From Fiji Times Online (31 August 2016)
Rotumans for seasonal work program
By Litia Cava
EMPLOYMENT, Productivity and Industrial Relations Minister Semi Koroilavesau is holding public consultations in Rotuma from today.
Mr Koroilavesau said the purpose of the consultations is to meet members of the community of Rotuma to enlighten them on the Government's revised recruitment and selection criteria for overseas seasonal work in Australia and New Zealand.
The consultations started in Pepjei and Juju today then at Oinafa, Noa'tau, Hapmafau, Motusa, Losa-Ituti'u and Itumuta tomorrow, ending with Malhaa on Friday.
From Fiji Times Online (30 August 2016)
Rotuma is all for people skills training
By Losalini Bolatagici
He said there is a population of 2008 people on the island and about 21 per cent of the population are very energetic, engaging in farming and fishing activities.
Mr Masere made this known to Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Osea Naiqamu and Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou who returned to Suva yesterday after a three-day visit to the island.
The ministers were in Rotuma to gauge the various developments and to visit communities and villages.
From Fiji Sun Online (28 August 2016)
Naiqamu Praises Unity, Team Spirit On Rotuma
Cabinet members Osea Naiqamu and Laisenia Tuitubou visit Rotuma to gauge development and visit villages, communities
Minister for Fisheries and Forests Osea Naiqamu and Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou are currently on the island of Rotuma.
They are gauging the various developments that have taken place as well as visit the communities and villages and to hear first-hand of their immediate needs.
During the traditional welcome ceremony yesterday at the Ahau Government Station, Mr Naiqamu praised members of the communities on their unity and team spirit which has seen them move together and striving towards success.
"We know that there are some developments on the island that have been put on hold, because of the re-prioritisation of funds due to the rehabilitation of affected areas after Tropical Cyclone Winston in mainland Viti Levu as well as outer islands," said Mr Naiqamu.
"But be rest assured that government will carry out developments as planned for the island."
"We have about 21 per cent of the population that I would say are very energetic and have been engaged in farming and fishing activities," Mr Masere said.
"The island welcomes any sort of training and workshop that will enhance their skills and talents and assist them in developing the island."
From Fiji Times Online (17 August, 2016)
Two in the bag: Teen wins humanitarian award
by Talebula Kate
The 16-year-old, who is sponsored by APCO, won her first award on Saturday for the best talent.
The Lauan lass with maternal links to Rotuma said winning the second award was amazing and a great privilege as it took a lot of work to achieve the award.
"To be honest, all the girls deserve this award because they spoke well about topics that people are suffering from," Miss Lesinaivalu said.
"I believe they will become future leaders and they are beautiful in their own unique way."
Teen contestant co-ordinator Stephanie Vetau said the humanitarian award was about seeking and promoting human welfare.
"It's like an awareness where the contestants spoke on social issues or social problems they would like to share with the public," she said.
Miss Lesinaivalu spoke on breaking barriers for personal growth.
"Those barriers are people or invisible forces that prevent you from doing what you're passionate about. When you break those barriers, you will eventually discover your capabilities and talents."
From Fiji Times Online (6 August, 2016)
UN, EU support State's initiative
by Peni Mudunavonu
UN resident co-ordinator Osnat Lubrani made the comment during the launch of a report on leadership training and dialogue for the people of Rotuma.
Launching the report, President Jioji Konrote, said capacity building initiative on leadership for the island's chiefs, women and youths was the first of its kind.
"It was a first opportunity for many of the participants, especially for the women and young people to be part of a learning event with their traditional leaders, having a safe space to dialogue and have a voice in key development issues affecting Rotumans."
Mr Konrote said: "The report we are launching summarises the lessons learned from this dialogue initiative".
He told those at the event at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Oceania Centre last week, the report could be replicated and built upon by development partners, who work in rural and remote settings such as Rotuma.
Mr Lubrani said the UNDP was proud to support the initiative. "I hope lessons learnt from the dialogue initiative and the momentum it created will continue to help the Rotumans and inspire other communities in other islands of Fiji," Ms Lubrani said.
From Fiji Sun Online (3 August 2016)
UNDP Rotuma Report Launching Dialogue Initiatives Affect Rotumans: Konrote
President said this came about at a time when Rotumans on the Island were facing multiple issues affecting social cohesion.
President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konrote said instilled lessons for leaders in how they carried out similar dialogue was affecting Rotuman on the island.
"The workshop also instilled lessons for the leaders on how they can also carry out similar dialogue initiatives on important development matters affecting them," he said.
"As Pacific Islanders, dialogue is an intrinsic part of our culture, but when addressing issues, dialogues must have nuanced approaches to work towards outcomes that benefit the majority without having to disadvantage the minority and vulnerable groups in our communities."
President Konrote was speaking yesterday at the launching of the Report on the United Nations Development Programme Training and Dialogue on Leadership for Chiefs, Community Leaders and Youth of Rotuma.
President Konrote said this came about at a time when Rotumans on the island were facing multiple issues affecting social cohesion.
"This capacity building initiative on leadership for the District Chiefs of Rotuma, including women and youth leaders, was a first opportunity for many of the participants to be part of a learning event with their traditional leaders," he said.
Mr Konrote said this provided a safe space especially for youths and women to dialogue and have a voice in key development issues affecting Rotumans.
The challenges of leadership, governance, social cohesion, gender and age inclusivity in Rotuma among others are more or less the same throughout rural communities.
The report highlights the outcomes of a leadership training that was conducted by a high level team from UNDP, the European Union and Government ministers in Rotuma to promote accountable and inclusive leadership and dialogue on the island.
Mr Konrote also encouraged more similar constructive engagements for our rural and maritime communities so that in our course for sustainable development, no individual or community was left behind.
The training and dialogue was part of UNDP's Strengthening Citizen Engagement in Fiji (SCEFI) aimed at enabling citizens to engage in community based activities to help build a better future in Fiji.
It is facilitated by the UNDP and funded by the European Union.
Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific Christoph Wagner said they were interested in such projects as it benefitted a lot of communities.
"That is what really changes a country, so at the political sphere, economical sphere at the end it is also about the communities," he said.
Mr Wagner also indicated their continued support through similar programmes to the Government and various communities.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika