Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 961


1) Papua call for UN to revisit former Dutch colony’s plight

10 April 2014

West Papuan separatists say they want the United Nations to revisit their case, claiming they were denied their rights in the 1969 Act of Free Choice.

The UN-sponsored vote by a selection of chiefs is widely decried as a sham that allowed Indonesia to annex the former Dutch colony.

Last weekend, rebels who crossed into Papua New Guinea hoisted the United Nations flag alongside West Papua’s banned Morning Star flag.

  • Stanley Iko from the Free West Papua Campaign says West Papua’s people feel as if they are fighting this battle alone.

The United Nations is going to come in and help the West Papuans. You know, everywhere in the world if there are gunshots or a massacre or somebody has been murdered, around the world people get up from their seats and jump up and down and you know, start making a lot of noise. In West Papua, nothing. Nothing of that sort. The reason why they hoisted the UN flag is because they want them to come in now and have a look at their case of West Papua.

Stanley Iko from the Free West Papua Campaign.Radio New Zealand Int

2) Voting In Indonesian Elections Kicks Off In Papua
Allegations of logistical problems, vote buying emerge

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 9, 2014) –Polling stations in Papua have been the first to open in Indonesia’s elections.

Voters choose a new 560-seat lower house as well as provincial and district legislatures.

However, bad weather and administrative problems in Papua have left more than 30 districts facing delays of up to three days.

A provincial election official in Papua, Betty Wanane, says the election body has not been given a large enough budget to deliver all the ballots and boxes, and that several deadlines for logistics have been missed.

Local media reported cases of legislative candidates making last-ditch attempts to buy votes with cooking oil, sugar and other handouts in a widespread but illegal practice.

Unofficial tallies carried out by private pollsters, known as quick counts, are released several hours after polls close and are normally accurate.

Official results are not expected until early May.

Radio New Zealand International

3) More Clashes Between Indonesian Military, OPM Along PNG Border
Traditional border crossing prohibited, preventing access to gardens

By Haiveta Kivia

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 10, 2014) – The Indonesian military and OPM elements have engaged in another shootout on the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border, forcing the closure of a primary school and restrictions on traditional border crossers.

According to intelligence sources on the ground the gun battle lasted for about 30 minutes yesterday between 8 to 9am before the OPM (Operasi Papua Merdeka) withdrew to the nearby jungle. There are also unconfirmed reports of a skirmish between the two sides at Taimi River, some 10 kilometres west of the border and not far from an Indonesian military Forward Base.

The PNG Government has beefed up the strength of a PNG Defence Force unit at its Wutung border post – in response to the clashes – with another section arriving from the Vanimo Forward Base recently, said the intelligence sources.

Ian Jinga, the National Security Advisory Council director general, confirmed the clashes in an interview with the Post-Courier yesterday and said the PNG Government is aware of the situation and the border clashes.

A team comprising officers from the PNG Foreign Affairs Department, PNG Customs, PNG Immigration Authority, PNGDF, the Royal PNG Constabulary, National Intelligence Organisation and the NSAC is currently on the ground in Vanimo to investigate reports of border incursions, establish the facts and then report back to the Government on a course of action.

“That team will establish the facts and then report to NSAC and then the NSAC will take appropriate measures to deal with the issue. Already the Secretary for Foreign Affairs summoned the ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia to communicate a diplomatic note expressing our serious concerns on the incidences of border incursions and the possible spillover effects of what had transpired over the weekend,” he said.

When asked if there were any fatalities on the PNG side of the border, he said no Papua New Guinean lives were lost so far and properties were not damaged. Classes at the Wutung Primary School were suspended for the day and will resume today, said the intelligence sources.

The fighting coincides with a global protest by pro-West Papua sympathisers on the eve of Indonesia’s national legislative elections, which were held yesterday. The protest in West Papua led to the lowering of the Indonesian flag and the raising of the West Papuan pro-independence movement’s Morning Star flag last weekend, which also triggered a gun battle.

The closure of the border to traditional border crossers is beginning to affect the Wutung community as it is running short of food because their gardens are on the Indonesian side of the border.

The PNGDF and PNG Government officials have stopped the villagers from visiting their gardens, which has compelled the villagers recently to appeal to members of the OPM to leave their area so they can access their food gardens.

PNG Post-Courier

4) Police hunt for thugs

Jakarta Post/Pacnews
Thursday, April 10, 2014

WATUNG – The Papua Police are working with their Papua New Guinea (PNG) counterpart to hunt down a group of criminals on the run in PNG territory after a shoot out with the police near the Indonesia-PNG Skouw Wutung border on Saturday.

“We identified the group from evidence found at the scene of the crime. They are under the leadership of Mathias Wenda,” Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Tuesday.

According to the police, Mathias Wenda’s group had been based in Victoria Village, PNG, and were known to be operating near the border area.

5a) Vanuatu daily news digest | 10 April 2014

by bobmakin

  • The Vanuatu Opposition remains concerned that the Government is committed to approve work by Singapore-based Vanuatu Trade and Development Limited (VTDL)to build and operate an international airport, albeit after the Government issues promissory notes in the matter. The report of the ad hoc committee of Parliament on this topic is listed as the main item of the extra-orfinary sitting of Parliament tomorrow. However, one of the Opposition’s members of the committee advised today’s Daily Post no such report could be made available yet because the committee was only formed a fortnight ago. The report does not exist as yet. The Opposition says it will boycott the extra-ordinary sitting tomorrow if the Government continues to require a promissory note. An EXIM Bank (China) loan for the same project (it seems) and a VNPF loan to Air Vanuatu, appear also to be required by Government at this extra-ordinary sitting of Parliament. The Opposition is concerned that loans might exceed 40% of the GDP of Vanuatu – a limit to which the International Monetary Fund is committed.
  • This blog is independently advised that the Australian Government has agreed to assist in the engagement of top-level international lawyers and financial and business consultants in the matter of build / operate airports before the first ordinary session of Parliament in May. No cancellation of tomorrow’s parliamentary sitting, however, had been heard at the time of publication of this blog.
  • First and third deputy Speakers of Parliament are to be elected at the extra-ordinary sitting of Parliament.
  • The Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) General Manager Santos Vatoko has promised a tightening of the VNPF Act after the discovery that a member of the VNPF Board may have had a conflict of interest in the decision for the Fund to invest in Wilco Hardware. Fund investments have been controversial since the riot of 1998, Daily Post reminds us today.
  • Shefa Provincial Headquarters’ re-location cannot yet be decided, Radio Vanuatu News reported this morning, as no strategy has yet been decided. Finance is the main consideration – some 200 million vatu.

5b) Poor roads affect highlanders

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE villagers of Draubuta in the Navosa highlands are hoping someone will hear their request to fix the eight-kilometre feeder road which connects their village to the main road.

“We hope this will be raised at the provincial meeting,” said Draubuta village headman Mesake Nawase.

The meeting will be held tomorrow.

“We have raised this issue in the past but we have had no reply to date.

“The challenge for us is when we cart our produce to be sold at Sigatoka, the road is very bad from the village to the main road and cannot be accessed by car.

“We are thankful though improvements have been done to the water system but the tank often dries up too in the hot weather.”

Mr Nawase said the village had a population of about 400 who were all farmers.

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said there were plans in the pipeline to look at access roads in Navosa.

“Preliminary investigation work is planned to take place soon on the Draubuta access road,” he said.

“We are currently carrying out scoping works on Matokana access road and Nasauvarua access road in Navosa.”Fijitimes.


6) Pink eye forces school closures in American Samoa

By Online Editor
3:47 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, American Samoa

American Samoa is keeping most schools closed for the rest of the week as the US territory tries to contain a pink eye outbreak that has affected about 2,300 students, disrupted court hearings and kept some passengers from boarding flights.

All 28 public schools were scheduled to reopen yesterday after shutting down Friday.

But only four schools in the remote island group of Manua reopened. Officials in American Samoa, a group of islands in the South Pacific, will keep schools on the main island of Tutuila shuttered until next week.

Education Department director Salu Hunkin-Finau says more than 30 per cent of teachers are on sick leave because of the common eye condition that can be extremely contagious.

Territory health officials say the outbreak is a nuisance but not very dangerous.


7) Samoa Government Sponsors 60 Science Teachers To Complete Degrees
Shortage of qualified teachers prompts scheme

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, April 10, 2014) – The Samoan Government is sponsoring 60 teachers to complete Bachelor of Science degrees in a bold move to have more qualified Science teachers in the face of a marked shortage of Science teachers in the Primary and College levels in the country.

The scholarships will not require the teachers to leave their jobs and the Government is providing everything such as tablets for all the teachers taking part in the scheme.

The basic qualification for scholarships is a diploma and courses will be taken through the University of the South Pacific Alafua campus after a meeting between the Minister of Education and the Head of the USP Centre yesterday.

“The focus is on college teachers for now,” the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Magele Mauiliu Magele told the teachers today.

“It is hoped that in the long run, the course will include primary teachers.”

The course will start in June 2014 with each participant armed with a tablet provided by government.

The number of Science teacher dropped dramatically in past years and had raised concern within the ministry as some colleges cannot teach Science subjects as there were not teachers.

Magele, a career educator who is a former Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa, today challenged the teachers to be passionate about their job and being honest means arriving at the classroom ahead of the start of the class.

He also told the teachers who are still querying the extension of teaching hours “so that you can spend more time with the weaker students.”

“I want the teaching profession to be respected by this country and to be the first career choice for students,” said the Minister.

He told the teachers that $1m was spent in the reclassification and realigning of the teachers’ salaries and that Cabinet has approved a salary increase for teachers.

“The details will be announced by the Prime Minister in his weekly media briefing,” Magele broke the news.



8) Cyclone Ita to be upgraded

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GOLD COAST – North Queensland may be hit by one of the biggest cyclones since the damaging 2011 Yasi storm, as tropical cyclone Ita intensifies.

Ita is set to be upgraded to a category four storm by today before a forecast landfall between Lockhart River and Cape Flattery tomorrow evening.

Latest forecasts predict wind gusts up to 205 km/h and heavy rain.

The storm is about 830 kilometres northeast of Cooktown and is forecast to continue in a westerly direction as it intensifies.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a cyclone watch for coastal areas from Cape Grenville to Port Douglas, with the area likely to be hit by strong winds, high tides and heavy rain.

9) Reports Australian police guarding Solomons’ gold mine

10 April 2014

There are reports from Solomon Islands that a large squad of Australian Federal Police has been flown in to provide security at the Gold Ridge Mine.

Gold Ridge has been temporarily closed by the severe flooding which has affected much of Guadalcanal.

All the expatriate staff are reported to have left the site.

The mine, which is owned by Australian company St Barbara, resumed operations just nine months ago after it had been destroyed by militants during the years of ethnic unrest on Guadalcanal.

Our correspondent reports that 33 AFP police have been deployed to the mine after a request by the Solomons’ Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo for security.Radio New Zealand Int


10) New Zealand to help set up new Fiji parliament

10 April 2014

New Zealand is to provide financial support for re-establishing Fiji’s parliament.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced New Zealand will make a 1.3 million US dollar contribution to a UN-led project providing support for IT and Hansard equipment, new MPs and parliamentary staff.

Mr McCully is on his first visit to Suva since New Zealand lifted sanctions on the Fiji regime last month in recognition of progress towards the September polls and he says that progress is continuing.

“Areas like the parliamentary clerks, the cabinet office, institutions around key government agencies – those are all areas in which I’d expect to see an increase in activity between New Zealand and Fijian counterparts and frankly it’s one of the reasons that the sanctions had to be removed.”

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

The Fiji parliament was shut by the military in the 2006 coup.Radio New Zealand Int


11) Aid halvim i stap nambawan insait long Solomon Islands

Updated 10 April 2014, 13:33 AEST

Planti stori i wok long kamap long hao ol pipol blong Solomon Islands i bungim insait long displa bikpla disasta taem ol atoriti i wok hat nao long helpim kuik ol pipol.

Piksa i soim ol pipol i painim dai bodi bihainim tait wara long Honiara (Credit: Audience Submitted)
Vidio: Disasta i bagarapim sampla hap blong Solomon Islands’ wota sistim.

Taem ol wok halvim igo het long displa bikpla disasta blong flood oa tait wara insait long Solomon Islands, ol stori i wok long kamap long hao sampla pipol ibin bungim taem wara i karamapim haus blong ol.

Wanpla long displa ol stori, em long Patrick Beni. Krismas blongen 10 wea sampla pipol ibin painim em, holim wanpla hap matres na wanpla diwai i trip long solowara.

Em i lusim mama, sista na tupla brata blongen.

Yanpla Patrick i tok olsem mama blongen ino bin bilivim em taem em i tokim em long wara i kamap pinis long haus blong ol.

Solomon Islands National Emergency Operations Centre i putim namba blong ol pipol i dai long 23 igo daun nao long 21, ol i tok tupla moa i wok long lus iet.

Ol i tok tu olsem 12,000 pipol i bungim bikpla bagarap blong tait wara insait Honiara na 40,000 insait long Guadalcanal provins, arasait long kepital.

Lawrence Hillary blong World Vision insait long Solomon Islands, itok disasta i bagarapim laef blong planti pipol, wantaimt u, planti bilding, haus, properti na bris.

