From Rupeni Mario in Suva (28 October 2007)
As part of the Pacific Islands Energy Policy and Strategic Action Planning( PIEPSAP) project based at SOPAC, a comprehensive study on biofuel from coconut resources in Rotuma has been published.
Download the report (pdf 1.1MB)
From Sylvia Joe in Brisbane (27 October 2007)
The Fiji Independence Day Celebrations in Brisbane was
managed by a steering committee, made up of a cross section of the Fiji
community members in Brisbane. We had a successful fundraising dinner
dance on Saturday, 6 October, at South Leagues Club West End, which was
a sell out. The evening was well attended by the Fiji community in Brisbane,
Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.
Chairman : Amena Gutugutuwai
Victor Narsimulu, son of Rosarine Valesi and Samuel Narsimulu of Wailoku, attended the 11th class of the National American Pacific Islander Leadership Institute (NAPALI) that was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from 11-19 October. Victor is currently working with young Pacific Island students in Provo, Utah, in an attempt to demonstrate opportunities and workable options available in America that he did not have in Fiji while growing up. He reports:
From Brooke Fatiaki in Fiji (15 October 2007)
Rotuma’s Krump Princes
Congratulations to BSquad (B for Bisikete), the latest Rotuman hip hop group that stormed the stage at the Hibiscus Carnival! The Stomp Nite event was sponsored by Fiji Broadcasting Commission and Marie Stopes International. This was the Squad’s second performance, their first being at the "Suva on Sale" competition in May, which they won! The fifteen squad members are George Wasile (leader), Walter and Vernon Wasile, Wilson, Shorrosh & Sitaleki Fatiaki, Samuela Taukave Junior, Mark & Sulivon, Wilfred & Hezron Inia, Leeroy & Jerome Yam.
Contemporary artist and dancer, Pelu Fatiaki was amongst the cheering uncles and aunts, mothers and fathers in the crowd. "They dance with such passion," said Pelu. Cheers to the sponsors and the Squad for such an entertaining night!Bsquad has recorded their first live performance on DVD.
From Bruce Tizard-Varcoe in England (13 October 2007)
Photos of Graham Dewes seem to be very popular on Fiji websites at the moment. The one below, from Fijilive.com, is probably the best: