SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka has commended families and communities still living in tents for their patience. This was part of his Fiji Day message as Fiji celebrates its 46th anniversary of independence.
“As we look back at our national history, 142 years since the cession of Fiji, we have endured and recovered after every setback. Whilst still recovering from TC Winston, the nation united in joyous celebration for the historic achievement of our Olympic-champion 7s Team. “Our win enabled us to transcend boundaries and that same unity of purpose is required to build a strong, united and multicultural Fiji.”
Mr Rabuka also reiterated his call for the potential of sports to be fostered nationally.
“The sky is the limit: rather than being a source of raw talent for tier one rugby nations, Fiji can replicate the success of 7s in the 15s code.
“And I am gratified that efforts are underway to establish a Super 14 team or two to retain our rugby talent in Fiji.
“I also reiterate my call for budgetary support to the Fiji Sports Commission to establish a sports academy that will nurture and train our field and track athletes as well as the men’s and women’s rugby and netball and other sports.”
The Serevi family in Seattle, USA. Photo: Facebook
Photo: Fiji Society In Hamilton/Facebook Children celebrating Fiji Day in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Photo: Vilitati Mataitini/ Facebook Third from right: Fiji High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Esala Teleni with his wife and the Fijian community in Port Moresby during the Fiji Day celebrations in PNG.
The Mayor of Ipswich Councelor Roger Fern (second from left), and the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Jitoko Tikolevu (second from right), are flanked by two iTaukei warriors during the Fiji Day celebrations in the UK.
The Fijian community in Canberra, Australia, celebrate Fiji Day. Photo: Fiji High Commission - Canberra Australia/ Facebook
Fijians in Thailand on Fiji Day. Photo: Tai Taka/ Facebook