Long namel taem, Solomon Islands National Disaster Council i tok kantri nao i lukluk long helpim ol pipol i bungim heve na sem taem, ol i lukluk long mekim olgeta samting long stopim kaen disasta long kamap ken.

Parliamentary Secretary blong Foreign Affairs blong Australia, Brett Mason igo nao long Solomon Islands tede long igo lukim eria tait wara ibin kamapim.

Senator Mason bai mitim Praim Minista Gordon Darcy Lilo na ol memba blong Solomon Islands Gavman long toktok long displa ol heve blong disasta.

Australia i givim $A3 million.

Haf blong Honiara ino gat wara

Ol atoriti li tok wara saplai bai kisim sampla wik pastaem long em i kamap long ol pipol insait long Honiara.Radio Australia

12) Pacific imas kirapim wanpla sevis blong lukautim moni halvim long taem blong disasta

Updated 9 April 2014, 17:28 AEST
Caroline Tiriman

Wanpla tingting i kamap olsem ol kantri blong Pacific imas kirapim wanpla sevis blong lukautim olgeta moni halvim long taem blong ol disasta.

Hai Komisina blong Papua New Guinea long Solomon Islands Fred Yakasa i tok ol Pacific kantri imas kamapim wanpla sevis blong putim moni long helpim long ol taem blong disasta
Odio: Hai Komisina blong Papua New Guinea long Solomon Islands Fred Yakasa
Ol Pacific Island kantri imas kamapim wanpla sevis blong putim moni olgeta yia long helpim long ol taem blong disasta oa taem nogut.

Hai Komisian blong Papua New Guinea long Solomon Islands i mekim despla toktok tede taem Solomon Islands iwok long traem long stretim ol wok blong gavman na bisnis bihaenim bikpla disasta.

Fred Yakasa, husat ibin wok bifo olsem Polis Komisina long Papua New Guinea itok ol disasta isave hamarim ol kantri long rijan olgeta taem, olsem na oli mas gat moni long givim hariap long wonem kantri i bungim heve.

Mr Yakasa itok em i sore tru long lukim ol pipal long Solomon Islands i bungim heve na Papua New Guinea, em i tok bai givim sampla halvim klostu.Radio Australia.


13) Guadalcanal: l’eau potable toujours pas totalement rétablie

Mis à jour 10 April 2014, 15:03 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

L’un des principaux réservoirs d’eau a été très endommagé par les inondations.

À Honiara et dans ses environs, l’accès à l’eau potable demeure problématique après les inondations de la semaine dernière.

L’eau courante a été rétablie dans la moitié de la ville, mais l’autre moitié devra peut-être attendre plus de deux semaines que les réparations soient achevées. En attendant, il est possible que l’on doive rationner l’eau. Richard Austin, le directeur général de Solomon Water:

« Ma priorité, avant que nous ne rétablissions l’eau courante pour tous les habitants, c’est d’être absolument sûr que cette eau n’est pas dangereuse et que nous l’avons suffisamment désinfectée. On pourrait la rétablir plus tôt, mais pas sans risques. Nous faisons notre travail très consciencieusement et ne mettrons pas dans le circuit de l’eau toxique. »

Après l’Australie, qui débloque 3 millions de dollars, et la Nouvelle-Zélande, qui donne 1 million de dollars, c’est au tour de Taïwan de témoigner sa solidarité, avec un don de 275 000 dollars américains aux Salomonais sinistrés, ainsi que 50 tonnes de riz. Les Îles Salomon sont l’un des cinq pays du Pacifique qui entretiennent des relations avec Taïwan, et pas avec la République Populaire de Chine, sa grande rivale. Radio Australia

Posté à 10 April 2014, 14:53 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

14) Fidji: on n’enquête pas sur les abus policiers

Le gouvernement n’a pas d’argent à y consacrer.

À Fidji on n’enquête pas sur les abus policiers, faute d’argent. Le chef de la police, candide, a fait cet aveu hier.

« Plus de 200 plaintes contre des officiers de police ont été déposées depuis le début de l’année », souligne Ravi Narayan, qui se dit inquiet. Mais le chef de la police accuse le gouvernement de ne pas lui donner suffisamment de fonds pour enquêter sur les abus commis par certains policiers.

Selon Ravi Narayan, le gouvernement lui a dit que ce n’était pas la peine, car les policiers sont des professionnels. Radio Australia

15) Papouasie: les élections entachées de soupçons de fraude

Mis à jour 9 April 2014, 14:54 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

Les Indonésiens doivent élire les 560 députés de la chambre basse. Et les premiers bureaux de vote ont ouvert en Papouasie et en Papouasie occidentale.

En Papouasie et en Papouasie occidentale, le scrutin est retardé dans 30 districts des deux provinces à cause de fortes pluies.

Mais le scrutin est retardé dans 30 districts des deux provinces à cause de fortes pluies. « Les bureaux de vote fonctionnent dans les villes principales et à Jayapura, mais hier soir les avions n’ont pas pu atteindre certains districts situés en montagne », a indiqué Betty Wanane, une responsable de la commission électorale en Papouasie, avant d’ajouter que le budget insuffisant n’a pas permis de livrer tous les bulletins et toutes les urnes à temps.

Quant aux media locaux, ils font état de tentatives d’achats de voix à la dernière minute : des candidats qui offrent de l’huile de friture, du sucre, etc. aux électeurs.

Il s’agit du troisième scrutin démocratique en Indonésie depuis l’effondrement de la dictature de Suharto en 1998. Et ces élections locales et législatives sont cruciales : elles détermineront qui, parmi les nouveaux députés, se présentera aux présidentielles du 9 juillet prochain. Un parti ou une coalition doit avoir soit au moins 20% des sièges, soit 25% des voix, pour avoir le droit de présenter un candidat. Les résultats ne seront pas connus avant début mai. Radio Australia


16) United front and best EPA, PACP trade ministers urged

By Online Editor
1:19 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

Fiji’s Trade Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on Pacific ACP Trade Ministers to remain firm and united ahead of talks with the European Union (EU) for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

He told trade ministers of the Pacific ACP member countries that the decision they make will not only shape their immediate future but the long term development of the region as well.

“Fellow Ministers, we are at a juncture where we need to ask the following pertinent questions. “Is it still in our interest to pursue a Comprehensive EPA? If yes, do we go forward as a single region? How can we achieve an EPA that benefits us all?

“The only answer to that is to negotiate as a united, cohesive and effective Pacific ACP group,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Although a decade has lapsed since talks for a comprehensive EPA began, Fiji he says has continued negotations because of its belief that the people of the region deserved a better EPA deal not for the imemdiate future, but for generations to come.

