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Five-star Fijian holiday turns to nightmare as friends fall ill with mystery bug

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Five-star Fijian holiday turns to nightmare as friends fall ill with mystery bug

- It was meant to be a special getaway in the sun. Four Kiwi families flew to Fiji for a fabulous week together in luxury accommodation, after a year of planning and saving. But things went awry when all but two of the group of adults and children were struck down by a mystery sickness shortly after arrival. Vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps and chills confined them to their rooms, which were at five-star accommodation in Denarau, near Nadi, and at another resort on Malolo Island

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Tags: Travel & Tourism | 
Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji | 

Bags to riches for rugby's ex-hotel porter Nabuli

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Bags to riches for rugby's ex-hotel porter Nabuli

- Sydney - Eto Nabuli will complete a fairy-tale journey on Saturday when he makes his Australia. debut against Scotland. , five years after being talent-spotted while carrying bags as a hotel porter. Fijian-born Nabuli is Australia's only change from last week's 37-14 win over Fiji, with the Wallabies expecting a tough afternoon against the Six Nations team in Sydney. Nabuli is a fascinating rags-to-riches tale after being discovered by Australian rugby league greats Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns as he lugged their suitcases as a porter at a Fijian hotel in 2012

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Tags: Rugby Football | 
Places: Sydney |  South Wales |  South Africa |  Australia |  Australasia |  Oceania |  Fiji |  Melanesia |  Pacific Islands | 

look Wallabies seek morale-boosting win over Fiji

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look Wallabies seek morale-boosting win over Fiji

- MELBOURNE: A rebooted Australia will hope to kick off the June internationals with a morale-boosting victory over Fiji in Melbourne on Saturday to turn the page on a disappointing 2016 and cut through the gloom of a dreary Super Rugby season. The much-hyped British and Irish Lions tour in neighbouring New Zealand has threatened to drown out the Australian season-opener but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made a splash by dropping captain Stephen Moore and including two debutants in his starting 15

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Places: Australia |  Fiji |  Singapore |  Victoria |  Melbourne | 

Fiji govt bans villages from seasonal work in New Zealand

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Fiji govt bans villages from seasonal work in New Zealand

- Several Fijian villages have been banned for four years from taking part in New Zealand's seasonal worker programme after complaints from employers. The Fiji government said it had received reports from the New Zealand government about misconduct and disorderly behaviour among Fijian workers. The Employment Minister Jone Usamate said the offending workers' village or settlement would not be allowed to take part in either the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme or its Australian equivalent, the Australia Seasonal Worker Programme

Places: Australia |  New Zealand |  Fiji | 

Parts of Fiji hit by heavy rain

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Parts of Fiji hit by heavy rain

- Fiji's Disaster Management Office is advising people to exercise caution with a heavy rain warning in force for parts of the country. Several roads in the Central and Western Divisions are inundated and people have been advised to avoid refrain from walking or driving through the floodwaters. The disaster official said it was advisable for family emergency kits to be ready at all times, including clean drinking water, enough canned or dried food for three days, a battery powered radio, a torch with spare batteries, medicine, and other essentials

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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji | 

Tropical Cyclone Ella brings rain, flooding to Fiji

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Tropical Cyclone Ella brings rain, flooding to Fiji

- The tropical cyclone season in the southern hemisphere is supposed to end on April 30. We now have two storms that have developed since that date. Last week we had Tropical Cyclone Donna passing between Vanuatu and New Caledonia. The remnants of the storm have just cleared the North Island of New Zealand, dumping some very heavy rain. Auckland had 56mm of rain on Friday

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Tropical cyclone alert for Fiji cancelled

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Tropical cyclone alert for Fiji cancelled

- The Fiji Met Office says the tropical cyclone alert previously in force for Fiji in now cancelled. It said Ella was moving west at 6 kilometres an hour and was about 300 kilometres to the northeast of Fiji's island Cikobia. On Friday, Ella moved away from the French island of Futuna after passing close to its northern coast. Meteo France said the cyclone with winds close to its centre gusting to 140km/h was maintaining its intensity

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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji |  Europe |  S. Europe |  Iberia |  France | 

Cyclone Ella heads to Fiji group

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Cyclone Ella heads to Fiji group

