An Idea of Freedom…

What is the price of freedom? How expensive is this thing called freedom? How badly do you want it and how far will you go? The Blogger will say ‘a blog a day’- by this he means the spare 30 minutes he has after he’s finished his ‘busy doing nothing but socialising’ on hi5, hoping the PS doesn’t notice or simply disregards, NGO’s will say ‘a press release a day’- after checking with their bank manager making sure the funds for another noisy and nosy ‘save the jido’ or ‘save the boto’ campaign has arrived, the lawyer will say ‘a court appearance a day’- checking himself two times, no three, no four times in the mirror before he presents himself to the judge in his private chamber (for legal things I hope), well, the list is endless and shows how accustomed we have become to bullcrap routine formalities that is doing nothing to get back what we have lost- FREEDOM and those thousands of jobs. Give me my back my freedom. We the people demand our freedom. Today we shall sing of a beautiful land so far away yet so near, of a soothing voice we long to hear and should we chance upon death on this path to liberty all the more louder shall our merrymaking be.

For to lay down ones life for ones country is one of the most glorious acts of sacrifice a man can do. For in doing so one does not necessarily die for the country. For one does not die for the land, nor for the houses, the cattle, or fish. One does not die for the chief, the pampered Ratu or the Adi who will dine on roast pork tonight with a sprinkling of european dressing splashed on top to give that saliva dripping effect and a glass of the finest French wine to wash it down – while the rest of the villagers scavenge the bulago from yesterday- nor does one die or should die for the military officer who uses his soldiers as human shields. For one is a gluttonous fool, an overfed piglet with a never ending appetite for sex, wine and swine whose achievements pale to insignificance when compared to that of his predecessors, his fathers of yesteryears, conquerors who led the battles in those glory days of tribal warfare. The other is basically a coward and an idiot whose never ending repetitions of ‘progress’ in his speeches supported by a miniscule list of achievements makes me wonder if I’m still in the 80’s watching a clip from the three stooges. But one dies- and if one dies- for his country and her people, for her children, for her fathers and mothers, for her brothers and her sisters, for her future. For only in sacrifice can the children of this country be provided by the generation of today a hope for tomorrow. One must put aside ones social status, and other materialistic pleasures that are nothing but the devils trappings to cocoon us in a never ending cycle of selfishness and fear.

For an enemy approaches and I fear is already in our midst disguised as a friend. An enemy never before faced, never before known, never before engaged. A spiritual enemy that has found a place in the hearts and minds of willing vessels, terrorists. Taking the form of a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, it seeks to shatter age old traditions and customs of the i Taukei and render the i Taukei landless. An enemy, that, in its very nature is evil. It dreams, but only of evil. Motivated by greed and hate it seeks only to invade and plunder the wealth of the Owners of this Land. An enemy that, instead of bridging the racial divide, has widened it more. We must not flee in the face of this threat, of this demonic horde, imminent though it may be, we must stand and fight. Neither must we be foolish to throw oneself carelessly into its open jaw. I could never even imagine the thought of my bones being crushed by its rotten teeth. But we must, in all sleekyness and slyness, foxily outwit the enemy with our ideas, small as it may seem but when put together collectively we could make Hiroshima look like childs play. I do not, however, propose that we build bombs and guns and bazookas! Heavens no! Far be it from me to turn my little paradise into a terrorist playground, a wasteland. God forbid that such ideas ever see the light of day. I am simply talking about ideas. Simple ideas. Simply.

Think about it. A spiritual, intellectual, cultural kind of bomb searing through every fabric of society, ignited by the desire to change and fused with a progressive mindset, breaking every wall and destroying every barricade that for the past twenty years or so has robbed us of our rightful inheritance as children of God, the i Taukei, custodians of this land yet willingly sharing it with those who deserve it. Think. About it. A bomb that could go off tomorrow and with it the racism, the anger, distrust, and pain that has so far succeeded in separating the Indians and Fijians, tearing this country apart and economically slowing down our progress. A bomb that, instead of resentment brings forgiveness, instead of hurt brings healing, instead of hate brings love. Think about it. Is it possible? Maybe. Its only an idea of freedom.

