There's been a story running about Fijian seasonal workers in the Robinvale area because six have moved on - perhaps in Melbourne or back to Fiji. They were unhappy with their conditions and pay. Anyway here is one explanation of how workers get paid. A lot of money is deducted from the gross pay so they end up with very little. If it's about piece work then it's about productivity of course. There are many Islanders up in the Robinvale and Mildura area and I haven't heard complaints out loud before but I can understand the disappointment of some of the agricultural workers.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Christmas letter 2015
Our compound, now called Vatuadova Kisi is busy with the large family and often visitors, so kava is occasionally flowing. This year Andrew’s 13 year old daughter Linlay came over from Tonga and started school at Form 2 at Geelong High School. It has been a joy to have a teenage girl join our household. Young Andrew is also at Geelong High and completed Year 11. Bale works down at Lorne and Jordan worked there for several months this year. The boys are now sixteen and eighteen so both do some part-time work.
Health issues for us oldies mean pills and checkups and aches in the night mean I’m on the internet at 2 a.m. with a hot water bottle and Deep Heat on my knee.. The young ones in the family play tennis summer and winter for East Geelong Uniting, touch rugby, a bit of indoor cricket and Andrew Snr attempts to get them interested in athletics. Peceli and I still go for drives and simple picnics and some sketching to enjoy the beauty of the Bellarine Peninsular and discover new places nearly every week. Peceli gave up Rotary and we go to fewer Diversitat or community meetings these days. There were no trips to Fiji this year, just a few days holiday at Port Fairy which was nice. Our Fiji Friendship Club continues with dinners and a lovely barbecue/lovo at Rippleside Park in December.
Peceli continues his relationship with some of the Fijian families in the Werribee and Altona Meadows/area and I still play music at East Geelong. A Tongan minister, Rev Ikani continues to be an inspirational leader of our faith community. There has been sadness this year as we farewelled several friends as age or illness caught up with them.
Friday August 21st was a significant day at our family village of Vatuadova near Labasa with the opening of the new Methodist Church there. The former wooden church which opened in June 1998 will be used for cultural activities and a kindergarten. It was too small for the people nowadays. The building process took three years of fundraising and then the carpentry team stage by stage built the church. Congratulations to all concerned. Thank you to the men and women of the former South Geelong Uniting Church for their contribution of $10,000 to the final stages.
Loloma and best wishes for the Christmas and New Year season. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org and we’re on facebook.
Wendy R and gang from Geelong.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Monday, December 07, 2015
Here's a good story from Labasa and the success of a goat farmer there.
Labasa goat and sheep farmer expects to make $10,000 profit
A 53-year-old goat and sheep farmer of Wainikoro, Labasa says that he will celebrate this year’s Christmas in a big way with his family.
Mohammed Aiyub Khan says that this year he has secured buyers from the Central and Western Divisions and he is expecting to make a profit of close to $10,000.
Khan says in the past years he used to sell his goats and sheep to only the Labasa market but this Christmas has opened new doors for him.
The father of four says he has more than 200 goats and 86 sheep.
Khan says he will spend the money to expand his farm and do a big Christmas shopping.