No more Fiji holidays for Chippy

I doubt Chris Hipkins will be holidaying in Fiji anytime soon after going full retard over a simple piece of software.

He accused the government of spying on him which is extremely unlikely unless they were interested in young girls or recipes for pink cocktails with umbrellas.

Parliamentary Service told Hipkins the email he tried to forward was picked up by the secure system because he “sent it to a domain that does not use SEEMail” – in this case, Fairfax.

SEEMail is the agency used by Parliamentary Service for MPs and staff emails.

“SEEMail is an all of government secure messaging system that we subscribe to. SEEMail classified messages can only be sent to-from approved government departments and agencies,” Parliamentary Service wrote.

Parliamentary Service went on to confirm they had blocked the email because the attachment he was trying to send contained the words “SEEMail” and “sensitive”.

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Some facts that seem to be escaping politicians and Media party over Fiji arrests

The politicians on both sides of the house and the Media party are having kittens over what has happened in Fiji with the arrest and detainment of opposition politicians and union ratbags in Fiji.

Everyone seems to be blaming Fiji PM Bainimarama from David Shearer to Murray McCully and of course the idiots in the Media party like Sally rounds and Michael Field.

None of them live in Fiji, are in Fiji or understand how Fijian judicial processes work. They simply move to their anti-Bainimarama default position and rant and rave. Worse still are their editors of those in the Media party who allow this carry-on.

One should remember that these are domestic Fijian issues. Fiji doesn’t comment on our domestic politics, and they could, given the precedent set by various governments here. Since this current issue is about electoral law Fiji should ask why it is that not a single politician has ever been charged under our electoral law despite hundreds of complaints being referred to them by the Electoral Commission over the past twelve years. These complaints include sign vandalisation, over spending, non-reporting of electoral expenses and various other clear breaches of electoral law. These laws are important they govern what can and can’t be done in seeking election and are the core of our democracy. But the NZ Police are sending a clear message to ratbag politicians that they can act with impunity, breaching electoral laws willy-nilly.   Read more »

When did Labour call for no state visits from Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand or any other country other than Fiji?

David Shearer has gone full retard on Fiji. Like the Media party, the Labour party have a real blind spot and resort to finger-wagging over domestic issues in a sovereign nation.

Their latest stuff up is to call for halting of a state visit by Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama in October.

Labour’s foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer says a state visit by Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama should be “quietly put on hold” until concerns about the Opposition politicians in Fiji are resolved.

Over the weekend five people – including the leaders of two opposition parties and a trade union leader – were taken into custody in Fiji after taking part in a public political forum.

RNZI has reported all had since been released but the Director of Public Prosecutions was reviewing the cases, raising concerns of politically motivated charges to prevent them contesting the next election in 2018.

Prime Minister John Key had invited Bainimarama to come for a formal state visit while he was in Suva in June this year.   Read more »

I’ll tell you something you don’t know about Fiji

Whenever my kids tell me something that I already know my sarcastic response is always ” tell me something I don’t know.”  Recently the pair of them started responding to  my sarcasm with a fun fact that I didn’t know.  It has now become a family joke and a challenge for the kids to come up with interesting facts that I have never heard of before.

The first ever  fun fact that my daughter told me was that female kangaroos have  three vaginas.

Since this is a political blog  my fun fact for today  is political.  On the weekend we were having a political discussion at the dinner table about Fiji and Cameron explained to us the difference between a coup and a revolution. To be honest I had never really thought about the difference before and I was fascinated by the distinction. I will give the answer over the break but first, let’s see  if this is something you don’t know.

What do you think is the difference between a coup and a revolution?

a) Size: A coup is smaller than a revolution

b) Political affiliation: A coup is usually associated with right wing politics and a revolution is usually associated with left wing politics

c) Violence: A coup is more often non- violent hence the saying a ” bloodless coup ” and a revolution is more often extremely violent ie The French Revolution where Aristocrats were guillotined.

d) None of the above

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Fiji Times charged for “inciting communal antagonism”

Today Fiji’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has decided to prosecute Josaia Waqabaca, Anare Ravula, Fred Wesley, Hank Arts, and the Fiji Times Ltd on charges of inciting communal antagonism under section 65 (2) (a)(i) and section 53 (1) of the Crimes Decree in relation to an article published by the Fiji Times in its supplemental iTaukei language newspaper Nai Lalakai on 27 April 2016.

Before you howl with the predictable outrage that other NZ media will do it might pay to give you some context.

In Fiji s65 of the Crimes Decree makes it an offence to make public statements that are likely “to incite dislike or hatred or communal antagonism of any community in Fiji“. It doesn’t matter whether what is said is correct or accurate, only that it is “likely to incite” which is quite a low threshold.

