From The Crowd

30th October

Throwing it all away – Vanuatu’s abolition of licensed SWP and RSE agents

Vanuatu has been the most successful participant in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme. The graph shows how rapidly the number of ni-Vanuatu working in the two schemes...

29th October

Fijian in Wuhan

Wuhan is one of the known cities in the world this year. But in 2018, it was just another large Chinese city, and, for me, where I would be studying for the next two years as the recipient of a Chinese Government scholarship. My objective was to obtain a Masters in Civil Engineering at the...

28th October

Pacific forum affairs

The Foreign Ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum met as one of the standing committees of the inter-governmental organisation. As is the way of things in 2020, they convened online. All 18 members of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) were represented. It is a quirk of Pacific politics that in some countries the leader of...

26th October

OPINION: Making a real change in the lives of prisoners

Russian novelist and short-story writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, who had an immense influence on 20th-century fiction, wrote that: “The degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.” Somang Correctional Institution is South Korea’s first and only non-profi t penitentiary in Asia that is privately run. It opened in December 2010 and was built by the Agape Foundation Christian charity organisation. The...

24th October

A loss to the nation – Pio Tabaiwalu and Fijian politics

I share the great sorrow of many at the untimely death of a close and dear friend Pio Kameli Tabaiwalu. I would never have imagined that I would be sitting here today to write his obituary. It is seldom we see the emergence of a great leader among us. It has been a very common...