From Fijitimes Online (28 October 2005)
Airline can help upgrade airports
AIR PACIFIC has offered to provide a loan for the upgrading of domestic airports to accommodate modern aircrafts.
Airline chief executive officer John Campbell said if the need arose his company would provide loans to upgrade airports the airline intended to operate.
He said the company hoped to enter the domestic market by December.
Airports Fiji Limited manager infrastructure Rupeni Mua said tests would be conducted on the runways at the Labasa and Matei (Taveuni) airports before the end of the year to determine the extent of upgrading works and how much money would be needed.
He said work had begun at Bureta Airport, Levuka, and the Government had provided $630,000. He said work would be completed early next year.
Mr Mua said design and documentation of the Rotuma airport would be completed by the end of the year and the amount of money needed for tarsealing works would be determined.
He said the designing and planning for Savusavu airport to upgrade the apron, a new terminal building and parking lot would be complete by the end of the year.
Mr Mua said after the studies were done AFL would be in a better position to know how much money would be needed and the sources of funding.
He said the Government would have to provide the funds but the private sector could be an option.
From Vilsoni Hereniko in Honolulu (17 October 2005)
The Land Has Eyes was shown at the Santa Cruz Pacific Rim Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, 7-8 October. Below is a photo of the Rotumans who came to see the film. People were so surprised that on an island with so few people there were this many in their vicinity, but of course some came from as far away as San Francisco. The picture was taken at Bruce and Aitu Richmond's place in Watsonville where we all went after the second screening for a barbecue. It was a lot of fun!
Extracted from Fijitimes Online (13 October 2005)
The Fiji High Commissioner to Australia and Singapore, Canberra-based Major-General Jioji Konrote, is headed for home when his three-year term expires in December to prepare for the 2006 general election.
He announced his retirement while he was addressing more than 2000 people at the Australia-Fiji Sports Association Fiji Day celebrations at Granville Oval in Merrylands in West Sydney on Saturday to mark the 35th anniversary of Fiji's independence in 1970 after 96 years of British rule.
Major-General Konrote said he had been requested and endorsed by the Rotuma Island Council to represent the island at the 2006 election.
Personally I am not interested in politics but I am doing this for my people.
Rotuma has one seat in the 71-seat House of Representatives.
From Fijitimes Online (7 October 2005)
Islanders meet for sports day
ROTUMANS in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia will converge in Lautoka for the annual sports day this weekend.
This event, organised by the Fiji Rotuma Sports Council, is being hosted by the Moiro Sports Club of Lautoka.
Council spokeswoman Susie Fesaitu said the Rotuma Sports competition comprises of three sporting events — volleyball, netball and rugby.
Volleyball was played in May while the remaining sports competitions are to be played at the weekend.
Information Minister Marieta Rigamoto is expected to open the games on Saturday.
"This is an annual event whereby clubs take turns in hosting and this year is being hosted by the Moiro club of Lautoka," said Mrs Fesaitu.
From Fijitimes Online (2 October 2005)
Gagaj Kautauraf: The day his family fed the church conference
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