Cook Islands Friends of Fiji executive members. 23102717
Fiji’s Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka will be accorded a full Fijian traditional welcoming ceremony when he arrives in Rarotonga for the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting.
The welcoming ceremony will be conducted by the Cook
Islands Friends of Fiji Inc (FOF). Rabuka will be arriving into the country on
Sunday, November 5 on the Fiji Airways flight at around 11.15pm.
The Fijian PM has confirmed his availability and
attendance at the full traditional welcome protocol alongside 13 other Fiji
Fiji’s High Commissioner to New Zealand, Ratu Inoke
Kubuabola and his first secretary, Mela Baba will also be in the country for
In a statement, FOF says they are a committed and
driven community organisation, with objectives to foster democracy,
human rights, community involvement, and open communication.
“We believe in the power of the rule of law and
democracy as the cornerstone of our beloved homeland and new homes. This
is in light of the forthcoming Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting to
commence on November 6.”
FOF champions the protection and promotion of human
rights and civil liberties, holding the government accountable and ensuring the
protection of public rights.
“FOF also recognises the vast blue Pacific as an
integrated whole by our shared geography that highlights the geographical
proximity of these island nations, emphasizing that they are all situated
within the same vast ocean, creating a natural connection.”
On October 21, the FOF President extended a traditional
invitation for attendance to the Cook Islands Fijian Community through its
president Wayne Insimo and his executives.
Due to security protocol and catering purposes, attendees
are required to register with Dick Ratawake on 73453 or Gander Wainiqolo on