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Naviavia melanesian community gets new fiberglass boat

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon handed over a 23-foot fiberglass boat and a 40-horsepower outboard motor engine, life jackets and safety equipment to the Naviavia Melanesian Community in Wailevu, Cakaudrove. Bainimarama told the Naviavia Melanesian Community to use this as a safe mode of transport to help improve their standard of living. So I am very pleased […]

Peni Shute

January 17, 2016 7:56 am

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon handed over a 23-foot fiberglass boat and a 40-horsepower outboard motor engine, life jackets and safety equipment to the Naviavia Melanesian Community in Wailevu, Cakaudrove.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the handover of a fiberglass boat with a 40-horsepower outboard motor and life jackets handover to the people of Naviavia community. PHOTO: Fijian Government.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the handover of a fiberglass boat with a 40-horsepower outboard motor and life jackets handover to the people of Naviavia melanesian community.  PHOTO: Fijian Government.

Bainimarama told the Naviavia Melanesian Community to use this as a safe mode of transport to help improve their standard of living.

So I am very pleased to officially turn over to you this 23-foot fibreglass boat, with its 40-horsepower outboard engine, life jackets and safety kit. I know you will use it well to lift up your community and to stay safe.

The Prime Minister reminded the community that there ancestors came to Naviavia from the Solomon Islands during the colonial era and helped build Fiji with their sweat and hardwork.

Bainimarama reassured the community that their days of suffering from discrimination is over and  he also wished the community that the new boat will help them prosper and them safe when out at sea.

But I am also here to deliver a message to you, our Melanesian brothers and sisters, and to all Fijians. Your days of suffering discrimination are over. Your days of being told that you are outsiders are over. Your days of not enjoying the full rights, privileges and responsibilities of Fijian citizenship are over.

Bainimarama said the cost was about $17,500, provided through the Melanesian/Vasu I Taukei Development Fund and administered by his office.

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