“We want only one EPA for the region, which will promote regional integration and not divide us,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“In order to have one EPA – and I know that is what we all want – we need to address Papua New Guinea’s participation in the negotiations. It is encouraging to note that PNG has agreed to come to the table as an observer.

“We need to think beyond tomorrow, and the next 5 years or the next 20 years. We need to ensure that our future generations are secure. Hence, we cannot and will not let a trade agreement diminish our ability to deliver to our people basic socio-economic rights, which include the right to housing, education, health, food and the right to economic participation.”

He said there was only one option for the region and that was to have one EPA “that has a strong development aspect and that does not impinge on our sovereignty and policy space.”

Leaders, he pointed out, need to meet to consider some of the fundamental issues, as to how they can take ownership of the EPA negotiations and its implementation after conclusion of negotiations.

Fiji he says will not be party to an agreement that provides short term market access, but have a long term negative impact on its development aspirations as a nation and its ability to have control over its resources and economies.

“Fellow Ministers, it is up to us to set the direction of these negotiations- whether to continue and finalise then by May/June 2014 or suspend them, keeping in mind that a new European Parliament will be elected in May and a new Trade Commissioner will take office in September,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We have to decide the best option. We have to ask ourselves whether we are just going through the motions and will not achieve anything. We have to ask ourselves should we redirect our limited resources elsewhere.

“Ministers, as I stated earlier, we want an EPA that is development oriented. Therefore, the Development Cooperation Chapter in the comprehensive EPA is a crucial element in any decision we make.”

He further said the region needed a well negotiated EPA that sets a precedent for all other trade agreements that are currently being negotiated or will be negotiated in the future, such as the PACER Plus with Australia and New Zealand.

The ministers meeting continues in Suva.



17) Damaged clinics closed in Solomons villages

By Online Editor
1:11 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Solomon Islands

The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Solomon Islands says damage to health clinics in rural areas means many people affected by last week’s flooding are without medical help.

Dr Audrey Awmua says hospital admissions are increasing, with a number of people suffering physical trauma and broken bones.

Dr Audrey says the provision of water, sanitation and food are priorities.

She says the hospital is functional and people are coming into the city, seeking medical care.

“Where we are challenged a little bit is there’s a lot of the village facilities the primary health care facilities out in the provinces that have been damaged and of course have closed down. So populations are finding it hard to access good primary care at this stage. So there’s a movement towards the city. But this is being carefully watched. But the hospital generally I think is coping at this stage.”

Dr Audrey says vector-borne diseases such malaria and dengue are a threat with agencies monitoring these closely.



18) Backes moves ahead of Yanno in New Caledonia list

10 April 2014

Reports from New Caledonia say Sonia Backes is to lead the list of the MPC Party in next month’s provincial election.

The website Caledosphere says Ms Backes has been put ahead of the party founder and leader, Gael Yanno, who lost last month’s bid to become the mayor of Noumea.

The reports say she has moved to the top of the list of the anti-independence camp which has emerged from the former RPC’s splits of recent years.

Ms Backes has been a member of the territorial government and its spokesperson.Radio New Zealand Int

19) Voter registration extended in Solomon Islands

By Online Editor
1:08 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Solomon Islands

Voter registration in Solomon Islands has been extended in certain areas for another 14 days.

Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu confirmed this on Wednesday in light of the flood disaster.

“The registration process which was scheduled to start on Monday 10th March and end on Friday 18th April is now extended to Friday 2nd May, 2014,” Haununu said.

He indicated that unforeseen operational and administrative challenges at the initial stages of the exercise coupled with the unprecedented weather conditions last week from Wednesday to Friday has necessitated the extension.

In Honiara and Guadalcanal more generally, a state of emergency was declared.

Consequently, registration activities had to be suspended in most areas until the weather condition improves.

Haununu said other areas that will be affected in this extension includes; some areas in the Western Province and some constituencies in the Malaita Province.

“In East Kwaio, for example our officials were barred from working at the beginning of the exercise for a week and it is fair that eligible electors in Kwaio are not dis-enfranchised but given the opportunity to register to vote,” he said.

Haununu directed that, all registered voters’ especially in Honiara who have their Voter ID Cards missing as a result of the floods do not need to re-register again since their voter information is already captured in the Commission’s database.

“Re- registration by voters with missing cards will amount to doing double registration which is an offence according to the electoral laws and a victim will be subject to a fine,” the chief electoral office said.

He however indicated that, if your voter ID card is missing you will be allowed to vote on Election Day since your name, photograph and other voter information will appear same on the final Voters’ register.

“Identifying you on the polling day will therefore not be a problem.

“What is important is for all registered voters to go to the Voter Registration Centres where they registered during the second phase of the Biometric Voter Registration (ie Exhibition of the Provisional list) to locate their names and voter information if they appeared correctly.”

The timeline for electoral activities during the Exhibition of the Provisional list will be communicated to the general public in due course.

Huanunu urged all eligible electors who could not register during the first and the fourth phases of the Biometric Voter Registration to take advantage of the extension facility or lose out. …

20) Vanuatu opposition to boycott parliament

By Online Editor
3:52 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s opposition says it will boycott tomorrow’s sitting of parliament because it strongly disagrees with the government’s way of dealing with a major airport project.

The government has been in talks with a Singaporean company to build a new international airport on Efate and modernise others around the country.

An opposition MP, Kalvau Moli, says a committee set up to vet the plans has been kept in the dark.

“That meeting has seen no documents, no detailed documents and there has been no due diligence made regarding the proposed airport. Therefore it is very premature for the government to continue to go forward with the airport.”

Moli says the opposition also disagrees with the terms demanded by the Singaporean company.


21) Keep politics separate, says Fiji Methodist church

By Online Editor
1:10 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

Methodist Church in Fiji has reminded members in leadership positions to keep politics and the church separate.

In line with this, the church has advised those members appointed to leadership positions by the church’s Circuit Quarterly Meetings, Divisional Annual Meeting and National Annual Conference they must give up their leadership positions if they choose to stand in the nation’s forthcoming General Elections on 17 September.

Although they will retain their status as lay preachers or lay pastors or ministers and deaconesses, these church officials will not have any appointment during the election campaign.

“This is to ensure that they are not tempted to abuse the power and influence they have in the church to further their political aspirations,” Methodist Church in Fiji General Secretary Rev Tevita Nawadra says.

“What we are talking about is those who serve in positions of authority such as stewards, treasurers, presidents of fellowships, cell group leaders and at higher level – members of church committees such as department advisory committees, the President’s panel or the Standing Committee. This will be part of our code of conduct for the church.”

Candidates will still maintain their membership in the Methodist Church and be able to participate fully in the life of the church.

