31 July, 2006

Chill to be around for a while

The cold conditions Fiji is experiencing is caused by cool, dry air driven by southerly winds, says the Weather Office. The cold conditions usually lasted only days but because of the continuous strands of cool dry air, the cold period may last longer. People are advised to keep warm and to take a lot of liquid as the dry and cold condition would cause dryness of the skin.

Methodist Church sets $1 million target

The Methodist Church of Fiji aims to collect F$1 million at the week-long choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park next month. The Church said it did not want to set too high a target as it would be a burden on members. The Rotuman Division would open the week-long choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park on 18 August and there would be a traditional welcoming ceremony. The singing program for primary school students would held at Baker Hall with about 30 schools participating.

29 July, 2006

International School Suva : Fun Day 2006

The International School in Suva will have a Fun Day on 5 August 2006. The event will be held from 10am to 3pm at the school premises and grounds, Siga Road, Laucala Beach, Suva. Attractions will include :
  • International food stalls
  • 2nd hand clothing and book stalls
  • Treasure hunt
  • Water slide
  • Haunted house
  • Art & craft stalls
  • Games, and more.

Film Awards exhibition a hit

The first day of the inaugural local film awards exhibition yesterday was a success and its final day is expected to fare even better. The Fiji Audio Visual Commission said people turned up in numbers to witness the opening of the Telecom Fiji sponsored Kula Awards and Audio Visual Open Day at the Fiji Development Bank foreshore in Suva yesterday. The idea of the exhibition is to showcase the industry to members of the public and show them that it would be an industry for the future. A major feature of today's program is the awards for short films produced by 11 secondary schools. About 14 schools will be contesting for the Bollywood Dance routines awards. Students were yesterday at the Suva FDB foreshore venue doing last minute rehearsals. The open day is free of charge.

New Rewa Bridge to open in two weeks

The widest and longest bridge in Fiji is to open to all traffic in two weeks. The European Union's local head said he was satisfied work on the bridge over the Rewa River would be completed successfully and would be handed over on 17 August. The EU is advocating that the new bridge be called the Europe Bridge to mark the relationship between Europe and Fiji. The EU said it hoped the new bridge would ease congestion caused by the old one and improve living conditions for people in the Nausori area. While the EU is committed to continue its support to Fiji, there are currently no new traffic infrastructure projects foreseen. The EU head in Fiji said their activities would mostly likely shift towards sustainable management of natural resources.

28 July, 2006

Triathlon Competition this Sunday

Tabu Soro Pump Triathlon, Sunday, 30 July 2006, Registration at 6am and starts 7am, National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay. Events to include : Half Olympic - 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run; Super Sprint - 300m swim, 10km bike and 3km run; Junior - 200m swim, 3km bike and 1km run, Duathlon - 200m swim and 3km run; and 40km cycle road race (for cyclists only). F$10 entry fee for individuals, F$15 for teams.

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 28.7.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji Bitter Open Squash Tournament, 25 to 29 July, Defence Club and Victoria Squash Courts;
  • Oceania Dance Festival, Wednesday 26 July to Friday 28 July 2006, from 9am to 4.30pm, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Open Day for Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards, 28 and 29 July, Suva;
  • Saint Pius X Parish (Raiwaqa) bazaar, Saturday, 29 July 2006, from 9am, at the Catholic ground next to the church at Raiwaqa. Food, handicraft and entertainment for the family;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Launch of the Inaugural Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards Night, 29 July, Suva;
  • Kula Film Awards & Bollywood Dance Competition, Saturday, 29 July 2006, starts 7pm, FDB Foreshore;
  • Tabu Soro Pump Triathlon, Sunday, 30 July 2006, Registration at 6am and starts 7am; National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay;
  • Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture Training Program organised by the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific, 2 to 4 August, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Arts Council National Craft Fair, Thursday, 3 August 2006, to Saturday, 5 August 2006, from 9am to 5pm each day, Sukuna Park;
  • International Shimano Invitational Gamefishing Tournament, 4 to 6 August 2006, Pearl International, Pacific Harbour (for queries call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368);
  • International School Fun Day, Saturday, 5 August 2006, 10am to 3pm, International School, Siga Road, Laucala Beach, Suva;
  • National Youth Week Celebrations, Saturday, 12 August, various venues in Suva;
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Mardi Gras, Friday, 18 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival 4-a-side Volleyball Tournament, 22 to 25 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Fiji FA Interdistric Soccer Competition, August 12 and 13, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, mid August. Choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Fiji Golf Open tournament, 31 August to 3 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Karate classes, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese;
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • 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;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff (Make a reservation on telephone +679 3300384);
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • 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 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Kula Awards 2006 Program

The program for the Kula Film Awards and Audio Visual Industry Open Day, 28 and 29 July 2006. Friday, 28 July 2006
  • Fiji film starts showing to public, 10.30am;
  • Film stunt performance, 10.45am;
  • Discussion session : "Making films in Fiji - Foreign Filmmakers Perspective", Hollywood's Patrick Kilpatrick & Granada TV, 12pm;
  • Film Stunt Performance, 1pm;
  • Discussion session : "Making it in the World of Film Production", Moses & Leah Fotofili, 2pm;
  • Discussion session : "Lessons from a Local Filmmaker", Professor Vilsoni Hereniko, 3pm;
  • Screen Film awards movies for voting purposes, 3.30pm;
  • Film Stunt Performance, 4pm.

Saturday, 29 July 2006

  • Band plays featuring Fiji Music Day Talent Quest Winners; Start playing Fiji films; 9am;
  • Film stunt performance, 9.30am;
  • Screen Film Awards movies for voting purposes, 10.45am;
  • Discussion session : "Business opportunities in the Audio Visual Industry", John Hardie, Leo Richmond, Mike Terry, 11am;
  • Film Stunt Performance, 12pm;
  • Discussion session : "Making it in the World of Film Production", Moses & Leah Fotofili, 1pm;
  • Discussion session : "Career Opportunities in the Audio Visual Industry", John Hardie, Bob Zraick, Sera Tikotikoivatu and Wame Valentine, 2pm;
  • Film stunt performance, 3pm;
  • Voting closes for Most Popular Film, 4pm.

Festival promotes Pacific dances

The first Oceania Dance Festival kicked off with dances from around the region and a sneak preview of a dance collaboration piece by OCAC choreographer, Allan Alo and Indra Utama, a reknowned choreographer from West Sumatra, Indonesia. The Festival is being organised by the Oceania Centre and the Fiji Chapter of the World Dance Alliance with the main purpose to contribute to the activities of the Centre and to promote dance in Fiji. Unlike many traditional dance festivals in the Pacific, the Oceania Dance Festival focuses on contemporary concepts and ideas with the Pacific context and heritage in mind.

