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Poverty in Fiji: Changes 2002-03 to 2008-09 and Policy Implications: Final Report. Fiji Bureau of Statistics, 2012.

Following Captain James Cook. Islands Business, May 17, 2012

PACER Plus, OCTA and FICs: beggars can’t be choosers. Pacific Scoop, 30 April 2012.

Pacific tilting west to PNG.  Pacific Scoop 27 April 2012.

Bainimarama’s coup and ethnicity in Fiji- separating facts from fiction 23 March James Cook University. 25 March 2012.

Why the Burness/Shameem case will not be heard“. Fiji Pensioners. 23 February 2012.

Kagoshima University, Kagoshima and Japan: learning curves for a Fijian (forthcoming, South Pacific Newsletter, KURCPI, 2012)

Final Report on the 2008-09 Household Income and Expenditure Survey. Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics. 2011.  (Funded by AusAID). Hard copy may be obtained from Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics.

“FNPF Transition Decree: last nail in FNPF coffin”Fiji Pensioners and Coupfourpointfive  3 Dec 2011.

Military Regime trashes pensioners’ contracts”. Coupfourpointfive  26 Nov 2011.

“FNPF Draft Decree: Regime taking total control”Coupfourpointfive  30 Nov 2011. and Fiji Pensioners, 2 Dec 2011

Why good people support evil: applying Philip Zimbardo to Fiji”. Intelligentsiya.  15 Nov  2011.

“Fiji’s cancerous conspiracies of silence”. Intelligentsiya.  Nov 5  2011.

“FNPF bakes pie-in-the-sky” Pacific Scoop, AUT. 27 October 2011.

“A Japanese sojourn: lessons for Fiji” Pacific Scoop, AUT. 27 September 2011.

Troublesome challenges for Forum countries” Pacific Scoop, AUT. 4 September 2011.

Namosi Copper Mine may pose severe risks for Fiji’s environment” Pacific Scoop. 24 August 2011.

Battle to seek justice for Fiji pensioners strikes new legal defining point”. Pacific Scoop. 1 August 2011.

End FNPF subsidy to Fiji Governments- linking the many battles” Pacific Scoop. 20 July  2011.

Consultants helping the Fiji military milk the FNPF cow”. Pacific Scoop. 2 June 2011.

More Bainimarama nails for the FNPF coffin: FNPF sinks lower” Pacific Scoop. 26 May 2011.

Turning off tourists”. The Fiji Times 21 May 2011.

The Commerce Commission: helping or harming the poor”. The Fiji Times 16 May 2011.

Your money is not fully yours”. The Fiji Times 7 May 2011.

The Great Bank Robbery: $30 millions gone”. The Fiji Times 30 April 2011.

“The “No Service Stations”  The Fiji Times 16 April 2011.

Political instability and poor Pacific economic performance: the dialogue gaps and challenges”. Islands Business, April 2011.

The bond issue: when failure is called success, while the regime digs Fiji’s hole deeper”. Pacific Scoop. 12 March 2011.

Merging Wages Councils: going backwards” Pacific Scoop 16 February 2011.

Helping FNPF, despite media censorship”Pacific Scoop. 18 January 2011.

Preliminary Report:  Poverty and Household Incomes in Fiji in 2008-09. Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics. 2010.  (Funded by AusAID). Hard copy may be obtained from Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics.

Population and Development in the Pacific Islands: Accelerating the ICPD Plan of Action @ 15, Faculty of Business and Economics, Proceedings of the Regional Symposium at The University of the South Pacific, 23 to 25 November 2009. (Edited by Wadan Narsey, Annette Sachs Robertson, Biman Prasad, Eduard Jongstra, and Kesaia Seniloli). 2010.

The Impact of PICTA on alcohol and tobacco industries in Forum Island Countries. School of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of the South Pacific. Suva. 2010.
Front and back cover

“Budget 2010: the great cover-up”.  (blogs)

“Fiji’s far-reaching population revolution” (blogs)

“The 2011 Budget Oscars: burdening future generations” (blogs).

Sawmills crippled in Queensland: how about Pacific labour: ”.  Islands Business, October 2010.

“BACER Plus rather than PACER Plus”.  Islands Business, October 2010.

“Poverty and Income Distribution in Fiji in 2008-09” Islands Business, October 2010.

Free Pre-Schools for the poor”  The Fiji Times 30 July 2010.

“Water, water, everywhere: but not in a divided nation”  The Fiji Times. 9 April 2010

 ********************** 2009

(Editor of):  A Voice of Reason: the writings of Savenaca Siwatibau. The School of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of the South Pacific. 2009
Front and back cover……………………………………….  Contents………………….

“Pacer Plus: a smoother approach” Fiji Islands Business, August 2009.