“We are not discouraging our members from campaigning, far from it. If they are prepared to serve the nation with integrity, humility, compassion and servant-hood based on the principles of the Kingdom of God, we encourage anyone to do so. However they will have to give up any position of leadership. They can worship, sing in the choir, take part in Bible study and cell group meetings, teach in Sunday school, and participate in the Youth, Men’s and Women’s Fellowships, but not as a leader.”

Lay preachers, catechists, ministers and deaconesses have also been urged to ensure the messages they are imparting during their sermons are limited to the gospel and the church’s forthcoming jubilee celebration and not on elections or party manifestos in the lead up to the elections.

“We are to preach the Good News, the Kingdom of God and call people and society to live in righteousness, compassion and with justice. We are celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the Church’s independence from the Methodist Church in Australasia, so we are to preach the themes of Jubilee: freedom from oppression, slavery, debt, sin – God’s liberation; freedom for forgiveness, love, reconciliation – God’s favour; and freedom to consecrate, proclaim, tend the flock, save lives – God’s commission,” Rev Nawadra said.

The church has also prohibited the discussion of issues relating to political campaigns during official church meeting.

Rev Bainivanua says the Bose Vakarau (Preparatory Meeting), Leader’s Meeting, Circuit Quarterly Meeting and Divisional Annual meeting are for discussing the work of the Church.

“Political meetings, campaign or information meetings must be done outside of these meetings so that no political party, candidate or lobbyist use the church for political purposes. They are welcome to speak to individual members as citizens.”

Rev Nawadra further says church halls or properties of the church may be fired for the purpose of meetings or rallies, but worship services, official church meetings and programmes are not open for political campaigning….

22) Fiji Elections office avail registration details

By Online Editor
3:48 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

The Fijian Elections Office has taken a new approach in its efforts to register Fijians for the 17 September elections.

This time, handing out leaflets that contains the locations and opening hours of voter registration centres in Fiji to those with Fijian passports upon their arrival at the Nadi Airport.

The Fijian Elections Office will be working with the Immigration Department in this regard.

Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said the initiative is part of efforts to register as many Fijians as well as give all Fijians the opportunity to register to vote

“The leftlet lets people know where the can register in Suva, Nausori, Nadi, Lautoka, Rakiraki and Labasa.

“So no matter where their final destination is in Fiji, they will know where to go,” Saneem said.

Meanwhilie, Fiji Police Force acting Commissioner Ravi Narayan has confirmed and welcomed the offer of assistance from the British High Commission ahead of the 2014 Elections in September.

This comes as a result of a meeting in Suva between the acting commissioner and the British High Commissioner to Fiji, Roderick Drummond.

“We talked about possible assistance they could render us as we prepare towards the election,” ACP Narayan said. “We are working out the areas which we would require their help in.”

“The British High Commission will also assist us in training officers in general.”

The force had also considered recruiting special constables for the election period, however, ACP Narayan this is still to be finalised.

At the commissioner’s first quarter parade in Suva  Wednesday, Narayan reminded his officers that they must remain apolitical.

“While we continue to prepare for elections, I urge each and everyone of you to familiarise yourselves with the Electoral Decree and understand your role.

“This will be testing times for us as law enforcers so don’t give anyone any opportunity to take advantage of the uniform you’re wearing all because you are unaware of what is required of you under the law,” he said.

He told officers that the force was not for persons who want to associate themselves with a political party.



23) PNG Parliament Considers Bill To Monitor Social Media
Allegedly meant to combat cybercrime, bullying critics fear misuse

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 9, 2014) – A state agency will closely monitor the use of social media once relevant legislation is passed in Parliament, an official says.

National Information and Communication Technology Authority chief executive officer Charles Punaha said a cyber crime policy was before the National Executive Council. It is expected to be tabled in Parliament to be passed as law once the NEC endorses it. Punaha said it would spell out the penalties for those who misused and abused social media.

Punaha said it was not the intention of NICTA to control the media.

“It is not our intent to control the media but there must be some proper mechanisms in place that people have to be responsible when they are using the social media to attack others,” he said.

He said the intention was to address cyber crime and security.

[PIR editor’s note: Radio New Zealand International reported that “Martyn Namorong, the author of the prominent blog, the Namorong report, says that while he supports the introduction of measures to control cyber crime like spam, hacking, and fraud, the reach into social media is concerning. Mr Namorong says there is no mention of what kind of activity is unacceptable and suspects there could be a more sinister motive behind the policy.” He fears that the law “could be a move by the government to control social media.”]

“The cyber security policy is to safeguard the storage of data – for government to have access to the data, in the event that we have reason to believe that certain offences have been committed,” he said.

“The law enforcement agencies must have access to the data in the event that offences have been committed.

“For cyber crime, we are going to make it an offence for people to use pen-names, not using their real names and abusing the social

media and making defamatory statement – you have to be answerable for it.

“We will make it an offence that if an individual abuses the social media to attack the other individual and not using their name and making defamatory and slang statements, you are responsible.

“You have to be accountable for you actions.”

For example, he said law enforcement agencies would be given powers “to access laptops should there be reasons to believe that your laptops have been used to commit the offence”.

The National


24) RSE work spawns Vanuatu coffee and coconut venture

9 April 2014

It is hoped a coffee and coconut-oil joint business venture in Vanuatu can be used as an example to encourage Pacific seasonal workers to set up businesses when they return home.

The directors of New Zealand company, Vinepower, have partnered with a former RSE worker, Seth Kaurua, to create the ‘Tanna Farms’ business.

Seth Kaurua and Vinepower directors, Jonathan Bushell and Jason Kennard, have secured a contract to grow coffee, and are on track to begin producing virgin coconut oil in May.

Mr Kaurua says up to 12 people are expected to be employed at the coconut oil mill and another 12 have been working on the coffee plantation since November.

“That’s looking at helping communities, giving jobs to people, creating jobs in the village, and that gives opportunity for the local peoples, and that’s very good for economic development.”

Seth Kaurua says this also means RSE workers are able to put the skills they learn overseas to use in Vanuatu when they return.Radio New Zealand Int

25) Bougainville Copper shareholders call for independent inquiry into civil war

Updated 10 April 2014, 17:08 AEST
By Jemima Garrett for Radio Australia

A group of shareholders is calling on the Rio-Tinto subsidiary, Bougainville Copper Ltd, to appoint an independent jurist to conduct a full enquiry into the involvement of the company in the civil war on PNG’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville, before it goes ahead with any plans to re-open its mine.

The move is being coordinated by a new lobby group, the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility.

The civil war, which left up to 20,000 dead, was fought between PNG forces and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, amid ethnic tensions among local Bougainvilleans and Papua New Guineans from other parts of the country.

