24 February, 2008

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 23.2.08)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji First School Term, from Monday, 21 January, to Friday, 25 April 2008;
  • Term 1 of Classes to Learn Fijian, Hindi or French, from 4 February to 25 April 2008, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Academic counselling for Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, from Monday, 18 February, to Saturday, 25 February, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Creative Dance Classes, Term 1, from 18 February to 25 April 2008, Oceania Dance Theatre, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Red Wave XXXVI Art Exhibition with pieces by Josaia McNamara, from Wednesday, 20 February 2007, 5.30pm, to Saturday, 23 February 2008, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Expressions of interest to serve as a Director of The Fiji Arts Council's, open from Saturday, 23 February to Friday, 7 March 2008, Suva;
  • Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, starts on Monday, 25 February 2008, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Crusaders, Saturday, 1 March, Suva;
  • Marist Sevens Rugby Tournament, 7 and 8 March 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Knights vs Highlanders, Friday, 14 March, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Sharks, Saturday, 22 March, Suva;
  • IRB Hong Kong 7s Tournament, Friday, 28 March, to Sunday, 30 March 2008, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (matches usually aired live on Fiji TV);
  • TFL Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 25 April 2008, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools Coca Cola Games, Friday, 25 April, and Saturday, 26 April 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Pacific Rugby Cup 2008 Competition, Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa, Friday, 25 April 2008, 7pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Second School Term, from Monday, 12 May, to Friday, 15 August 2008;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, Saturday, 16 August, to Saturday, 23 August 2008, Albert Park, Suva (TBC);
  • Fiji Third School Term, from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 28 November 2008;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs France, 1 November 2008, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia; and
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs Scotland, 5 November 2008, Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast, Australia.
Recurring Events:
  • Horse Riding, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm, Suva Pony Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meets every Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters, every Tuesday (beginning 29 January 2008), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Karate classes, Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Rock Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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 promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

23 February, 2008

Fiji Arts Council looking for Board Directors

The Fiji Arts Council is seeking interested individuals to serve on its Board. The Council is a Charitable Trust Organisation and is the national coordinating body for the preservation, development and promotion of all art forms. The Council's various activities include :
  • national art exhibitions and awards;
  • artists and arts organisation development;
  • preparation of artists for local, regional and international participation;
  • arts advocacy; and
  • creative industry promotion and development.

For more information or to submit an expression of interest, pls contact Ms Letila Mitchell on telephone (679) 3311754 or e-mail fijiartcouncil@unwired.com.fj. Expressions of interest close on Friday, 7 March 2008.

Creative Dance Classes

The Oceania Dance Theatre of the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva, is offering dance classes for Term 1, 2008, to members of the public. The classes offered are :
  • Creative Dance Class for Children ages 7 yo 9 and 10 to 12+;
  • Island Contemporary for Adults;
  • Western Contemporary for Adults;
  • Hip Hop/Fund for Adults; and
  • Meke dance for children and men only.

Registration is now open at the Oceania Centre. Dance venue is the Oceania Dance Studio, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva with classes running from 4pm to 7pm from 18 February to 25 April 2008. Cost varies depending on class schedules.

For more information, pls contact Allan or Ann on telephones (679) 3232733 or (679) 3232832.

17 February, 2008

World War II Gun Relics

Read below an article reproduced from the Sunday Times on gun relics from World War II located around the country. Some of these are located at Nasonini (near Forum Secretariat), Veiuto (next to Parliament House) and Bilo, Suva.
"Fijis forgotten guns of the second World War, Fred Wesley, Sunday, February 17, 2008
Historys hallowed ground

Structures and memory sometimes combine to remind us that certain places are special. They prick at the inner sanctums of our memory. They inch out different emotions in different people. They may be rich in historical value that they deserve a significant place in the mechanics of life.

But unlike prominent structures and figures that have become part of us, they are sometimes taken for granted, slowly enveloped by the passage of time, fading bit by bit into the very distant recesses of our minds.

