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NZ builders keen to assist with ‘Adopt a School’ program

Former Fijians and entrepreneurs in  New Zealand’s construction sector have offered to assist with the ‘Adopt a School’ program unveiled by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Tuesday  last week. A group of 12 former Fijians who are now leading lights in the NZ construction industry were briefed on the requirements of the program at a […]

Peni Shute

March 27, 2016 4:37 pm

Former Fijians and entrepreneurs in  New Zealand’s construction sector have offered to assist with the ‘Adopt a School’ program unveiled by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Tuesday  last week.

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12 former Fijians who are now leading lights in the NZ construction industry. Photo: DEPTFO.

A group of 12 former Fijians who are now leading lights in the NZ construction industry were briefed on the requirements of the program at a meeting in Auckland with the visiting Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum.

I explained that getting our children out of temporary structures and tents and back into proper classrooms is one of the Government’s top priorities. And I also told them of the partnership we have forged with the Fiji Institute of Engineers to ensure both the integrity of the program and to rebuild structures in the affected areas that are capable of surviving future cyclones.

The AG said he had been struck by the enthusiasm of Fijian New Zealanders to assist in the relief effort and especially those with the skills and contacts to make a practical contribution, such as the group of builders he met.

These are all people who have the means and commitment to move quickly to assist our children put the trauma of Cyclone Winston behind them. I have explained to them what the Government proposes and they have assured me that they will do everything to assist.

One of the conveners of the meeting, the CEO of Radio Tarana, Robert Khan, has established the Fiji Relief Network to encourage former Fijians living in NZ to contribute to the cyclone relief effort.

These Fijian New Zealanders who are in the NZ construction industry are self-made men who understand the importance of education and getting our children back into proper classrooms. They have at their disposal up to 1500 people in the building industry in NZ. And they are all prepared to devote time and resources to the rebuilding effort to enable Fijian children to put Cyclone Winston behind them.

Mr Khan added that those offering their services had been inspired by the quality of the Fijian Government’s response to the crisis and particularly the leadership of the Prime Minister.

The PM’s Adopt a School Program has already captured the imagination of many New Zealanders and we intend to do what we can to make it a resounding success.

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