UN appointment for ACP Vuniwaqa

ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa. Fiji Police
ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa. Fiji Police.

ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa has been appointed the Deputy Police Commissioner of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. This is Fiji’s highest level appointment in UN Police in their 30 years of collaboration.  In 2013, ACP Itendra Nair was appointed UNMISS Chief of Staff until 2015.

POLICE

4 being questioned over boarding school assault

Four students of a boarding school in Tailevu are currently being questioned by Korovou police for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old student at the school dormitory on Sunday (March 05).  Police are still trying to ascertain the cause of the assault on the Year 9 student.

NADI AIRPORT

New departures drop-off area opened for public use.

The new departures drop off area has two lanes, with one lane being dedicated for buses. AFL.
The new departures drop off area has two lanes, with one lane being dedicated for buses. AFL.

According the AFL Executive Chairman,  Faiz Khan, the curved roof over the drop off area is 3,400 square meters, it provides cover in rain, the footpaths are wider, there is a new drainage system and enhanced security features.

The $21.3m Somosomo Hydro electric plant was commissioned in Taveuni yesterday. DEPTFO.
The $21.3m Somosomo Hydro electric plant was commissioned in Taveuni yesterday. DEPTFO.

LTA

Acting CEO steps down

Mr Aptinko Vaurasi has resigned as Acting CEO of the Land Transport Authority.  He had replaced Naisa Tuinaceva in September last year, whose contract was not renewed.  Mr Vaurasi is also an LTA board member appointed in August 2015.

ROADS

Some roads in Korovou, Naqali, and Rewa in the Central Division are closed due to flooding. FRA Situation Report.

CRIME

Serious Crime Statistics – February 2017

10 police officers charged with assault, 1 police officer charged with theft, 1 woman charged for throwing kerosene at her husband and setting him on fire.  He died.

View the Statistics (PDF)

TOURISM

Romantic Fiji holiday turns sour

A New Zealand couple stayed at a resort in Coral Coast and got food poisoning.  They were taken to the Sigatoka Hospital but didn’t like the experience. Kate Allman wrote in NZ Herald.

IN COURT

Lawyers cited for practising without a license

Lawyers Aseri Vakaloloma and Nacanieli Bulisea have been ordered to appear before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe because they appeared in a trial currently underway without valid practising certificates.  The Legal Practitioner’s Unit said this was a “serious case of professional misconduct”.

ALL BLACKS

Five days after being arrested for an alleged drug deal in Paris, retired 77-Test veteran Williams took to Twitter to admit he had blundered.
Five days after being arrested for an alleged drug deal in Paris, retired 77-Test veteran Williams took to Twitter to admit he had blundered.

Former All Black Ali Williams admits to ‘big mistake’ after cocaine bust with former Wallaby James O’Connor.

Former CEO found guilty of theft

Matai Matakitoga / Google +
Matai Matakitoga / Google +

Matai Matakitoga, the former Chief Executive Officer of Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, was found guilty of three counts of theft by the Suva Magistrates Court. Matakitoga was accused of taking a table, five tyres and three cabinets from the BAF compound in March 2013. He was the finance manager and acting CEO at the time and told the court that the items taken were obsolete.

NEW ZEALAND

Fijian rugby player pleads guilty to assault

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Kolinio Yabia Tamanitoakula appeared in Gisborne District Court in New Zealand via audio visual link. NZ Herald

Kolinio Yabia Tamanitoakula pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman with the intent to rape her last October. NZ Herald.

Tabua theft  from chief’s house

Forty tabua (whale’s tooth) were taken from the home of former President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara in Tubou village, Lakeba in Lau. Police have charged six men with burglary, and all items have been recovered.

AUSTRALIA

Five feared dead after plane crashes into Melbourne shopping center

Air ambulance crash at Essendon DFO in Melbourne, Australia. 9 News / Channel 9
Air ambulance crash at Essendon DFO in Melbourne, Australia. 9 News / Channel 9

A charter plane carrying five people has crashed into the popular Direct Factory Outlet shopping centre in Melbourne, causing a large explosion and sending plumes of black smoke into the air.

