No bet­ter gift than fam­ily

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■ Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama’s Fa­ther’s Day Mes­sage

Iknow that fa­thers across Fiji agree: There is no bet­ter gift than fam­ily.

I was blessed to spend Fa­ther’s Day sur­rounded by the love of my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren at our Fiji Navy monthly church ser­vice.

While many see me first and fore­most as Fiji’s Prime Min­is­ter, to me, my pri­mary role is be­ing a fa­ther.

I care about my wife, chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren; they, and all the chil­dren of Fiji, are what has driven my re­lent­less pur­suit to make our beloved na­tion a bet­ter place. They, with my ser­vice to God and coun­try, are my life.

My Gov­ern­ment recog­nises that rais­ing a

fam­ily takes two par­ents who are able to give of their time and en­ergy to sup­port their chil­dren’s suc­cess.

That’s why we in­tro­duced pa­ter­nity leave for the first-time ever last year, so that fa­thers can take time off the work to help care a new child without hav­ing to sac­ri­fice their pay check.

That’s why we in­tro­duced five days of Fam­ily Care Leave for ev­ery work­ing Fi­jian so they can take time off work when they need to tend to their fam­ily’s needs.

And that’s why we’re go­ing to con­tinue driv­ing in­no­va­tive poli­cies that help moth­ers and fa­thers strike a bal­ance be­tween work and the care of their fam­i­lies and loved ones.

Have a blessed day, ev­ery­one.

While many see me first and fore­most as Fiji’s Prime Min­is­ter, to me, my pri­mary role is be­ing a fa­ther. I care about my wife, chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren; they, and all the chil­dren of Fiji, are what has driven my re­lent­less pur­suit to make our beloved na­tion a bet­ter place.

The Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama with wife, Mary, and fam­ily at the RFMF Naval Di­vi­sion Stan­ley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay on Septem­ber 1, 2019.

The Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama with wife, Mary and the fam­ily with Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Com­man­der Rear Ad­mi­ral Vil­iame Naupoto and the con­gre­ga­tion at the RFMF Naval Di­vi­sion Stan­ley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay on Septem­ber 1, 2019.

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