Section 65 is seen as a justified limitation on the constitutional right to freely express an opinion. The limitation is justified more so in the Fijian context when minority groups have been targeted in the past with devastating consequences, including murder and rape as seen when George Speight conducted his racist coup in 2000.    Read more »

Chief of Defence Force to visit Fiji

The NZDF has issued a press release about the visit to Fiji of the Chief of Defence:

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, is in Fiji today and tomorrow holding a counterpart visit with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

“The visit is an opportunity for me to hear first hand what Fiji’s defence priorities are and to discuss defence and security co-operation opportunities,” says LTGEN Keating.

“I will also be interested to hear how Fiji’s recovery and rebuild is progressing following the devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston.”

The New Zealand Defence Force was heavily involved in the response to the cyclone earlier this year, sending our biggest peacetime deployment to the Pacific, involving ships, aircraft and over 500 defence personnel to aid with the response effort.   Read more »

Crusaders play in Fiji; so it’s just John Key and the media who are being dicks then

The Media party and John Key went to Fiji and carried on like nothing much had changed. They made demands for ratbag lying journalists to be allowed back and lectured them on democracy. Generally, they carried on like petulant ratbags.

Meanwhile other people have no problems at all with Fiji.

Friday’s first Super Rugby game in Fiji means more to giant Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo than most.

For Nemani Nadolo this is much more than a Super Rugby match.

“When we found out it was coming here I was counting down the days and months. I was really looking forward to it,” said the 28-year-old.

When Nadolo was here in February the country had been torn apart by Cyclone Winston.

It killed 44 people and damaged 40 000 homes.

But life is getting back to normal and much of Fiji has been rebuilt.

“Some people I know were using rubble from what they found to build their houses again.”

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The man who started the coup culture in Fiji is back, against the man who ended it

Sitiveni Rabuka has returned to politics, this time opposing Frank Bainimarama, and has become the leader of SODELPA.

Sitiveni Rabuka has the political nous to put up a good challenge to Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama at the next election, according to a Fijian academic.

Steven Ratuva, who is the director of the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at New Zealand’s Canterbury University, said the newly elected leader of Fiji’s main opposition party has evolved from a coup leader into a very smart politican.

Mr Rabuka, as a colonel in Fiji’s military, led the 1987 coup and later served as prime minister from 1992 to 1999.

On Friday the SODELPA party elected him to lead the party in the run up to the next election in 2018.   Read more »

Guest Post: How a conceited NZ Media failed their PM, John Key, on Fiji visit

by Thakur Ranjit Singh

As the NZ Airforce Hercules eased into a very warm Nausori Airport in Fiji with its Prime Minister John Key, Frank Bainimarama, stood tall at the tarmac, with his head held high on 9 June, 2016.

He has effectively passed a message to Australia, as well as New Zealand that he could survive without their support. So, he did. In response, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has been expedient to play by the new rules: “It’s time to put the past behind us and move forward.”  Indeed, NZ needs Fiji’s support and vote for Helen Clark to be the next Secretary General of United Nations.

Professor Robbie Robertson from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne summed it well when he spoke about NZ and Australia’s attempt at punishing Fiji and freezing it out of regional blocs. “They assumed in the past they could pressure Fiji and bring it to its knees,” says Swinburne’s Robbie Robertson. “They failed.”

So did the New Zealand media. This was an opportunity for them to appreciate and understand Fiji. But sections of a White Kiwi media has been conceited and vindictive, hence they wasted this chance. And in doing so they did not hurt Bainimarama, but, and let down their own PM, and contributed to him losing face amongst Kiwis back home. The reaction of New Zealand media to Bainimarama’s 2,400 word speech was only confined to some ten percent of that speech which kicked the butt of a wanting NZ media.  “……there appears to be a substantial body of opinion in New Zealand – led by your generally hostile media – that what has happened in Fiji somehow lacks legitimacy. That somehow, I lack legitimacy and my government lacks legitimacy. This is simply not borne out by the facts. We have moved on but it would appear that the New Zealand media has not.”

On the media ban on journalists, the Fijian PM said that no one who reported on events in Fiji fairly and in a balanced manner was excluded. While accepting fair criticism, Bainimarama said he “cannot allow the wilful propagation of false information that damages the national interest and undermines our vulnerable economy.” He effectively told NZ media owners to send someone who respected the facts and the right of people to know the truth, and not some twisted concoction.   Read more »

Fiji Ambassador elected UN General Assembly president

While the Media party wank on about Fiji and their “democracy”, and goad John Key into taking tougher action on Fiji, the rest of the world moves on.

Fiji’s ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, has been elected the president of the organisation’s General Assembly.

Mr Thomson narrowly defeated the Cypriot ambassador, Andreas Mavroyiannis, by 94 votes to 90 in a contested election.

He will begin his one-year term in September, when Denmark’s Mogens Lykketoft finishes his term.

The post is largely ceremonial, though it has a high profile and important procedural functions and Mr Thomson will oversee the process of searching for a new UN secretary-general general.    Read more »