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From Fijivillage (22 October 2021)

Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote farewelled by the Officers of the RFMF

By Marika Rasekaseka

Military farewell
Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and President of the Republic of Fiji and the Commander in Chief of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote

The President of the Republic of Fiji and the Commander in Chief of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Major General (Retired) Jioji Konrote was farewelled by the Officers of the RFMF at a Dining-Out at the Officers Mess last night.

Major General (Rtd) Konrote thanked the RFMF in supporting him during his term as President and Commander in Chief.

The President says the people of Fiji need to work hard and work smart.

See also FBC news story

From Fiji Times (22 October 2021)

Konrote launches Organic Rotuma Accreditation and Rotuman book

Fiji Department of Information

Gen. Konrote holding Rotuman Language Book

President Konrote while launching the new book that teaches the Rotuman language titled "Rak La Faeag Rotuḁm", Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

President Major-General (Ret'd) Jioji Konusi Konrote launched the Organic Rotuma Accreditation and the Publication of the Rotuman Book "Rak La Faeag Rotuḁm" at the Holiday In yesterday.

President Konrote while launching the new book that teaches the Rotuman language titled "Rak La Faeag Rotuḁm" said that in 2012 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Rotuman language as endangered.

"Today's launch of this book is in line with the Ministry of Education's overall program to educate the promotion of our native language," President Konrote said.

"The effort to declare Rotuma as an organic island is a result of a joint effort and cooperation between the Council of Chiefs of Rotuma, the iTaukei Trust Fund Board, the Ministry of Agriculture, Matanataki and South Pacific Community (SPC)."

"This is an exciting new chapter for Rotuma's organic journey due to the expected wide range of benefits it will bring to the people, including healthy and fresh produce, protection of our biodiversity and food, nutritional security and the creation of employment opportunities for our people."

The Head of State added that the publication and launch of the book is a culmination of years of hard work and for anyone who is keen to learn Rotuman can easily do so now, because it is designed for beginners, regardless of one's age, and it offers a simple, easy to follow approach.

Download pdf of Konrote's speech

From Stuff.Co.NZ (6 October 2021)

Fijian, Rotuman communities in three-day vaccination drive in Mangere

Vax drive in Auckland
The Mangere Centre Park vaccination drive poster features the Olympic champion Fiji sevens team.

Auckland's Fijian and Rotuman communities are hosting a three-day vaccination campaign as part of Fiji Language Week activities which started on October 3.

Centre Park in Mangere will be the venue for the vaccination drive, which starts tomorrow, October 7, and ends October 9, from 8.30am to 4pm.

Organisers hope to immunise close to 1000 people and close the gap for the 3000 unvaccinated Fijian population.

One of the organisers, Nacanieli Yalimaiwai, said the community-focused approach would help to vaccinate and protect families against the infectious Delta variant.

“It brings the vaccines directly to our communities and helps overcome barriers for the most vulnerable and hard to reach in our communities."

Yalimaiwai said while the target population were Fijians, Rotumans and Indo Fijians, vaccinations would be open to everyone including students from the secondary schools and surrounding neighbourhoods.

A Rotuman community spokesperson Fesaitu Solomone said the majority of its community lived in Auckland and working collaboratively with the Fiji community was a great opportunity to vaccinate people.

“Huge opportunity to collectively participate, partner and support our Fiji communities to vaccinate our people, and also a magnificent way to celebrate and end the Fiji Language Week – Vosa Vakaviti in Aotearoa."

The Fono chief executive Tevita Funaki, who will be the lead clinical provider, said the objective was to turn Centre Park into a Fijian village and provide a festive atmosphere.

“It is important to mobilise the Fijian communities to come forward and get their vaccinations."

The Fono is providing logistical support with the help of the Ministry for Health, NHRCC, Pasifika Futures, Auckland Council and Pacific Media Network.

Auckland clinician Dr Api Talemaitoga, affiliate investigator Dr Ofa Dewes, and Pacific director of nursing Abel Smith will manage a team of Fijian nurses and vaccinators over the three days.

Buses will be available to transport people to and from Mangere Centre Park.

Yalimaiwai said all throughout the three days volunteers would deliver information about the vaccines and reminders around mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene protocols.

“This is a vaccination drive by Fijians for Fijians, by Pacific for Pacific – this is what our community needs and deserves."

See also +Undoctored: Fiji aiming to be "Champions" both on and off the field - Fiji/Rotuma Vaccination Drive