournament has an objective of enabling Catholic communities in Fiji to get-together and build or renew their friendships.

02 December, 2006

Diploma in Rugby Coaching Course

A one week course towards a Diploma in Rugby Coaching will be held at the Fiji Institute of Technology, School of Maritime & Fisheries Studies, from Monday, 11 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006. Course content will include :
  • Player Contract;
  • Sports Psychology;
  • Media & Public Relations;
  • Special Topics

Lecturers and tutors will include Frank Boivert, Alifereti Cawanibuka, George Fonmoa, Albert Miller, Iosefo Bele Tabalala, first aid and sports nutritionist specialists.

The fee for the one-week course is F$260.00. For further details contact, Captain Tevita Robanakadavu on telephone +679 3315682 or +679 9968932 or Taitusi Bunawa on +679 3315979.

Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home with seaviews through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home is equipped with a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access useful for those visiting Suva for business or to attending training courses. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Red Wave XXXIII Art Exhibition

The Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, presents the Red Wave XXXIII Art Exhibition from Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 5.30pm, at the Oceania Centre, USP. The exhibitions continues daily from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday, 6 December 2006 to Friday, 8 December 2006.

01 December, 2006

Upcoming Activities, Events and Accommodation in Suva (Updated 1.12.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Pacific Arts Alliance, School Holiday Arts Programmes, classes begin Monday, 27 November, and runs until Monday, 22 January, 2007, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • ‘Lire en Fête’ Reading Festival, Thursday, 30 November 2006, from 7pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Annual Sukuna Bowl Competition between the Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Police Force, Friday, 1 December 2006, from 9am, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Bishop Foley Rugby Tournament, 1 to 2 December 2006, from 9am, Suva Grammar School grounds, Veiuto, Suva;
  • Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited 2006 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 1 December 2006, from 7pm, at the Suva Civic Centre;
  • Fiji Golf Club Stableford Event, Saturday, 2 December 2006, from 7.50am, at the Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Suva Cricket weekly league competition, Saturday, 2 December 2006, from 9.30am, at Albert Park;
  • Suva Touch Rugby games, Saturday, 2 December 2006, from 11am, Veiuto Grounds;
  • Fiji Rugby Union Annual Awards Night, Saturday, 2 December 2006, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Tosh Meets Marley World Tour 2006 Performance, Monday, 4 December 2006, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Swimming lessons, from 4 to 15 December 2006, Olympic Pool, Suva;
  • Tourism Training segments for Suva, 4 to 9 December 2006, at various venues in Suva;
  • Baseball Coaching Program for teens aged between 12 and 18 years, Tuesday, 5 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Red Wave XXXIII Art Exhibition opens Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 5.30pm, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Red Wave XXXIII Art Exhibition continues daily, Wednesday, 6 December, to Friday, 8 December 2006, from 10am to 4pm, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Public Lecture - Topic : "A Tikina Model for Socioeconomic Growth Locally and Nationally", Speaker : Dr Ropate Qalo, Tuesday, 5 December 2006, from 7.15pm, Marine Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday, 6 December 2006, from 9am, Tattersall Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • National Boxing Championships, 6 to 8 December 2006, New Town Hall, Suva;
  • Air Pacific Tourism Training Week, Exhibition of training products and services, Thursday, 7 December 2006, 10am to 5pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Fiji Table Tennis Association Open Tournament, 8 to 10 December 2006, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • LTA Fiji Fun Cycle 2006, Sunday, 10 December 2006 starts 7am, from Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Diploma in Rugby Coaching Course, from Monday, 11 December, to Friday, 15 December 2006, Fiji Institute of Technology, School of Maritime & Fisheries Studies, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Rugby Union IRB backed International 7s Rugby Tournament, January 2007, date and venue to be confirmed;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara, display of bird paintings by William Belcher and exhibition for Westpac's 101st anniversary of services in Fiji, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay (Topic this month : 'Your Personality and Character: Born or Developed?');
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Pacific arts in the sun : Family event, every Saturday, 7am to 11am, Holiday Inn;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

An end will soon be here

Many ordinary residents of Fiji are speaking up and asking both the Prime Minister and the Commander of the Fiji Military Forces to resolve their differences. As leaders they owe it to the people of this country to be able to solve their differences in an amicable way. The ordinary citizens are beginning to feel the pinch from what is going on: people are out of jobs; businesses are beginning to feel the negative impact; while foreclosures will rise as interest rates hikes and the loss of jobs and business take their toll. Let us pray and hope that things will be resolved as we just cannot afford the alternative. Let us look on the brighter side as we focus on putting this country on a better footing for our children and our children's children. God bless Fiji!

A host of sporting tournaments continues over the weekend

A host of sporting tournaments continues over the weekend in Suva. Some are :
  • a Stableford event, from 7.50am, at the Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • the Bishop Foley Rugby competition, Suva Grammar School grounds, Veiuto (Also held on Friday, 1 December 2006, from 9am);
  • the Suva Cricket weekly league competition, from 9.30am, at Albert Park;
  • Suva Touch Rugby games, from 11am, Veiuto Grounds.

Go down and watch any of these tournaments.

Sukuna Bowl program

The Sukuna Bowl competition will be on today, Friday, 1 December 2006, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. The program for the day is as follows :
  • 9am to 12pm, Wives Netball at the Post Fiji Stadium carpark;
  • 11.30am, Soccer competition;
  • 1.30pm, Over-40 Rugby competition;
  • 3pm, Tug-of-war;
  • 3.30pm, March;
  • 4pm, Army vs Police Rugby match.

30 November, 2006

National Anthem provides an anchor and patriotic feeling to Fiji residents

Fiji Television has been playing a Fiji national anthem version sung by a number of our local singers, rugby players and other citizens during a slot just before the 6pm news on television. When you listen to it this time, particularly with all that is supposedly happening, it does bring a patriotic feeling to being a Fiji citizen. It showcases the pride that we have as a nation on what is our heritage and how we always get up again from all that happens along the way. Listen in to Fiji Television just before 6pm and see what the anthem does to you. We should thank ANZ Bank for sponsoring that segment on TV and Fiji Television for playing it.

