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Matilda Simmons
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Monday, February 4, 1957

Auckland alleged "exploiting" Pacific Islanders

A MEMBER of Auckland City Council, Mr G Forsyth, claimed at a recent meeting of the Council that Pacific Islanders were creating slums in the city, according to the Auckland Star.

He said, the Islanders were living in overcrowded houses and were creating the slums faster than the Council could deal with the problem. Calling for an investigation of overcrowding, Mr Forsyth claimed the Islanders were being "exploited."

They were being forced to live in conditions undesirable to themselves and to city health standards. "This problem violates many of our health by-laws," said Mr Forsyth, quoting an unconfirmed report that 28 people were living in Freeman's Bay house in which the Council had an interest.

Levuka News

Efforts have been made to raise the Joyita but as yet with no success. She still lies firmly on the beach. On another note, an excited youngster was fishing off the Levuka wharf when he hooked saw a shark with a thin nylon line. But his excitement was so great he pulled in his line too quickly - it broke and the shark got away.

Wednesday, February 4, 1976

Cheaper Air Nauru hits Air Pacific

SOME of Air Pacific's regional services have been badly hit by cut-rate competition from Air Nauru. The Nauru airline which began flying to Fiji in December is carrying passengers to Nauru for about one-third of the Air Pacific fare and to Tarawa in the Gilberts for about half the Air Pacific rate. In one instance Air Pacific had lost a booking for a group of 52 passengers worth $10,000.

Muslim school uniform raises furore

A NEW regulation enforcing Muslim traditional dress on all girl students attending Labasa Muslim High School has aroused opposition from the manager of a primary school. The manager of Valibar Primary Sangam School, Mr Krishna Swamy has complained to the Ministry of Education that the high school is abusing multiracial education by enforcing Muslim traditional costume.

Thursday, February 4, 1999

Nurses leave for better deals

MORE than 60 qualified nurses emigrated last year, after being offered better wages, working conditions and access to further education. While 13 nurses were expected to leave for the United Kingdom in March. Fiji Nursing Association general secretary Lavinia Padarath said, Fiji nurses were marketable internationally and that the Government must make their wage packages and working conditions more attractive to retain them.

We want to give tenants 75-year leases, says PM

THE Government is proposing a 75-year lease arrangement for resettled ALTA tenants, says Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. The proposal to be submitted to the Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Land, wants this new arrangement to apply to agricultural leases on State land. These leases are issued for a period of 30 to 50 years. He said on native land, landowners willing to provide residential leases to existing tenants would be encouraged to give 99-year leases.

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