Across the Pacific local councils take a variety of different forms, ranging from traditional village structures to fully-fledged municipalities. Whatever form local government takes, an appropriate legislative and regulatory framework is essential to ensure that councils can effectively address the needs of their communities. This study is designed to help Pacific island countries review and strengthen their existing frameworks. It begins by examining legislation and systems across a range of countries and institutional settings, identifying examples of best practice and areas for improvement. It then presents case studies of three very different legislative frameworks: Fiji, Solomon Islands and Samoa…
My Twenty-One Years in the Fiji Islands provides a vivid account of the lives of Indians, indentured and free, in early Fiji: the coolie ships, the coolie lines, the struggles with the overseers and law courts, the towns, the bazaars, and Indian religious rituals and festivals. An appendix to the book provides further information about people, places and events described. Also included is Totaram Sanadhya’s The Story of the Haunted Line, a moving story of a man saved from fear and despair by Hindu devotion and the friendship of indigenous Fijians. This book is a window into early Fiji as seen by the immigrants from India. It should be interest to anyone who seeks to understand Fiji’s history.
“In the 1970's the chasm between the white Australians and Aborigines was as deep and wide as ever before. But there were those who had bridged the gap, and in some instances exceeded the norm of the white society. One such person was Cory Calbert who was part Aboriginal. Cory is a wealthy and successful lawyer in Sydney. But he has not forgotten or forsaken his Aboriginal past and connections. He enjoys the subleties abd prevailing more of both cultures. But can Cory negotiate between the two worlds when it comes to the core of values making each world? This novel, set in 1976,capture the dual character of Cory Calbert. He has not shaken off the rules and rites of his Aboriginal heritage, but is nevertheless affronted by some of its more gruesome and arbitrary practices. One such practice is that of "payback".
‘Another collection of experiences and imaginings from the watchful eye of the poet who gave us Afghanistan - waiting for the bus. Here, the poet weaves and gifts us with yet another salusalu (garland) of memories of and a passion for people struggling to adapt to the realities of their environments, that at times constitute “land beyond repair” (Somewhere Islands) yet, continuing to live dignified and worthwhile lives, “strutting proud against the grass” (Magpies of Taveuni).’ - Konai Helu Thaman (Songs of Love: new and selected poems) The earliest poems in this collection were written between 1990 and 1995, and others twenty years later. They were written in and for different countries of the South Pacific, including Australia, a bigger island on the edge of the Pacific.
South Pacific Skin is a glimpse into the journal of a woman traveling alone around the isolated islands of the South Pacific. Amanda Fornal visited these islands while creating her documentary Blood & Ink. Each day, she recorded her unique encounters and tribulations which took place over four months, through nine countries, twenty islands, forty interviews, and over fifty flights. Join her as she seeks out the deeper meanings and unusual stories behind the cultural markings of these enchanted islands.
A book by a former politician Pratap Chand, highlighting the journey of a girmitya has been released publicly. Chand said he has captured those moments of a grandson of a girmitya. The book captures the rural life of the third generation Indo-Fijian and the value of education. It also portrays those important stories, games and lessons, which most of the third generation children have never heard of.
This book attempts to map the various streams of work FRIEND has been doing in largely rural farming communities in FIJI. It does this through bottom-up approach, inviting beneficiaries of the NGO programmes to talk about the impact of such interventions in their lives, as farmers, housewives, former prisoners, people with disabilities and youths. They tell their stories of their lives which have been impacted by FRIEND’s deliberate push to either involve them in small businesses, teach valuable employment skills or lead a more active and healthier lifestyle. p>
“This book is a journey to some of the world's many and diverse islands, captured in signature dishes and between pages."-Grant McCall, President, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) Food is the quintessential social jelly of our lives. We make new friends and consolidate existing ones around meals; we use food to mark events in our lives; we share in our joys and sorrows by breaking bread together. A Taste of Islands is full colour throughout, with beautiful photos of each island's signature dish.
Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna was the best equipped Fijian leader in the twentieth century. A man of noble birth, a soldier of heroic deeds and a scholar of a renowned university, a civil servant, a politician and ultimately the first speaker of the Legislative Assembly. He has been described as a man of two cultures as, indeed, he was in fact the translator and intercessor in his life of these cultures.
This edition of select writings by Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna is the companion to the biography Ratu Sukuna: Soldier, Statesman, Man of Two Worlds, published in 1980, which Dr Scarr was invited to write by the Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna Biography Committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Fiji, Ratu Sukuna’s nephew, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.
Since gaining independence on 10 October 1970, the people of Fiji have experienced four coups. While the leaders of the first three coups claimed to represent the interests of the iTaukei, the leader of the fourth coup (on 5 December 2006), Commodore Frank Bainimarama, stated that his aims were to address the underlying political problems to eliminate Fiji’s ‘coup culture’ forever. The coups and following political confusion have seriously undermined Fiji’s economy and people’s sense of security. All coups have been powered by a combination of factors, including inter-ethnic competition over resources, traditional conflicts between the chiefly choice, low levels of education, an iTaukei-dominated military force, and traditional institutions of governance challenged by systems of democracy and human rights.
The purpose of this book is to articulate the ‘why, how, and what’, or what we call here in Tutu, the principles, the processes, and the practice of Marist Training Centre Tutu (from hereon called Tutu). This book is principally for the benefit of present and future staff, Board members, religious superiors and any other people intimately involved in supporting Tutu into the future. This book will allow institutional knowledge, experience and paradigm of Tutu to be articulated and available for staff, Board and partners in order that they can understand, honor, preserve and further enhance the lived charism and spirit of Tutu which has enabled it to fruitfully and faithfully serve rural people for the last forty years.