Chief’s coun­cil your views

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Fiji Sun - - Comment - Ilisoni Taoba, Vatuwaqa Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

There has been a lot of dis­cus­sions over the above sub­ject as if there is no iTaukei tra­di­tional chief’s coun­cil in ex­is­tence in Fiji.

In the cur­rent tra­di­tional set­ting th­ese coun­cils ex­ist as Bose Vanua (Chiefs Coun­cil). The Bose Vanua (Chiefs Coun­cil) are at the tik­ina and pro­vin­cial lev­els as NGO’s in­de­pen­dent from the tik­ina and pro­vin­cial coun­cils which are arms of Gov­ern­ment un­der the Min­istry of iTaukei Af­fairs. Re­la­tion­ship be­tween the bod­ies, co-or­di­nated through the Min­istry of iTaukei Af­fairs, is con­sid­ered am­i­ca­ble and ef­fec­tive in so far as the eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ments of the iTaukei com­mu­ni­ties are con­cerned.

There are cur­rently 14 Pro­vin­cial Bose Vanua (Chiefs Coun­cil) and 189 tik­ina Bose Vanua (Chiefs Coun­cil) in Fiji. A to­tal of 203 chiefs coun­cil. Mem­ber­ship of the ter­mi­nated GCC is 53.

Fol­low­ing the 1987 Mil­i­tary takeover of the then gov­ern­ment, meet­ings of the tra­di­tional iTaukei chiefs were called. The Bose Vakat­uraga (Great Coun­cil of Chiefs) meet­ing was held in Suva and the Bose Ni Turaga (Bose Vanua) meet­ing held sep­a­rately at Ratu Ka­davulevu School, Lodoni, Tailevu. The prov­ince of Ba had reg­is­tered a NGO for their iTaukei chiefs for the prov­ince. Per­haps the GCC could con­sider set­ting up a sim­i­lar NGO with a much broader chiefly rep­re­sen­ta­tion to meet their ob­jec­tives.

En­vi­ron­ment tax Devlin Chung, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

Oh what a dash to en­act laws for an­other form of tax to take care of mat­ters of an en­vi­ron­men­tal na­ture.

I re­fer to the ar­ti­cle sub­mit­ted by my MOB young col­league, Jo­saia Rayawa, whose con­nec­tion to this is­sue is linked to the tourism in­dus­try as a pro­pri­etor/man­ager/op­er­a­tor of a tourist re­sort in Savusavu. His com­ments and views are so glar­ingly ob­vi­ous that the ho­tel in­dus­try is be­ing forced to con­trib­ute to this six per cent tax while all oth­ers are not be­ing ap­plied the same law for keep­ing the en­vi­ron­ment clean and tidy. I has­ten to add that this am­bigu­ous tax will in­evitably chase the tourists away from our shores voic­ing that Fiji is get­ting too ex­pen­sive as a tourist des­ti­na­tion. With any ad­di­tional tax or charges ren­dered to cer­tain as­pects of an in­dus­try, it is an on-go­ing process of fi­nan­cial cap­i­tal­ism to pass that on to the con­sumer and re­ally no one wins un­der this set of man­age­ment ac­count­abil­ity.

In or­der for any busi­ness to sur­vive and suc­ceed, there must be a bal­ance of clear guide­lines to en­vi­sion how the fu­ture holds by tak­ing into ac­count the end re­sults through the con­sumer’s eyes. If the con­sumer doesn’t budge or buy your prod­uct, the busi­ness is as good as it never started. For this en­vi­ron­ment saga tax I do feel for the tourist in­dus­try, as Jo­saia says, will be the make or break of devel­op­ing the busi­ness to a high oc­cu­pancy level and hav­ing vis­i­tors to pay for this tax is to­tally against the grain of devel­op­ing tourism in Fiji. I know Fiji has not been able to ed­u­cate and cre­ate aware­ness about keep­ing your own com­pounds and sur­round­ings clean and tidy by dis­pos­ing your waste in a hy­gienic and ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner, Gov­ern­ment should make it law with ev­ery house­hold and ev­ery in­di­vid­u­als that they will be fined for lit­ter­ing just like the laws in Sin­ga­pore and this will in turn cre­ate the men­tal­ity of a clean and re­fresh­ing en­vi­ron­ment for all. Each one should be made re­spon­si­ble for his in­dis­cre­tions if he ig­nores the law of lit­ter­ing and made to pay the fine for the city fa­thers to clean up garbage bins al­lo­cated in ev­ery part of the city and pub­lic ar­eas. We sure do have a lazy men­tal­ity and it all be­gins at home for par­ents and at schools to in­stil such clean­li­ness mind­set from a young age as part of our civic pride and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

It is rather ironic to bite the hands off for the peo­ple who fur­bish the tourist in­dus­try, as I too have shied away from vis­it­ing Fiji as it is be­ing priced out of my af­ford­abil­ity.

Im­pres­sive Fi­jian 7s Save­naca Vakali­waliwa, Canada

Our Voda­fone Fiji 7s team have been very im­pres­sive and just a joy to watch with the in­clu­sion of Nakarawa, Viriviri, Tuisova and Nayacalevu. The four men con­vinc­ingly de­feated Scot­land, Wales and Samoa to top Pool B.

I be­lieve South Africa will pull through to meet hope­fully Fiji in the Cup Fi­nal, un­less if New Zealand does it again to them.

To me, this Paris fi­nal is the test if Fiji is on track to win its first ever gold medal in the his­tory of the Olympic Games. Coach Ben Ryan and the boys need all our sup­port and prayers. Toso Viti.

Photo: Pos­si­bly pho­tographed by F. Dufty, De­cem­ber 1876/maa.cam.ac.uk

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