Waitui Cycles Summer Crits

The Waitui Cycles Summer Crits Race continues today, Thursday, 30 November 2006, at Vuya Road by the Pacific Theological College. Registration is at 5.30pm and races start at 6pm. The following categories have been set :
  • Category A - 6 laps;
  • Category B - 4 laps;
  • Women - 2 laps.

Entry fees is F$5.00 per person. Contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123 for more information.

Swimming Lessons in Suva

Swimming lessons are scheduled from 4 to 15 December 2006 at the Olympic Pool in Suva. The package will cost F$45.00 per person.

Air Pacific Tourism Training Week Exhibition in Suva

The Air Pacific Tourism Training Week Exhibition of training products and services will be held on Thursday, 7 December 2006, from 10am to 5pm at the Suva Civic Centre. Exhibitors will include the Ministry of Tourism, Air Pacific, Air Terminal Services, Airports Fiji Limited, the University of the South Pacific, TPAF - Hospitality and Tourism Training Department, TPAF - Aviation, Transport, Travel, Diving Industry Training Department, Telecom Fiji Limited, Red Cross Society, Unwired Fiji and the National Centre for Small & Microenterprise Development. Visit the exhibition to view the high quality products on display. For more information, contact Rosi Banuve on telephone +679 6725730 or e-mail Salote Boila on salote_b@tpaf.ac.fj. Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Fiji Table Tennis Association Open Tounament in December 2006

The Fiji Table Tennis Association Open Tournament will be held from 8 to 10 December 2006, at the China Club, Nasese, Suva. The event will be preceded by a week long National training camp conducted by Andrew Hubbard, the Oceania table tennis development officer. Entry fee to the tournament is F$5.00 per event and F$10.00 for any number of events. Note from GV : Check out a two bedroom rental home in Suva for your accommodation through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Fiji Rugby Union Annual Awards Night

The Fiji Rugby Union Annual Awards Night will be held on Saturday, 2 December 2006, at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium) in Suva. Players who are expected to receive awards include Sireli Naqelevuki and Kameli Ratuvou for their performance in the 2006 rugby season. Sireli now plays in a Super 14 African outfit while Kameli has just recently signed up with Saracens of the UK. For more information on the awards night, contact the Fiji Rugby Union office on telephone +679 3302787 or e-mail fijirugby@connect.com.fj. Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home with seaviews through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

28 November, 2006

Another art gallery set up in Suva

Another art gallery has been set up in Suva to help exhibit art from local artists and designers who do not have a place to showcase their work. The Red Pencil, located at Shop 4, Toorak, Suva, was opened last Thursday, 23 November 2006. The owners, Jason Chute and Christian Carling, hope that the gallery will be popular after word about it gets around. Check it out when you are in Suva.

Fiji International 7s Tournament dates to be announced soon

The Fiji Rugby Union is to announce the dates and venue for the International 7s Tournament to be held in January 2007. The tournament has received the backing of the IRB and is likely to have 16 teams taking part. This will be the first International 7s Rugby Tournament to be held in Fiji since the last one in 2000. Note from GV : Continue checking this blog for dates and then check out accommodation available in Suva through links at the right hand side of this blog for that period. A 20% discount applies for all bookings of our two bedroom rental home with seaviews until 31 March 2007. The home is equipped with a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Fiji Performing Rights Association 2006 Young Musso's Acclaim

The Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited will host the 2006 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition on Friday, 1 December 2006, from 7pm, at the Suva Civic Centre. Competing schools include :
  • Nabala Secondary School, Labasa;
  • Christian Outreach College, Suva;
  • Gospel High School, Suva;
  • Nasinu Secondary School, Suva;
  • Ra High School, Ra;
  • Saint Bedes College, Savusavu;
  • Namosi Secondary School, Namosi;
  • Lelean Memorial School, Nausori;
  • Swami Vivekananda College, Nadi.

Tickets are only F$5.00 per person and are sold at the Office of the Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited, 170 Renwick Road, Suva.

To contact the office, call telephone +679 3312494 or e-mail fpra@connect.com.fj.

Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home with seaviews through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home is equipped with a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access. Currently, a 20% discount applies for all bookings up to 31 March, 2007. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Army and Police Competition this Friday

The annual Sukuna Bowl rugby competition between the Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Police Force will be held on Friday, 1 December 2006, from 1pm, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. Buildup to the game on Friday has already started with competition underway in other games including boxing. The annual Sukuna Bowl competition was initiated by the late Fijian statesman, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, with an objective of promoting friendship and cordial working relationships between the two forces.

Embassy of Japan movie

Embassy of Japan Movie of the Week, Fifteen Gakko IV (G), will be screening on Thursday, 30 November 2006, at 5.30pm at the Embassy offices.