“During that period there was clearly involvement of both Bougainville Copper and the Papua New Guinea government and I think the wounds from that are still not have still not healed that is the biggest issue,” said Caroline Le Couter, executive director of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility.

Prior to taking on the job at the centre, Caroline Le Couteur, spent 17 years on the board of Australian Ethical Investments Ltd, a company with more than $700 million under management.

Ms Le Couteur told Pacific Beat the best chance of BCL’s mine being re-opened will come from commitments to good corporate citizenship.

“I think it is important in terms of having a fresh start for Bougainville Copper, that we are starting again, that we are listening to the people of Bougainville and that is why we are looking for an independent person to, on behalf of Bougainville Copper, to look at what the issues are and how things can be better in the future,” she said.

“There is no interest for shareholders obviously in repeating the problems of the past.

“We want a positive future and that will only be a positive future if the people of Bougainville feel it is going to be a positive future.”

Bougainville Copper Ltd has told the Australian Stock Exchange shareholders will be asked to vote on 2 resolutions.

The first will be to commit the company to sign up to international human rights and environmental standards.

The second to call for the appointment of an independent jurist of outstanding achievement to conduct a full inquiry into the company’s involvement in counter-insurgency on the island of Bougainville during the civil war in the late 1980’s and nineties.

The votes will take place during an annual general meeting to be held on 6 May at the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby.Radio Australia

26) Customer defends mobile phone brand

Ropate Valemei
Thursday, April 10, 2014

A CUSTOMER has refuted claims from a consumer body that a mobile company was allegedly selling cheap phones — namely FORME — as reported in the media.

George Keller says that with no affiliation to the brand concerned or Vodafone, the company does not sell cheap phones to its customers.

“This week I listened to a report on Fiji One Television, from the Consumer Council that Vodafone had been going door-to-door in Labasa and Savusavu selling ‘cheap fones’, namely FORME,” Mr Keller said.

He said he had no complaints on his purchased items from the company and each and every unit purchased had been properly functioning for quite some time and, continue to give him the utmost satisfaction.

In response, the Consumer Council said at no point in time did it say that Vodafone was selling “cheap”.

It said under the Sales of Goods Act Cap. 230, all goods sold should be of merchantable quality and consumers had a right to seek redress when the items they bought were unworkable.

“All consumers deserve this type of service from the traders and dealers but unfortunately, we have some unscrupulous dealers who care less about customer care and good business ethics.”

In the case highlighted, the consumers had raised concerns during a workshop in Labasa last month.

“We took note of that and investigated it and released a press statement to educate/create awareness on door-to-door sales for benefit of the rest of consumers.

Vodafone Fiji did not wish to comment.Fijitimes

27) Wheelbarrow boys gear up as business booms

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE Kauwai Wheelbarrow Association in Labasa is looking forward to the upcoming cane crushing season because business will increase.

Association president Irimaia Bukadakai said this was the only time of the year that they experienced a boost in business.

“The new cane crushing season is just around the corner and we are so looking forward to it,” he said.

“Apart from the income we receive daily, the season is a time when we earn extra money.

“On a normal business day, a wheelbarrow boy can earn at least $65 but during the crushing season, one can earn more than $100.”

Mr Bukadakai has also requested the Labasa Town Council to help them with a fixed station in town.

“Right now, we are just operating from the bus stand. We are willing to pay our rates like other ratepayers.

“We are requesting the council to look into our request.”

Labasa special administrator Vijay Chand said they would have to discuss the issue with the authorities responsible.

28) ExxonMobil sees PNG LNG exports starting mid-year, below $19 bln budget

By Online Editor
1:23 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Papua New Guinea

ExxonMobil Corp is on track to start exporting liquefied natural gas from Papua New Guinea by mid-year, ahead of schedule and below its US$19 billion budget, the manager of the PNG LNG project said on Wednesday.

The project has started commissioning a gas conditioning plant in PNG’s highlands, where the gas is drilled, a 292 kms (180 miles) onshore pipeline has been completed and the first of two units at the LNG plant is ready, project manager Decie Autin said.

First cargoes are expected mid-year, she said, declining to confirm reports that exports would start in July.

“It was going to be October. Now we think we’ve been able to move it up to the middle of the year,” Autin told reporters on the sidelines of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference in Perth.

“By the end of the year I’m comfortable we’ll be fully ramped up.”

The project, under construction over the past five years, ran into record wet weather, steep terrain and community issues that slowed work and resulted in costs blowing out by about 25 percent from its original budget of $15 billion.

“The toughest part of the project I would tell you was the onshore pipeline,” Autin said. “We had to go from 9,000 feet, up and down a tortuous path down to the shore.”

The pipeline was built above ground then had to be covered with 1 metre (3 feet) of dirt to bury it for safety and security.

“This is high pressure gas pipe. You don’t want anyone messing with it, because it would be dangerous,” Autin said.

The first shipment is likely to be a spot cargo, rather than going to one of PNG LNG’s Japanese, Chinese or Taiwanese customers, who have contracted to take 95 percent of the LNG plant’s 6.9 million tonnes a year of gas.

ExxonMobil and its partners, Oil Search Ltd, Santos Ltd, Japan’s Nippon Oil Corp, the PNG government and local landowners, are looking to expand the plant, but have yet to decide where to source the additional gas supply from.

Ideally they want gas from PNG’s biggest undeveloped fields, Elk and Antelope, controlled by another PNG company, InterOil Corp and France’s Total SA, which recently bought into the fields in a deal contested by Oil Search.

“We’ve been in discussions with them (InterOil) directly,” Autin said, declining to comment on whether ExxonMobil still wants a direct stake in the Elk and Antelope fields.


29) Rebalancing of economy needed in Fiji: ADB

By Online Editor
3:59 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

-The Asian Development Bank says Fiji needs to rebalance its economy away from consumer-driven growth which it says is not sustainable in the medium term.

In its flagship report for the year, the ADB says business and consumer confidence continues to strengthen as clear progress is made towards elections.

It says growth is projected to increase to three percent in 2015 from 2.8 percent this year.

A principal economist with the bank, Emma Veve, says Fiji needs growth to come from direct foreign investment in sectors like tourism, mining and agriculture rather than just incentive-driven consumer spending.

“Our growth forecasts are based on the expectation of a free and fair election that will be accepted universally. We see signs of that and we are confident it will happen. What we need to see is the policies that the elected government puts in place and just how supportive of sustained growth those policies are.”.


30) Trade Pasifika – 2016

By Online Editor
1:21 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)has announced that the 2016 Trade Pasifika will be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Trade Pasifika is a biennial trade show of businesses from the Pacific Island countries with the objective to offer an opportunity to grow and develop trade leads, meet and network with Pacific Island businesses and to create long-lasting relationships.