Coup wolves circling FNPF”  Fiji Sun, 14 March 2009 and The Fiji Times 13 March 2009.

“The Rev Niukula Lecture on Just Wages in Fiji”.  April 2009 organized  by ECREA. (blogs)

“The moral gutting of Fiji and coming economic collapse” 13 July 2009 (blogs)

“Floods and coups: selective blindness” The Fiji Times, 31 January 2009.

“A Visionary Pacific Community”.  Pacific Connections, April/May 2009.

***************** 2008

The Quantitative Analysis of Poverty in Fiji. School of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of the South Pacific and Vanuavou Publications. 2008.
Front and back over

The Charter Charade” The Fiji Times, 23 December 2008.

“Perpetual pollution: the need for carrots and sticks” The Fiji Times, 14 December 2008.

“Transparency, accountability and us” The Fiji Times, and Fiji Sun, 11 December 2008.

“An evil budget: laced with deceit”The Fiji Times, and Fiji Sun, 27 November 2008.

When security guards rob the bank (and the surveillance report goes to the robbers)The Fiji Times, 28 October 2008.

“The grim truth behind economic growth rates”  The Fiji Times, 13 September 2008

“Not Charter, not growth rates, but the law” The Fiji Times, August 19 2008.

****** 2007

Gender Issues in Incomes, employment and underemployment in Fiji.  Vanuavou Publications (funded by AusAID). 2007.
Front cover  and back cover.

Final Report on the 2004-05 Employment and Unemployment Survey. Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics. (May 2007). (FIBoS)
Hard copy may be obtained from Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics.

Costly coups: no catching up in GDP yet again. The Fiji Times, 7 December 2007

“The financial liability of tunnel visions”,The Fiji Times,14 August 2007.

 Poverty and affirmative action: facts, not prejudices [The Fiji Times, 11 June 2007]

**** 2006

Final Report on the 2002-03 Household Income and Expenditure Survey. Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics. 2006. (FIBoS).
Hard copy may be obtained from Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics.

Just Wages for Fiji: lifting workers out of poverty. ECREA and Vanuavou Publications. 2006. With dedication to Amelia Rokotuivuna and foreword byRatu Joni Madraiwiwi (Vice President of Fiji)
Cover  Book available from  USP Book Centre

Exclusion of Pacific Islands Workers, again”. Islands Business, October 2006.

Just Wages for Fiji”  Fiji TImes. date??

***** 2005

“Auditors between the devil and the deep blue sea”.  The Sunday Times,14 August 2005.

“Stock markets, sharks, suckers and victims”.  Islands Business, May 2006 and also The Fiji Times,  16 April  2006.

The Suva Market: An act of architectural terrorism” The Fiji Times, 19 July 2005.

Fijians living with the land boom: bonanza or time bomb?” The Fiji Times,29 June 2005.

“Who audits the auditors?” The Fiji Times,17 June 2005.

Gender discrimination in sports sponsorship: women netballers missing the gravy train”  The Sunday Times,29 May 2005.

“Mixing beer and rum in a bigger monopoly: a recipe for a hangover”. The Fiji Times,27 April 2005. (also in Islands Business).

*** 2004

Academic outcomes and resources for Basic Education.Institute of Education, The University of the South Pacific,Suva,Fiji. 2004.  Hard copy of book available from  USP Book Centre

To Level the Playing Fields: developing our small people. Vanuavou Publications,Suva,Fiji. 2004. (a collection of articles on economic, political and social issues in Fiji). Cover Book available from  USP Book Centre

Financing options for the Fiji Islands Visitors Bureau.  Report for the Ministry of Tourism,Fiji Government. 2004.

The banking massacre of agriculture”. The Fiji Times, 10 November 2004.

Why no Indo-Fijians in Fiji’s tourism image?”. The Sunday Times, 26 September 2004.

Vijay Singh:  the blockbuster Bollywood movie [The Fiji Times, 24 September 2004]

“Tourism and the 1987 and 2000 coups:  no bouncing back”The Sunday Times, 12 September 2004.

“The kava kerfuffle: do we believe in the MSG and PICTA?”  Islands Business, September 2004.

Colonialism again, rugby style [The Fiji Times, 25 July 2004]

Consumers being milked by dairy protection: when CEOs and Ministers disagree”.  The Fiji Times,  9 July 2004.

The ATH Monopoly: the illusion of choices”   The Fiji Times,  7 July 2004.

“Communications Monopoly monsters at work” The Fiji Times,  21 May 2004.

PICTA, PACER, EPAs: where are we going?” Islands  Business, April 2004.

Crouching tigers, hidden dragons and swaggering swans: The Exporters of the Year Awards”.   The Fiji Times, 7 March 2004.

