Growing through adversity

WELCOME to our final discussion on this topic which we have looked at over the past few weeks. This is our last and final presentation on this subject and from next week we will discuss the topic ‘Justice for the poor and marginalised’ in society. God also brings adversity into our lives to equip us…

The election addiction

It is a widely accepted fact that ANY addiction is not a healthy state of being. That being the case we accept that such afflictions as drug addiction, alcohol addiction, smoking addiction, betel-nut addiction, among many others, are not only detrimental to our health, leading to chronic illness and disease, which results, ultimately, in a…

National healing

Media writers have side tracked the focus of my intention towards National Healing, even so I still maintain my belief that these TRUTHS which my questions seek to know are permanent elements for true and lasting reconciliations. Reconciliation is Forgiveness and those who masterminded the crises need national forgiveness. Remember, the Theme is National Healing,…

True peace and Reconciliation

It is scary reading the Leader of Independent Group claims and for now accusations against the Prime Minister. So what is next? Digging a stinky dead animal out from its pit may be not a good idea. Nevertheless, on one hand it could heal the wounds and on the other hand only time will tell.…

Three Budgets of Deficits and Debts

With the introduction of new fiscal year (1 August – 31 July) for Fiji, we have completed an early round of three budgets presented to and passed by parliaments in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga for their respective fiscal years (1 June – 31 May) and (1 July – 30 June). Three other major Pacific island…

The important role of an independent commission against corruption – [Road Works Contract Awards]

On 17th June 2016 Transparency Solomon Islands published an article titled “Anti-Corruption Commission may investigate allegations of corruption” and last week an article on the need for the establishment of Independent Commission Against Corruption being greater now than ever before with available information on approved recipients of the shipping grant 2016. The ensuring response from…

Negative propaganda of Papua

BRUSSELS, (THE JAKARTA POST) – Deception and lies have been commonly practiced to promote political interests by bad politicians. Emele Duituturaga, executive director of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs, recently claimed she had submitted a report on the human rights situation in Papua directly to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the margins of the…

Is MSG a strong or sick man of the Pacific?

In almost one decade of its existence, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has shown its potential to be “the strong man of the South Pacific”. It is making the region more economically integrated while sustaining its Melanesian cultural identity. However, one issue threatens the Group’s core interests and imperils the whole MSG project. The United…