DROWNING

‘Death Trap’

A woman died after she slipped and fell into a flooded waterway, a place termed by some people as a “death trap” during inclement weather.  Mohini Lata, 49, lost her life at the “Waiyavi waterfall” in Lautoka at about 5 pm on Sunday.

POLICE

Water Safety

A 42-year-old Ba farmer is missing after falling off his horse while trying to cross to Benai River on Monday afternoon.  The man was washed away by strong currents and police are still searching for him.  He was accompanied by his 21-year-old nephew at the time of the incident.

Relocation

The Lautoka Police Station has moved to the Matanakilagi  House at M.N. Naidu Road.  The Market and Shirley Community Post will continue to receive reports as usual.

ROAD WORKS

Very High Peak, Peak, and Off Peak

Fiji Road Authority is “not pleased” with a contractor carrying out work during the early morning peak along some of Suva’s busiest roads.  CEO John Hutchinson said an increase in car ownership means peak periods have changed, and deteriorating infrastructure mean “a certain degree of road work during peak hours is inevitable.”

WEATHER

Three systems being monitored

Fiji MET.
Fiji MET.

TD14F – It is now a tropical depression and was analysed approximately 130km north-west of Labasa. Active rainbands with strong winds associated will come our way.  Expect occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms with moderate to fresh south-east winds. Winds will be strong and gusty at times.

TD15F – This system is now a Tropical Depression, analysed approximately 670km West of Rarotonga. TD15F has a moderate to high probability of developing to a Tropical Cyclone, but if that occurs, it will be over open waters.

TD12F – It is still a slight tropical disturbance and is not expected to develop into a Tropical Cyclone.

1 YEAR LATER

Tropical Cyclone Winston

On 29 February 2016, children play in the library of a school damaged by Cyclone Winston at the Nabau District School, Ra Province, Fiji. UNICEF/Sohkin.
On 29 February 2016, children play in the library of a school damaged by Cyclone Winston at the Nabau District School, Ra Province, Fiji. UNICEF/Sohkin.

Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji on February 20-21 last year claiming 44 lives and leaving thousands without shelter, food and safe water.  TC Winston was the most powerful storm ever in the Southern Hemisphere with damages in Fiji estimated at $1.9 billion.

The Government will hold a remembrance service at Albert Park, Suva today.  PM Voreqe Bainimarama said it was important to remember the lives lost one year ago.  SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the service was inappropriate as some people were still waiting for government assistance.

POLICE

Nasinu man accused of abduction

Param Vir Maharaj outside the Nasinu Magistrates Court in 2015. Rama / Fiji Sun.
Param Vir Maharaj, 53, is alleged to have abducted two girls aged 12 and 14 years last Saturday. In this photo, Maharaj is standing outside the Nasinu Magistrates Court in 2015. Rama / Fiji Sun.

Police arrested Maharaj early last week and took him to court to apply for an extension to keep him in custody, which was allowed.

He has since been charged with the following:

  • Use Of Certain Titles Or Descriptions Prohibited
  • Personating Public Officers
  • Abduction Of Young Persons
  • Punishment For Wrongful Confinement
  • Traffic In Obscene Publications
  • Indecently Insulting Or Annoying Any Person

In 2015, Maharaj was accused of illegally operating as a doctor from his home in Omkar Road, Nasinu, under the alias ‘Dr Robert’.

Cyber Scams

Scammers promised valuable items such as laptops and acquired contact details; then a few days later asked to pay fees for customs clearance.  A woman in Labasa was duped of $2000 while another woman lost $200 in a separate incident.

Drugs Bust

A Labasa farmer is in custody after a raid seized 1,980 marijuana plants.  A 31-year-old man in Nasolo, Nasinu was also arrested after he was found with 30 rolls of marijuana wrapped in aluminium foil.

