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.”

Since the cyclone Nadolo’s raised seven and a half thousand dollars’ worth of donations at Crusaders games.

“We got together and said that the best idea was to buy school books and accessories for schools that were badly affected.”

With four Fijian Crusaders, the team has a major following.

They may have more fans here but the Chiefs are the home side after accepting an offer last year to bring a game to Suva.

“We’ve had a lot of players come out of this island and play all sorts of levels in New Zealand, and we also thought coming out of New Zealand in July is not a bad thing,” offered Chiefs coach Dave Rennie.

New All Black Seta Tamanivalu says his family appreciates it. They’re coming two hours by boat from their cyclone hit Island.

“They’ve been saving up for ages for this game, since last year. They do fishing and stuff like that to get the money up,” noted Temanivalu.

And for all that Fiji’s been through, the least Nadolo and Tamanivalu can do is take time for a photo….and there’s sure to plenty to come.

I might pay a visit on my sabbatical. Suva feels like home these days.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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