Such places once stood proud as a vital part of our lives. They stood up for what we believed in, and had a hand in carving a better tomorrow for future generations.

Sadly though, historical places like the gun batteries at Bilo outside Lami, and Momi and Lomolomo in the western division have moved on to the endangered list.

They have become places we must save.

Its hard to imagine well be taking time out a decade from now to remember an era that had a hand in changing our lives.

Such places, says Jone Niukula, the National Trusts project officer for the Momi Gun site in 2007, are historically significant.

The years have not been kind to these sites.

I believe we must value them, he says.

They were built to protect Fiji.

Sadly, he says, their place in our lives is being threatened by the advent of a generation not too well versed in their historical significance.

Youngsters these days, he agrees, have little idea of the grave danger Fiji faced as the Japanese military swept across the Pacific in the early 1940s.

On December 20, 1941, the Prime Minister of New Zealand wrote to the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs: The following is a telegram addressed on 14 December by Lieutenant-General Short, then Commanding General, Hawaii, which has been received by the Chief of the Air Staff: Completion of base for heavy bombers is imperative. We are rushing completion Christmas. Canton doubtful but planes can hop from Christmas to Fiji. Fiji essential. Strongly recommend your Government take all possible steps for its defence. We will send additional construction equipment for aerodromes as soon as possible and have instructed Sverdrup to rush completion. Advise.

A message has been sent in reply by the Chief of the Air Staff giving particulars of the strength of the forces in Fiji, of the dispositions made for the defence of the island, and of the reinforcements being despatched. A summary of this information is given in my immediately following telegram.

The defence of Fiji has assumed a high degree of importance as, with the development of the landing ground at Nadi, it will be a vital link in the United States air reinforcing route. On this account the Japanese can be expected to attach importance to the capture of the island, and they may be able to employ greater forces than were previously anticipated for this purpose in view of their initial successes.

At the beginning

More than three million people brave crowds and traffic to take in the sights of one of the 400 or so units in the United States national park system annually.

They find nature rejuvenating.

But theres barely a trickle of visitors to the Lomolomo gun battery, between the countrys second city of Lautoka and Nadi and the battery at Bilo which overlooks the Suva harbour.

Theres a better turn-around of visitors to the Momi gun battery between Nadi and Sigatoka.

Of the three batteries, mystery surrounds the Lomolomo gun site which sits on a hill with a majestic view of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the Mamanucas to the west and the beginning of the Yasawa chain of islands to the north-west.

Lomolomo

My research at the National Archives, the National Trust and on the internet met a dead end.

A website falsely claimed there was only one gun at Lomolomo. The overgrowth revealed two guns pointed at the Navula Passage towards the seas off Nadi.

While it was difficult to find records of the gun battery at Lomolomo, the only mention of a military presence anywhere near it I discovered, was in notes by Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver A. Gillespie of the New Zealand Army in a publication dated 1952 of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-1945.

Part of it read: New Zealand troops landed in Fiji on November 1, 1940, having left Wellington on October 28 on board the Rangatira after the traditional speeches of farewell from the Governor-General, Lord Galway, the Prime Minister, Peter Fraser, and the Minister of Defence, the F. Jones. HMS Monowai, a converted cruiser, was both escort for the convoy and transport for the field artillery. After disembarking troops at Suva the Rangatira ran a shuttle service, transporting the remaining two flights, one of which went direct to Lautoka.

Major General W.H Cunningham decided to defend the two most vital areas on Viti Levu-the Suva Peninsula in the east, with its harbour facilities, communications, cable link, supply depots and stores, and the Nadali airfield, 15 miles away on the left bank of the Rewa River; and the Namaka area in the west which included the small own and port of Lautoka, the Nadi airfield (later to play a vital part in Pacific strategy), and the Navula Passage, the entrance to Nadi anchorage, which was overlooked by the barren, rolling hills of Momi.

