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In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

“Fiji is a small island and when a Fijian soldier is killed the loss is felt by everyone.”

A WAR hero has been told he will be kicked out of the country unless he stumps up £1300 to get his visa renewed. Former Royal Scots private Fereti ‘Freddie’ Bureqele, 28, will have to find the cash if he wants to stay in Scotland with his wife Nicola, 30, and children Ryan, nine, Junior, four, and Oni, three. Freddie served with distinction in Bosnia and Iraq during six years in the Army and is now with the Territorials. He is due to leave for a tour of duty in Afghanistan in October, where he will be based for five months. But he has been told he will have to fork out cash to the UK Border Agency for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) visa on his passport – or be deported back to Fiji. He is being forced to pay £1000 to fly to the South Pacific island to get a new passport, as his current document is running out, then pay another £300 to get a new UK Border Agency stamp.

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In Uncategorized on March 22, 2010 at 2:27 am


Victoria University Conference Centre, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 8th – 11th April 2010

The Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS) holds a biennial conference. The first one, “Australia in the Pacific – the Pacific in Australia” was held in January 2006 at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  The next, “Oceanic Connections”, was held in April 2008 at the Australian National University (ANU).  AAAPS now invites abstracts for presentations to the 3rd AAAPS conference, “Oceanic Transformations” to be held at the Victoria University Conference Centre, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne, from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th April 2010.  For more information about AAAPS please visit the website

Curator Joycelin Leahy will be discussing my work in relation to the Pacific Storms exhibition and curator Loketi Niua Latu will be exhibiting my work in the Victoria Univeristy foyer along with other PI artists.


In Uncategorized on January 13, 2010 at 3:53 am
Eric Bridgeman Boi Boi the Labourer

Eric Bridgeman Boi Boi the Labourer (from the series The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules) 2008, inkjet print on photo rag Baryta paper. Collection of The University of Queensland, purchased 2010.

Featuring the work of Eric Bridgeman.

Saturday 30 January until 11 April 2010
The University of Queensland Art Museum
University Drive, St Lucia

Open daily 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Free parking on weekends

Fijian climate campaigner takes message to Poland

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2009 at 10:28 pm
Leah Wickham, Greenpeace Volunteer

Leah Wickham, Greenpeace Volunteer

Day One of Copenhagen was punctuated by a number of passionate and emotional speeches, but the one which attracted yesterday’s headlines was by a young women from Fiji, Leah Wickham. Ms Wickham begged delegates to come to binding agreeements so that she and many young people like herself can look forward living in her island paradise.

After the first official press conference, young people from all over the world entered the auditorium holding up large scale building blocks which spelled out “10 million people expect a fair, ambitious and binding deal” to show leaders how important it is to get an effective climate deal.

Leah Wickham told Geraldine Coutts – from a train on her way to Poland and her next speech on climate change – that the attention has come as a bit of a shock.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Leah Wickham, climate witness and representative of TckTckTck and Greenpeace

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slapsista :: fly, unfurl and be free…

In Contemporary Performance, Hip Hop Research, Uncategorized on November 28, 2009 at 2:30 am

Body percusionist, educator, writer, Annalise Friend

Annalise is an awesome multi-talented woman, whom I was lucky enough to meet at the Big Island workshop at University of Wollongong last week. Check her website and blog and look out for her performances and workshops.

Victoria University of Wellington is seeking a Director for its Pacific Unit: Va’aomanū Pasifika

In Pacific Research and News, Uncategorized on November 3, 2009 at 4:21 am
Va'aomanu Pasifika

Va'aomanu Pasifika

The University currently offers a range of courses leading to majors in Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies in the BA degree at undergraduate level. The BA (Honours), and MA in Pacific Studies and the PhD in Pacific Studies are offered at postgraduate level.

The Director will provide academic leadership and strategic direction for Va’aomanū Pasifika. This position will enhance further the research culture, postgraduate development, and research-led teaching of Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies at Victoria University. The Director must also develop and maintain external networks and effective working relationships with Pacific communities and stakeholders.

Applicants should have a PhD and an excellent research and teaching profile. A background in social sciences and a proficiency in a Pacific language would be an advantage.

The appointment will be made at Associate Professor level.

Visit the VUW website >>

FIJI TIMES // New work by 5 Fiji Women Artists @ The Salon, Auckland City

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2009 at 5:21 am

FIJI DAY is upon us! And to mark Fiji Day, we had to do an exhibition!!!

Inspired to make experimental commentary on the current political situation in Fiji, five artists have developed new works that tackle political [mis]leadership, faith and religion, censorship and militarism, propaganda, love, land and diaspora. This exciting short exhibition is a continuation of the VASU: Pacific Women of Power exhibition staged in Suva in 2008. VASU was Fiji’s first platform for the promotion, celebration and discussion of art made by Fiji women.

FIJI TIMES // New work by 5 Fiji Women Artists // Curated by Ema Tavola
Fiji’s own STEVIE J!!
OPENING: 6pm, Friday 9 October
EXHIBITION DATES: 12 – 6pm, 10-14 October
VENUE: The Salon / House of Taonga, Level 1, St Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Road, Central Auckland

Exhibition website: // Daily updates will include interviews with artists, responses and photos photos photos!!

For media enquiries, please contact Naomi Singer, phone 027 5555352 or email

>>> Download the Fiji Times Exhibition Media Release <<<

FIJI TIMES is a non-profit exhibition project in a private Auckland studio space featuring experimental artwork reflecting on Fiji’s current political situation or the times of Fiji. The visual reference to Fiji Times Ltd’s historic masthead is an acknowledgment of the newspaper’s role in communicating and reflecting Fiji society and politics. The use of the words ‘Fiji Times’ references the ability for visual arts to communicate and reflect society in a similar way to the media. The title aimed to encourage artists to reflect on their role as cultural interpreters and use their work as a platform for commentary, using visual language. The font we have employed on the e-flier was selected to be similar to the historic Fiji Times masthead but not identical. The FIJI TIMES exhibition has no relationship with Fiji Times Ltd.

Protect Me - © Torika Bolatagici 2009

Protect Me - © Torika Bolatagici 2009

Tautai Auction for Pacific Tsunami Relief

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2009 at 2:33 am
Artists for Tsunami Relief - Auction in NZ

Artists for Tsunami Relief - Auction in NZ

“Missing Pacific” Project – ABC Radio Australia – In The Loop Interview (02.10.09)

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2009 at 2:12 am

For Pacific Islanders living overseas many of us are always seeking ways to remain connected to our cultures, histories and traditions. When we don’t have direct access to our culture and people, one of the greatest resources for gaining information is through a library. But what happens when Pacific resources within a public library are limited or no longer available? Melbourne based Fijian photographer Torika Bolatagici-Vetuna examines this very issue through her current installation called “Missing Pacific” which has been set up in a bayside library.

Listen to MP3 via ABC website.

Fiji Times: Opens 9 October: Auckland

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2009 at 3:03 am
Fiji Times (curated by Ema Tavola) 10-14 October, The Salon, Auckland

Fiji Times (curated by Ema Tavola) 10-14 October, The Salon, Auckland