Editors Comment

Editorial comment – Our health care system

The revelation that Fiji’s health care system has challenges in its entire value chain will no doubt attract attention. We are informed this ranges from inadequate infrastructure for early screening and diagnosis of disease, to...

17th May

Editorial comment – Importance of education

The International Day of Families was celebrated on Sunday, May 15. It seemed to have passed us by with not much notice. On this special day back in 2017, former Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa raised an important point, about parental involvement being one of the most overlooked aspects of...

16th May

Editorial comment – Drugs sex abuse and students

Around this date in 2013, the Ministry of Education released worrying statistics about drugs, sexual offences and substance abuse among students in Fiji. The revelation at the time that an average of 63 primary schools in the country reported cases of students’ involvement each year in these illegal activities was a major concern. Between 2009...

15th May

Editorial comment – We remember them

Yesterday was an important date for Fiji. There are moments in time that we must remember, to ensure the memories of those involved, and the lessons of history are placed on a very high pedestal. Government minister Parveen Kumar said something on the eve of yesterday, back in 2018, that touched on the history of the...

13th May

Editorial comment – Addressing our traffic congestion

Traffic jams can be frustrating. They can make commuters very angry, and inch out road rage! Every morning commuters travelling along the Suva-Nausori corridor are forced to sit through traffic jams. In fact sitting through slow-moving traffic certainly isn’t the perfect start to a day. In February, 2018, it rained in the morning in the...

12th May

Editorial comment – From a powerful base

Teresia Tinanivalu thought of two people when she arrived at her village in the highlands of Naitasiri on Tuesday. She was humbled by the response of the villagers as she made her way to Navuakece Village where a welcome was organised for her. Images of her late father Vasenai Vakacolati and of her grandmother came...

11th May

Editorial comment – Derelict in the harbour

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made a revelation in Parliament that will no doubt attract a lot of interest. He said the estimated cost to remove all the derelict ships in Suva Harbour, Lautoka Harbour and Levuka, was about $59 million. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum revealed this in the Parliament on Monday. The cost, he...

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