24 November, 2006

Upcoming Activities and Events in Suva (Updated 24.11.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Marist Convent School Reunion Celebrations, 23 to 26 November 2006, Marist Convent School grounds, Lami;
  • Embassy of Japan Movie of the Week, Fifteen Gakko IV (G), Thursday, 30 November 2006, from 5.30pm, Embassy offices, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Annual Sukuna Bowl Rugby Competition between the Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Police Force, Friday, 1 December 2006, from 1pm, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited 2006 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 1 December 2006, from 7pm, at the Suva Civic Centre;
  • Pacific arts in the sun : Family event, every Saturday starting 25 November 2006, 7am to 11am, Holiday Inn;
  • Suva Athletics Competition, Saturday, 25 November 2006, from 10am, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Stage Play: My Beautiful Canefields, Saturday, 25 November 2006, from 7.30pm, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • Tabu Soro Pump Triathlon, Sunday, 26 November 2006, from 6am, Pacific Harbour;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • Pacific Arts Alliance, School Holiday Arts Programmes, classes begin Monday, 27 November, and runs until Monday, 22 January, 2007, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Christmas Wine Tasting, Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 6pm to 8pm, Bad Dog Restaurant, Suva;
  • ‘Lire en Fête’ Reading Festival, Thursday, 30 November 2006, from 7pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Bishop Foley Rugby Tournament, 1 to 2 December 2006, Suva Grammar School grounds, Veiuto, Suva;
  • Tosh Meets Marley World Tour 2006 Performance, Monday, 4 December 2006, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Tourism Training segments for Suva, 4 to 9 December 2006, at various venues in Suva;
  • Public Lecture - Topic : "A Tikina Model for Socioeconomic Growth Locally and Nationally", Speaker : Dr Ropate Qalo, Tuesday, 5 December 2006, from 7.15pm, Marine Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday, 6 December 2006, from 9am, Tattersall Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • National Boxing Championships, 6 to 8 December 2006, New Town Hall, Suva;
  • Oceania Athletics Grand Prix, 9 to 11 December 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Rugby Union IRB backed International 7s Rugby Tournament, January 2007, date and venue to be confirmed;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara, display of bird paintings by William Belcher and exhibition for Westpac's 101st anniversary of services in Fiji, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay (Topic this month : 'Your Personality and Character: Born or Developed?');
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Tosh Meets Marley World Tour 2006 concert in Suva

The Tosh Meets Marley World Tour 2006 will perform in Suva on Monday, 4 December 2006, at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay. Performing in the group will be Junior Marvin from Bob Marley's group and Fully Fullwoods from Peter Tosh's group. Tickets are F$20.00 per person and available at South Pacific Recording outlets in Suva, Nadi and Lautoka. Note from GV : For accommodation in a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva, check details on amenities provided and photos through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. To contact us, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Suva Athletics

The Suva Athletics competition continues at the Post Fiji Stadium on Saturday, 25 November 2006, from 10am. Events scheduled include the 400m hurdles, 800 metres, 100 metres, 3000 metres, 400 metres, 100 metres hurdles, 1500 metres, 200 metres, 4x100 metres relays. Go and watch our athletes via for a spot on the Fiji Team to the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa.

Learn to Swim classes at Nadi and not Suva

We apologise for the error in an earlier posting noting that the Learn to Swim Classes for beginners will be at Suva. In fact they are scheduled at the new Learn to Swim School at Nadi. Visitors and residents of Suva can, however, check programs available with Red Cross or at the National Aquatic Centre.

Smiles of Fiji Photo Exhibition

An exhibition from the Smiles of Fiji photo contest will be held on Wednesday, 29 November 2006, from 6.30pm, at the Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva. Winners of the contest will also be announced at the time in both the Amateur and Professional categories. Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog, then contact us by e-mail on gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Public Lecture : A Tikina Model for Socioeconomic Growth Locally and Nationally

A public lecture is being organised by the Sociology and Social Work Division, Faculty of Arts and Law, University of the South Pacific. Details are provided below :
  • Topic : "A Tikina Model for Socioeconomic Growth Locally and Nationally";
  • Speaker : Dr Ropate Qalo;
  • Date : 5 December 2006;
  • Venue : Marine Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Time : 7.15pm.

The lecture explains how local resources can match Government or Private funding $4$ (dollar for dollar) up to a million dollars or more. The ripple-effect in this view is about balancing industrialisation and agriculture at local level. This was supported in Professor Ron Duncan's "Enhancing the Labour Absorption Capacity of Pacific Agriculture" paper presented in a recent Regional Conference on Labour Market at USP last October. The ripple effect of the model opens up the Public & Private Partnership (PPP) policy that can take investors to join the locals at Tikina level. Because of its location, the model points out that it will lend support to the Government's Look North Policy at local and national levels if it could be replicated in the North for a start.

It discusses how a Tikina plan can work with the resources it has to enable the people on the land to reinvent its Council, to robustly pursue the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and embrace good governance in its progression.

Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

For further queries, contact Madhu Prasad on e-mail prasad_ma@usp.ac.fj.

The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Fijian Affairs; Ministry of Information; Ministry of Public Enterprises & Public Sector Reform; Ministry of National Reconciliation & Multi-ethnic Affairs and the University of the South Pacific.

Women's craft from the Tikina in Suva will be on display for sale - "masi" and the use of similar traditional skills in Porcelain Art Work.

Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog and then contact us on e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427. A 20% discount applies to all bookings up to 31 March 2007.

23 November, 2006

Another 3 shops to check out in Suva

Suva has a good range of sportswear shops which offer brand products of high quality. Check out these three :
  1. Sportsworld at Waimanu Road which specialises on Puma products. Sportsworld offers a whole range of mens and womens sports clothes and equipment. It also has a good range of Puma footwear on sale and these are the cheapest in town given that they are dealers for Puma products. You can also bargain down prices when you are in this shop. I do get bargains from them all the time I go there.
  2. JR White along Victoria Parade specialises on CCC products apart from a smattering of other brands. It offers mostly mens sports clothes and has a good range of sports and casual wear in the CCC brand. The beanies there are quite good too, however, it might not be good for our current weather as we are into summer!
  3. Tappoos Store specialises on Nike products and are the agents of Nike in Fiji. There is not much on offer in their Suva store but they do have sports clothes and footwear in the Nike brand. Nike products, as we all know, are slightly more highly priced than other sports brands so you can expect to see prices in that light as well. Try to bargain for a 5% to 10% discount while there.

There are other sportswear shops in Suva apart from these three that you can also check out. Some of the shops may already have started their Christmas sales so you could just happen upon a good bargain. Happy shopping!

Learn to Swim classes

Week long intensive Learn to Swim programs in Suva are scheduled for :
  • 4 to 8 December 2006;
  • 11 to 16 December 2006;
  • 8 to 12 January 2007;
  • 15 to 19 January 2007;
  • 22 to 26 January 2007.

Suitable for beginners aged 3 years and up. Call telephone +679 9463865 for details.

Note from GV : For accommodation in a two bedroom rental home in Suva, check out details on amenities and photos through links at the right hand side of this blog and contact us on gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427. A 20% discount is on offer for all bookings up to 31 March 2007.

Wai Tui Cycles Summer Crits today

The Wai Tui Cycles Summer Crits is scheduled today, Thursday, 23 November 2006, at Vuya Road by the Pacific Theological College, Veiuto, Suva. Registration is at 5.30pm with the race starting at 6pm. For more information, contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123.

22 November, 2006

Christmas decorations with a Fijian theme

Here are some suggestions for Christmas decorations with a Fijian theme:
  • for a Christmas gift, take a woven basket, spray it with yellow or gold paint or tie a tapa/masi like material or silver paper around it, then tie a red, gold or green bow (ribbon) on its handle and place small potplants of catcus plants or any other plants in the basket;
  • for a Christmas tree, get a tree from a shop and wrap the bottom with a tapa design material and cover the bowl as well with tapa material. Place it in the middle of your living room;
  • for Christmas wreaths, cut out paragrass and make them into a circle using wires and attach seashells like "kaikoso" (mussels) and "yaga" (another seashell) around it as Christmas bells and clip "dogo" (mangrove tree) sticks on it as its shepherd sticks. Another option is to make wreaths out of "voivoi" (pandanus leaves used for Fijian mats), using paragrass rings, attach sugarcane leaves or ferns for its green and pin kumquats around it after spraying it with silver or gold paint, as its Christmas balls. You can also use small green guavas as tiny balls around the wreath. Tie a big red bow on it and hang it on your door or inside the house. Bicycle tyres can also be used for wreaths;
  • for a way to store candies and lollies, wash an old safety boot, dry it, spray it with gold or silver paint, fill it up with sand, put an oasis on it and fit in the candies and lollies among your flower arrangement. This can be put on the coffee table for family and friends to pick from.
There you go, your decorations and gift ideas with a Fijian flair. These suggestions are from a well known Suva based florist, Jimmy Montu. To contact Jimmy, you can call telephone +679 3381954 or visit him at his home at 11 Lavena Road, Nabua, Suva.

Suva Rugby 7s Tournament moved to 25 November 2006

Due to interest shown by clubs, the Suva Rugby Union has moved the Suva 7s Tournament to Saturday, 25 November 2006. The games will be played at the Post Fiji Stadium. Note from GV : For visitors to Suva requiring accommodation, pls check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog and contact us on e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

21 November, 2006

Air Pacific starts on local routes in January 2007

Air Pacific will start servicing the Kadavu, Taveuni, Savusavu and Labasa routes from January 2007. The airline said that Twin Otter aircraft will service the island routes and the newly purchased ATR42 will fly the Labasa route. The company is now in the process of obtaining approvals from the Air Transport Licensing Board.

Bishop Foley Rugby Tournament back after 2 decades

The Bishop Foley Rugby Tournament comes back this year after 2 decades. The tournament organised by Catholics in Fiji will be played on 1 and 2 December 2006 at the Suva Grammar School grounds. The tournament was first organised primarily to foster a spirit of friendship among Catholics in Fiji and Rotuma. It is named after a bishop who once headed the Catholic Church in Fiji and is buried in a tomb on a small headland by the sea at St John's College in Cawaci, Ovalau. It was a character of the bishop that Catholics in parishes around the country meet and renew friendships. The rules have since been relaxed to include some Methodists in a team, signed by the parish priest. Some of our national representatives have played at one of the tournaments including Jo Rauto, Waisale Serevi, Asaeli Hughes, Iokimi Finau, Paulo Nawalu and Belasio Vukiwai. Teams already confirmed for the tournament this year include : Levuka, Natovi, Nausori, Naililili, Vanuakula, Nadera, Samabula, Raiwaqa, Laucala, Suva, Lami, Tamavua, Lomary, Namosi and Veivatuloa. The pools have been decided as follows :
  • Pool 1 : Suva, Namosi, Natovi, Raiwaqa;
  • Pool 2 : Laucala, Veivatuloa, Samabula, Nadera;
  • Pool 3 : Lami, Tamavua, Nausori, Naililili;
  • Pool 4 : Vanuakula, Lomary, Pacific Regional Seminary, Levuka.

Netball will also feature for the first time at this year's tournament.

Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, check our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

20 November, 2006

3 shops to check out in Suva

Three shops to check out in Suva for accessories and ornaments. They are :
  1. Aladdin's Cave at Palm Court, Victoria Parade, Suva. The shop sells ethnic looking jewellery including necklaces, rings, bracelets, mats, furniture, garden slabs and accessories, candles, purses, cushions, bed spreads and blankets, sun catchers and dream catchers. Products are from Indonesia, India, Vietnam, South America, South Africa and other places.
  2. Cascade Bookshop at Palm Court, Victoria Parade, Suva. This shop sells products along the same lines at Aladdin's Cave, in addition to books and CDs. Some of the products include scarves, jewellery, sarongs, bags, furniture including wall mirrors. Some of the products are from Indonesia.
  3. Palace of Petals, corner of Ellery Street and Renwick Road, Suva. This shop is primarily a flower shop but has branched out into selling jewellery, scarves, bags and furniture.

There are also other shops that sell ethnic Fijian handicraft and jewellery, if you are looking for those. These can be found at the Government Handicraft Shop at Sukuna House along Victoria Parade, the Suva Handicraft Centre in front of the seawall in Suva and at the Suva Flea Market, located opposite the Suva Bus Terminal. If you are a visitor to Suva, make sure to bargain the prices down.

Marist Convent School Reunion

The Marist Convent School, Lami, will hold reunion celebrations from 23 to 26 November 2006 at the school. Call Frances on telephone number +679 9274557 for more information.

PM praises Gujarati community

The Gujarati community commemorated the 100th year of the first arrival of their ancestors in Fiji last weekend. The PM, as chief guest at the celebrations commended the community's contribution to Fiji's economy, which he labelled as an inspiring story of achievement. He said that when the Gujaratis first settled here, they sought out opportunities and their success was testimony to their taking the chance in a foreign land. "Gujratis, as free immigrants, came with the intention of setting up business in Fiji. They did this at considerable risk to their standing in their former societies in India. For many, the family history takes a similar path of small beginnings and growth into large companies or family members diversifying into professional work as doctors, lawyers, administrators, accountants and, more recently, into the IT field. Today the Samaj is a major contributor to the growth of Fiji's economy and development", a member of the organising committee said.

18 November, 2006

Fiji School of Medicine Graduation

The graduation ceremony for the Fiji School of Medicine will be held on Wednesday, 6 December 2006 at the Tattersall Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva, beginning at 9am. Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, click on links at the right hand side of this blog for more details or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

National Forum on Family & Children

The National Forum on Family & Children will be held on 6 and 7 December 2006 at the Fiji Teachers Union Hall, Suva. Theme : "Putting Families First in our Lives". Topics the Forum will address will include :
  • Strengthening Family Values;
  • Education and Children's Development;
  • Child Care & Communications;
  • Health and Nutrition;
  • Families & Prevention of Drugs and Substance Abuse Prevention;
  • Family & Financial Management.
The Forum provides a unique opportunity for families from multicultural communities to unite and work together to make a difference in the role families play in today's society and make positive changes within lives for social, economic and national development. For more information contact Ben Lutua on telephone +679 3312649 or e-mail fcoss@connect.com.fj. Note from GV : For accommodation in a two bedroom home, click on links at the right hand side of this blog for more details or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

17 November, 2006

Pacific Arts Alliance - School Holiday Arts Programmes

The Pacific Arts Alliance is holding school holiday arts programs focused on contemporary and heritage Pacific arts from Monday, 27 November 2006, through to Monday, 22 January 2007 at The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva. Classes include weaving, jewellery, costume making and dance. Each class to have a minimum of five participants. Fees vary depending on the class taken, and there is also a package fee of F$200 for the full programme which is 6 weeks and 2 classes per week. Group allocations are :
  • Group 1 (children 5yrs - 8years);
  • Group 2 (children 8years - 12years);
  • Group 3 (teenagers 13 - 17years);
  • Group 4 (adult beginners).
Contact Letila or Maryann for registration on telephones +679 3306349, +679 9316148 or +679 9261186 or email info@pacificartsalliance.com.

Upcoming Activities and Events in Suva (Updated 17.11.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Annual Fiji Primary Schools Athletics Competition (FMF Games), Friday, 17 November, and Saturday, 18 November 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Rugby Union 7s Tournament, Saturday, November 18, 2006, Suva;
  • Marist Gala Dinner to celebrate the work of the Marist Brothers in Fiji, Saturday, 18 November 2006, from 6.30pm, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • LTA Velocity Cycling Race Series, Sunday, 19 November 2006, meet 15 Naimawi Street at 6am for Lami-Naboro-Lami Race;
  • Gujrat Samaj of Fiji Centenary Celebration, from 5.30pm, Sunday, 19 November 2006, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Cine night ‘Gardens in Autumn’, from 7.30pm, Monday, 20 November 2006, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Marist Convent School Reunion Celebrations, 23 to 26 November 2006, Marist Convent School grounds, Lami;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • Pacific Arts Alliance, School Holiday Arts Programmes, classes begin Monday, 27 November, and runs until Monday, 22 January, 2007, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Bishop Foley Rugby Tournament, 1 to 2 December 2006, Suva Grammar School grounds, Veiuto, Suva;
  • Tourism Training segments for Suva, 4 to 9 December 2006, at various venues in Suva;
  • Fiji School of Medicine Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday, 6 December 2006, from 9am, Tattersall Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • National Boxing Championships, 6 to 8 December 2006, New Town Hall, Suva;
  • Oceania Athletics Grand Prix, 9 to 11 December 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara, display of bird paintings by William Belcher and exhibition for Westpac's 101st anniversary of services in Fiji, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay (Topic this month : 'Your Personality and Character: Born or Developed?');
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Friday from 12.35pm to 1.35pm, Talanoa room, second floor of FAL building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Kid’s Creative Dance Classes, Term 3 starts Friday, 15 September 2006, from 2:30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

16 November, 2006

Gujrat Samaj of Fiji : Centenary Celebrations 1906 to 2006

The Gujrat Samaj of Fiji will have a Centenary Celebration for the general public at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva, from 5.30pm, Sunday, 19 November 2006. There will be a performance by the Natraj Kala Mandir Group of India and local artists. Admission is free.

New FMF Games

The primary schools athletics meet has been renamed the FMF Games after Flour Mills of Fiji took over sponsorship of the tournament. The annual games, which will be held on Friday, 17 November and Saturday, 18 November 2006, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva, used to be called the Twisties Games. Most student athletes from around the country are already in Suva trying out the stadium tracks before the games proper. If you want to watch some of our budding athletes, go down to the Post Fiji Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

15 November, 2006

Suva Rugby Union 7s Tournament

The Suva Rugby Union 7s Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2006. For further information, contact Amena Tamanitoakula on telephone +679 9226385 or Etonia Radrodro on telephone +679 9328230.

Wai Tui Cycles Summer Criterium

A race will be held at Vuya Road, Suva, on Thursday, 16 November 2006, starting at 5.30pm at the Pacific Theological College. Contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123 for more information.

13 November, 2006

Accommodation in Suva

Check out our two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva for short stay visitors. The home is tastefully furnished and has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. At present, we are offering a 20% discount on bookings up to 31 March 2007 with the applicable rate being F$112.00 per night. The rental home is currently available for Christmas 2006 and New Year 2007. Visitors from Australia and New Zealand can also book now for winter 2007 (i.e. end May to end August 2007). Click on the links at the right hand side of this blog to view more details on amenities provided and photos of the home. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj, gilbertv@connect.com.fj or call telephones +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

Nike Sale on in Suva

A Nike sportswear sale is currently on in Suva. Visit the Tappoo Store in central Suva to check out the bargains.

11 November, 2006

Remembrance Day celebrations in Suva today

Remembrance Day commemorations will be held in Suva today, 11 November, to remember our war heroes who died for our country in the two World Wars and in other spheres where our servicemen have served. There will be a march by our soldiers and navy men and the traditional laying of wreath. During the week, Fiji citizens have been spotting red poppies which were bought from the Fiji Ex-Servicemen's Association as a way of remembering our forefathers who gave their lives during the wars. Today, we say a prayer for them and for our grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers and cousins who are still serving in our defence forces.

PNG may make a financial contribution to set up war memorial in Suva

The development of Thurston Gardens in Suva into a national war memorial is expected to cost Government millions of dollars according to the Minister for Home Affairs. Work on the project will begin at the end of November with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony. It is believed that the PNG PM will make a financial contribution towards the project when he officiates at the ground-breaking ceremony.

Triathlon Event

A triathlon will be held on Sunday, 26 November 2006, at Pacific Harbour Arts Village. Events are : Full Olympic 1.5/40/10; fi Olympic 750/20/5; short sprint 300/10/3; Junior event 300/3/1; Cycling event 40km. Events to start at 7am. For more details, contact Ian on telephone +679 9995625 or Clive on telephone +679 9924868.

Cycling Mystery Ride

Scheduled for Sunday, 12 November 2006, from 6.30am, Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva. Where to? To be decided when you get there!

Fiji Swimming Awards Dinner

Fiji Swimming will hold its first awards dinner at the Vineyard Palace, Suva, on Saturday, 25 November 2006. The premier awards to be given are : Male Swimmer of the Year, Female Swimmer of the Year, Development Club of the Year and Performance Club of the Year.

Air Pacific to fly domestic routes soon

Air Pacific will fly domestic routes soon after an injunction by Air Fiji to stop it from doing so was thrown out of the Fiji Court of Appeal. This means that tourists and visitors will be able to fly bigger and better aircrafts to Suva, Nadi, Labasa and Savusavu. This comes at a time when the Airports Fiji Limited is also to start work on expanding and developing the airports at Nausori (Suva), Labasa and Savusavu. Price wars will be a feature which will be to the advantage of the flying consumer. Note from GV : If travelling to Suva for business or a holiday, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. To book, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephones +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

10 November, 2006

Melanesian Documentary Film Festival Program

The Melanesia Documentary Film Festival will be held from Monday, 13 November to Thursday, 16 November 2006. It will feature high quality documentaries that focus on social and political issues that are in someway connected and relevant to countries within the Melanesian region. Please refer to the program below :
  • Monday, 13 November 2006, 6.30pm ‘In the Name of Growth’ (Fiji), Directed by Dr. Atu-Emberson-Bain and Michael Preston, 53min, 2001. Nominated for 2001 21st Hawai’I International Film Festival. The film portrays the life of Fiji tuna cannery workers (who get poor wages and working conditions), and shows the human costs of a growth-driven economic model for workers in Levuka's Pacific Fishing Company (PAFCO) on the island of Ovalau. It highlights the clash between World Bank-style, growth-driven development and the traditional values of a needs-based subsistence economy. It also exposes the reality behind the rhetoric of indigenous rights. As the economic tide turns against the cannery, the screws tighten on the factory floor. The women struggle to support their dependent husbands and families, to manage their competing roles as mothers and workers, and to meet the unrelenting demands of culture and religion.
  • Monday, 13 November 2006, 7.30pm ‘Since the Company Came’ (Solomon Islands), Directed & Produced by Russell Hawkins, Edited by Gary Kildea, 52min, 2000. The story of a community’s struggle to come to terms with the social, cultural and ecological disruption that threatens to fragment Solomon Islands. Set on the remote island of Rendova, the film focuses on dispute and division caused by the Haporai tribe’s latest development activity: a logging operation.
  • Monday, 13 November 2006, 9pm ‘The Spirits of Koniambo’ (New Caledonia), Directed & Produced by Jean-Louis Comolli, 90min, 2004. The modern history of New Caledonia, its colonisation, revolutions and its path toward independence are viewed in the light of the notes and recordings of Antoine Goromido, an aged Kanak wise man and assistant to the anthropologist Alban Bensa who worked in the area for 30 years. Antoine died three years ago but his son and the anthropologist set out to discover through his documentation and political commitment how Antoine succeeded in having holy places kept sacred and managed to keep his clan alive and respected, even by the Canadian multinational Falconbridge that exploits the mineral resources of that land.
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 6.30pm ‘A Race for Rights’ (Fiji), Directed and Produced by Larry Thomas, 53min, 2001. ‘A Race for Rights’ documents the May 2000 Fiji coup with news coverage and interviews of ordinary people with many different viewpoints from all walks of life. Important in Thomas’s film are the inclusion on multiplicity of voices and the opportunity he gives his subjects to reflect on the meaning these events have for their lives and the future of Fiji.
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 7.30pm ‘Tanim’ (PNG), Directed by James Franckam, produced by Faraway Pictures, 50 min, 2002. 2005 Oceania International Film Festival Contemporary Film Prize. ‘Tanim’ is the exceptional story of the changes that have disturbed the life of the Papua natives. This film follows Enga's reigning tribe, the Apulins, struggling to find an equilibrium between traditional beliefs and an election system foreign to them. Tanim explores one of humanity's most ancient forms of social organization having to face social and political evolution. This transition is not without conflicts, sometimes bloody ones.
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2006, 9pm ‘Grassroots, those who vote’ (Vanuatu), Directed by Eric Wittersheim, produced by EHESS, 86 min, 2003. 2004 Oceania International Film Festival Jury Special Prize. The camera follows the 2000 election campaign in Vanuatu. Small and new parties speak. Through their words, appears the bitterness of broken promises. They have been cheated by the present government officials: they had been promised, land, houses and work, but nothing or so little has been done! Those who have to live under difficult conditions are too many. They must then return to old customs, to tradition, to seek support from them. This is also what the parties in power want to do while leaning toward a modernity that is difficult to achieve. Speeches, prayers, singing and all sorts of demonstrations accompany this campaign.
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 6.30pm ‘The Maden Family’s Papua’, Directed by Séverin Blanchet, Produced by la Huit Productions, 52min, 2003. One family, the Madens, takes a look at today’s Papua through its memories. The father was a sorcerer and the mother a fervent Catholic. The children are village people, teacher, filmmaker etc. Their memories draw a portrait of contemporary PNG through three generations, successively confronted to the White Man’s world, then to their country’s independence. An independence that raised many hopes and guided many choices of lives. Where are these hopes today, while the country is undergoing in-depth transformation?
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 7.30pm ‘Crater Mountain Story’, Directed and Produced by Martin Maden, 62min, 2006. ;
  • Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 9.pm ‘Koriam's Law, and the Dead Who Govern’, Directed by Gary Kildea, co-produced by the ANU RSPAS Film Unit, Canberra, and Arcadia Pictures, 110 minutes, 2005. 9th International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Oxford, Royal Anthropology Institute Film Prize 2005. In ‘Koriam's Law’, Australian anthropologist Andrew Lattas meets his match in philosopher-informant Peter Avarea of Matong village, Pomio, Papua New Guinea. Motivated by their lively dialogues, the film sets out to place that most misconstrued of cultural phenomena - the ‘cargo-cult’ - in a universal light. The Pomio Kivung Movement was founded in 1964 by a local leader called Koriam. In the face of official condemnation, its political and religious philosophy sought to uncover that path to a perfect existence which the colonising whites seemed to have found and selfishly monopolised. Koriam's Law concerns itself with the contemporary works and understandings of the Pomio Kivung. The movement's leaders are keen to show that it has nothing to do with 'waiting for cargo'. Rather, its mission is to prepare the way for the devoutly wished 'change' and, at the same time, to organise for a better society in the here and now.
  • Program for Thursday, 16 November 2006, to be provided later.

