PM greets ‘Terminator’, thanks him for sup­port

He dances to Po­lice Band tunes and drinks kava for the first time.

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama greets the “Terminator” Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, a for­mer Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia and ac­tion movie star.

Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger is at­tend­ing the cli­mate change sum­mit in Bonn, Ger­many, to lend sup­port for Mr Bain­i­marama as Pres­i­dent of COP23. Mr Bain­i­marama had con­tacted Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger and in­vited him when he vis­ited the United States in June this year. Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger cre­ated ex­cite­ment in the Fi­jian Pav­il­ion when he vis­ited it.

The Terminator Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger danced to the tune of the Fiji Po­lice Band in Bonn, Ger­many. Then he tasted for the first time the Fi­jian na­tional drink, yaqona (kava).

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama was at his side to give him sup­port.

Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger, the for­mer Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia, set the Fi­jian Pav­il­ion alight when he danced with a Po­lice band mem­ber Con­sta­ble Ti­tilia Koroitacina in the tra­di­tional taralala. Later he was joined on the dance floor by Mr Bain­i­marama and other COP23 of­fi­cials. He sam­pled the Fi­jian hos­pi­tal­ity and his body lan­guage in­di­cated he loved it.

Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger was the flavour of the day at the Fi­jian Pav­il­ion and was an in­stant hit with the Fi­jians, par­tic­u­larly mem­bers of the Po­lice band. Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger took ac­tive part in dis­cus­sions on health and lo­cal gov­ern­ment Ear­lier he had pledged that no one would need to put their in­no­va­tion on hold re­lat­ing to cli­mate change due to lack of funds.

He pledged his sup­port to those want­ing to make a dif­fer­ence in sav­ing the fu­ture of hu­man­ity. Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger also shared some words about the role mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or lo­cal gov­ern­ments need to play to make a dif­fer­ence. He ex­plained that in­stead of wait­ing for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica to make laws to safe­guard the en­vi­ron­ment, the State of Cal­i­for­nia took it upon it­self to make a dif­fer­ence.

He also made spe­cial men­tion of the ground break­ing work done by Gov­er­nor Brown when he (Sch­warzeneg­ger) was Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia in the 1980s.

Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger said his achieve­ment in mak­ing Cal­i­for­nia the first state to im­ple­ment laws re­gard­ing the en­vi­ron­ment was based on the ground work done by Mr Brown.

Mr Brown is cur­rently the Gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia and is also Mr Bain­i­marama’s spe­cial en­voy from Amer­ica to COP23.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Fiji Po­lice of­fi­cer Ti­tilia Koroitacina danc­ing with Arnold Sh­warzeneg­ger at the Fi­jian Pav­il­ion in Bonn, Ger­many.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Ac­tion movie star Arnold Sh­warzeneg­ger drinks his first bowl of kava at the Fi­jian Pav­il­ion in Bonn, Ger­many.

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