24 Responses to “An Idea of Freedom…”

  1. Kaiviti Says:

    Ephesians 6:
    10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
    11. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    18. Pray at all times (on every occasions, in every season) in the Spirit, with all (manner of) prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceeding on behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people)

  2. ak -45 Says:

    Well said. If it happen, I did it to ensure that my children’s hard work at school are secured and not taken away by some personal agenda and easy access to wepons.

  3. Tukuni Says:

    Vinaka na takitaki. Just to remind us of what one said already: and I quote:,
    “Absolute Freedom, is absolute nonsense…”. We have to realise that we still live and will continue to in years to come through our descendants, in an imperfect world.A world full of Sin.
    Some perspectives of Life and Freedom:
    Firstly: William Shakespear said..and I quote :
    “Life is but a SHADOW, its a POOR PLAYER who struts and frets his hours upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a TALE told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying NOTHING”.
    Whilst I totally disagree with Shakespeare’s view, I just raise that to add masala flavour to the curry and put some perspectives for the sake of our discussion on the above topic.
    God said in his words in the Bible and I quote:
    “When the Son of God sets you free, you shall be free indeed”….and he also prayed his prayer as recorded in John 17 : ” That they be one as you,Father are in me, as I in you: that they also may be one in Us..They are in the world but NOT OF THE WORLD”…
    Even the Lord Jesus Christ recognising the difficulties we have to face here on Earth had to intercede on our behalf to our Heavenly Father in Heaven to help us in all that we have to go through…
    It is my prayer that we continue to pray and ask God to help us as we go along. These Life are only 70 years they say…Nona i lakolako na Kalou eda mai toka vakalailai ga kina. God Bless Us and Bless our Nation-Fiji.

  4. Wananavu Says:

    Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask for your forgiveness. And to seek your direction and guidance. We know your words says, “Woe to those who call evil good” but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionist and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abuse power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possession and called it clean up campaign. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightment. Search us Oh God, and know our hearts today, Cleanse us from every sin and set us free in Jesus name.
    Amen.

  5. Kaiviti Says:

    Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness. And seek your direction and guidance. We know your Words says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abuse power and called it politics. We have overthrown our democratic elected government and called it clean up campaign. We have caused sufferings to innocent people through unemployment and called it good governance. We have coveted our neighbor’s possession and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with lies, profanity and ponography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time honored value of our forefathers and called it enlightment. Search us Oh God, and know our hearts, Try us and know our thoughts, if there be any wicked way in us. Cleanse us from every sin and set us free in Jesus Name. Amen and Amen.

  6. Kaiviti Says:

    Keirau a veitalanoa tiko kei na dua na turaga ni Iraki. Tukuna vei au na vakaloloma ni bula era a sotava tu na lewe ni vanua mai Iraki ena gauna ni veiliutaki nei Saddam Hussein. Sa dua na ka na levu ni rere kei na dravudravua e yacovi ira tu ena veisiga me yacova na gauna sa yaco yani kina na mataivalu ni Amerika. Dua na marama keirau a qai veitalanoa e muri, tukuna vei au ni dua na gauna balavu na nodratou masulaka tu mai me kau tani O Saddam Hussein. Prayer moves the hand of God.

  7. joll Says:

    kemudou na ‘illegal government’ dou solia lesu vei keimami na lewe ni vanua na ka e nemami- na dodonu ni tu galala kei na digidigi…

  8. VitiMediaWatchDog Says:

    “conquerors who led the battles in those glory days of tribal warfare.”

    bloody wars and loss of life are ‘glory days’?

    http://www.youtube.com/vitimediawatchdog

  9. Jay Says:

    PROPHECY BY STEVE PENNY AT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE

    Monday,3 November,1997

    “This nation shall experience a cloud of the glory of God, the anointing coming down upon this nation like a thick cloud filled with rain, filled with great potential and it will come down and it will blanket all of the islands like a cloud and it won’t come and just wash across and go, but it will settle and it will continue to fall…the rain of God’s
    presence will fall on this nation in a powerful way.