The inaugural event was held in Denerau, Fiji in 2012 followed by this year’s very successful event in Suva, Fiji.

The hosting of the 3rd Trade Pasifika Event in PNG was unanimously endorsed by the 14 Pacific Islands private sector members of PIPSO.

Trade Ambassador,Kaliopate Tavola said that the Trade Pasifika Steering Committee looks forward to working closely with the PNG Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other key stakeholders in planning and implementing the event.

The decision for PNG to host Trade Pasifika 2016  follows a proposal put to the 2014 Annual General Meeting of PIPSO held in Suva on Tuesday, 31 March by the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

PNGCCI is recognised by PIPSO  and the PNG Government as the National Private Sector Organisation for Papua New Guinea.

President of the PNGCCI, John Leahy said the unanimous endorsement by our 13 Pacific island neighbours represents a vote of confidence in PNG’s ability to host major events and it comes on the back of plans to host the Pacific Games in 2015 and APEC in 2018.

“With recent developments in the hotel sector, the expansion of multi-use sporting facilities that is happening with the Pacific Games and directs links with [eleven] international destinations, including many of the key Asian growth regions,  PNG is emerging as a serious contender for international events. Events like this will help  bolster a positive image for PNG regionally and beyond and lead to greater trade and prosperity for all.


31) Moody’s rates Fiji positive as democracy nears

By Online Editor
11:49 am GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

Moody’s Investors Service says Fiji’s economy is experiencing robust growth on the back of an upturn in business confidence and investment, which have been spurred by an improving political outlook.

The ratings agency has given Fiji a sovereign credit rating of B1 with a stable outlook.

It says fiscal and debt consolidation have bolstered creditworthiness.

Moody’s says Fiji is emerging from an extended period of heightened political uncertainty that began with the 2006 military coup as it now moves towards the restoration of electoral democracy this year.



32) Call to help curb crime

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Divisional Police Commander Western senior superintendant of police Salacieli Naivilawasa has called on village chiefs and representatives in Ra help curb crime in the area.

Speaking at the Ra Provincial Council meeting, Mr Naivilawasa said families should focus on methods of raising children because the nature of crimes committed in Ra was changing rapidly.

“I draw your attention to the recent rape case of a tourist in Volivoli, these are things that disrupt not only the west but whole of Fiji,” he said.

“I cannot be going to the communities to preach about things to do on one hand, when on the other hand our youths are committing such acts.

“This case sent ripples through the tourism industry which is our number one industry in Fiji, so we have to ask ourselves the question, who is to blame?

“We have cases of illicit drugs in the west now, in Ra we continue to take in those who commit crimes under the influence of marijuana.

“We have uncles raping nieces or grandfathers raping granddaughters.

“My plea to you today is to re-examine your family unit, we cannot fight fire with fire, we just need to guide our young people which starts from home.”

Police recorded 3346 rape cases in 2013. Fifty per cent were committed in homes by relatives.Fijitimes.


33) Coastline breach

Ana Madigibuli
Thursday, April 10, 2014

CLIMATE change continues to devastate and challenge the lives of people living along Fiji’s coastal areas.

Villages often think of relocating or building sea walls to reduce the impact of waves eroding their coastline.

For those living in the outer islands, a sea wall is only a temporary solution.

Raviravi district representative Masi Saqanavere of Beqa said the government was able to construct the Dakuni Village sea wall, which provided some relief for the villagers.

“The Nawaisomo sea wall was constructed before the Dakuni sea wall, but the Nawaisomo seawall is incomplete while the Dakuni sea wall was commissioned last year,” Mr Saqanavere said.

“Now the villages of Nawaisomo feel the impact of sea level rising, with their land being slowly eroded every day.”

He said during high tide, the villagers could see water slowly seeping through the Nawaisomo sea wall.

“We do not have any mangroves to protect our shorelines, so protecting it can be hard especially when we do not have the resources,” Mr Saqanavere said.

“For Lalati Village, we hope a new sea wall can be constructed there or the old sea wall to be elevated, so water does not seep through like the Nawaisomo sea wall.”Fijitimes

34) Dredging saves town from floodwaters

Shayal Devi
Thursday, April 10, 2014

THERE have been no major reports of flooding in Ba this year as a result of the river dredging project, according to Ba Chamber of Commerce and Industry representative Daniel Elisha.

He said as a result of the dredging project, the business community in Ba was flourishing.

“Things are going pretty good and business has improved in the past months,” he said.

“The major development carried out is the dredging of the Ba River. The work is being carried out as scheduled and flooding will soon be a thing of the past.”

Business people who used to suffer as a result of flooding are working hard to lift the economy.

“Since the dredging started, things are looking up and we haven’t had any floods this year.”

“Crops are looking pretty good and the economy is on the rise. We have not had any complaints from business owners.”

The flood-prone town was spared flooding that occurred in the West earlier this year as a result of dredging of the Elevuka river.Fijitimes

35) Floods Leave Half Of Honiara Without Access To Water
Weeks of repairs expected to be required to restore supply

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 9, 2014) – Authorities say it could be weeks before water supplies to the capital of Solomon Islands are restored.

Last week, unprecedented flooding in the Pacific island nation claimed the lives of 23 people and left 9,000 homeless.

It also wreaked havoc on Honiara’s water mains, with around 50 per cent of the city now unable to access water, and pipes to one of the main water supply depots broken.

Solomon Water General Manager Richard Austin said parts of the water system have been completely destroyed.

“We have two levels of problem,” he told the ABC.

“We’re dealing with the amount of water available in Honiara, generally, but also … provid[ing] safe basic quantities of drinking water to the evacuation centres.”

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a $3 million aid package to help the flood recovery.

Australia will also boost the number of personnel in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

There are now 16 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed in the country.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules carried additional personnel and Australian humanitarian relief supplies to Honiara on Monday.

Transparency Solomon Islands has accused the government of using the flood as an excuse to release constituency funds ahead of this year’s election.

The election is expected to be held at the end of October.

The devastating flood has so far claimed 23 lives and left up to 50,000 people homeless causing extensive damage to roads and infrastructure.

On Monday, Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo told parliament the money would be released to MPs to enable them to respond to their constituents needs following the flood.

The first portion of this year’s Constituency Development Funds provided by Taiwan was due to be released last month, but was put on hold until MPs filed their acquittals for the previous period.

Chief Executive of Transparency Solomon Islands, Daniel Fenua has told Pacific Beat, it is concerning the money is being released to MPs in areas not affected by the floods.

“But for those constituencies that are outside of Guadalcanal Province, we are just worried that the election is here and is a triggering factor,” he said.