UN appointment for ACP Vuniwaqa

ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa. Fiji Police
ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa. Fiji Police.

ACP Unaisi Vuniwaqa has been appointed the Deputy Police Commissioner of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. This is Fiji’s highest level appointment in UN Police in their 30 years of collaboration.  In 2013, ACP Itendra Nair was appointed UNMISS Chief of Staff until 2015.

The $21.3m Somosomo Hydro electric plant was commissioned in Taveuni yesterday. DEPTFO.
The $21.3m Somosomo Hydro electric plant was commissioned in Taveuni yesterday. DEPTFO.

CRIME

Serious Crime Statistics – February 2017

10 police officers charged with assault, 1 police officer charged with theft, 1 woman charged for throwing kerosene at her husband and setting him on fire.  He died.

View the Statistics (PDF)

ALL BLACKS

Five days after being arrested for an alleged drug deal in Paris, retired 77-Test veteran Williams took to Twitter to admit he had blundered.
Five days after being arrested for an alleged drug deal in Paris, retired 77-Test veteran Williams took to Twitter to admit he had blundered.

Former All Black Ali Williams admits to ‘big mistake’ after cocaine bust with former Wallaby James O’Connor.

Tabua theft  from chief’s house

Forty tabua (whale’s tooth) were taken from the home of former President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara in Tubou village, Lakeba in Lau. Police have charged six men with burglary, and all items have been recovered.

POLICE

Water Safety

A 42-year-old Ba farmer is missing after falling off his horse while trying to cross to Benai River on Monday afternoon.  The man was washed away by strong currents and police are still searching for him.  He was accompanied by his 21-year-old nephew at the time of the incident.

Relocation

The Lautoka Police Station has moved to the Matanakilagi  House at M.N. Naidu Road.  The Market and Shirley Community Post will continue to receive reports as usual.

1 YEAR LATER

Tropical Cyclone Winston

On 29 February 2016, children play in the library of a school damaged by Cyclone Winston at the Nabau District School, Ra Province, Fiji. UNICEF/Sohkin.
On 29 February 2016, children play in the library of a school damaged by Cyclone Winston at the Nabau District School, Ra Province, Fiji. UNICEF/Sohkin.

Tropical Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji on February 20-21 last year claiming 44 lives and leaving thousands without shelter, food and safe water.  TC Winston was the most powerful storm ever in the Southern Hemisphere with damages in Fiji estimated at $1.9 billion.

The Government will hold a remembrance service at Albert Park, Suva today.  PM Voreqe Bainimarama said it was important to remember the lives lost one year ago.  SODELPA Leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the service was inappropriate as some people were still waiting for government assistance.

POLICE

4 being questioned over boarding school assault

Four students of a boarding school in Tailevu are currently being questioned by Korovou police for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old student at the school dormitory on Sunday (March 05).  Police are still trying to ascertain the cause of the assault on the Year 9 student.

LTA

Acting CEO steps down

Mr Aptinko Vaurasi has resigned as Acting CEO of the Land Transport Authority.  He had replaced Naisa Tuinaceva in September last year, whose contract was not renewed.  Mr Vaurasi is also an LTA board member appointed in August 2015.

TOURISM

Romantic Fiji holiday turns sour

A New Zealand couple stayed at a resort in Coral Coast and got food poisoning.  They were taken to the Sigatoka Hospital but didn’t like the experience. Kate Allman wrote in NZ Herald.

Former CEO found guilty of theft

Matai Matakitoga / Google +
Matai Matakitoga / Google +

Matai Matakitoga, the former Chief Executive Officer of Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, was found guilty of three counts of theft by the Suva Magistrates Court. Matakitoga was accused of taking a table, five tyres and three cabinets from the BAF compound in March 2013. He was the finance manager and acting CEO at the time and told the court that the items taken were obsolete.

