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Problem worst in Villages

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 22, 2008) – The lack of common courtesy, respect, public decorum and demeanor of young Fijians, particularly in village settings, was a concern discussed among chiefs during the recent Bose ni Turaga at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.

Interim Indigenous Affairs Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the issue was brought up after a presentation from the Institute of Fijian Language and Culture.

The presentation focused on the preservation of Fijian cultural practices and the responsibility for the custody and transmission of those practices, particularly to younger people.

Chiefs were also urged to take on the responsibility of encouraging their vanua to observe proper protocol and accepted standards of conduct and behaviour.

The two-day BNT last week provided the interim Government an opportunity to present its plans to chiefs, clan heads and invited guests.

The plans include the adoption of the People’s Charter and moves to return the country to democratic governance.

However, what was obvious at the meeting was the absence of several paramount and senior chiefs like the Tui Cakau and head of Tovata confederacy Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa, the Ka Levu Ratu Sakiusa Makutu and the Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua.

The next BNT is planned for next month.


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