Mr Fenua is also concerned that MPs could be using the nation’s flood disaster, as an opportunity to gain votes ahead of the expected election in October.

“Our concern would be there are also a number of candidates, as we have heard going out and trying to provide relief to the victims,” he said.

“Given that the election is just around the corner, you know this could be an opportunity, you know people especially intending candidates, could take advantage of the situation.”

The ABC is seeking a response from the Solomon Islands government.

Radio Australia


36) Totori extends goal tally

By Online Editor
1:35 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

Solomon Islands star Benjamin Totori extended his Oceania Football Confederation Champions League all-time goals tally after guiding Waitakere United to a 2-0 win against Kiwi FC at Churchill Park in Lautoka Wednesday.

The striker caused havoc for the Kiwi FC defence displaying his uncanny skills.

Despite being heavily marked Totori found the back of the net in the 32nd minute with a low strike past goalkeeper Masi Toetu.

The goal moved Totori’s tally to 20, two ahead of Auckland City’s Daniel Koprivcic.

Earlier Sam French scored the opener in the 19th minute. French tapped the ball from his right foot towards his left and then rifled the ball in.

Kiwi FC from Samoa tightened its defence in the second half denying Waitakere United a chance from extending their score.

Waitakere United coach Paul Temple said they wasted opportunities in the second spell.

Temple said Totori proved to be a threat to the opposition.

“We are pretty happy with the result,” he said.

“We were little bit wasteful in the second half and missed our chances to score more goals. I think we will stick to what we have been doing as it worked in our system.

“In this competition there are less chances and you need to take them. It is good to have Benjamin in the team. He is always a threat and gives us something different.”

Kiwi FC making its debut in the competition looked rattled in the first half after the two goals.

However the side with players from New Zealand, Solomon Islands, England and Japan regrouped at halftime and matched Waitakere United.

Kiwi FC coach Martin Tamasese said the side did not have much training time together.

Tamasese said Waitakere United was superior.

“We did not have enough time together but we were able to hold them in the second half,” he said.

“Comparing our team from Samoa to New Zealand, it is a different level. But we played with passion. Our overseas players joined on Sunday and I’m happy with the overall performance.”

Kiwi FC: Masi Toetu, Linton Dauara, Andrew Setefano, Jarell Sale, Barry Lewis, Michael Fifi’i, Mike Saofaiga, Lionel Taylor, Jamie Mason, Yuta Sahara, Jimmy Hoasihita.

Waitakere United: Danny Robinson, Aaron Jones, Brian Shelley, Tom Biss, Sam French, Benjamin Totori, Joel Stevens, Sam Mathews, Tristan Prattley, Jake Butler, Harshae Ranig.


37) Tafea and Ba on collision course

By Online Editor
1:38 pm GMT+12, 10/04/2014, Fiji

The first match of round two sees home side Ba FC face Tafea of Vanuatu.

Both teams came out better off on the first match day of the OFC Champions League, with Tafea beating Hekari United 3-1, while Ba won with a more modest yet no less significant scoreline of 2-0 against AS Magenta.

Tafea is top of the table at the moment and the Teouma Academy players have more than proven their worth but their coach Moise Poida is taking no chances.

“This is [Ba’s] home ground. We’re being very careful because they’ve been very good before and I know that it’s not the first time they have been in the OFC Champions League.

“We will play our game so whatever happens we will treat this game against Ba as we treated the game against Hekari,” he says.

If goalscorers Don Mansale, Joses Nawo, and Dalong Damalip find the net as confidently as they did against Hekari, Poida will have as much reason to be as ecstatic as he was on Monday.

After a tough win which saw many of their goal-scoring opportunities not converted, Ba president Rishi Kumar noted the importance of a victory today in an interview with Fiji FA.

“Tafea have also won their first game as Ba did and one can say that this will be the clash of the pool. There is still a long way to go,” he says.

The second match of day four is a must-win situation for Hekari and Magenta. With both teams sitting last in Group C on zero points, Hekari’s Jerry Allen and Magenta’s Alain Moizan need wins today to keep their semi-final chances alive, something that both coaches are highly aware of.

Hekari find themselves without striker Tuimasi Manuca, who picked up a straight red in the 77th minute of the match against Ba. That leaves Allen with the possible options of Kema Jack, Nigel Dabinyaba or Raymond Gunemba to replace him in the starting line-up.

Magenta also have one man out in Ludovic Wakanumune who booked himself two yellow cards on Monday.

“There will be some changes,” Moizan says of the squad that will face Hekari, ”we can’t hope for a lot in this competition if we can’t create a greater sense of wanting, more simplicity and efficiency. We had some really good opportunities to score but couldn’t.”

Moizan’s counterpart shares his sentiment, and it is clear the do-or-die fixture in Govind Park weighs heavily on Allen’s mind.

“It’s going to be really tough and hard, especially when we come to play Ba at their home ground [in round three],” he says, “we need to step up and do our very best in order to get a result and stay in the competition.”

Tafea and Ba top the Group C table with three points apiece, with Tafea at the number one due to greater goal differential. Hekari and Magenta have zero points, with Hekari narrowly in front with a lone goal on their side from Monday.


38) Reds add punch for Brumbies

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BRISBANE – Queensland have recalled tough-tackling centre Anthony Fainga’a and young gun Chris Feauai-Sautia to their injury-hit backline for Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies.

Fainga’a gets his first start of the year with inside centre Mike Harris battling Achilles tendon soreness ahead of the crucial Rod Macqueen Cup match at Suncorp Stadium.

Reds coach Richard Graham says he won’t know until game-day whether Harris will play, surprisingly bracketing him on the bench with uncapped lock/flanker Dave McDuling.

The return of Wallabies three-quarter Feauai-Sautia on the wing is the biggest boost for Queensland, who have lost three of their last four matches to be in 11th place.

The Reds have missed the 20-year-old’s tackle-shedding ability in his time out with a hamstring strain.

He replaces rookie Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, who returns to the bench, while the under-rated Ben Lucas remains at fullback after Lachie Turner was booked in for ankle surgery.

“Chris has worked hard during the past four weeks and looks in really good shape,” Graham said. “His explosive running will be an asset for us.”

“We are fortunate to have Ant Fainga’a as a straight replacement for Harris. He brings a lot of experience to the midfield.”

Fainga’a’s twin Saia returns to the bench for his long-awaited 100th Super match after a shoulder injury ruled him out of the last two games.

“The chance to share the milestone with his brother will mean a lot to the both of them,” Graham said.

The Reds have stuck with their worker-bee back-row amid calls for the bigger Curtis Browning to start at flanker against the second-placed Brumbies. Graham conceded the Reds needed to be better at closing out games after failing to put the Lions and Western Force away in costly losses.

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