    And the reviving of the Spirit…literally within five years, this nation will be awash with a great Revival. One side to another, this nation will literally be under the blanket of a move of the Spirit of God like you’ve never seen before. Just about every denomination will be touched…only those that are very, very resistant will hold out against it, but whole denominations will be swept into this move of the Spirit. There’ll be unprecedented unity amongst the church together in Fiji. There will literally be a wonder to people of other nations. You will have many people visit your islands, not because of the beauty, not to be a tourist, but because of the presence of God resting on the islands.

    It won’t be one little spot here or there, but it will be like a blanket that sits over the nation and the Spirit of God will move back and forwards. Sometimes, it’ll be so intense in another island and another city and then it’ll move and come and sweep here and then it’s like it’ll move around and the Spirit of God will literally be like waves across the island back and forth around the island, but together you’ll be under the blanket of God’s favour and blessing.

    But a number of things will happen during that time. One will be that a man of sedition, a man of scheming will rise up in your political arena and he will come quickly into prominence. Before you know it, he’ll have a position of influence in the nation, but he’ll be a man of sedition and he will bring conflicts. There will be a time when you have civil unrest on your streets and there won’t be a massive across the nation, but there will be civil unrest in areas of this nation and there will be even some bloodshed. This man will rise very quickly, but because of the anointing of the Spirit blanketing the island and the church being in revival, the church will rise up and call and sound an alarm. When they see this happen, this man who begins to cause unrest in the streets, the church will literally flock together in huge prayer concerts, great prayer gatherings and will break the power of that thing. Where in the natural, the papers will be predicting doom and gloom, they will break the power of that thing and bring it to nought and the revival will continue on. In fact, because of that, many people will turn to the Lord in that hour, will come to the Lord…great move of the Spirit. You’ll know these things are happening because both in the natural, God will show you things and in the Spirit, you’ll be able to recognize them.

    Within maybe 2-3 years, just in the next few years, one of your sporting teams, I don’t know which one, but one of your sporting teams will gain great prominence. They will win a great event beyond what they were expected to win and they’ll come back to Fiji and there’ll be great celebrations and they’ll be national heroes. You, the church, watch!
    When that happens, God’s telling you that as a sign, because at the same time as that happens and I saw this vision of the nation celebrating this great victory and it was almost like in the middle of their celebrations, something happened in the nation and the joy turned to mourning. The Lord didn’t show me what that was, but it’s like there was a disaster or something happened and the laughter just stopped in mid-sentence and they began to mourn. But out of that turn-around, there would be rising, it’s like there would rise up a cry unto God from the nation. Even those outside the church will cry. They will be praying together in public,”God, help us!” Out of that will come a great release even again, of people being led to the Lord, finding the Lord. There’s a tremendous awakening starting to happen amongst the people of this nation, out of religion, out of Hinduism, out of culture, an awakening concerning the things of the Spirit of God. You watch that continue in the next few years in this nation.

    Your economy will continue to increase over the next few years and there’ll be a sense of, well,”This is wonderful!” and then, there’ll come a crash and your dollar, I literally saw your dollar will plummet.

    And again, these things in the natural, God turns them around and uses them to bring favour to the church and the government will literally turn to the church, not those churches that are playing games, but those that are full of the Holy Spirit, who’ve shown they love their nation. The government will turn to the church and say,”We want you to take over this area of ministry to the broken. We want you (and the government will begin to favour churches) to minister to the homeless, to the children, to those that are broken.”

    Churches will be raised up who will have great strength to be able to minister to the broken and the hurting in the nation.

