Posts Tagged ‘Fiji’

Catholics should head Catholic schools Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Catholics should lead catholic schools, the head of the Catholic Church in Fiji says. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva wrote to the education minister about consulting Catholic schools management regarding the appointment of principals to Catholic schools after the principals of two Catholic high schools were replaced by non-Catholics. Schools are run by various religions Read more

Bishop celebrates special Diwali mass in Fiji Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Fiji is one of the many countries around the globe that celebrated a special Diwali mass to pay respects to the Hindu festival of light. In his homily at the Diwali (also called Deepawali or Deepavali) mass, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva spoke of the one God. The Catholic Church believes and teaches the Read more

Woman in Fiji accused of trafficking people to NZ Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

A 31-year-old woman involved in a human trafficking case in New Zealand has been charged in Fiji with 17 counts of the same crime. Her sister, who is in Australia, has been charged in absentia with five counts of obtaining property by deception and one count of money laundering. It’s alleged that the women organised and Read more

Claims of UN sexual misconduct in Fiji Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018
Sexual misconduct allegations against UN agency

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is formally investigating claims of sexual misconduct against two members of its Fiji staff. The head of Fiji’s Women’s Crisis Centre says the allegations of sexual misconduct are a sign that all organisations should be open to scrutiny. The investigation follows complaints laid by three female employees against two Read more

Fijians lift their crane in Napier Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Port crane operators from Fiji are refining their skills on a crane simulator in Napier. Napier Port bought the $750,000 simulator 2 years ago and has started training Fijian operators. The training is so good, the Fijian Ports chief executive calls it “inspiring”. Hasthika Dela says, “the partnership has increased productivity, and that’s a direct Read more

Fiji steals show at UN climate change talks Comments 0

Monday, November 13th, 2017
climate change

Fiji has turned a tiny part of Germany into a tropical Pacific island as it leads global negotiations on climate change, and so securing a stage for islanders’ worries about rising sea levels. Fiji is the first small island state to preside at UN climate negotiations since they began in the 1990s. The country’s chief Read more

Pacific churches call for condition-free relief funding Comments 0

Friday, April 8th, 2016

The Pacific Conference of Churches has asked governments and donors not to attach conditions to relief efforts in the region. The call came as Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Minister for Political Affairs, Law and Security visited Fiji. Luhut Binsar Padjaitan was reportedly delivering Fiji an assistance package worth up to US$5 million, plus a contingent of engineers, Read more

Fiji commissioner wants church gatherings only in daytime Comments 0

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Fiji’s police commissioner has called for religious gatherings to be held only in daytime as a community safety measure. Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said it is about time this happened. The commissioner also said parents should accompany their children to church services and other gatherings. He said police are working on strategies to ensure children Read more

NZ Marist Fathers launch donations drive for Fiji Comments 0

Friday, March 4th, 2016

The Marist Fathers in New Zealand are accepting donations to alleviate people’s suffering and aid the re-establishment of their lives in Fiji. New Zealand Marist Mission promoter, Fr Tim Duckworth, SM, confirmed the move on Tuesday evening. “The people of Fiji are resilient, but in many cases will have to start again from the foundations,” Fr Read more

Marist missions hard hit by Fiji cyclone Comments 0

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Several Marist missions in Fiji were severely affected by Cyclone Winston, according to a report by Fr Pio Fong Waqavotuwale, SM. At the Tutu Rural Training Centre in Taveuni, 22 buildings were either completely or partially destroyed. These were staff houses, dormitories, workshops, hall and kitchens. Tens of thousands of kava and dalo plants, many belonging Read more