Posts Tagged ‘Fiji New Zealand relations’

China calls Australia and New Zealand bullies

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

When Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress met with Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau in Fiji last Friday he said China believed that all countries, big or small, rich or poor, strong or weak, are equal members of the international community, and that international affairs should be handled by all Read more

Fiji – Australia and New Zealand restore diplomatic relations

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Australia and New Zealand will reappoint High Commissioners to Fiji and relax travel sanctions affecting members of its government. This announcement was made following a meeting in Sydney on Tuesday attended by New Zealand Foreign Minister Mr McCully, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Fijian Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. The decision has met with Read more

Exploited Fijian women work 7 days a week for NZ$40

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

A Wellington business woman is in court on a charge that she exploited Fijian women who say that she treated them as slaves. Two Fijian women have described how for months they worked seven-day weeks for $40 (US$30) in the home of the Wellington businesswoman who is charged with exploiting them. “I was just like Read more

Wellington may ease some Fiji sanctions

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

New Zealand foreign Minister Murray McCully has set out new terms under which New Zealand might relax some of its sanctions on the Fijian Government led by Commodore  Frank  Bainimarama.

McCully said that if Fiji were to request that New Zealand should exempt new civilian appointees to the cabinet or to permanent secretary’s roles coming in to replace military people currently occupying those roles, “then we’d certainly consider lifting the sanctions as far as those individuals were concerned.”

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Will Australia change its policy towards Fiji

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Fiji’s Prime Minster last week  announced that a consultation process will take place on Fiji’s constitution between July and September. There has been speculation that this announcement would give an opportunity for a change in policy towards Fiji in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has already broken ranks and begun to engage with Fiji. While Read more

Fiji – International media short of integrity or judgment

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Fiji Literary Festival was held in  Nadi from 2 to 9 October 2011. Speakers included Graham Davis,  an independent Fiji-born journalist and publisher of the political blog Grubsheet, and  Fiji Ministry of Information permanent secretary Sharon Smith-Johns. Both addressed issues regarding the role of the media in Fiji. Davis asked, “In reporting in Fiji which version Read more

Fiji given a Hail Mary Pass by Britain

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Perhaps we should not be surprised that Fiji dropped the democratic ball after the Hail Mary pass that their Colonial masters gave them at independence: a nation divided by tribal and ethnic barriers. In the course of Britain’s colonial rule so many Indians were imported to work in the cane fields, that by the time Read more

Scepticism over Fiji opinion poll

Friday, September 9th, 2011

One of the people taking part in a panel discussion during the launch of the opinion poll was Shamima Ali from Fiji’s Women’s Crisis Centre. She expressed some scepticism about the results.


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NZ Governor General says NZ will need to help Fiji

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Outgoing  New Zealand Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand says New Zealand will need to step in to help when the military regime in Fiji eventually fails.

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