Aussies, Kiwis to play Fiji netball

The New Zealand and Australia netball teams could be playing test matches here next year in the buildup to the World Championships to be held in Suva in 2007. With the series against South Africa ending in a draw last night after the visitors won 52-46, Netball Fiji remains optimistic of getting the top two sides into the country. Apart from the Silver Ferns and the Australian team, other matches are being lined up to prepare the Fiji side for the World Championships. The national team will be having buildup matches which include a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Some matches are also be played in Fiji against visiting teams in October. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

27 July, 2006

Harbour clean up to start this month

The removal of 11 derelict vessels from Suva Harbour is to start before the end of the month. The exercise is expected to cost the Fiji Ports Corporation close to F$220,000.00. Vessel owners are expected to foot the cost of removal of their own vessels. The removal will help clear up the harbour of these vessels and also protect the marine environment from leakage of toxic chemicals and materials from the rusting vessels.

Fiji Golf Club Championship this weekend

The Fiji Golf Club Championship will be held at the Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva, on Saturday 29 July, and Sunday 30 July. Entry forms available from the office or bar at the Club. Enquiries to telephone +679 3381184 or e-mail fijigolfclub@connect.com.fj.

Fiji draws with South Africa in 2nd netball test

Fiji drew 47-47 with South Africa in their second netball test last night at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva. The last test match between the two countries will be held tonight at the same venue. The match times are as follows :
  • 3.30pm, PNG vs Fiji Selection;
  • 5.15pm, Samoa vs Cook Islands; and
  • 7.15pm, Fiji vs South Africa (3rd test).

26 July, 2006

35 days of special rate period remaining

30 days of the special rate period for the two months August and September 2006 has been taken up leaving only 35 days remaining. For those that are interested in the offer, a discount of 20% on the nightly rate of F$140.00 is offered for our furnished two bedroom home with seaviews in Suva. The rate offered will be F$112.00 per night and will include the following :
  • up to 4 guests;
  • ADSL Broadband Internet access with a Personal Computer;
  • welcome supplies of coffee/cocoa, tea, milk, sugar, bathing soap, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags and paper towels;
  • daily newspapers provided for guests staying over 2 weeks;
  • 3 free sessions per week at the Hyndai Fitness Centre or the National Aquatic Centre for guests staying longer than 4 weeks.

For more details on what the home offers and photos of the home, please click on links at the right hand side of this blog. For contact, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Dance festival to start today

The Oceania Dance Festival is set to attract local dance enthusiasts at the University of the South Pacific today. The festival will focus on contemporary concepts and ideas keeping a Pacific context and heritage. Festival organiser, Sachiko Miller, said she was confident that the festival would encourage more dancers and plans to promote contemporary dancing not only in Fiji but other Pacific islands.

Children's Art and Piano Classes on Saturday Mornings

Parents who are interested in their children attending these classes are invited to attend a meeting in the Art Gallery at the School of Art, Culture and Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva, on Saturday, 29 July 2006, at 9.30am.

Fiji wins netball test against South Africa

Fiji romped to a 51-43 win against South Africa in their netball test last night at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva. The match was the first of three with the second one scheduled for tonight. The result signalled that the Fiji netball team will be a competitive unit at the World Netball Championships in Suva next year.

25 July, 2006

20% discount per night for home

A discount of 20% on the nightly rate of F$140.00 will be given for bookings for the months of August and September 2006 for our furnished two bedroom home with seaviews in Suva. The offered rate will be F$112.00 per night and will include the following :
  • up to 4 guests;
  • ADSL Broadband Internet access with a Personal Computer;
  • welcome supplies of coffee/cocoa, tea, milk, sugar, bathing soap, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags and paper towels;
  • daily newspapers provided for guests staying over 2 weeks;
  • 3 free sessions per week at the Hyndai Fitness Centre or the National Aquatic Centre for guests staying longer than 4 weeks.
For more details on what the home offers and photos of the home, please click on links at the right hand side of this blog. For contact, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Website targets Chinese tourists

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation has launched a website to market South Pacific tourism to potential travellers from China. The website has been developed in Mandarin and is registered uner the domain, www.spto.cn. The move followed the People's Republic of China's decision to grant destination status to more Pacific Islands over the years. The site provides a comprehensive overview of the South Pacific with complete profiles on SPTO's 12 Pacific Island member countries. When surfing through the site, potential travellers from China could learn about the culture and history of the region, view an extensive gallery of pictures, browse accommodation and activities options, locate travel agents, and understand travel requirements to the region. Note : For those coming to Suva for business or a holiday, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

New magazine for women

With two lifestyle magazines hitting the streets this year, a third one has appeared on newsstands showcasing the profiles of local women. Ishwar Narayan, publisher of the monthly publication, "Marama", said the magazine appreciated the talents of women in the country. The idea behind the magazine was to come up with positive writing about women in Fiji The magazine's first issue had former Hibiscus Queen and media personality, Lenora Qereqeretabua, on its cover. Get a copy at your local store.

Fiji vs South Africa netball match tonight

The Fiji netball squad preparing to host the World Netball Championships next year will come under the spotlight again as they take on South Africa at the FMF Dome tonight. The Fiji team will be skippered by Matila Waqanidrola and will feature overseas squad members Susan Tagicakibau, Sala Hide, Simone Nalatu and Alanieta Mailulu. The Oceania Netball Federation qualifying matches featuring Samoa, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea will be staged prior to the Fiji/South Africa match. Samoa takes on a Fiji Selection side at 3.30pm. Cook Islands takes on PNG at 5.15pm and the test match between Fiji and South Africa will be at 7.15pm.

24 July, 2006

Try a Steakhouse for dinner

Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, 16 Bau Street, Suva. Complementary salad bar every Wednesday evening, accompanied by a band providing local and contemporary music. Make a reservation through telephone +679 3300384.

Saint Pius Catholic Church Bazaar

Saint Pius X Parish Bazaar, Saturday, 29 July 2006, from 9am, at the Catholic ground next to the church at Raiwaqa. Food, handicraft and entertainment for the family. All welcome.

Groups promote Fijian culture

Two dance groups will leave the country today for a tour to promote the Fijian culture in Australia. The winners from the Fiji Indigenous Music Competition, Jale Mareau and the Indian Cultural Centre's Shobna Channel Dance Group will be touring Australia to perform at the Talanoa Roadshow. The Fiji Indigenous Music Competition was held last year in October and 22 cultural groups from different provinces throughout the country took part in the event which was held at the FMF Dome in Suva. The groups would participate on roadshows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The Jale Mareau group will do string band music, dancing and chanting while the Shobna Channel group will do contemporary dance. A similar indigenous competition will be organised this year on 24 August as part of the Hibiscus Carnival. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Bollywood dance attract students

As part of the 2006 Kula Film Awards and the Audio Visual Industry Open Day, 13 schools will take part in the first Bollywood dance competition. The 13 schools from around the country will be taking part in the competition to perform live on stage a 5-minute dance sequence based on popular Hindi songs. The competition is organised by the Fiji Audio Visual Commission and awards will be presented this Saturday for best dance performance, best individual performance and best costume. All-boys Fijian boarding school, Ratu Kadavulevu School, is taking part in the competition. The other competing schools are Levuka Public, Muainaweni College, Khalsa College, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Vashist Muni College, Latter Day Saints College, Rishikul Sanatan Secondary, Tilak High, Gospel High, Cuvu Secondary, Suva Sangam and Saraswati College. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Albert Park to close

The Suva City Council (SCC) is thinking of closing Albert Park for a year to upgrade it. The park would be closed after the Hibiscus Carnival to be held from 12 to 30 August 2006, for a major upgrade. The Council has given its facilities at Albert Park, Sukuna Park and the Civic Auditorium for use during the carnival. Money raised from the carnival would go to cleaning and beautifying the city. This is the 50th year of the Hibiscus Festival.

23 July, 2006

Suva Museum haunted

The Fiji Museum based in Suva is supposedly haunted. This was revealed by Sela Rayawa, Chief Librarian and Registrar of the Museum, in an interview in the Sunday Times today. Rayawa, who has worked for 36 years at the museum, said staff often heard Fijian chants, seen skeletons crawling and heard doors bang. He said the chants could be heard when everyone is working quietly. Rayawa said that he once heard a sound coming from the storage room (where about 20,000 artifacts are kept. When he went to check, he heard the sounds had turned into a Fijian chant but could not make out which dialect it was in. He said that with the museum being storage for ancient artifacts, such things were bound to happen. For tours, please call the Fiji on Museum telephone +679 3315944, e-mail fijimuseum@connect.com.fj or visit www.fijimuseum.org.fj.

Pacific Rugby Alliance to meet in Suva next month

The top brass of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance will meet in Suva next month to discuss their upcoming tour of the Northern Hemisphere at the end of the year. The Alliance will also be naming its squad and coach during the meeting. It is understood that Samoan mentor and former All Black Michael Jones will coach the 2006 Islanders team. The team is set to play three tests against Scotland, Wales and Ireland during the tour. The tour will have an impact on the national team with Fiji not having any more build up for the World Cup in France next year.

22 July, 2006

Increasing readership of blogs by former Fiji residents

I have noted an increased readership of this blog by former Fiji residents living abroad who have sent me thank you messages for enabling them to keep a link with their home town of Suva. One such message was received from a Catherine Koster who lives in Sydney, Australia. Her message reads, "Hi there Gilbert. Read Your web and blog with great interest. I will be relocating/returning to Fiji after many years abroad...... Your web certainly has been a great service in the relocating process. Thank you again." Another from Anne Louie also in Australia reads, "thanks for your currents on happenings @ home!" For this, I thank these readers and encourage them to share the blog address with their other friends who may be interested with what is happening in Suva. There, actually, has been a lot of events/activities in the previous months and there will be more in the coming months with the Hibiscus Festival in August and the Melanesian Festival of Arts in October. To all former Fiji residents, you can also send me snippets of good memories that you had in Suva which I can post on the blog. Have your snippets e-mailed to me at gilbert@connect.com.fj. Do note that we also have another blog which is http://investinfiji.blogspot.com/. That blog provides information useful to those that wish to invest or set up business in Fiji. One message received from a Russell Whyte of Rotorua, New Zealand, reads, "I am .......... interested in the obvious development opportunities presented in your blogs ......." It is also getting an increased number of readership. You can bookmark the "Invest in Fiji" blog as well or go to it through links at the right hand side of this blog. Have a good Saturday!

The new KFC and Pizza Hut

A new KFC and Pizza Hut outlet has opened at Centrepoint, Laucala Beach, Suva, right next to the RB Patel shopping complex. This opening provides another food outlet in the suburbs of the city after an increasing number of facilities and offices are moving out of the city centre. The outlets are just on the other side of a new multi-storey building at 4 miles (from Suva to Nausori) to which the Police Headquarters moved a few weeks ago. The outlets provide a variety of appetizers, pizzas and fried chicken. KFC also features a drive-through. Pizza pickup can also be arranged from the drive-through window 20 minutes after you call in your order on +679 3343041.

21 July, 2006

Wine tasting

A wine tasting on "White and Red Varietals" will be held on Tuesday, 25 July 2006 at the Bad Dog Restaurant, Victoria Parade, from 6pm to 8pm. Entry fee is F$12 per person and is to be paid before 3pm, Friday 21 July. Tables are expected to be booked quickly so send your confirmation early. Contact Victoria Wines on telephone +679 3312968.

Suva headed for boom

Three new complexes being developed in the capital will see business boom in the city, says the Suva Chamber of Commerce. The Tappoo City complex, Parshotam's Midcity, and Carpenters Group/Morris Hedstrom City complex will provide additional retail and office space. The Chamber said the capital city needed additional business facilities and services. The new buildings are expected to bring in more business to the capital. Work on the Tappoo building is expected to be completed by mid 2008. The six-storey building will offer three levels of retailing space, which will include specialist stores/outlets with the fourth floor to have a food court and cinemas. Two floors will have office space. The MH City complex will have three floors of retail space which is expected to open by Christmas 2006. The building will be the tallest in the country once it is completed. The Midcity complex at Cumming Street is to be completed by end 2006.