No fees required for entry.

LTA Velocity Cycling Race Series

The LTA Velocity Cycling Race Series continues this Sunday, 12 November 2006, with a Lami-Serua-Lami race. Participants to meet at 15 Naimawi St, Lami, at 6am on Sunday. Note that the Saturday rides are social rides but the Sunday rides are races. This cyclothon to raise funds for the Velocity Cycling Team to participate in the Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge in New Zealand . For more information contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123 or e-mail ds@samba.com.fj.

Upcoming Activities and Events in Suva (Updated 10.11.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Art Exhibit: ‘Waka-ni-vuku’ - The Roots of Sagacity, Thursday, 9 November to Saturday, 11 November 2006, 9am to 4pm, Oceania Centre, USP, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Human Resources Institute, Development Forum, Friday, 10 November 2006, from 8am to 7pm, Lali Room, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Kid's Creative Dance Classes, Friday, 10 November 2006, 2.30pm to 3.30pm for age category 2yrs to 5yrs, 3.45pm to 4.45pm for ages 6yrs to 12 yrs, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • LTA Velocity Cycling Race Series, Sunday, 12 November 2006, meet at 15 Naimawi St at 6am for Lami-Serua-Lami Race;
  • Melanesia Documentary Film Festival, Monday, 13 November to Thursday, 16 November 2006, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", deadline for entries, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Sumeet Tappoo (and other top Indian musicians) Concert, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, from 7.30pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Wai Tui Cycles, Vuya Road Race, starts 5.30pm, Thursday, 16 November 2006, from the Pacific Theological College, Veiuto, Suva;
  • Annual Fiji Primary Schools Athletics Competition (FMF Games), Friday, 17 November, and Saturday, 18 November 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Rugby Union 7s Tournament, Saturday, November 18, 2006, Suva;
  • Marist Gala Dinner to celebrate the work of the Marist Brothers in Fiji, Saturday, 18 November 2006, from 6.30pm, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Gujrat Samaj of Fiji Centenary Celebration, from 5.30pm, Sunday, 19 November 2006, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • Tourism Training segments for Suva, 4 to 9 December 2006, at various venues in Suva;
  • National Boxing Championships, 6 to 8 December 2006, New Town Hall, Suva;
  • Oceania Athletics Grand Prix, 9 to 11 December 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • Ocenia Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara, display of bird paintings by William Belcher and exhibition for Westpac's 101st anniversary of services in Fiji, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay (Topic this month : 'Your Personality and Character: Born or Developed?');
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Friday from 12.35pm to 1.35pm, Talanoa room, second floor of FAL building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Kid’s Creative Dance Classes, Term 3 starts Friday, 15 September 2006, from 2:30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

07 November, 2006

Small business workshop today

The Grace Baptist Church is organising a small business workshop for unemployed youths of Nakelo/Nanuku/Wailea/Veigodo settlements from 9am to 11am today, Tuesday, 7 November 2006. For registration or information, call telephones +679 3382415 or +679 9932303.