Cunninghams problem was to defend those two vital zones with the inadequate force at his disposal.

Two principal camp sites were selected, one at Samabula, four miles from Suva, beside the golf links where undulating country met all reasonable requirements, and at Namaka, 17 miles from Lautoka, in the western coastal region of sugar-cane and pineapple plantations.

The 30th Battalion went direct to Lautoka from New Zealand, travelling from ships side to camp area in the Colonial Sugar Refining Companys unique railway, the only one in the Colony and used principally for hauling cane to the crushing mill.

At Cunninghams first unit conference on 4 November, areas were allotted and defence roles defined. The immediate task was the denial to a possible enemy of the beaches and harbours in both zones. Four of 35 Batterys 18-pounder guns were despatched to Momi to defend the Navula Passage between the mainland and Malolo Island; the remaining two guns were sited at Lami village to cover the entrance to Suva Harbour and assist the fixed guns sited on Mission Hill behind the town.

Roads were constructed by the engineers through both zones to give the battalions greater tactical mobility. These new roads, to this day commemorating the names of the first commanders, Cunningham and Mead, enabled them to site supply dumps at strategical points throughout the defended areas in accordance with Cunninghams policy of building up a three months reserve of oil and petrol and six months reserve of rations, slowly accumulated as they arrived from New Zealand. A shortage of efficient non-commissioned officers was relieved by the formation of a training school at Natabua in Lautoka.

The Lomolomo battery was probably in service at a time when the Nadi airport came into being.

The importance of Fiji as a vital Pacific base was confirmed, and on November 17,1941, when certain sections of the American Neutrality Act were repealed by Congress a request was made to the New Zealand Government to construct three airfields in the Namaka area, capable of accommodating the largest service aircraft. Because of the urgency of the request, New Zealand acted swiftly, and by the end of November 440 men of the Public Works Department reached Namaka to begin work on extending the existing field to take the Liberators soon to arrive. They were the first of 1219 Public Works men to reach Fiji for employment on this project.

The successful completion of this project was one of New Zealands most important achievements in the Pacific theatre of war. Three airfields, each with a runway easuring 7000 feet long by 500 feet wide, with revetments and servicing areas, were asked for, the first to be ready by January 15, 1942, the other two by April 15.

The first three Flying Fortresses landed at Nadi on January 10; three Liberators followed on January 23, and until the end of the war the Namaka area was a scene of intense air activity as fields were still further extended to cope with the demands of increasing traffic.

Mr Niukula says efforts are underway by the National Trust to talk to landowners of the Lomolomo battery.

We havent spoken to them yet. But we hope to talk to them and see where we go from there, he says. Little or nothing else is known about the Lomolomo battery. It now sits forgotten, with overgrown grass keeping this piece of history hidden, and goats using the quiet bunkers as toilets.

Momi

The Momi battery is the best known and maintained of the three sites.

It sits on a 13-hectare site 26km south east of Nadi with commanding views of the surrounding coastline and reef.

The site was established by the New Zealand 30th battalion in 1941 and has two 6-inch guns after the original guns were replaced.

By August 1942 the New Zealand Battalion was relieved at Momi Bay by the 148th battalion. The site was manned by the battalion until early 1944 when all Fijis coastal batteries were closed.

A guide looks after the battery which is open to visitors. A new tarsealed road makes the journey a pleasant experience, winding through the rolling countryside.

Bilo

The gun battery overlooks the Suva peninsula and was constructed to guard the entrance to the harbour. The gun has been removed and in its place remains a graying shell brimming with overgrowth.

Mosese Voka, 51, a vasu of Bilo feels a touch of sadness every time he passes the gates leading up to the battery. He feels its long been a forgotten part of history.

We cannot afford to forget such places, he says. They should be a constant reminder of our past. The Bilo battery played a crucial part in the defence of the capital and sits on a hill top with breath-taking views of the city.

