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Archived News: April 2003

From Randolph Bentley in Fiji (17 April 2003)

On behalf of the children of the late Mani Kafoa and now the late Clara Jane Kafoa (nee Fatiaki) commonly known as 'Tui' to her family, I regret to announce to Tui's family and friends in Fiji, Rotuma, and abroad, the sad news of her passing on.

Tui was born on 15 March 1947 to my mum’s elder brother, the late John Vaivao Fatiaki and Isabella McFadgen. She died early Tuesday morning 15 April 2003, after a short illness at the Lautoka Hospital. Tui was laid to rest beside her late husband Mani Kafoa in Lautoka on Thursday 17 April 2003. Tui is survived by her four children, Sheree, Rita, Elaine & Robert and two grandchildren.

This was a recent photograph of Tui taken a couple of months ago at the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia. Her beautiful smile, meek & humble personality will be forever remembered by her family and close friends. We will miss Tui very much. May she rest in peace.

From Fijilive (16 April 2003)

Taito heads appeals board

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has appointed Rigamoto Taito as chairman of the Public Service Appeal Board.

The appointment was made last week after consultations with the chairman of the Public Service Commission, Sakeasi Waqanivavalagi, and the public service unions.

The board members are Taina Uqe, who is the PSC nominee, and Gyan Singh the public service unionís nominee.

The PSAB ensures that fairness and basic human rights are observed in the appointment, transfer, termination and promotion of civil servants by allowing for appeals to be made against decisions made by Government ministries and departments.

Mr Rigamoto's appointment ends in June.

In addition, the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has appointed Ratu Cokanauto Tuíuakitau and Ratu Timoci Vesikula board members of the Native Land Trust Board for a three-year term.

The two presidential appointees will join Ratu Te! vita Vakalalabure, Ratu Kaliova Mataitoga, Ratu Jemesa Racaca, Ratu Romanu Matanitobua and Ratu Varani Rayawa all of whom were appointed by the Great Council of Chiefs.

Asesela Sadole, Nemani Buresova and Keni Dakuidreketi are board members appointed by the Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.

From Fiji Government Website (7 April 2003)

Landowners who closed an airport in protest against non-payment of lease reopened it yesterday and allowed flights to resume. District officer Rotuma Luke Moroivalu confirmed the incident saying landowners of Malhaha agreed to open the airport after they had discussions with the Assistant Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Marieta Rigamoto.

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