AUSTRALIA

Five feared dead after plane crashes into Melbourne shopping center

Air ambulance crash at Essendon DFO in Melbourne, Australia. 9 News / Channel 9
Air ambulance crash at Essendon DFO in Melbourne, Australia. 9 News / Channel 9

A charter plane carrying five people has crashed into the popular Direct Factory Outlet shopping centre in Melbourne, causing a large explosion and sending plumes of black smoke into the air.

ROAD WORKS

Very High Peak, Peak, and Off Peak

Fiji Road Authority is “not pleased” with a contractor carrying out work during the early morning peak along some of Suva’s busiest roads.  CEO John Hutchinson said an increase in car ownership means peak periods have changed, and deteriorating infrastructure mean “a certain degree of road work during peak hours is inevitable.”

POLICE

Nasinu man accused of abduction

Param Vir Maharaj outside the Nasinu Magistrates Court in 2015. Rama / Fiji Sun.
Param Vir Maharaj, 53, is alleged to have abducted two girls aged 12 and 14 years last Saturday. In this photo, Maharaj is standing outside the Nasinu Magistrates Court in 2015. Rama / Fiji Sun.

Police arrested Maharaj early last week and took him to court to apply for an extension to keep him in custody, which was allowed.

He has since been charged with the following:

  • Use Of Certain Titles Or Descriptions Prohibited
  • Personating Public Officers
  • Abduction Of Young Persons
  • Punishment For Wrongful Confinement
  • Traffic In Obscene Publications
  • Indecently Insulting Or Annoying Any Person

In 2015, Maharaj was accused of illegally operating as a doctor from his home in Omkar Road, Nasinu, under the alias ‘Dr Robert’.

Cyber Scams

Scammers promised valuable items such as laptops and acquired contact details; then a few days later asked to pay fees for customs clearance.  A woman in Labasa was duped of $2000 while another woman lost $200 in a separate incident.

Drugs Bust

A Labasa farmer is in custody after a raid seized 1,980 marijuana plants.  A 31-year-old man in Nasolo, Nasinu was also arrested after he was found with 30 rolls of marijuana wrapped in aluminium foil.

NADI AIRPORT

New departures drop-off area opened for public use.

The new departures drop off area has two lanes, with one lane being dedicated for buses. AFL.
The new departures drop off area has two lanes, with one lane being dedicated for buses. AFL.

According the AFL Executive Chairman,  Faiz Khan, the curved roof over the drop off area is 3,400 square meters, it provides cover in rain, the footpaths are wider, there is a new drainage system and enhanced security features.

ROADS

Some roads in Korovou, Naqali, and Rewa in the Central Division are closed due to flooding. FRA Situation Report.

IN COURT

Lawyers cited for practising without a license

Lawyers Aseri Vakaloloma and Nacanieli Bulisea have been ordered to appear before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe because they appeared in a trial currently underway without valid practising certificates.  The Legal Practitioner’s Unit said this was a “serious case of professional misconduct”.

NEW ZEALAND

Fijian rugby player pleads guilty to assault

Koli-Edit1002_480x270
Kolinio Yabia Tamanitoakula appeared in Gisborne District Court in New Zealand via audio visual link. NZ Herald

Kolinio Yabia Tamanitoakula pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman with the intent to rape her last October. NZ Herald.

DROWNING

‘Death Trap’

A woman died after she slipped and fell into a flooded waterway, a place termed by some people as a “death trap” during inclement weather.  Mohini Lata, 49, lost her life at the “Waiyavi waterfall” in Lautoka at about 5 pm on Sunday.

WEATHER

Three systems being monitored

Fiji MET.
Fiji MET.

TD14F – It is now a tropical depression and was analysed approximately 130km north-west of Labasa. Active rainbands with strong winds associated will come our way.  Expect occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms with moderate to fresh south-east winds. Winds will be strong and gusty at times.

TD15F – This system is now a Tropical Depression, analysed approximately 670km West of Rarotonga. TD15F has a moderate to high probability of developing to a Tropical Cyclone, but if that occurs, it will be over open waters.

TD12F – It is still a slight tropical disturbance and is not expected to develop into a Tropical Cyclone.