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 21.7.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji Arts Club Art Exhibition - Registration of Entries, Friday, 21 July, 8am to 5pm, Playhouse, Selbourne Street (Call Rose Langford on +679 9286179 for enquiries);
  • Southern Zone Secondary Schools Rugby Finals, Saturday, 21 July 2006, from 8.40am, Post Fiji Stadium and Bidesi Park, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay;
  • Archery Fiji July Monthly Shoot, Saturday, 21 July 2006, from 9am, St Josephs School grounds;
  • Sanyo Cup Rugby match, Suva vs Navosa, Saturday, 21 July 2006, from 11am, Suva Grammar School grounds, Veiuto;
  • Suva Netball games, Saturday, 21 July 2006, from 1pm, Multi-purpose Courts, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Awards for Media Excellence, Saturday, 21 July 2006, from 7pm, Tradewinds Convention Centre, Lami;
  • Fiji Arts Club art exhibition 2006, Monday, 24 July, to Saturday, 29 July, Suva;
  • Wine Tasting, Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 6pm to 8pm, Bad Dog Restaurant, Victoria Parade;
  • Fiji Bitter Open Squash Tournament, 25 to 29 July, Defence Club and Victoria Squash Courts;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 3.30pm, Fiji A vs Samoa, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 5.15pm, PNG vs Cook Islands, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 7.30pm, Africa vs Fiji, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Oceania Dance Festival, Wednesday 26 July to Friday 28 July 2006, from 9am to 4.30pm, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Open Day for Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards, 28 and 29 July, Suva;
  • Saint Pius X Parish (Raiwaqa) bazaar, Saturday, 29 July 2006, from 9am, at the Catholic ground next to the church at Raiwaqa. Food, handicraft and entertainment for the family;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Launch of the Inaugural Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards Night, 29 July, Suva;
  • Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture Training Program organised by the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific, 2 to 4 August, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • International Shimano Invitational Gamefishing Tournament, 4 to 6 August 2006, Pearl International, Pacific Harbour (for queries call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368);
  • National Youth Week Celebrations, Saturday, 12 August, various venues in Suva;
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Mardi Gras, Friday, 18 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival 4-a-side Volleyball Tournament, 22 to 25 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Fiji FA Interdistric Soccer Competition, August 12 and 13, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, mid August. Choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Fiji Golf Open tournament, 31 August to 3 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Karate classes, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese;
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • 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;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff (Make a reservation on telephone +679 3300384);
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • 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 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

19 July, 2006

Charity Golf Tournament

A charity golf tournament in aid of the Home of Compassion will be held at the Fiji Golf Club on Friday, July 28. Entry fee is F$40.00 payable in advance. Field limited to 128 players and all entries close on July 23. Contact SP Chung or Pacific IT on +679 3309808.

Just Living Wages for Fiji : Lifting Workers Out of Poverty Panel Discussion

ECREA in conjunction with the School of Economics of the University of the South Pacific invites the public to the Panel Discussions of a Report and Book on "Just Living Wages for Fiji : Lifting Workers out of Poverty", by Professor Wadan Narsey.
  • Date : 19 July, 2006
  • Time : 7pm to 9.30pm
  • Venue : Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific
  • Chairperson : Father Kevin Barr
Panelists :
  • Professor Wadan Narsey
  • Associate Professor Biman Prasad, Head of School, Economics, USP
  • Mr Rajeshwar Sing, Fiji Public Service Association
  • Representative of the Ministry of Labour
Enquiries : Savu Tawake, telephone +679 3307588 or e-mail info@ecrea.org.fj.

18 July, 2006

Visiting rabbis touched by the "Fiji Way"

Fiji is a perfect model of the way the world should be, say members of the Habad Organisation who are at present visiting the country. In a press conference yesterday, Rabbi Berel, said his team had come with a mission to relay a message of peace and prosperity. "Fiji serves as a role model to the rest of the world", he said. Rabbi Berel said they had been on the streets since they arrived in Fiji and noted that the people are so friendly and that the hospitality of the people was just tremendous. The Australia-based group said compared to visits to other countries, their visit to Fiji was different in that the majority of the locals they met were Christians. Another member of the group, Rabbi Menbel said since they arrived, they noticed that a majority of people were very strong believers and had a lot of respect for the Israelites and the Jewish people. "The people here are so kind and it's very touching to see that most locals believe in God", Rabbi Menbel said. "People are so happy and they don't need great luxuries to be happy. There is just this inner happiness and contentment with the Fijian people basically showing that God has been their source of happiness".

Fiji Awards for Media Excellence

Fiji Awards for Media Excellence, Tradewinds Hotel Convention Centre, Saturday, 22 July 2006, from 6pm. Formalities from 6.30pm. Tickets are F$45.00 per person and will include pre-dinner drinks, buffet dinner and the awards night. Dress : Bula. For table bookings, call Loretta or Liz at the Total Event Company on +679 3314766 or e-mail loretta@fm96.com.fj. Tickets are also on sale at the Boom Box at Downtown Boulevard and at the Total Event Company.

Special morning tea for cancer funds

Fiji's biggest morning tea is set for Thursday, 20 July, with a call going out to businesshouses and organisations to help raise funds for cancer support. The Fiji Cancer Society Hospice Committee said the event was to raise funds to the end of the month to build a cancer hospice. The Society was asking businesses, schools, churches, sport clubs, resorts, factories, women's groups or any groups which regularly get together to register to host s morning tea on Thursday. Hosts can then invite guests or staff to make a donation for their tea, juice and food and all donations go directly to the Cancer Hospice Project. Donations can also be banked at Westpac, Suva. Cheques can be written out to the Fiji Cancer Society Hospice. The Society's contact address is : Fiji Cancer Society, PO Box 16660, Suva.

Dance festival set for University

The first Oceania Dance Festival will kick off at the University of the South Pacific next Wednesday. The July 26 to 28 gathering is being organised by the USP's Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture and the Fiji Chapter of the World Dance Alliance. WDA Fiji Chapter's Sachiko Miller said the main aim of the festival was to contribute to the activities of the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture and promote dance in Fiji. Unlike many traditional dance festivals in the Pacific, the Oceania Dance Festival 2006 will focus on concepts and ideas while not forgetting the Pacific context and heritage. As part of activities during the week, there will various workshops which will be open to both the members of the public and festival participants. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 18.7.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • 2006 Fiji FA, Sun and Sharma's Insurance Open Club/Business House 5-a-side Soccer Tournament, Wednesday, 19 July 2006, from 7pm, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Council of Social Services, Consultation Forum on The Pacific Plan for Civil Society Organisations, Thursday, 20 July, 9am to 4pm, Fiji Council of Social Services Centre, Suva (Register with Ben Lutua on telephone +679 3312649 or e-mail fcoss@connect.com.fj);
  • Fiji Cancer Society Fundraising Morning Tea for Suva Businesshouses/Offices, Thursday, 20 July, Suva;
  • Protection of the Pacific Environment - An Informal Roundtable discussion, Thursday, 20 July, 6pm to 8pm, Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Awards for Media Excellence 2006, Saturday, 22 July, Tradewinds Convention Centre, Lami;
  • Fiji Arts Club art exhibition 2006, Monday, 24 July, to Saturday, 29 July, Suva;
  • Fiji Bitter Open Squash Tournament, 25 to 29 July, Defence Club and Victoria Squash Courts;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 3.30pm, Fiji A vs Samoa, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 5.15pm, PNG vs Cook Islands, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 7.30pm, Africa vs Fiji, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Oceania Dance Festival, Wednesday 26 July to Friday 28 July 2006, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Open Day for Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards, 28 and 29 July, Suva;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Launch of the Inaugural Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards Night, 29 July, Suva;
  • Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture Training Program organised by the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific, 2 to 4 August, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • International Shimano Invitational Gamefishing Tournament, 4 to 6 August 2006, Pearl International, Pacific Harbour (for queries call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368);
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • National Youth Week Celebrations, Saturday, 12 August, various venues in Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Mardi Gras, Friday, 18 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival 4-a-side Volleyball Tournament, 22 to 25 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Fiji FA Interdistric Soccer Competition, August 12 and 13, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, mid August. Choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Karate classes, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese;
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • 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;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • 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 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

