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At home — The highs and lows

Compiled By Timoci Vula/Nasik Swami/Tevita Vuibau. Graphics: Sanju Prasad
Wednesday, January 01, 2014

5 War clubs of the late Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Banuve Kania, who accepted Christianity in his province of Rewa in 1839, are returned to Rewa by Robert Quarmby, a descendant of Wesleyan missionary Reverend William Cross.

19 Existing political parties are given 27 days to re-register themselves ahead of the 2014 elections or face losing all their assets.

25 Former head of the wages council Father Kevin Barr is expelled by the State after allegedly breaching his work permit. Details of the alleged breach were not revealed. He was granted permission to stay the next day.

1 Iliesa Delana opens the door to his new home in Valelevu — a $100,000 gift from the government — as a token of appreciation for Fiji's first gold medal win at the Paralympics in London.

17 Cabinet amends the State Lands Act that now prohibits iTaukei land to be converted into freehold land.

20 The Fiji Times was fined $300,000 for contempt of court.

4 A brutality video showing two men being beaten up by a group of men goes viral on various websites. Police said they would investigate.

21 Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama releases the draft Constitution, an amendment of the Yash Ghai document.

28 SAS hero Kauata Vamarasi Marafono, known as Fred, dies in his sleep in the UK. He was among the first Fijians to join the SAS in its secret wars.

3 Former prime minister Laisenia Qarase is released after serving eight months of his 12-month jail term for an abuse of office-related charge.

4 Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced the establishment of a Transparency Commission that would enforce the code of conduct for public office holders.

19 Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere drowns when his boat sinks during a fishing trip.

2 The NFP, FLP and SODELPA are officially registered under the Political Parties (Registration, Conduct, Funding and Disclosures) Decree.

31 16-year-old Sigatoka lass is the first Fijian contracted by New York's Trump Modelling Agency.

1 Caireen Erbsleben is crowned Miss World Fiji at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour.

8 The Catholic Church welcomes its new archbishop Peter Loy Chong.

9 Two village sites dating back to at least 500 years are discovered in the Koroyanitu mountain range in Lautoka.

2 Suspected Chinese drug lord Chen Guoming arrested and extradited to China after being caught in Fiji after seven years on the run.

14 The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma is given the green light to hold its annual conference by the government for 40 hours.

19 Police recover the bodies of graphic businessman Krishna Swami Naidu and his assistant Ella Blakelock after being reported missing for about a month.

Fiji Airways appoints new managing director and CEO in Stefan Pichler.

15 About 65 buses belonging to Nasese Buses Limited are ordered off the road indefinitely to allow for an audit of its fleet after several fire incidents.

25 Miss FBC Priscilla Reddy crowned Miss Vodafone Hibiscus 2013.

7 The country's fourth Constitution comes into effect.

23 PSC confirms an increase in the salary of all permanent secretaries in government.

24 Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua's term as police commissioner comes to an end.

16 India's Mars mission team arrives in Fiji for the rocket launch.

17 The NLC says it will review how iTaukei are registered in the register of Native Landowners (Vola ni Kawa Bula).

Fiji's sole superannuation fund collected a record $342million from its 288,000 active members for the 2013 financial year.

8 Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announces the government's $2.8billion national budget for 2014.

10 Fiji withdraws from the Pacific ACP meeting in the Solomon Islands organised by the Forum Secretariat.

11 Former army land force commander Pita Driti is jailed for five years for inciting mutiny.

17 Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum unveils the first 40 sets of the National Register of Voters containing the names and addresses of 540,000 registered to vote in the election next year.