Fiji 7s Rugby Squad in Camp

Members of the Fiji 7s Rugby Squad at in camp at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva to prepare for trials to select 15 players that will be part of the team to play in the IRB 7s Rugby Series in 2007. The players will also be contracted and sponsored by mobile telecommunications provider, Digicel. Members of the team have been doing some weight and aerobic training, apart from their rugby skills training, in Suva.

National Boxing Championships in December

The National Boxing Championships will be held from 6 to 8 December 2006 at the New Town Hall in Suva. The championships is part of build-up trials for the South Pacific Games to be held at Apia, Samoa, in 2007. Please mark the dates down on your diary and go watch some of our young talented boxers.

06 November, 2006

Extra classes for students in Suva by Parliamentarians

A few Parliamentarians are organising extra classes for students from squatter settlements in Suva to prepare the students for their external examinations. The initiative has been put together by Parliamentarians including Jone Waqairatu, Dewan Chand, Monica Raghwan, Losena Salabula and Rajesh Singh. Classes are being organised at centres including Nawanawa, Namadai, Kilikali, Cunningham, Maravu, Nabua and Kinoya village. Classes have been going on for a month now with the target of running them for 6 weeks. External examinations which are sat by students from Forms 4, 6 and 7 begin this month. Note from GV : Check out our two bedroom accommodation in Suva through links at the right hand side of this blog.

05 November, 2006

Suva Peace Vigil

Join the Suva Peace Vigil group, 4pm, today at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Suva. Message will be : "Share your interfaith messages for a sustainable and Just'Peace for Fiji". For more details, contact Mama Cash & femLINKPACIFIC Media Initiatives for Women, on telephones +679 3307207 or +679 9244871.

Nadroga wins in Suva

Nadroga won its rugby game against Naitasiri 18 to 10 at the Post Fiji Stadium in Suva yesterday. The win gives Nadroga the two Cups : the Farebrother Trophy and the Sanyo Cup.

F$1m for PM's new home

A new residence will be built to be the official residence of the Prime Minister. The home which will be built at a 6 acre land located along Queen Elizabeth Drive and near the Muanikau Police Post will be divided into two parts : an official entertainment area and a private residence for the PM's family. The home will also house an office for the PM. Architects are to be called soon to tender designs for the home and will be instructed to take into account the local culture and traditions. The total cost of construction, security and finishing costs will be around F$1 million. In addition to the Government House, the Great Council of Chiefs buildings and now the new residence of the PM, Queen Elizabeth Drive will surely be a dream drive for those that love architectural designs.

03 November, 2006

Upcoming Activites and Events in Suva (Updated 3.11.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Theatre: ‘Blood Wedding’, a local production of the internationally acclaimed play by celebrated Spanish playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca, Wednesday, 1 November, to Saturday, 4 November 2006, starts 8pm each night, Aus-aid Performance Space, Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Primary School Art & Craft Exhibition PEMAC Festival 2006, Thursday, 2 November, to Saturday, 4 November 2006, Suva Civic Centre (Opening hours: Thursday - 11am to 4pm, Friday - 9am to 4pm, Saturday - 9am to 2.300pm);
  • Post Budget Forum Breakfast, Saturday, 4 November 2006, 8.25am to 10.30am, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Farebrother/Sanyo Cups Rugby Challenge, Naitasiri vs Nadroga, Saturday, 4 November 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • LTA Velocity Cycling Race Series 2006, Lami to Warwick Hotel race, Sunday, 5 November 2006, starts 6.30am, from Fisheries Department, Lami (Entry fees : F$5.00 per person. Contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123 for details);
  • Grace Baptist Church organised Small Business Workshop for unemployed youths of Nakelo/Nanuku/Wailea/Veigodo settlements, Tuesday, 7 November 2006, from 9am to 11am;
  • Annual Melbourne Cup Horse Race Celebrations, Tuesday, 7 November 2006, from 12pm, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Art Exhibition "Waka-ni-vuku - Roots of Sagacity", opens Wednesday, 8 November 2006, from 5.30pm, then from Thursday, 9 November to Saturday, 11 November 2006, 9am to 4pm, Oceania Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Library Association Annual Quiz Night, Thursday, 9 November 2006, starting 7pm, Forum Secretariat Fale, Forum Secretariat Compound, Ratu Sukuna Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Human Resources Institute, Development Forum, Friday, 10 November 2006, from 8am to 7pm, Lali Room, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", deadline for entries, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Sumeet Tappoo (and other top Indian musicians) Concert, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, from 7.30pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Annual Fiji Primary Schools Athletics Competition (Twisties Games), Friday, 17 November, and Saturday, 18 November 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Marist Gala Dinner to celebrate the work of the Marist Brothers in Fiji, Saturday, 18 November 2006, from 6.30pm, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • Tourism Training segments for Suva, 4 to 9 December 2006, at various venues in Suva;
  • National Boxing Championships, 6 to 8 December 2006, New Town Hall, Suva;
  • Oceania Athletics Grand Prix, 9 to 11 December 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Oceania Hockey Qualifiers for Olympics, 2007 - time to be confirmed, Suva;
  • East Asia-Pacific Under 15 Cricket 8's tournament, 24 January to 29 January, 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • Ocenia Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed);
  • Queen Victoria School's 100th Anniversary Celebrations, November 2007.

Recurring Events:

  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara and display of bird paintings by William Belcher, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Stage Sevens, Wednesdays, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Auditorium, FIT Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai (Tickets at the door at F$3.00, students and scholars F$2.00);
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Socrates Café where people gather to discuss and debate the topic of the month, first Thursday of each month, 7pm to 8.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay (Topic this month : 'Your Personality and Character: Born or Developed?');
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Friday from 12.35pm to 1.35pm, Talanoa room, second floor of FAL building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Kid’s Creative Dance Classes, Term 3 starts Friday, 15 September 2006, from 2:30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade; Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. A 20% discount is offered for all bookings up to 31 March 2007. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.