Today in History

Wednesday, February 18, 1987

NZ reverses no-visa stand

THE NZ Government has stopped visa-free entry into the country following abuses of the newly-introduced system. Announcing the suspension of the scheme, NZ’s High Commissioner in Fiji, Rodney Gates said some visitors from Fiji had abused the new procedures by illegally seeking medical treatment and enrolling their children in schools in NZ. The visa-free entry system was introduced last December to assist genuine visitors from Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa. It was available for short-term, non-working visits of less than three months.

Prisoner death: six queried

POLICE detectives have shortened their list of suspects in the killing of a 20-year-old recaptured prisoner to six prison officers. The prisoner, Apisai Raqauqau, 20, of Grantham Rd, Raiwaqa, died about 30 minutes after he was recaptured on Wednesday the previous week, 24 hours after escaping. He suffered head and body injuries from the beatings he got and died while being rushed to the hospital.

Friday, February 18, 1977

1200 Emperor men pick up their pay

THE Emperor Gold Mining Co. at Vatukoula paid out more than $70,000 to about 1200 of its hourly paid workers as part of its move to shut down the mine.

The workers, members of the Fiji Mineworkers’ Union, turned up after receiving notices to collect their pay at 9am the previous day. On instructions from their union, they refused the money and went away, mine sources said, but at 11am they returned and accepted their last pay while police kept vigil from a distance. The company decided on Monday to shut down the mine after union members went on strike.

Friendly North meets the Queen

THE Friendly North laid on smiles and sunshine for the Queen when she visited Labasa on Thursday, February 17, 1977. Rigid formality was forgotten beneath the blue skies of Labasa where the Queen and Duke of Edinburg laughed, chatted, sipped tea and met the people.

Saturday, February 18, 1967

Witchcraft bigamy appeal heard

THE Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on an appeal by a Fijian mechanic who claimed that contracted a bigamous marriage because of his fear of a witchdoctor. The mechanic, Timoci Deku Salaca, 26, was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in the Supreme Court on December 9, after pleading not guilty to bigamy. He said he had married a second woman after she threatened to go to a witchdoctor if he did not marry her.

Nine restaurant owners will be prosecuted

THE owners of nine restaurants in Nausori will be prosecuted because it is said they were not operating with licences for 1967. The Nausori Township Board decided this after receiving a report from the Health Office. Mr Lochan told the board that the nine restaurants had no licences for 1967 because he had not recommended them for licences. He said, they did not comply with the Restaurant, Eating House and Refreshment Bar Health Ordinance.

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