The battery sadly holds nothing of its former glory. Structures that once housed soldiers have turned gray with overgrown grass and bush covering them. Parts of the floor in a few of the rooms, one a former ammunitions storage facility are wet with soft soil having crept in because of the lack of attention to a drainage system constructed by army engineers some 68 or so years ago.

In the end

The three gun batteries are but a little piece of history that, like the great dinosaurs, face the real threat of been forgotten.

Unlike the Fiji flag, these structures exist in the dimension of symbolism and in memory.

They once had pride of place in society, in an era of uncertainty and fear, providing a touch of security and sense of wellbeing borne off a protective arm. The onus is now on us to choose to protect them forevermore."

15 February, 2008

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 15.2.08)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji First School Term, from Monday, 21 January, to Friday, 25 April 2008;
  • Term 1 of Classes to Learn Fijian, Hindi or French, from 4 February to 25 April 2008, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Art exhibition showcasing weaving, masi, pottery & ceramics, carving and textiles organised by the Fiji Arts Council, from Tuesday, 12 February, to Saturday, 16 February 2008, 9am to 6pm daily, Sukuna Park, Suva;
  • ROC Market, Sunday, 17 February 2008, from 10am to 3pm, in front of the Esquires Cafe, Dolphin's Foodcourt, FNPF Place, Suva;
  • Academic counselling for Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, from Monday, 18 February, to Saturday, 25 February, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Final Boxing Competition between the local-based Olympic qualifying team and the Rest of Fiji, Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 5.30pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Red Wave XXXVI Art Exhibition with pieces by Josaia McNamara, from Wednesday, 20 February 2007, 5.30pm, to Saturday, 23 February 2008, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, starts on Monday, 25 February 2008, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Crusaders, Saturday, 1 March, Suva;
  • Marist Sevens Rugby Tournament, 7 and 8 March 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Knights vs Highlanders, Friday, 14 March, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Sharks, Saturday, 22 March, Suva;
  • IRB Hong Kong 7s Tournament, Friday, 28 March, to Sunday, 30 March 2008, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (matches usually aired live on Fiji TV);
  • TFL Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 25 April 2008, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools Coca Cola Games, Friday, 25 April, and Saturday, 26 April 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Pacific Rugby Cup 2008 Competition, Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa, Friday, 25 April 2008, 7pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Second School Term, from Monday, 12 May, to Friday, 15 August 2008;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, Saturday, 16 August, to Saturday, 23 August 2008, Albert Park, Suva (TBC);
  • Fiji Third School Term, from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 28 November 2008;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs France, 1 November 2008, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia; and
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs Scotland, 5 November 2008, Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast, Australia.

Recurring Events:

  • Horse Riding, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm, Suva Pony Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meets every Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters, every Tuesday (beginning 29 January 2008), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Karate classes, Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Rock Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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 promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

14 February, 2008

Red Wave XXXVI Art Exhibition

The Red Wave XXXVI Art Exhibition will open on Wednesday, 20 February 2007, from 5.30pm, at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. This exhibition, earlier advertised for 30 January, had been cancelled as a result of Cyclone Gene. On display will be a series of three 5m x 3m canvases and a few smaller paintings by Josaia McNamara. McNamara is a winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Arts Award. The exhibition continues for three days after opening.

ROC Market

The ROC Market continues this Sunday, 17 February 2008, from 10am to 3pm in front of the Esquires Cafe, Dolphin's Foodcourt, FNPF Place, Suva. Arts, crafts and homeware will be on sale. For more information, pls call the Market Master on telephone (679) 3300828 or (679) 9267847.

Boxing Trials for Olympics

The final competition between the local-based Olympic qualifying team and the Rest of Fiji will be held on Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 5.30pm, at the Suva Civic Centre. For more information, pls call Paula Raqeukai on telephone (679) 9206310 or (679) 3321946.