17 July, 2006

Rewans give F$200,000

A multi-million dollar infrastructure development, growing capital works, investments and small business schemes all built around a comprehensive information network should greatly uplift living standards in Rewa. A three-day fundraising drive ended over the weekend, generating over F$200,000.00, half of which is to go towards a scholarship trust for students from the province. The culmination of Rewa Week on Saturday saw the launch of the province's website and a project designed to help potential entrepreneurs. Part of the strategic development plan for the province formulated last year sees 10 kilometers of roads being upgraded and two bridges to link the Vutia and Rewa districts at Nasali. There were a lot of Fijian handicraft items on sale during the fundraising on Saturday which provided an opportunity for tourists, and other visitors alike, to buy items are much reduced prices compared to those at the usual handicraft shops.

Hibiscus Festival 2006 to start with a mardi gras

The much-awaited Suva Hibiscus Festival 2006 will start with a mardi gras on the first Friday. The festival, which has not been a feature on Suva's social and fun calendar for a few years, returns this year with new fun activities organised. The festival, so far, has 14 confirmed contestants and aims to raise F$200,000 for charity and works to upgrade Suva. On the final day, a fireworks display from China is being arranged with the Chinese Embassy in Suva. The festival will be held from 18 to 26 August 2006. For those that need accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom furnished home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

16 July, 2006

Naval exercises for Indian warship

The Indian naval vessel, INS Tabar, will hold exercises with the Fiji Navy as it leaves Suva harbour today after a two day visit. The exercises would be search and rescue and anti-piracy related. The 125-metre long Tabar is a Talwar class frigate commissioned in Kalinigrad, Russia, in April 2004. The ship has 30 officers and 300 crew. The Indian Navy said that they had begun training sessions with the Fiji Navy and would continue to do so at every opportunity in future. While berthed at the Kings Wharf in Suva, people took the chance to tour the ship, which is fitted with modern technology and weaponry. The vessel has anti-ship and anti-submarine torpedoes, 100 mm calibre guns for surface targets, SAM missiles, heavy artillery, 12-barrel anti-submarine rocket launchers and a range of hard and soft kills measures. The INS Tabar's home port is Mumbai, India.

Music show on top of weather

Wet weather failed to dampen the annual Fiji Music Day held at Suva's Sukuna Park yesterday. The event had 36 young people from the ages of 9 to 20 entertain a crowd of about 700 people. Concert organisers, Alliance Francaise, said the 10 year old event had always been free of charge to encourage participation. Alliance Francaise said apart from being good entertainment, it gave people a chance to show their talent. Three of the contestants will now get to sing with local singing sensations like Seru Serevi and Saimoni Vuatalevu. Apart from a variety of songs being rendered, several Fijian, Indian and island dance groups also performed. Mark the event on your Suva calendar for next year.

15 July, 2006

Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture Training

You can learn about Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture by signing up for a training program organised by the Institute of Marine Resources at the University of the South Pacific.
  • Date : 2 to 4 August, 2006
  • Venue : Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Topics : Introduction to Aquaculture, Prawn Status & Biology, Hatchery Operations, Pond Construction, Pond Management Economic Modelling;
  • Fee : F$500.00 per person. This includes training materials, field trip, teas and lunches.

Limited places available.

A consultancy service is available as a follow up to those interested. This includes : farm site visit, feasibility study, and farm design. Post-larval prawns can be purchased from the University of the South Pacific.

Enquiries to Sharon Kumar, telephone +679 3232995, fax +679 3231531, e-mail kumar_sr@usp.ac.fj for registration forms.

Protection of the Pacific Environment Roundtable

The scope for Regional Directives aimed at Protection of the Pacific Environment. An Informal Roundtable discussion. Participants :
  • Roberto Ridolfi, Head of Delegation of the Commission of the European Union for the Pacific;
  • Peter Forau, Deputy General Secretary, Pacific Islands Forum;
  • Cristelle Pratt, Director, South Pacific Geoscience Commission;
  • Leon Zann, Director Marine Studies Program, University of the South Pacific;
  • Professor Ron Duncan, Executive Director, Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance.

Date and time : 20 July, 2006, 6pm to 8pm;

Venue : Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific.

The Pacific states face unique problems in moving towards greater regional cooperation, which are not exclusively economic or security-related. Although the coming together of the European states over the last half century is unlikely to bear strong comparison with the future experience of the Pacific states, one area where useful lessons can be learned is with regard to usage of enforceable region-wide directives. The Pacific states clearly have a strong common interest in environmental protection. What would be required for the Pacific states to cede some degree of sovereignty in addressing environmental issues? Could such directives become enforceable? Would the establishment of stronger cooperation in this area prove a catalyst for greater regional collaboration in other areas of mutual interest?

14 July, 2006

Fiji Arts Club Annual Art Exhibition and Competition 2006

The Opening Night Preview & Prize Giving will be held on Monday, 24 July 2006, from 7pm at The Playhouse, Selbourne St, Suva. Tickets for the opening night are now available from Caines Janiff, Suva and Nadi at $15. You can also purchase art that will be on sale during the night. Exhibition continues from 25 July to 29 July. Enquiries to Rose +679 9286179 or Myleen on +679 9995563. For those that need accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom furnished home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 14.7.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Pacific Island Art Exhibition, Friday, 30 June, starts 7pm, to Friday, 14 July, Alliance Fran├žaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Rewa Day fundraising for Rewa Province (to include sale of handicraft, food and displays of traditional dances), Saturday, 15 July 2006, Furnival Park, Toorak, Suva;
  • Fiji Music Day, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 11am to 2pm, Vocallist Talent Quest, and from 2pm, Artists in Action, Sukuna Park;
  • Fiji Council of Social Services, Consultation Forum on The Pacific Plan for Civil Society Organisations, Thursday, 20 July, 9am to 4pm, Fiji Council of Social Services Centre, Suva (Register with Ben Lutua on telephone +679 3312649 or e-mail fcoss@connect.com.fj);
  • Protection of the Pacific Environment - An Informal Roundtable discussion, Thursday, 20 July, 6pm to 8pm, Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Awards for Media Excellence 2006, Saturday, 22 July, Tradewinds Convention Centre, Lami;
  • Fiji Arts Club art exhibition 2006, Monday, 24 July, to Saturday, 29 July, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 3.30pm, Fiji A vs Samoa, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 5.15pm, PNG vs Cook Islands, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 7.30pm, Africa vs Fiji, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Open Day for Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards, 28 and 29 July, Suva;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Launch of the Inaugural Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards Night, 29 July, Suva;
  • Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture Training Program organised by the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific, 2 to 4 August, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • International Shimano Invitational Gamefishing Tournament, 4 to 6 August 2006, Pearl International, Pacific Harbour (for queries call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368);
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • National Youth Week Celebrations, Saturday, 12 August, various venues in Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Fiji FA Interdistric Soccer Competition, August 12 and 13, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, mid August. Choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Karate Classes, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese, 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;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • 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 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

13 July, 2006

Bodybuilding Competition in Suva

The Mr Suva and Junior Mr Suva Bodybuilding Competition will be held at the Fiji Arts Club, Selbourne Street, Suva, on August 26 from 2pm. Affiliated clubs are invited to take part. Selection of the Fiji team to the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championships in PNG from 12 to 15 October will take place the same day. Note : For those that need accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom furnished home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Game Fishing Tournament in August

The International Shimano Invitational Game Fishing Tournament will be held at the Pearl International, Pacific Harbour, from 4 to 6 August 2006. For further enquiries, call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368. For those that need accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom furnished home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Extra lane to ease traffic congestion

A daily traffic problem at Nabua, Suva, is expected to ease in six weeks with the construction of another lane to Suva. The work started on Tuesday after the acquisition of part of Nivis Motors' land and after the Public Works Department won a court battle against the company. The Government had planned to widen the road to accommodate more lanes, which could not be done before as the land adjoining the road belonged to Nivis Motors. Apart from another lane, a footpath is also planned.

12 July, 2006

Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association Coaching Course

The Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association in conjunction with the IAAF Regional Development Centre, Brisbane, will be conducting a 2 week coaching course in Suva from Monday, 21 August, to Saturday, 2 September 2006. The course venue will either be the Post Fiji Stadium or one of the schools in Suva. At the end of the course, successful participants will be given an IAAF Level 1 Coaching Certificate. The certificate is recognised internationally and will enable holders to coach athletics anywhere. Distant participants are to find their own accommodation and will be given subsistence allowance. A limited number of places are available. If you are interested, please contact the General Secretary on telephone +679 3305947 or +679 9925947. Note : For those that need accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom furnished home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Oceania Dance Festival on later July

The Oceania Dance Festival will be held in Suva from Wednesday, 26 July, to Friday, 28 July. The festival will reinforce Pacific identity as well as display some of the Pacific's best dancers, as styles and skills will combine to bring together what is probably going to be the biggest meeting of dancers in the South Pacific. The idea behind the festival is that it be the first "fusion" festival with a fusion of genres and styles and a fusion of contemporary and traditional dance. Apart from free public performances by over 80 performers, the festival will also feature collaborations, workshops and seminars. The workshops will be run by academics from the Auckland University's dance department and from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. A USP based Samoan choreographer will also conduct a piece in collaboration with Indonedian dancer Indra Utama. Performances to watch include works from New Zealanders Kathy Livermoore, Cat Gwynne and Megan Sayer-Roberts. Some of the local talent to be highlighted include Pelu Fatiaki, Katalina Fotofili, Ateca Ravuvu, Sinu Naulumatua, Tulevu Tora and Faraz Ali. Organisations which will take part include the Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre and the Pacific Harbour Centre for Arts and Culture. The aim of the festival is to develop the infrastructure of dance in Fiji to allow the country's dance industry to grow. The organisers hope to have the festival continue as a bi-annual event to be hosted around other Pacific Island countries. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

11 July, 2006

Rewa Day this Saturday in Suva

Rewa Day will be held this Saturday, 15 July, at Furnival Park, Toorak, Suva. It will be a good opportunity for tourists and other visitors to Suva to buy Fijian handicraft items at reasonable prices, try out some Fijian food, and also view some traditional dances (meke). On Saturday, we will also have the Fiji Music Day celebrations at Sukuna Park, Suva, from 11am. Mark those places to visit on your diary.

Town plans foreshore lift

Lami Town, on the other side of Suva Harbour, when one travels towards Nadi from Suva, is ready for a major facelift in a planned reclamation of 19 hectares of its foreshore to boost investment. The foreshore reclamation will be carried out in the area alongside the central business district area facing Suva Harbour. Shopping malls, a park reserve, mariner roads, waterways and buildings for light commercial use are part of the project. A hotel with a convention centre is one of the highlights. There will also be provision for anchoring yachts and small boats. The project will be funded by private investment.

August 17 opening for new Rewa Bridge

The new Rewa Bridge will be opened on August 17. Construction is largely complete with site works focused on fitting out the bridge with deck furniture and internal services and competing the approach roads and roundabout. The new bridge is 425 meters long and will carry four lanes of vehicular traffic, two lanes in each direction, together with pedestrian walkways on each side of its, making it three times wider than the old bridge. It is located a little downstream from the old bridge at Nausori. During August, the annual Methodist Church Choir Competition will be held at the Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. It will be a good opportunity for visitors to try out the new bridge.

Institute to introduce study of culture

The Fiji Institute of Technology is looking at introducing the study of Fijian culture and tradition in its School of Culture, Arts and Design at Vatuwaqa to document, preserve, practise and promote the authenticity of the Fijian culture. The purpose of the proposed program is to maximise the roles of the School of Culture, Arts and Design to provide an educational avenue in the study of culture for the young generation. The School said the program would facilitate the study of culture, its influence and its integration in modern society. The scope to be covered will include learning past practices, rituals, dances, stories and other aspects of culture.

10 July, 2006

Organiser seeks creative talent

More than 20 aspiring young singers took centre stage at the Dragon Music vying for a place in the upcoming Fiji Music Festival. Organiser Eric Galmard said the response had been really good, given the short time frame they planned for the event. Singers surprised judges with latest numbers from Celine Dion, Backstreet Boys and James Blunt. The organisers will be picking 30 singers to sing alongside some professional musicians during the festival and the best three would compete later in the day. Galmard said that winners will walk away with cash prizes and other gift packs from sponsors.

08 July, 2006

Recital of Indian Classical Dance today in Suva

The Life Insurance Corporation of India and the Indian Cultural Centre of the High Commission of India presents "Bharata Natyam & Veena : Recital of Classical Dance and Instrumental Music Forms of India" today, Saturday, 8 July, from 7pm to 9pm at the Suva Civic Centre.

Fiji Music Day

Alliance Francaise and The Roc Market presents Fiji Music Day, Saturday, 15 July 2006 from 11am, Sukuna Park, Suva. Vocallist Talent Quest from 11am and Artists in Action from 2pm. Groups and individuals featuring from 2pm are :
  • Vuku;
  • Senileba ni Delaidokidoki;
  • Jeriko;
  • Chill Out;
  • Verbal Reality;
  • Police Jazz Band;
  • Seru Serevi & Friends;
  • Ken Janson & Friends;
  • One Direction;
  • Kulture;
  • Ronald Jai;
  • Oceania Centre Dance Group;
  • Fiji Indian Culture Dance Group;
  • Wallis Dance Group;
  • Saimoni Vuatalevu & Friends;
  • The Fijian Echo;
  • and more.
  • Guest artist : EDOU (No. 1 in New Caledonia).
Be there!

Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition

An original song competition for Fiji secondary schools is being organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education and is to be held on Friday, 1 September 2006 at the Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva. Prizes for the competition are as follows :
  • 1st prize - F$3,000.00;
  • 2nd prize - F$2,000.00;
  • 3rd prize - F$1,000.00; and
  • 16 x original songs congratulatory prizes of F$200.00 each.
Details can be obtained from the Office of the Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited, 170 Renwick Road, Suva or on www.frpa.com.fj or e-mail frpa@connect.com.fj.

Public Lecture : Health Properties of Coconut

The Coconut Industry Development Authority will host a public lecture by Dr Bruce Fife, a world expert on the health properties of coconut and its derivative products on Thursday, 13 July 2006, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific.

Keep your identity : Princess Anne

Fijians should keep their cultural identification as it reflects the nature of the local people, said the Princess Royal while addressing politicians, diplomats and chiefs yesterday. Princess Anne told the audience that the Fijian traditional ceremony accorded to her was the same one performed in 1980 when she came to celebrate 10 years of Fiji's independence. "It is a great pleasure to be in this beautiful country of yours once again. I have very strong memories of my visit in 1980 with the welcoming ceremony having no difference at all to this one. Except that in 1980, it was hot compared to today". Princess Anne thanked the people of the three confederacies Kubuna, Burebasaga and Tovata for their generous welcome - highlighted during the traditional ceremony. "Although it has been a very long time since I last came, some things have not changed and one of it, is your culture and the way you present your traditional ceremony. This should not change at all as it reflects the kind of tradition Fiji has. It also reflects the kind of people here and that is something people, who travel from far, always look forward to seeing. Your unique culture and traditional ceremony is also respected by travellers who come from far countries", said the Princess. She encouraged people to continue with their work in keeping the tradition that identifies them. The Princess ends her visit today visiting other special institutions before flying out to New Zealand.

Pacific event ends in Suva

The first-of-its-kind Pacific Epistemologies Conference ended in Suva yesterday. Conference convenor, Larry Thomas, said the combination of the festival and the conference was a success, with the five-day event full of exciting shows, movies, exhibitions, dances and lectures. Mr Thomas said the event gave artists and musicians a chance to participate in the academic forum. "The aim was to bring together all the artists and expose the knowledge systems of the Pacific. The event was one of its kind", said Mr Thomas. He added it was a remarkable gathering where ideas, cultures and information were exchanged. Held from 3 to 7 July, the festival was hosted by the University of the South Pacific's School of Language, Arts and Media. Dubbed "Vaka vuku - Navigating Knowledge", the conference brought together about 150 delegates from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the Pacific region.

07 July, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 7.7.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Pacific Island Art Exhibition, Friday, 30 June, starts 7pm, to Friday, 14 July, Alliance Fran├žaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Athletics Competitions (to feature Athletes in Action Club from USA and local competitors), starts 5pm, Friday, July 7, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Showcase 2006 (entertainment and art show with displays and discounts by traders), Saturday 1 July to Saturday 8 July, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Vaka Vuku-Navigating Knowledge Conference for Pacific Islands' Artists, Musicians and Scholars, 3 to 7 July, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Exhibition: New Wave XXXI (art exhibition), Wednesday 5 July, from 5pm, to Wednesday 12 July, Oceania Centre for Art and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Ratu Sukuna Ex-students Suva Association soli of annual subscriptions of F$100.00 per ex-student and Cadet Passout Parade, Friday, 7 July, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, Nabua;
  • Writers Reading Night, Friday, 7 July, from 4pm, Vaka vuku Conference, U8 Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Bharata Natyam & Veena : Recital of Classical Dance and Instrumental Music Forms of India, Saturday, 8 July, from 7pm to 9pm, Suva Civic Centre.
  • Fiji Music Day, Karaoke Audition, Sunday, 9 July, 2pm to 5pm and Monday, 10 July, 3pm to 6pm, Dragon Music, Suva (Entries close 4pm, Friday, 7 July);
  • Fiji Women's Golf Open, 11 July, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • International Schools Swimming Meet, 11 July, National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay;
  • Benefits of Coconuts - Public Lecture by Dr Bruce Fife, a leading world expert on coconuts and health, 13 July, University of the South Pacific;
  • Rewa Day fundraising for Rewa Province (to include sale of handicraft, food and displays of traditional dances), Saturday, 15 July 2006, Furnival Park, Toorak, Suva;
  • Fiji Music Day, Saturday, 15 July 2006, 11am to 2pm, Vocallist Talent Quest, and from 2pm, Artists in Action, Sukuna Park;
  • Fiji Council of Social Services, Consultation Forum on The Pacific Plan for Civil Society Organisations, Thursday, 20 July, 9am to 4pm, Fiji Council of Social Services Centre, Suva (Register with Ben Lutua on telephone +679 3312649 or e-mail fcoss@connect.com.fj);
  • Fiji Awards for Media Excellence 2006, Saturday, 22 July, Tradewinds Convention Centre, Lami;
  • Fiji Arts Club art exhibition 2006, Monday, 24 July, to Saturday, 29 July, Suva; World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 3.30pm, Fiji A vs Samoa, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 5.15pm, PNG vs Cook Islands, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • World Netball Championships Oceania Qualifiers, Tuesday, 25 July, 7.30pm, Africa vs Fiji, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Open Day for Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards, 28 and 29 July, Suva;
  • Fiji Audio Visual Commission Launch of the Inaugural Telecom Fiji Limited Kula Film Awards Night, 29 July, Suva;
  • International Shimano Invitational Gamefishing Tournament, 4 to 6 August 2006, Pearl International, Pacific Harbour (for queries call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368);
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • National Youth Week Celebrations, Saturday, 12 August, various venues in Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Fiji FA Interdistric Soccer Competition, August 12 and 13, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva; Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, mid August. Choir competition at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Music, dance and yoga classes, new term starts 4.30pm, Monday, 15 May, Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, 94 Waimanu Road, 1st Floor Lala’s Building;
  • Learn English, Hindi and Fijian, new term starts, Monday, 22 May, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Karate Classes, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese, 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;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • 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;
Also see the list of aerobic exercise programs available at the Hyndai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay. 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 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