    God is going to raise up across this nation, many men and women that will go out from this nation. The fire of God will be upon them and they will literally be sent forth from this place. You will have people that go to nations that in the past, have sent missionaries here. You will send missionaries to these nations. I literally saw, out of Fiji, a great like a volcano erupt and many fiery arrows, people alive with the Spirit of God literally being translated, transported, transferred, removed from this place and set in another place and God would cause them there to take the anointing and the fire of God that’s on them and begin to burn in other places.

    Some of you already have a burden for other nations.

    Listen, the time is here to set your sails towards those places. God wants to raise up men in this place in the next few years that have learned how to live under the cloud of His presence, so that when you go, the cloud will go with you and places where they have literally had a little rain of the Spirit, just little showers, you will take the
    cloud that rests on this nation and you will take the cloud and it’ll rest on that place also and it shall continue to rain and spread across the nations.
    I saw planes flying, criss-crossing across the islands. The airlines are going to have to put on more flights because of the revival. People are going to want to go from town to city to city, town to town where God’s moving and they will come in masse to a place and celebrate and then they’ll go somewhere else. There’ll be more flights coming in. God will bring ministers in that you haven’t even invited, but the Spirit of God will put it upon their heart,”I must go to Fiji!

    I must be a part of what’s happening there. I must sow the gifting that God’s given me into that place.”

    I don’t think I’ve prophesied over a nation quite as significantly concerning a revival, as I am even here today for Fiji. Wherever I go, I prophesy this revival and blessings in many nations, but I feel a stirring about Fiji. I feel like God is saying,”There is something significant that is going to take place in those islands, for you are prepared to abandon that which has been, for that which is coming. You are prepared to embrace the move of the Spirit with abandonment that not many other places are.” The Lord says,”I am going to cause a people that> will rise up that literally shake off the shackles of their past, of
    their upbringing, of their culture and begin to dance with joy and celebrate the Kingdom of God, manifest in their midst, with an incredible liberty and freedom.” You’re going to have meetings that go all night (isn’t that fantastic!), meetings that go all night as the Spirit of God comes upon. There’ll be some meetings where you’ll just literally sit under the power of God for hours. Nobody does anything, but the glory of God rests upon the place. Just a few hours later, asong will begin and that will go for hours, singing and worship and the Spirit of God’s going to completely dominate the church scene in this nation. Dominate…that’s the best word. The Spirit of God’s going to come and dominate the spiritual arena of this nation.

    There are some leaders that are presently in leadership in this nation. You will wake up one morning in the next couple of years and they’ll be gone…just gone, just no longer in key leadership because they have not allowed the Spirit of God to come.

    God is not into bowing to anybody. When God marks out a nation, there are times when the river begins to run and goes around the rocks, but as it gains strength, it sweeps all before. Some of those rocks are monuments to man’s best efforts and as the Spirit of God has begun to run, it has gone around. But you watch! In the next couple of years as the tide of the Spirit gains momentum, it will literally sweep all before. Some of those things that have been strong monuments will literally…you’ll wake up one morning and they won’t be there because God will have decided to bring His agenda into focus in that place.

    I see God taking off the robes that you’ve worn of ministry of yesterday of a certain rank. I see God taking it off and putting on a robe, a garment of leadership of a different rank. God wants to promote, even here, many of you. He wants to promote you to a new level, another rank this season. When the Spirit of God breathes afresh in a nation, it awakens new heroes, new leaders.

    God often doesn’t use yesterday’s leaders, yesterday’s heroes. He looks for people that want to be promoted to carry a greater anointing for this hour.

    One of my greatest prayers in this hour is,”Father, please use me to carry your anointing.”

    I don’t presume on anything that I had yesterday. Oh, I did for a while. I said,”God,I’ve got a good church. I’ve grown up in this stuff. I know it all.”

    God said,”No,no. I don’t count on those things in the day of revival. I count on those whose hearts are hungry for more.”

    I began to pray,”God, please consider me worthy to carry this revival.”

