From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your December 12 briefing

Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum gives his remarks during the Property Opportunities presentation at the 21st Attorney General's Conference in Natadola Sigatoka in 2019. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

There were some head turners today when we had our afternoon conference here in the newsroom in Suva.

The reports on hemp farming are certainly interesting. The Wairiki 7s also came to an end this afternoon with the winners declared. Log onto for more information. Our Bureau Chief North Serafina Silaitoga and our world-travelled Suva-based photojournalist and digital man Jovesa Naisua can now finally take a break after a hectic four-day assignment covering the Wairiki 7s on Taveuni. Log on to for videos and reports from the final day on Taveuni.


Remember we are celebrating our 152nd year anniversary and you can win cash with us. Scroll down for details!


For those who love the Nai Lalakai… be prepared for something special on Monday! Zack and the team are working on the special edition which goes to press tonight… check out the video on our Fiji Times Facebook portal by Viliame Ravai!

Bula vinaka everyone.

Here are some headlines that made The Sunday Times edition for December 12.


GOVERNMENT will issue licences to those farmers who will take up industrial hemp farming in Fiji, said Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday at the 23rd A-G’s Conference in Nadi. He said laws will be amended to decriminalise the planting of industrial hemp.


# TWO families of Navatuvula Village, Sawani, Naitasiri are counting their lucky stars after they barely escaped a landslide in the wee hours of Saturday morning that almost claimed their homes. Village headman Levani Ilisevaseva said the two families had fled their homes and were residing in their relative’s houses after the incident.


# GOVERNMENT has been urged to hold wide consultation with Fijians on the proposed introduction of industrial hemp farming in Fiji.

# THE Ministry of Agriculture is taking the lead in the introduction of industrial hemp farming in Fiji, said permanent secretary Dr Vinesh Kumar at the 23rd Attorney-General’s Conference in Nadi.


Readers have their say on issues that matter to them. Their topics range from politics, 7s rugby, women’s rights, road accidents to Christmas lunch and consideration for the less fortunate. Read their views on Pages 6 and 7.

# The leader is on Fijians thinking outside the box to put food on the table. It is the harsh reality on the ground. We discuss why we must stay focused. Read this on Page 6.


The usual Sunday articles are there. Get Behind the News with JOHN KAMEA, find out what this white gold is all about in Discovering Fiji, and test your taste buds with Food with Chef LANCE SEETO. Want entertainment? Turn to Bollybaat! Take a trip down memory lane with Today in History!


The big one on the back page is about the Wairiki 7s and the win by Tabadamu. Read about:

# THEY did it! CKS Tabadamu yesterday told this newspaper that they were on Taveuni to win the Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens and they achieved their mission, defeating Wardens 19-12. Team coach Luke Lutunavanua attributed their victory to God. All the sacrifices, dedication and hard work over the past months, he said, had rewarded them with the $7000 prize.


Remember we are celebrating our 152nd anniversary and you can win cash with the Times. There were 10 winners in September and 20 winners in October. In November, 30 lucky readers had the chance to win $152 each, and also get into the draw to win the grand prize of $15,200. In this month of December, 40 lucky readers will win cash prizes!

All you have to do to get into the draw is to cut out the masthead of the Fiji Times, write your name and address, and a phone contact on it, and drop this into a bin at a participating store near you. Turn to Page 25 for details!

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