13 February, 2008

TFL Young Musso's Acclaim

The TFL Young Musso's Acclaim Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition will be held on Friday, 25 April 2008, at the Suva Civic Auditorium. Prizes are as follows :
  • 1st Prize, F$2,000.00;
  • 2nd Prize, F$1,500.00;
  • 3rd Prize, F$1,000.00;
  • Special Prize, F$800.00; and
  • Original Song Congratulatory Prizes of F$200.00 each.

The event is organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association and is sponsored by Telecom Fiji Limited.

Details and application forms can be obtained by calling Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited on telephone (679) 3312494 or e-mailing fpra@connect.com.fj.

The first 10 schools that qualify will take part in the competition.

12 February, 2008

Pacific Sun celebrates 1st anniversary with special fares

Pacific Sun, Fiji's premier domestic airlines, is celebrating its 1st anniversary since establishment in February 2007, with a number of fare specials. The specials include :
  • one way travel from Suva and Nadi at F$29.00; and
  • one way travel from Suva and Labasa at F$69.00.

Travel is to be taken by 31 March 2008. For more details, click on the Pacific Sun link at the right hand side of this blog.

We accommodate an exchange of links with other websites. Anyone interested in this, can e-mail us on promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj.

Rugby League World Cup matches

Fiji will take part at the Rugby League World Cup tournament later this year. Fiji's pool matches inlcude :
  • Fiji vs France on 1 November 2008 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia; and
  • Fiji vs Scotland on 5 November 2008 at Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast, Australia.

Local players trying to secure a position on the Fiji team have been training around the country participating in local matches and regular fitness programs. Overseas players who are expected to join the team include Wes Naiqama who plays in the Australian Rugby League series.

Fiji 7s team to take in more experienced players

The Fiji 7s rugby team will take in more experienced players as it prepares for the upcoming IRB Hong Kong 7s Tournament in March 2008. This has come after a disappointing outing at the IRB San Diego 7s Tournament which followed a similar dismal performance at the IRB Wellington 7s. Players to be brought in include Semisi Naevo and William Ryder, who are both playing club rugby in Japan, Nasoni Roko and Marika Vunibaka.

08 February, 2008

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 8.2.08)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • St Valentine's Day Sale, current up to 14 February 2008, most shops in Suva;
  • Fiji First School Term, from Monday, 21 January, to Friday, 25 April 2008;
  • Computing Skills at Intermediate Level Course (covering Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel and Access), 4 February to 8 February 2008, 9am to 4pm on each day, Continuing & Community Education Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Basic Computing Skills for Office Workers Course (covers Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint), 4 February to 14 February 2008, 5pm to 8pm on each day, Continuing & Community Education Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Term 1 of Classes to Learn Fijian, Hindi or French, from 4 February to 25 April 2008, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Sports Awards, Friday, 8 February 2008, from 6pm, Tattersalls Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Professional Golfers Pro-Am Tournament, Saturday, 9 February 2008, from 12pm, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • IRB San Diego 7s Tournament, Sunday, 10 February, and Monday, 11 February 2008, Fiji's games and all games from quarters to the finals to air live on Fiji TV;
  • Fiji Hockey Federation's Business House 7-a-side hockey competition, starts from 13 February 2008, Suva;
  • Art exhibition showcasing weaving, masi, pottery & ceramics, carving and textiles organised by the Fiji Arts Council, from Tuesday, 12 February, to Saturday, 16 February 2008, 9am to 6pm daily, Sukuna Park, Suva;
  • Valentine's Speed Dating organised by Rotaract Club of Suva, Thursday, 14 February 2008, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, Noble House, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • ROC Market, Sunday, 17 February 2008, from 10am to 3pm, in front of the Esquires Cafe, Dolphin's Foodcourt, FNPF Place, Suva;
  • Academic counselling for Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, from Monday, 18 February, to Saturday, 25 February, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Final Boxing Competition between the local-based Olympic qualifying team and the Rest of Fiji, Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 5.30pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Red Wave XXXVI Art Exhibition with pieces by Josaia McNamara, from Wednesday, 20 February 2007, 5.30pm, to Saturday, 23 February 2008, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, starts on Monday, 25 February 2008, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Crusaders, Saturday, 1 March, Suva;
  • Marist Sevens Rugby Tournament, 7 and 8 March 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Knights vs Highlanders, Friday, 14 March, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Sharks, Saturday, 22 March, Suva;
  • IRB Hong Kong 7s Tournament, Friday, 28 March, to Sunday, 30 March 2008, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong (matches usually aired live on Fiji TV);
  • TFL Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 25 April 2008, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools Coca Cola Games, Friday, 25 April, and Saturday, 26 April 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Pacific Rugby Cup 2008 Competition, Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa, Friday, 25 April 2008, 7pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Second School Term, from Monday, 12 May, to Friday, 15 August 2008;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, Saturday, 16 August, to Saturday, 23 August 2008, Albert Park, Suva (TBC);
  • Fiji Third School Term, from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 28 November 2008;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs France, 1 November 2008, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia; and
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs Scotland, 5 November 2008, Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast, Australia.
Recurring Events:
  • Horse Riding, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm, Suva Pony Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meets every Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters, every Tuesday (beginning 29 January 2008), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Karate classes, Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Rock Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva; Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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 promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

