Fiji revokes big Chinese resort’s rights in Malolo

Mark Jennings and Melanie Reid The Chinese developer of a new resort on a Fijian Island faces a massive clean-up bill after Fiji’s Department of Environment cancelled the Project’s approval. The cancellation came a day after Newsroom journalists who have been investigating the development on Malolo Island were freed after being detained by police in the capital, Suva, after seeking answers…

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Bainimarama apologies to journalists

Newsroom Staff Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has said that he ordered the release of Newsroom’s three journalists. He met with them on April 4, 2019 to apologise, along with Fiji’s Minister for Environment and the Commissioner of Police. Newsroom Co-Editor Mark Jennings, Investigations Editor Melanie Reid and Freelance Cameraman Hayden Aull were detained at Suva’s Central Police Station overnight while Police considered…

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Visiting Minister seeks more investors, tourists

Venkat Raman A well-educated workforce, youthful population, opportunities and incentives for investment and friendly government policies are the advantages available to New Zealand investors and businesses in Fiji, a visiting Minister has said. Trade, Tourism, Industry, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Minister Premila Kumar was in Auckland this week to meet with government officials, private sector companies, members of…

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Rotuman Language classes in Auckland

Supplied Content The Rotuman Community in Auckland has announced commencement of Rotuman Language Classes, marking the ‘International Mother Language Day,’ observed throughout the world on February 21, 2019 as a United Nations approved programme. Organised by the Auckland Rotuman Fellowship Group Incorporated (ARFGI), the endangered Rotuman language is being taught by elders and qualified teachers. Chairperson Faga Fasala said, “We…

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Budget consultations next week

The Ministry of Economy will host online national budget consultations from next week. In a statement, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum expressed the need to bring the voices of Fijians to the decision-making table to keep building the Best National Budget. For the first time, there will be online consultations on Facebook, with special sessions dedicated to secondary students, tertiary students…

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