- Tropical Cyclone Ella has strengthened to a category-two storm with gusts of up to 130km/h, Fiji's MetService says. At 6am (local time), the cyclone was 430km northeast of Vanua Belavu and moving west southwest towards Fiji at 12km/h. MetService said a tropical cyclone alert remained in force for Lau and the Lomaiviti group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands. These places can expect strong southeasterly winds with average speeds of 45km/h gusting to 80km/h which are predicted to increase to damaging gale-force winds from this evening

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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji | 

Fijians urged to be alert as Cyclone Ella approaches

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Fijians urged to be alert as Cyclone Ella approaches

- The Fiji Police Force is urging the public to take heed of the weather advisories issued by the Nadi Weather Office as Cyclone Ella approaches. This comes amid the threat from Cyclone Ella which is moving past the northernmost islands of Tonga before reaching northeastern Fiji tomorrow. The Chief of Operations Rusiate Tudravu has told FBC News with strong wind warning in place for Fiji waters as well as the possibility of heavy rain and flash flooding in low lying areas, people need to take the necessary precautions

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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji | 

Cyclone Donna weakening, new cyclone on horizon of Fiji

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Cyclone Donna weakening, new cyclone on horizon of Fiji

- Tropical Cyclone Donna has been downgraded to a Category 4 this morning, and New Caledonia's main centres look likely to avoid any major impact, the MetService says. Donna was classified as a Category 5 cyclone by the Fijian Meteorological Service last night, but MetService forecaster Nick Zachar said it had weakened and was now a 4. However, he said another storm was brewing east of Fiji, which was likely to be upgraded to a cyclone, dubbed Ella, this afternoon

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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji | 

NRL: Canberra Raiders sign Fiji rugby sevens Olympic gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa

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NRL: Canberra Raiders sign Fiji rugby sevens Olympic gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa

- A touch of gold has been added to the Green Machine with the Canberra Raiders signing Fijian rugby sevens Olympic gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa. The towering Fijian "hit the ground running" when he joined the Raiders for training on Monday and is hopeful of lining up for Mounties in the NSW Cup this weekend. Dakuwaqa will be with the Raiders for the remainder of the season and Canberra recruitment manager Peter Mulholland says he has "a better than even chance of making it"

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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Fiji |  Canberra | 

Fiji: Ex-Olympic sevens coach Ben Ryan and Fiji team immortalized on currency

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Fiji: Ex-Olympic sevens coach Ben Ryan and Fiji team immortalized on currency

- Fiji won first Olympic gold at Rio 2016 Commemorated on newly-minted currency Ryan stepped down as coach after Olympics He's already been gifted three acres of land and a Companion Order of Fiji -- but now Ben Ryan, hailed as a national hero after guiding the Fiji sevens team to the country's first Olympic medal, has been commemorated on limited-edition currency

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Tags: Olympic Games |  Rugby Football |  Sevens | 
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Kiwi woman's shocking racial tirade caught on camera

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Kiwi woman's shocking racial tirade caught on camera

- Shocking footage has emerged of a Kiwi woman racially abusing a group of indigenous iTaukei (Fijians) in Fiji. The video, captioned ''Foreigner creates trouble in Fijian paradise'', was posted on YouTube in late March and surfaced on Beautiful Fiji's Facebook page on Monday. In the video, a Kiwi woman and a group of indigenous Fijians appear to be arguing over a property dispute, however, the incident takes a sudden turn when the Kiwi slaps one of the locals before bursting into a racial tirade

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Fiji issues $7 note to commemorate Olympic sevens win

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Fiji issues $7 note to commemorate Olympic sevens win

- SUVA, Fiji — The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation's Olympic gold medal victory in rugby sevens last year in Rio de Janeiro. The banknotes, which are legal tender, were released through bank branches on Friday. A $7 Fijian banknote is worth approximately $3.35. Fiji's reserve bank will also issue one million 50-cent coins with the image of England-born Ben Ryan, who coached Fiji to its first Olympic gold medal, on one side, and Fiji players hoisting the Olympic trophy on the other

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Tags: Olympic Games |  Rugby Football |  Sevens | 
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Fiji honours Olympic rugby sevens heroes with new currency

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Fiji honours Olympic rugby sevens heroes with new currency

- REUTERS: The government of Fiji will release new 7 Fijian dollar (2.61 pounds) banknotes and 50 cent coins to honour the rugby sevens team that won the gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said on Friday. The Fiji rugby team won the country's first Olympic Gold, the nation's first ever Olympics medal, by beating Great Britain 43-7 in the rugby sevens final at last year's competition

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Places: Fiji |  Singapore | 

Fiji claims record 17th Hong Kong Sevens title

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Fiji claims record 17th Hong Kong Sevens title

- HONG KONG: Defending champions Fiji clinched a record 17th Hong Kong Sevens title Sunday after blowing away South Africa to hand new coach Gareth Baber a victory in his former home town. The Pacific islanders recorded a badly-needed first win on the world series this season as they finally vanquished a post-Olympic hangover, after taking gold in Rio last summer. Baber has been under huge pressure after taking over mid-season from Ben Ryan, who enjoys legendary status in Fiji after guiding them to their first-ever Olympic medal

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Tags: Rugby Football |  Sevens | 
Places: Fiji |  Malaysia | 

New Zealand men's sevens lose final match to Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

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New Zealand men's sevens lose final match to Fiji at Hong Kong Sevens

- The New Zealand men's sevens team lost their final pool match 17-14 against Fiji on Saturday, ending their unbeaten run in Hong Kong. Earlier, New Zealand defeated Japan 40-14 and Wales 19-7. That will be enough to see them advance to Sunday's quarterfinals. Against Japan two tries each to Dylan Collier and debutant Joe Ravouvou led the way, with Sam Dickson and Isaac Te Tamaki chiming in to record a second straight win

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Tags: Rugby Football |  Sevens | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Fiji |  Hong Kong | 

Two Australian children caught up in move to deport their Fijian parents

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Two Australian children caught up in move to deport their Fijian parents

- Two Australian children face being separated from their parents after the Turnbull government made final moves to deport the couple back to Fiji. Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has declined to intervene in the case of the Prasad family, despite Jasmita, 15, and her brother Jasneel, 12, being Australian citizens who would be forced to uproot from school in suburban Sydney and move to a village in Fiji they have never visited if the family is to remain together

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Sports: Flying Fijians name four debutants to face Scotland
Sports: Flying Fijians name four debutants to face Scotland Four players are set to debut for the Flying Fijians in Saturday's one-off rugby test against Scotland in Suva. Olympic Sevens gold medallist Josua Tuisova, who plies his trade at French giants Toulon, has been selected on the right wing, while Mosese Ducivaki, Sikeli Nabou and John Stewart are all included on the bench for the match at ANZ Stadium. There are five furtherchanges to the starting fifteen with Sunia Koto, Tevita Cavubati, Peceli Yato, Patrick Osborne and Albert Vulivuli also getting an opportunity   Read More ...
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UN urges Fiji to strengthen its Human Rights Commission
UN urges Fiji to strengthen its Human Rights Commission Fiji's been urged to sign several international human rights treaties in a key report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council. It's also been urged to strengthen its Human Rights Commission. The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism presented his report this week after a fact-finding visit to Fiji in December. Mutuma Ruteere has recommended Fiji promptly sign and ratify several key international agreements including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples   Read More ...
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Drug retrial in Fiji finds Colombian guilty
Drug retrial in Fiji finds Colombian guilty A Colombian man has been found guilty of smuggling 20 kilograms of cocaine into Fiji at the end of a retrial. Aiden Alec Hurtado was arrested in 2015 for importing the drugs into the country. But he was acquitted later that year, a decision the public prosecutor decided to appeal against. At the end of a retrial at the Suva High Court on Wednesday, Justice Thushara Rajasinghe overturned the acquittal   Read More ...
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Campaign launched for free and fair elections in Fiji
Campaign launched for free and fair elections in Fiji Fiji's opposition parties have launched a campaign to get new electoral laws in place to ensure free and fair elections. The five opposition parties are gearing up to fight the polls next year and are concerned time is running out for a suite of changes they want including allowing party symbols on the ballot paper and the repeal of public order laws   Read More ...
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NZDF Searches for NZ Yacht in Distress Off Fiji
. The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping search for a New Zealand-owned yacht with four people on board that activated its emergency beacon at dawn approximately 425 kilometres southeast of the Fijian capital of Suva. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the Air Component Commander, said a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion aircraft left Auckland this morning to search for the yacht and was expected to reach its estimated location beforenoon   Read More ...
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Former politician decries Fiji's coup culture
Former politician decries Fiji's coup culture A former opposition leader in Fiji has decried the promotion of lieutenant colonel Pio Tikoduadua to the presidency of the opposition National Federation Party. Mick Beddoes said the former military officer was a proponent of the 2006 coup d'etat, who should not have been rewarded with the position. The Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama led that coup, while the president of the opposition SODELPA party Sitiveni Rabuka led the coups of 1987   Read More ...
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Scotland release Alex Dunbar and Magnus Bradbury before Fiji Test
Scotland release Alex Dunbar and Magnus Bradbury before Fiji Test Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has streamlined his squad for Saturday's Test with Fiji in Suva. Centre Alex Dunbar, one of the heroes in the victory over Australia in Sydney, will return home on Sunday to begin his summer holiday early. Back-row Magnus Bradbury, who came off the bench against Italy in Singapore, has also been given a break. Lewis Carmichael will return to this loan club, Western Force in Perth, after training with Scotland last week   Read More ...
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6.1-magnitude quake hits South of Fiji Islands: USGS
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 22:26:02 GMT on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.   Read More ...
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Five-star Fijian holiday turns to nightmare as friends fall ill with mystery bug
Five-star Fijian holiday turns to nightmare as friends fall ill with mystery bug It was meant to be a special getaway in the sun. Four Kiwi families flew to Fiji for a fabulous week together in luxury accommodation, after a year of planning and saving. But things went awry when all but two of the group of adults and children were struck down by a mystery sickness shortly after arrival. Vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps and chills confined them to their rooms, which were at five-star accommodation in Denarau, near Nadi, and at another resort on Malolo Island   Read More ...
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Fiji rugby has high hopes before Italy match
Fiji rugby has high hopes before Italy match Fiji rugby coach John Mckee said the Flying Fijians will hope to make the most of home advantage when they take on Italy this afternoon. Mckee has made six changes from the side that lost to Australia 37-14 last weekend for the match which sees a top tier nation make a rare visit to Suva. He said he expects a tough, forward-orientated challenge from the Italians but also says they may struggle with the Pacific climate   Read More ...
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Bags to riches for rugby's ex-hotel porter Nabuli