06 July, 2006

Princess Anne arrives this evening

Princess Anne will be arriving in the country this evening and will be escorted to a hotel to rest for the night before flying to Nausori Airport tomorrow morning. An entourage including the Foreign Affairs Minister, the British High Commissioner and the Commissioner of Police will welcome the Princess at Nadi Airport. The Princess will be hosted to a traditional welcoming ceremony on Friday morning at Borron House, by the people of the Kubuna Confederacy. In the evening, she will be attending a cocktail in her honour at Government House. During her stay, Princess Anne will visit Monfort Boys Town, the Hilton Special School, the Pure Fiji factory and the offices of the Save the Children Fiji and the Aids Task Force. She will leave for Nadi on Saturday afternoon and fly out from Nadi Airport on Sunday morning.

Traditional societies face great change

Traditional structures in the Fijian social system area undergoing massive changes and the indigenous society must change whether or not it wants change. The question was posed by University of the South Pacific academic, Avelina Rokoduru, at the Vakavuku Conference on Tuesday at the University of the South Pacific. "Can we do without a traditional system?" Ms Rokoduru asked. "If so, what system replaces that traditional social system?" Speaking on the topic of "Religious convictions and traditional eclipses in Fiji" she said the survival and perpetuation of that system was entirely dependent on oral traditions, selective memories and only recent archival records. She said the quick changes experienced within the system were brought about by the social agents of education, employment, media, migration, individual accumulation of wealth and, especially, the advent of computers and information technology. "What types of changes do we envisage? Can we control those changes? And yet again, what of the future of the Fijian traditional social structure?", she posed. The program for the Vakavuku Conference continues today with an art exhibition at the Alliance Franchaise, 14 McGregor Road. An exhibition for new wave Pacific Island artists started yesterday at the Oceania Centre for Art and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, and will be on until 12 July.

05 July, 2006

Pacific people need education

Pacific people need the tools of Western education to be able to compete on equal terms with the world beyond their shores, according to Fiji's Vice President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, speaking at the opening of the first Pacific Epistemological Conference at the University of the South Pacific on Monday. Ratu Joni said that there was no similar structured forms to immerse Pacific islanders in their own cultural and customary contexts as a counter veiling influence. "Unless, we collectively commit ourselves to reconstructing or refashioning our own epitemology, the risk is that others will define us", he said. Ratu Joni said the achievement of defining a person was a sense of autonomy and self-assuredness that accompanied the ability to discern the patterns of the past, present and future term. See the List of Upcoming Events in Suva in this blog for a list of events that are scheduled during the Conference.

04 July, 2006

Pacific Film and Writers Festival

The Pacific Film and Writers Festival will be shown at the Village 6 cinemas and the N111 Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The festival is part of the Pacific Epistelomogies Conference now being held in Suva. Members of the public are invited to view the award winning works of some of the best Pacific Island filmmakers. The program follows : Venue : N111 Theatre, Faculty of Science and Techonology, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay Tuesday 4 July
  • 7pm, Race for Rights (Fiji), Producer/director Larry Thomas, 52 mins, 2001;
  • 8.15pm, Grassroots, those who vote (Vanuatu), Director Eric Wittersheim, 86 mins, 2003;

Wednesday 5 July

  • 7pm, Since the company came (Solomons), Producer/Director Russell Hawkins, 52 mins, 2000;
  • 8.15pm, The Spirits of Koniambo (New Caledonia), Producer/Director Jean-Louis Comolli, 90 mins, 2004

Thursday 6 July

  • 7pm, The Land has Teeth (Fiji), Director Esther Figueroa, 17 mins, 2002;
  • 7.30pm, An Island Invaded (Guam), Director Esther Figueroa, 52 mins, 2004;
  • 8.45pm, The Maden Family's Papua (PNG), Director Severin Blanchet, 52 mins, 2003

Venue : Village 6 Cinemas, Suva Tuesday 4 July

  • 8.30pm, No.2 (NZ), Director Toa Fraser;

Wednesday 5 July

  • 7.05pm, Tamaita (NZ), Director Sima Urale;
  • The Land has Eyes (Fiji), Director Vilisoni Hereniko;

Thursday 6 July

  • 7.05pm, Koriam's Law (PNG), Director Gary Kildea;
  • Still Life (NZ), Director Sima Urale.

Admission is free but tickets for Village 6 are to be obtained from Diana on telephone +679 3232214.

  • The Land has Eyes (Fiji), Director Vilisoni Hereniko;8.30pm, No.2 (NZ), Director Toa Fraser;8.15pm, Grassroots, those who vote (Vanuatu), Director Eric Wittersheim, 86 mins, 2003;

03 July, 2006

Pacific Gathering of Artists, Musicians, Academics starts today in Suva

The gathering of Pacific artists, musicians and academics starts in Suva today. The venue of most activities will be around the University of the South Pacific. Two related art shows are scheduled later this week. Please read our "List of Upcoming Events in Suva" in this blog for more details.

National netball side face another test

The national netball side has another chance at improving its play when it takes on the touring New South Wales Institute of Sports team today. The NSW team is made up of players between the ages of 16 and 19 who are being bred eventually for the Australian Institute of Sports U21. The match is scheduled for this afternoon.

Pizza Hut opens in Suva

International food chain, KFC, has started up the worldwide Pizza Hut franchise in Suva, five years after KFC opened here. A Pizza Hut outlet will open this Thursday for business at the newly-built KFC complex at Centrepoint, Laucala Beach Estate. A senior KFC executive said there are plans to open more outlets around the country. A second KFC outlet is also located next to the Pizza Hut outlet at Centrepoint. The outlets will open from 9am to 11pm daily.

Albert Park is festival venue

Organisers of this year's Hibiscus Festival are hoping to exceed people's expectations. Preparations are well underway with a lot of activities planned. The festival will be held at Albert Park and would be run from 19 to 26 August. Note : For those coming to Suva for the Methodist Church Conference/Choir Competition and the Hibiscus Festival or to enjoy the school break, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog. Call direct +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Suva cleans up for Princess Anne

A major cleanup is being organised by the Suva City Council to prepare for the Princess Royal's 3 day visit and stay in Suva from Thursday, 6 July. The cleanup is being carried out around the city and the city's suburbs. The Princess will visit Suva, Fiji, as part of a Young Pacific Leaders workshop being hosted in Australia with visits to small businesses by participants targeted for Fiji. During her stay, Princess Anne will stay at Borron House and will be a guest of the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo.