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From Vilsoni Hereniko in Honolulu (26 August 2005)

The Land Has Eyes will open on 8 September in Suva at Cinema 6 (see poster). It will likely open in Lautoka after the Suva screening.

From Fijitimes Online (26 August 2005)

Rotumans sing praises in Fijian

THE Rotuman male choir sang in Fijian because they felt they would fail in their bid to spread the gospel if they didn't do it in the language of the majority.

They sought divine intervention to assist them in their Fijian song. And they sang just like any other Fijians.

"We thank God for allowing us to be here," he said.

"We sang in Fijian because it was favourable to the audience."

"It will also help us to understand Fijian." The Churchward male choir was made up of 40 men from Suva and some all the way from Rotuma.

Choir leader Samuela Taukave said it took them five months to practice for the conference and they were glad that they came and sang.

Mr Taukave said the only drawback he faced was teaching those who don't understand the language to pronounce the words.

"Putting the music together was easy," he said.

"But it took a long time to teach those who don't understand Fijian to pronounce the words."

Taukave who is a music student of University of the South Pacific Ueta Solomona also thanked his tutor for teaching him the skills and the members of the choir for their efforts and sacrifice.

The Churchward male choir are the defending champion of the Ratu Naulivou Trophy.

They gave $4100 as their soli.

Rev. Jione Langi funeral 28 July 2005 (posted 11 August) – Tribute from Uniting Church President, Rev. Dr Dean Drayton

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