07 February, 2008

Valentine’s Day Speed Dating

The Rotaract Club of Suva will be holding a night of speed-dating for Valentines on Thursday, 14 February 2008, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, at the Noble House, Flagstaff, Suva. There will be finger foods, fun activities, prizes, complimentary drink on arrival (before 7pm). Limited seats available. Entry fees are F$20.00 per person. Dress code is semi formal. For more inforamtion, pls call Raj on telephone (679) 3235080 or e-mail rajneil.raj@gmail.com.

Heritage Art Exhibition 2008

An art exhibition showcasing weaving, masi, pottery & ceramics, carving and textiles has been organised by the Fiji Arts Council. The exhibition will run daily from 9am to 6pm, from Tuesday, 12 February, to Saturday, 16 February 2008 at Sukuna Park, Suva. Meet and buy directly from the artists themselves. For more information, pls call the Fiji Arts Council on telephone (679) 9437488 or e-mail fijiartscouncil@unwired.com.fj.

Valentine's Shopping

Most shops in Suva are into their sales for St Valentine's Day. For the romantics out there, pls check out the specials at Prouds, Tappoos, Sogo, Vodafone, Jacks of Fiji, MHCC and the many more smaller shops in the city.

Fiji Business House Hockey

The Fiji Hockey Federation's business house 7-a-side hockey competition starts from 13 February 2008 in Suva. For more information, pls call Paulini at the Fiji Olympic House on telephone on (679) 3303525.

Fiji Professional Golfers Pro-Am Tournament

The Fiji Professional Golfers Pro-Am Tournament will be held on Saturday, 9 February 2008, from 12pm at the Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva. Entry fees is F$20.00. For more information, pls contact the Fiji Professional Golfers Association office on telephone (679) 3270255 or (679) 9923905.

IRB San Diego 7s Tournament

The IRB San Diego 7s Tournament will be held this weekend, Sunday, 10 February, and Monday, 11 February 2008, Fiji time. Fiji TV will air live Fiji's matches at the following times :
  • 8.12am, Sunday, Fiji vs Australia;
  • 11.18am, Sunday, Fiji vs West Indies; and
  • 2.46pm, Sunday, Fiji vs Samoa.

All matches from the quarters, semis and finals will be aired on Monday morning.