Bags to riches for rugby's ex-hotel porter Nabuli Sydney - Eto Nabuli will complete a fairy-tale journey on Saturday when he makes his Australia. debut against Scotland. , five years after being talent-spotted while carrying bags as a hotel porter. Fijian-born Nabuli is Australia's only change from last week's 37-14 win over Fiji, with the Wallabies expecting a tough afternoon against the Six Nations team in Sydney. Nabuli is a fascinating rags-to-riches tale after being discovered by Australian rugby league greats Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns as he lugged their suitcases as a porter at a Fijian hotel in 2012   Read More ...
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Soaring Fiji teenage pregnancies - some due to incest
Soaring Fiji teenage pregnancies - some due to incest The director of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre is not surprised at the high numbers of teenagers getting pregnant. There were 1,456 teenage pregnancies recorded last year in Fiji including 19 girls who were at primary school and 28 who were at secondary school. Shamima Ali said in some cases the girls were victims of incest. "In our experience we find quite a few of these girls who are getting pregnant are getting pregnant from family members   Read More ...
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Fiji names Governor of California as COP23 special envoy
Fiji names Governor of California as COP23 special envoy Fiji has named the governor of California, Jerry Brown, as the COP23 special envoy for states and regions in a ceremony held in Sacramento in California. Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama had indicated Governor Brown would work closely with the Fijian co-presidency of the climate conference to be held in Bonn, Germany in November. Mr Brown's job would be to rally support for the objectives of the Paris Agreement   Read More ...
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Sport: Flying Fijians seeking big improvement
Sport: Flying Fijians seeking big improvement Fiji rugby coach John McKee says his side need to be more clinical with the ball in hand and take the opportunities on offer. The Wallabies defeated the Pacific Nations Cup holders 37-14 in Melbourne, with Suva-born Henry Speight and Israel Folau both scoring twice for the home side. The Flying Fijians were kept scoreless until Vereniki Goneva found the tryline in the 62nd minute before Timoci Nagusa added another consolation four minutes from full-time   Read More ...
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Lions tour: Waisake Naholo wants Lions to play Fiji, Argentina and Pacific Islands
Lions tour: Waisake Naholo wants Lions to play Fiji, Argentina and Pacific Islands All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo would love to see the Lions take on Fiji, Argentina and Pacific Island countries. The Fijian-born star plays against the tourists for the Highlanders in Dunedin and he said the occasion was as big as an All Blacks test. The Highlanders are without many key stars because of All Black and New Zealand Maori commitments, but Steve Hansen has released Naholo, Lima Sopoaga and Liam Coltman for Tuesday night's encounter at Forsyth Barr Stadium   Read More ...
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Fiji's Chaudhry wants a fair minimum wage
Fiji's Chaudhry wants a fair minimum wage The leader of the Fiji Labour Party is proposing a minimum wage rise that he says meets certain groups halfway. Trade unions in Fiji are demanding a raise of FJ$4.00 an hour, and a consultant from the University of the South Pacific recommends a raise of FJ$2.68. Mahendra Chaudhry said his party would like to see a gradual raise in the minimum wage, not the extravagant proposal made by the National Federation Party, which wants the rate set at FJ$5 an hour   Read More ...
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Fiji eye Six Nations scalps to boost World Cup hopes - Capital Sports
Fiji eye Six Nations scalps to boost World Cup hopes - Capital Sports MELBOURNE, Australia, Jun 11Fiji are looking forward to bolstering their playing strength ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers with two key lead-up Tests against Six Nations opposition, coach John McKee said. The Fijians showed glimpses of their potential in going down 37-14 to Australia in Melbourne on Saturday, but McKee said he was looking at the bigger picture. Fiji will host Italy and Scotland in Suva over the next two weeks before they take on Samoa and Tonga for a place in the 2019 World Cup in Japan   Read More ...
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Wallabies' backline flair proves too much for Fiji to handle in Melbourne Test
Wallabies' backline flair proves too much for Fiji to handle in Melbourne Test Superstar fullback Israel Folau has broken a year-long try-scoring drought to steer the Wallabies to a 37-14 win over Fiji in their Saturday afternoon Test in Melbourne. Folau came up with a try in each half at AAMI Park as the Australians dusted off the cobwebs in their first Test of the year. The last time 28-year-old Folau crossed the white stripe in Wallabies gold was June 11 last year against England   Read More ...
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Israel Folau crosses twice as Wallabies beat Fiji
Israel Folau crosses twice as Wallabies beat Fiji Superstar fullback Israel Folau has broken a year-long try-scoring drought to steer the Wallabies to a 37-14 win over Fiji in their Saturday afternoon test in Melbourne. Folau came up with a try in each half at AAMI Park as the Australians dusted off the cobwebs in their first test of the year. The last time 28-year-old Folau crossed the white stripe in Wallabies gold was June 11 last year against England   Read More ...
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Fiji ratifies UN disability convention
Fiji ratifies UN disability convention Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has supported ratification for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Prime Minister made the announcement at the UN Headquarters in New York during a ceremony this week. He spoke of Fiji's commitment to full equality for all citizens before formally committing Fiji's support to the UN to guarantee equal rights and dignity to people with disabilities   Read More ...
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Fiji ratifies documents for the UN convention on rights of the disabled
Fiji ratifies documents for the UN convention on rights of the disabled Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has supported ratification for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Prime Minister made the announcement at the UN Headquarters in New York during a ceremony this week. He spoke of Fiji's commitment to full equality for all citizens before formally committing Fiji's support to the UN to guarantee equal rights and dignity to people with disabilities   Read More ...
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Joint naval team turns back fishing boats in Fiji
Joint naval team turns back fishing boats in Fiji Seven fishing vessels have been sent back to port in Fiji in the past week because of licensing and maritime safety issues. The seven were from a total of 70 vessels boarded by combined New Zealand/Fiji naval team during the week. A New Zealand Navy inshore patrol vessel, HMNZS Hawea, is in Fiji, providing help through to October while a Fiji vessel undergoes maintenance   Read More ...
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Fiji village seasonal work ban labeled 'ruthless'
Fiji village seasonal work ban labeled 'ruthless' The opposition National Federation Party in Fiji says banning whole villages from seasonal employment schemes is ruthless and unfair. About 25 villages have been banned for four years from the schemes in New Zealand and Australia, as the government said seasonal workers from the villages damaged Fiji's reputation. It said New Zealand employers reported misconduct and disorderly behaviour from the workers, such as high rates absenteeism, not showing respect, poor leadership, and unhygienic living   Read More ...
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look Wallabies seek morale-boosting win over Fiji
look Wallabies seek morale-boosting win over Fiji MELBOURNE: A rebooted Australia will hope to kick off the June internationals with a morale-boosting victory over Fiji in Melbourne on Saturday to turn the page on a disappointing 2016 and cut through the gloom of a dreary Super Rugby season. The much-hyped British and Irish Lions tour in neighbouring New Zealand has threatened to drown out the Australian season-opener but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made a splash by dropping captain Stephen Moore and including two debutants in his starting 15   Read More ...
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Fiji to invite the 'Terminator' to Suva for climate talks
Fiji to invite the 'Terminator' to Suva for climate talks Fiji is to invite the former governor of California, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to visit Fiji in October for a meeting ahead of the COP 23 climate summit in Bonn. Fiji is to co-chair the Bonn meeting. Mr Schwarzenegger shares concerns on climate change and has challenged US President Donald Trump on this. The Fiji Sun reported that Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama had briefed the leaders of the Pacific Small Island Developing States about preparations for the COP 23, during which he informed them of the invitation   Read More ...
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Fiji employers dismissive of NFP's minimum wage hike
Fiji employers dismissive of NFP's minimum wage hike The CEO of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation Nesbitt Hazelman says the National Federation Party's plan to raise minimum wage is unrealistic. The party said it will double the hourly minimum wage to 5 Fijian dollars, or $US 2.40 if it gets to power in next year's election. But Mr Hazelman said he believes that proposed raise wouldn't benefit the community   Read More ...
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Fiji opposition says it will raise minimum wage if it comes to power
Fiji opposition says it will raise minimum wage if it comes to power Fiji's National Federation Party says it will raise the minimum wage and bring in major health reforms if it gets into power after the election next year. The party, which is one of two opposition parties in Fiji's parliament, revealed more of its manifesto at its party convention at the weekend. The leader Biman Prasad said the NFP would nearly double the minimum wage to $US 2   Read More ...
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Fiji govt bans villages from seasonal work in New Zealand
Fiji govt bans villages from seasonal work in New Zealand Several Fijian villages have been banned for four years from taking part in New Zealand's seasonal worker programme after complaints from employers. The Fiji government said it had received reports from the New Zealand government about misconduct and disorderly behaviour among Fijian workers. The Employment Minister Jone Usamate said the offending workers' village or settlement would not be allowed to take part in either the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme or its Australian equivalent, the Australia Seasonal Worker Programme   Read More ...
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Fiji miners urged to protect environment
Fiji miners urged to protect environment Quarry Operators and miners in Fiji have been urged to protect the environment. The message was relayed to mining professionals at a workshop in Pacific Harbour by the permanent secretary for lands and mineral resources, Malakai Finau. Mr Finau said the extractive industry, landowners and regulators all need to lift their game to protect Fiji's pristine environment. He said in the past some operations had not been good enough with regards to protection of water courses, rivers and streams   Read More ...
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Fiji installs two more Sri Lankan magistrates
Fiji installs two more Sri Lankan magistrates Two more Sri Lankan legal professionals have been installed as magistrates in Fiji. Nirosha Kannangara and Bandula Guneratne were sworn in as resident magistrates at the State House in Suva on Monday. Mr Guneratne was called to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 2004. Ms Kannangara was admitted in 1998.   Read More ...
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Sport: Fiji football backing youth
Sport: Fiji football backing youth The road to the 2026 Football World Cup has begun for the Fiji men's national team, as head coach Christophe Gamel puts his faith in youth. The Frenchman recorded his first win in charge of the Bula Boys on Sunday, a 1-0 triumph over Solomon Islands in Lautoka. The teams had drawn 1-1 in the first friendly international in Suva last Thursday   Read More ...
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Anger in Fiji over delay in asbestos warning
Anger in Fiji over delay in asbestos warning Fiji's opposition SODELPA party is critical of what it says is the government's lack of care over the dangers posed by asbestos. The Fiji Government has shut down work on the renovations at the Suva Civic Centre, but only after concerns about asbestos were raised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental ProgrammeSPREP in Samoa. The party's general secretary, Litia Qionibaravi, said people's safety was foremost and questioned why the Ministry of Labour and the City Council didn't issue warnings sooner   Read More ...
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Asbestos scare shuts down renovations in Fiji's Suva
Asbestos scare shuts down renovations in Fiji's Suva The Fiji Government has shut down work on the renovations of the Suva Civic Centre after concerns about asbestos. The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate, said the closure followed an assessment from Pacifica Environmental Services and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP). The minister said the SPREP report identified that the bulk material tested was 30 per cent asbestos but it was not airborne   Read More ...
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Former top diplomat says 'iron fist' rules Fiji
Former top diplomat says 'iron fist' rules Fiji A former senior public servant in Fiji Robin Nair says civil servants in the country are working in a climate of fear in a militarised democracy. Mr Nair resigned from his job as the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs in April because of what he said was a lack of good governance within the Bainimarama administration. He had been in the job for just over a year, after serving as Fiji's ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf States   Read More ...
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Brumbies winger Henry Speight ready for Fijian flair battle for Wallabies spots
Brumbies winger Henry Speight ready for Fijian flair battle for Wallabies spots ACT Brumbies flyer Henry Speight is bracing for a battle of Fijian flair when Wallabies spots go on the line in a Super Rugby contest in Canberra on Saturday night. Speight will go head to head with NRL convert Marika Koroibete when the Brumbies play the Melbourne Rebels while Sefa Naivalu will also be chasing a Test berth. The trio are three of six players with Fijian heritage in the Wallabies squad for the June Test series and they'll all be desperate to play the opener against Fiji in Melbourne on June 10   Read More ...
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16 vessels boarded in Fiji-NZ patrol
16 vessels boarded in Fiji-NZ patrol than 16 ships were boarded during the initial patrol by the New Zealand naval vessel HMNZS Hawea in Fiji's exclusive economic zone. With a combined crew from both nations' navies, the week long patrol was the first by a New Zealand inshore patrol vessel in the south Pacific. As part of a six month mission to help Fiji patrol its territorial waters, crew boarded eight foreign yachts, eight commercial fishing vessels and a number of smaller craft over a 2000 square kilometre patrol area   Read More ...
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NZDF’s Fisheries Patrol in Fiji Covers Vast Area
Media Release. NZDF’S FISHERIES PATROL IN FIJI COVERS VAST AREA. The initial fisheries patrol conducted by a combined team from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has covered about 2200 kilometres of sea around Fiji, with more than 16 vessels boarded. Lieutenant Dave Luhrs, the Commanding Officer of Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS Hawea, said the first patrol focussed on the eastern and central divisions of Fiji, including sea around Lau, Lomaiviti and Kadavu islands and Tailevu province in Viti Levu, the largest island   Read More ...
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NZ and Australia urged to persist over Fiji
NZ and Australia urged to persist over Fiji A former civil servant in charge of Foreign Affairs in Fiji says New Zealand and Australia should persist in raising concerns over democracy in the country. Robin Nair resigned as permanent secretary of the department in April concerned that the administration was, as he put it, being ruled with an iron fist. Mr Nair said Fiji is in a militarised democracy, despite the elections in 2014 which saw Frank Bainimarama retain power in a landslide victory   Read More ...
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Tyler Wright takes world surf tour lead in Fiji
Tyler Wright takes world surf tour lead in Fiji Australian Tyler Wright has taken the outright lead in the world surfing title race after reaching the Fiji Women's Pro semi-finals. As main rival and compatriot Stephanie Gilmore faltered with a fourth-round elimination, Wright progressed with wins over Bethany Hamilton and Sage Erickson at Cloudbreak on Wednesday. But Wright, the defending world champion, narrowly lost to American Courtney Conlogue for a place in the decider   Read More ...
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Stronger school for Fiji's cyclone-hit Ra
Stronger school for Fiji's cyclone-hit Ra Children at a school in Fiji are celebrating the opening of new cyclone resistant classrooms today built with donations from New Zealanders. Vunikavikaloa Arya School had its roof blown off in Cyclone Winston last year and its 230 pupils have been learning in tents for the past thirteen months. The Fiji and New Zealand Red Cross have helped rebuild the primary school in Ra which was one of the worst hit areas   Read More ...
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