    God said,”If you’ll let go of everything else and take off the robes of yesterday’s achievements, I can entrust you with greater things, yet, by My Spirit.”

  10. iTaukei Says:

    To Vitimediawatchdog, in those days it was. You see it was the dream of every Fijian boy to grow up and be a warrior fighting in great battles that will one day be told and retold down through the generations. You wouldn’t know I guess. If you were Indian ‘glory days’ probably meant the ‘Kamasutra’ days, if you were a Druid or Catholic, killing protestant Christians or performing magic was ‘glorious’, if you were Nepalese smoking grass and tripping probably was and still is, I think. We are from different cultures. We are different breeds, you and I and we value things differently. We, the i Taukei, are and have always been, will always be, a warrior race.

  11. TruthSeeker Says:

    iTaukei, you missed my point, bro (am I permitted to call you that?)

    Say, you and I are walking towards each other on opposite sides of the street… let’s say it’s Cumming St. and you just bought your wife/gf some jewelry during the Diwali sale.

    All of a sudden, some prick taxi driver hits a young child.

    Now, do you want to tell me that our cultures teach us to react differently to this situation?

    I hope you realize the answer is no, that we will both do what we know is right in our minds… run to the aid of the child.

    My point is, in Fiji, so much is lost because of talk about ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’ and blah blah blah… that we miss out on the common humanity that we all share.

    I also think that taukei nationalist types would be well-served to think about where they want to take Fiji… it’s clear that we are going backwards (our hospitals can’t fix children with broken arms).

    Do you want to take us back to the days of tribal warfare?

    I am not interested in going back to the past, regardless whether it’s an Indian one, a Nepalese one, or a Druid one.

    The future is what should concern us.

    Vinaka.

    http://www.youtube.com/vitimediawatchdog

  12. iTaukei Says:

    Point taken. Vinaka Bro.

  13. iTaukei Says:

    …oops… Truthseeker- “I also think that taukei nationalist types would be well-served to think about where they want to take Fiji… it’s clear that we are going backwards”… I think if you were honest that, this time it is not the nationalists but the Military with the support of the major Indian Institutions including an Indian backed university and Corporations. Some academics, including the well-respected- who I might say has lost my respect- Satendra Nandan have openly declared their support. The Sangam Organization has thrown its weight behind the IG. The military government has reciprocated the favour by giving exclusivity at a major hospital to medical students from the new Indian university who apply for attachments. Aside from this they (IG) are also working on giving tax free status to a private Indian healthcare company (Apollo Group of Hospitals). Indigenous Fijians view these suspiciously and rightly so. At a time when the IG should be doing everything it can to return the country to normalcy to avoid impending chaos, it has instead opted to draft a so-called Peoples Charter that will push for Land Reform amongst other things. With retired civil servants like Rishi Ram and politicians like Mahen jumping on the bandwagon, I fear has done little to push aside the suspicions. This is a sure mix for ultimate chaos and will push everyone- Fijian/Indian/Rotuman/Chinese into the 18th Century.

  14. TruthSeeker Says:

    iTaukei,

    Thank you for allowing my comments to be seen on this site. Our willingness to hear each other out should serve as proof that we are capable of moving forward.

    In Fiji, much of the racism comes from ignorance on the part of both Fijians and Indians. When I hear about the way people used to treat each other, it disgusts me that my forefathers (in both communities) were not able to see past the ‘divide and rule’.

    But, as much animosity as may exist on the political stage, I singled out taukei nationalism for a reason. I happened to see an interview with President Evo Morales of Bolivia. He is the first indigenous leader to be elected EVER in his country. In just a few months, he turned around the fate of people who had been dispossessed for 500 years.

    In Fiji, there is no such committment from indigenous leaders. Instead, I see racial vilification, politics of resentment, and outright scapegoating as the only tenets of taukei nationalism.

    I’m all for indigenous upliftment–but I refuse to let you pin the under-development of Fijian society on the Indian community.