05 February, 2008

Fiji National Holidays 2008

This is a list of national holidays in Fiji for 2008 :
  • Tuesday, 1 January, New Year’s Day;
  • Monday, 10 March, National Youth & Commonwealth Day;
  • Monday, 17 March, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday;
  • Friday, 21 March, Good Friday;
  • Saturday, 22 March, Easter Saturday;
  • Monday, 24 March, Easter Monday;
  • Friday, 30 May, Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Day;
  • Monday, 16 June (To be confirmed), Queen’s Birthday;
  • Friday, 10 October, Fiji Day;
  • Tuesday, 28 October, Diwali;
  • Thursday, 25 December, Christmas Day; and
  • Friday, 26 December, Boxing Day.

Fiji Sports Awards : Date Correction

The Fiji Sports Awards will be on Friday, 8 February 2008, from 6pm at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), instead of Saturday, 9 February 2008, as posted earlier. For tickets, pls call the Fiji Sports Council on telephone (679) 3312177.

04 February, 2008

Fiji Sports Awards

The Fiji Sports Awards will be on this Saturday, 9 February 2008, from 6pm at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva. Tickets are selling at F$40.00 per person and are available from the Fiji Sports Council office at the National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay.

Fiji continues to rank second on IRB 7s

Fiji continues to rank second, to New Zealand, on the 2008 IRB 7s series after losing to Samoa in the quarter finals at the Wellington 7s last weekend. Fiji's total points so far of 36 compares with New Zealand on 60. Third rank, South Africa, has a total of 32 points while Samoa follows in fourth place on 26 points. The next tournament on the series will be at San Diego this weekend.

03 February, 2008

Blog Readership : December 2007 vs January 2008

Here are some interesting readership statistics for our Promoting Suva blog for the months of December 2007 and January 2008. Data for December 2007 is given first followed by data for January 2008. December 2007 January 2008 Observations
  • Readership of the blog fell a bit in January 2008 (which is expected after a holiday period);
  • Readers from Fiji, USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada continue to form our largest readership group being over 81% of our blog readers. Readers from these countries can best be targeted for marketing from this blog;
  • Top referring site continues to be google.com with our search ranking and hits from google.com remaining high again this month. Our site's search ranking on Google continues to do well with most searches, e.g. for 'Suva activities', 'Suva events', 'Suva Sports', 'Suva art', 'Suva craft', 'Suva tourist activities', 'Suva shopping', our site usually appears on Page 1;
  • Keyword searches indicate that readers are searching for a broad range of issues from individuals, to activities, to places and sights, to shopping and art.
For advertising to our wide readership base, check our advertising rates here. If you wish to discuss how we you can advertise your products and services on our blog, e-mail us on promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

02 February, 2008

5th Annual Siwatibau Memorial Lecture

The Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance and Transparency International (Fiji) will hold the 5th Annual Siwatibau Memorial Lecture on the topic "Transparency and Accountability in Political Party Financing on Monday, 4 February 2008, from 7pm to 9pm at the Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The keynote speaker will be Hugette Labelle, Transparency International, Global Chairperson. Ms Labelle holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education. She was elected Chairperson of Transparency International in November 2005. For more information, pls call Dolores Joseph on telephone 3232764 or e-mail joseph_d@usp.ac.fj.

