Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Copying Pacific designs

It is inevitable that people from overseas who like the tapa designs etc. from the islands copy these designs to make money. But how to you monitor this breach of copyright"  Article from the Fiji Times.
Alisi Vucago
Thursday, May 25, 2017
PACIFIC Islanders need to prevent the exploitation of the cultural designs their countries are known for, says Papua New Guinea fashion designer Sarah Haaod Todd.
Ms Todd made this comment at the Fiji Fashion Week press conference yesterday.
She is representing PNG with her label PNGianKala and will join the event with her unique PNG flag inspired collection.
She claimed foreigners had come into her country and remade their traditional shoulder bags known as bilums and sold it to people of PNG at a higher price.
"Each province has a different style to make a bilums and its actually very diverse," she said.
"Traditional belums are woven from the barks of trees and hand-made, however, this has been exploited."
She also stated tattoo designs, which are unique to her culture, had also been used by foreigners without the permission of the traditional owners.
"Amongst us, I call upon governments to penalise any foreigner that comes in and exploits our culture and heritage for monetary gains," she said.
"It is happening right now and it is going to wipe out and commercialise our culture as there is no love, no respect and it doesn't come from within them."
"They're just doing that to make money from us and it has been going on for far too long and getting worse."
Ms Todd encouraged designers to think about lobbying the issue to their governments to ensure there was some kind of protection in place for their heritage which was unique and stood out anywhere in the world.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fiji Times or Fiji Sun

PEOPLE'S NEWSPAPER

Vijay Maharaj, Sydney Australia | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
This Sawakasa II village road sign is tilting on its side in Tailevu North. Picture: JONA KONATACI.
This Sawakasa II village road sign is tilting on its side in Tailevu North. Picture: JONA KONATACI.
I wish to thank the Attorney-General and Economy Minister, Aiyaz Saiyed-Khaiyum, for moving around the country trying to educate the people on the system of budget preparation. He is also inviting suggestions and ideas that could be incorporated in the next budget.
While I appreciate the motives behind such campaigns, I am at a loss to understand why our A-G keeps on attacking The Fiji Times. I am a keen reader of newspapers and I closely follow the news section of radio stations and TV channels.
I believe The Fiji Times has given enough coverage and publicity to his meetings. Whatever transpires in such meetings are reported by well trained and experienced reporters. In fact, I believe I have seen more of Honourable Sayed-Khaiyum's pictures in The Fiji Times than any other current politician, for which he should be really thankful.
Some time ago in one of his meetings in Vanua Levu, I believe Hon. Sayed-Khaiyum even asked the people not to buy The Fiji Times, and now he is telling people not to believe what is reported in The Fiji Times. Such comments and actions I believe will do more damage for our A-G politically.
Finally I strongly believe that The Fiji Times is still the "people's" newspaper.
Look at the volume of its circulation and one can easily gauge its popularity. Whatever we read in this open column is entirely the views of the writers and the newspaper should never be blamed if it hurts any politician or a member of Parliament.
I believe in true democracy and according to our Constitution we have the freedom of expression and therefore any politician should always be prepared to face a bit of criticism and also accept praise if offered for good work.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mothers' Day and a barbecue

The boys suggested we go to the You Yangs for a barbecue for Mother's Day so nine of us prepared and drove out past Lara but there were over a thousand people with the same idea! Anyway I did some sketches near a rock and the others climbed up Flinders Peak and took some photos which I will sort out later. Then it was time to cook - BUT all the gas had gone out in the public barbecues near us! So we drove back to Geelong to Eastern Park and hoorah - there was a spare barbecue at the shelter up top of the hill. Salads, sausages, chops, hamburgers, eggs cooked heart shape in bread, etc. etc. Now we are enjoying mudcake and coffee. (Have to drink my coffee at least two hours after eating red meat for the iron to work!) So we had a mountain and the sea today for our fresh air outing. 16 degrees, sunny at first so it was okay. Also, I received some lovely flowers and chocolates - the latter to share of course.