Kimi Narovu, the Fijian association representation for the district considers Operation Namu a good initiative to minimise the breeding sites of mosquitos and the spread of dengue fever.
He believes working together is beneficial for everyone.
“I encourage our Fijian nationals to please come out and help at your puna, take part in the various activities and get to know the people who live in your community.
“Let’s not just keep to ourselves, let’s try and mingle with all the others as well, so that we can live in harmony with each other,” said Narovu.
Pande Yasa from Indonesia was happy to do his bit to help out and pleased to meet more residents.
Most of the rubbish collected consisted of plastic bottles, tin cans carelessly dumped along the roadsides and coast lines.
Coordinator Pae Papatua praised the time and effort of the team and ethnic nationals who lent a hand, but voiced his disappointment at the attitude of people who litter.
For many years, Ministry of Culture archivist Paula Paniani always makes time to be part of any village activity.
She was among the many who had a similar message.
“People who are using the coast for social activities, please take your rubbish home with you,” she said.
The Disaster Risk Management puna centre for the constituency is located at the Ruatonga meeting house near the Avatiu stream.
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