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 2.2.08)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • St Valentine's Day Sale, current up to 14 February 2008, most shops in Suva;
  • Fiji First School Term, from Monday, 21 January, to Friday, 25 April 2008;
  • IRB Wellington 7s tournament, screened live on Fiji Television, Friday, 1 February, and Saturday, 2 February 2008;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Circle Annual General Meeting, Monday, 4 February 2008, from 5pm, Wesley Church Hall, Butt Street, Suva;
  • 5th Annual Siwatibau Memorial Lecture, Topic : Transparency and Accountability in Political Party Financing, Monday, 4 February 2008, 7pm to 9pm, Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Computing Skills at Intermediate Level Course (covering Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel and Access), 4 February to 8 February 2008, 9am to 4pm on each day, Continuing & Community Education Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Basic Computing Skills for Office Workers Course (covers Windows XP, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint), 4 February to 14 February 2008, 5pm to 8pm on each day, Continuing & Community Education Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Term 1 of Classes to Learn Fijian, Hindi or French, from 4 February to 25 April 2008, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • International School Open Day, Thursday, 7 February 2008, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the school's premises, Laucala Beach Estate, Suva;
  • Fiji Sports Awards, Friday, 8 February 2008, from 6pm, Tattersalls Leisure Centre (former National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Professional Golfers Pro-Am Tournament, Saturday, 9 February 2008, from 12pm, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • IRB San Diego 7s Tournament, Sunday, 10 February, and Monday, 11 February 2008, Fiji's games and all games from quarters to the finals to air live on Fiji TV;
  • Fiji Hockey Federation's Business House 7-a-side hockey competition, starts from 13 February 2008, Suva;
  • Art exhibition showcasing weaving, masi, pottery & ceramics, carving and textiles organised by the Fiji Arts Council, from Tuesday, 12 February, to Saturday, 16 February 2008, 9am to 6pm daily, Sukuna Park, Suva;
  • Valentine's Speed Dating organised by Rotaract Club of Suva, Thursday, 14 February 2008, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, Noble House, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Academic counselling for Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, from Monday, 18 February, to Saturday, 25 February, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Semester 1, University of the South Pacific, starts on Monday, 25 February 2008, University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Crusaders, Saturday, 1 March, Suva;
  • Marist Sevens Rugby Tournament, 7 and 8 March 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Knights vs Highlanders, Friday, 14 March, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • Colonial Cup Rugby match Highlanders vs Sharks, Saturday, 22 March, Suva;
  • Pacific Rugby Cup 2008 Competition, Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa, Friday, 25 April 2008, 7pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Second School Term, from Monday, 12 May, to Friday, 15 August 2008;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, Saturday, 16 August, to Saturday, 23 August 2008, Albert Park, Suva (TBC);
  • Fiji Third School Term, from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 28 November 2008.
Recurring Events:
  • Horse Riding, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm, Suva Pony Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meets every Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters, every Tuesday (beginning 29 January 2008), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Karate classes, Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Rock Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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 promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

Suva Horticultural Association AGM

The Suva Orchid and Horticultural Circle will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday, 4 February 2008, from 5pm, at the Wesley Church Hall, Butt Street, Suva. Those who wish to join the Circle can also attend.

University of the South Pacific Semester 1 to commence

Semester 1 at the University of the South Pacific will commence from Monday, 25 February 2008, after a week of registration, counselling and course advice for students. Academic counselling will run from Monday, 18 February, to Saturday, 25 February at the University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva. Check the University website, http://www.usp.ac.fj/, for more information.

International School Open Day

The International School will hold an Open Day on Thursday, 7 February 2008, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the school's premises, Laucala Beach Estate, Suva. Members of the public are invited. The school offers globally recognised programs which include the International Bacclaureate curriculum, the Australian Capital Territory courses in Year 11 and Year 12 and the University of Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education in Year 9 and Year 10. International School will also be offering extensive courses in IT and Art to the general public this year. For more information, pls call Ms Dianne Korare, the Principal, on telephone (679) 3393300 or e-mail dkorare@international.school.fj.

Fiji team goes into Wellington 7s Quarter Finals

The Fiji 7s Rugby team won all its pool games and goes into the quarter finals of the IRB Wellington 7s tournament today with a match against Samoa at 2.39pm Fiji time. Fiji's wins during its pool games were as follows :
  • 40 to 7 against Wales;
  • 31 to 14 against Cook Islands;
  • 17 to 7 against England.

A lack of cohesion and brilliance marked Fiji's performances - things that the team would have to improve on today if they are to progress further from the quarter finals.

Other quarter final matches include :

  • New Zealand vs Wales at 1.33pm;
  • Scotland vs Australia at 1.55pm; and
  • South Africa vs Tonga at 2.17pm.

All matches are being screened live on Fiji One national television.