    The Indians you pointed out who you say support the coup don’t do it out of hatred of the Fijian people. They do it out of fear of the worsening security situation in the country.

    People are not safe in their own homes.

    You can’t fault them for feeling that the military might be able to do something about the situation.

    As an opinion shaper, I’m PLEADING with you to leave the Apollo Hospitals out of this. The concessions that have been given them only apply to specialized equipment they will bring in.

    Apollo is a globally recognized brand. It is important that the Fijian community understand that their presence in Fiji will DRAMATICALLY shift the level of care that can be expected in a hospital in Fiji.

    Please, there is so little that we can point to over the past twenty years and say “there, that’s progress”.

    I know that simple utterance of the word ‘land’ can cause a great deal of anguish.

    Fijians and Indians have coexisted for 4 generations now. While I may be shamed by some areas of Indian behavior toward Fijians, I take pride in saying that we are the only settler population in the world that has never threatened the land of indigenous.

    Anyways, I’ve gone on long enough… thank you for your time and consideration.

    I look forward to reading your thoughtful response.

    Vinaka

    http://www.youtube.com/vitimediawatchdog

  15. Kai lau dina Says:

    I thought of the exact same thing. Maybe you are old enough to remeber the start of that as well. Which is why i sometimes give shit to “TruthSeeker”. I watched the vitimediawatchdog, the start of which sounded like I was in sync with including trickle downs and right wing facist stuff and some valid criticism of SDL – then the naivety of it struck home.
    Shame he/she wasn’t in NZ around 87 or she’d have realised that THIS VERY IG has embarked on the very same route in a bid to get a little cash to finance their venture – i.e. corporatise or make companies out of Public Service institutions and assets. He/she criticises the banker Qarase, though in reality this junta has embarked on the very same route in the name of efficiency, effectiveness and every other buzz word they can dream up to disguise their real agenda.
    The trick is, you throw as much shit at your opponent as you possibly can, call them corrupt, fat cats and all that (as a hell of a lot of them are), which provides you with a perception of a moral high ground. More than that, people begin to think you’re on a genuine mission, when in fact they’re even more corrupt, desire the “baubles of power” – to quote Winnie the Poo more than their opponents because they bitter and twisted at their own spectacular failure.
    VB (f#$%! in the head as he is) may well have been good intentioned. trouble is he ain’t the brains of Britain, delusional, and open to suggestion from people he is impressed by. Sounds like half the RFMF is of a similar mind.
    In NZ, we have a similar problem. A police force whose collective intelligence quotient rivals a monkey. They’ve never been especially clever over the past few decades, but it’s worse now because not only are they thick in the front-line ranks, but they’re scared – and that’s when it gets dangerous. A man with a hammer warrants a bullet in the chest, whereas previously a couple of cops armed only with a batton would have taken the pratt on.
    There’s another parallel for ya. The barrel of a gun is supposed to signify some sort of macho power advantage.
    I’m afraid the once proud RFMF should be dressing themselves up in a lovely shade of pastel pink – especially that wannabe macho-man closet homo son of Frank’s (and he knows it).

  16. Kai lau dina Says:

    #

    http://blog.flickr.com/2007/09/25/burma-protests/

    People,
    for 45 years the people of Burma went from the asian rice producing capital to zilch under their military regime’s rule. When the military regime recently hiked the price of fuel in Myannmar (Burma), the citizens protested. Monks led a peaceful protest in the streets recently, and crowds gathered around these monks to protect them from the military police. On the second day of the military crackdown, monks were taken from their monastary, from the streets, people have been killed including foreign nationals.

    That’s what could happen to Fiji …soon. Why wait 45 years, or even 15 years for this to happen.. Prevent that from happening by acting now…
    #

  17. Kaiviti Says:

    Psalm 37
    1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2. For they shall be soon cut down like grass, and wither as the green herb. 10. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shal deligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 12. The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnashed upon him with his teeth. 13. The Lord shall laugh at him: for He seeth that his day are coming. 17. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: 20…They shall vanish; like smoke they shall consume away.

  18. Kaiviti Says:

    So shall My Word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void[without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

  19. Viti Truth Seeker Says:

    “for 45 years the people of Burma went from the asian rice producing capital to zilch under their military regime’s rule.”

    Hmm… try looking at the past twenty years in Fiji. For every year except one, Fiji overspent on its budget (guess which year, we didn’t)

    Fiji went from a multicultural nation with so much promise to a nation crippled by an outflow of talent, onset of serious corruption, destruction of public institutions (anybody remember the NBF?), and SERIOUS decline in quality of public services.

    Fiji cannot even treat little children with broken arms!

    This happened under the leadership of taukei nationalism. Please… abandon your hatred.

    Educate your people–I promise, I will do my best to help. Help them understand how to leverage their skills and talent. Learn about microfinance.

    Institutions like the Centre for Small and Medium-Scale Enterprise located in Suva put on training seminars teaching people how to develop small businesses.

    http://www.ncsmed.org.fj/

    Globalization will wipe out your culture–not Indians.

    In order for us ALL to survive, we have to prepare ourselves and give the future generations a fighting chance.

    As always, I appreciate being included in your discussions.

    Vinaka

    Go Fiji Go!

  20. Viti Truth Seeker Says:

    http://www.ncsmed.org.fj/successstory_display.aspx?caseid=48

    Sweet Success of a Bakery Businesswoman
    11/1/2006

    In March 2004 Mrs Setaita Wea Matalau(47) attended the CEFE Business Training Program at the NCSMED. She completed the course successfully and received her certificate.

    Early on Tuesday 28 March 2006, Mrs Matalau called at the Center to thank the Center for the CEFE business course, which she attended. She is very grateful for the Center in bringing the Course into Fiji and in allowing her to take the course. She was very appreciative of the course content and its relevance to the real world particularly the financial aspects of the program.

    Setaita now operates her own bakery in her village of Daliconi,on the island of Vanuabalavu, in Lau. She is trading as Dilton Salele Bakery.

    She submitted her loan request to the Fiji Development Bank together with her business plan. She was granted a loan of $5,000.00. Setaita is very thankful to the Center in assisting her with the Business Plan particularly the financial aspects i.e. the cash flow forecast, the projected income statement and the set up costs. The loan has now reduced to $2093.00 and is for a three-year term. Her repayments are in order and the Bank is very confident of her credit worthiness.

    The bakery is based at her home in the village and she uses firewood which very cheap. After completing the CEFE business course she attended the bread-baking course at the Cooperatives Department at Draunibota, Lami. She built her own baking oven in the village based on she had learned at Lami.

    At this stage she is baking 4 dozen loaves from Monday to Wednesday and 6 to 8 dozens on Thursdays and Fridays. However on Saturdays she bakes 10 dozens and the bakery is closed on Sundays. Her turnover is around $1500.per week. She employs a husband and wife team as her bakers. She is very particular about the ingredients and is very serious about maintaining the quality of her bread.

    There is no competition as she is the sole producer on the island. Her clients include the local hospital and the local secondary school. Her plans are to produce hot cross buns to the people on the island this Easter.

    She is adamant that her people in the village are to be provided with the same bread quality as the people in Suva!

  21. anon Says:

    Amen to that.

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  23. Barafen Says:

    The resistance movement now needs to move from cyberspace to the streets. Everybody opposed to the takeover needs an outlet to show their objection.
    Everyone irrespective of age, race or political affiliation should be encouraged to Tag all government property with the letters FF (Free Fiji). This could be written in pen on letters to the government, tagged in spray paint on the doors of unattended government vehicles or on Government buildings. Villages that object to the regime could paint a ring of trees around the village with the logo.
    It would take very little for a few people to casually mention this form of objection and start a revolution.

  24. Tim Says:

    Smart fella that Kai lau dina !

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