**** 2003

Pacific Islands Countries’ Fiscal Reform needed for EPAs with the EU and PACER with Australia and NZ.   2003, revised for publication 2010 (unpublished).

No bounty from our golden rum: Fosters not interested”.  The Fiji Times, 10 June 2003.

Vijay Singh: Fiji to the world (at no cost) [The Fiji Times, 21 May 2003]

Pre-schools help the poor more”.  The Fiji Times,  5 May 2003

Fiji TV Close-up: the costs of monopoly”.  The Fiji Times, 22 April 2003

*** 2002

Fiji’s population growth is not a time bomb”.  The Fiji Times, 27 September 2002

For richer and poorer: can indigenous Fijians accumulate?“.  The Fiji Times, 29 August 2002.

The costs and hidden handouts  of protectionism“.  The Fiji Times, 14 August 2002.

“Peacekeeping and the army: the RFMF Brand”.
The Fiji Times, 3 July 2002.

“Tides of globalisation: take the good and avoid the bad“. The Fiji Times, 25 June 2002.

“The numbers game: governments flaunt them, but do the numbers add up?” The Fiji Times, 19 June 2002.

“The ATHL monopoly and FNPF: between the devil and the deep blue sea“. The Fiji Times, 6 March 2002.

FNPF and the Reserve Bank: funny business for the Guv [The Fiji Times, 12 March 2002]

Atu Emberson’s film on goldmine workers strike:  silenced by the gold“, The Fiji Times, 15 January 2002.

**** 2001

“Maximising mahogany” The Fiji Times,2 Jan 2001.

**** 2000

A USP Comparative Salary Index”.  Report  for the University of the South Pacific.  2000.

“Integrating Gender into national budgets: the case of Fiji”. Presentation and Report for UNIFEM and Seminar for Pacific Regional Women Members of Parliament, Nadi. March 2000.

Coups, discount rate dragons, and mahogany [The Fiji Times, 31 Dec 2000.]

Our costly coups: the impact on GDP [The Fiji Times, 24 Dec 2000]

Sell the fishing, not the fish” The Fiji Times,17 Dec 2000.

Super 12 a super rip-off” The Fiji Times,3 Dec 2000.

****** 1999

Expiring ALTA Leases: A Way Forward.  (with Jai Ram Reddy). 1999. Submission to Parliamentary Select Committee on ALTA.

“Jobs and the elderly: a niche market for Fijian tourism“.  The Fiji Times,26 November 1999.

The People’s Coalition Government and employers: the love hate relationship”.  The Fiji Times,19 November 1999.

FLP Budget 2000: just who pays for dinner”.  The Fiji Times,8 November 1999.

The rugby world Cup: not a level playing field [The Fiji Times, 22 October 1999]

“Ministerial interference with boards: need to set ground rules”.  The Fiji Times,15 October, 1999.

Barbecue sellers: treat them as blessings not  blight“. The Fiji Times,17 September 1999.

Don’t discriminate against expatriates“. The Fiji Times,15 August 1999.

“Ray of hope for lease renewals under ALTA”.  The Fiji Times,10 September 1999.

The paradoxes in our prisons”The Fiji Times, 3 September 1999.

Gold, not all glitter anymore (hah hah hah: how wrong I was)”.  The Fiji Times,25 August 1999.

18 holes of golf at the Fiji Golf Club, gone to waste“. The Fiji Times,20 August 1999.

“Public sector reform: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The Fiji Times,16 July 1999.

Raw deal for nuclear test guinea pigs at Malden and Christmas Islands“. The Sunday Times,13 June 1999. (also in Pacific Islands Monthly, July 1999)

“A perverse parliamentary perk”.  The Fiji Times, June. 1999.

“Clause 2 stalls Senate decision”. The Fiji Times,17 June 1999.

“A tale of city rates”. The Fiji Times,5 February 1999.

***** 1998

Bank profitability: a relative rip-off”The Fiji Times,27 November 1998.

“Our market mess: can we do better?” Daily Post,16 November 1998.

“The advertising war: sex and more sex”. Daily Post,12 November 1998.

“Coke versus coconut: is it a no contest?”. Daily Post,4 November 1998.

Nutritional regression in free markets:  are we nuts when it comes to good health?”. Daily Post,29 October 1998.

“State, NGOs must agree on national disaster roles”.  The Fiji Times,15 October 1998.

Tourism to boost Fijians“.  The Fiji Times,10 September 1998.

“The Bureau’s Consumer Prices Index: is it a fiddle?”. The Fiji Times, date? June/July 98

“Free markets in labour or not?” Daily Post,4 April 1998.

“Balancing tradition in a capitalist market economy”. A book review of MIW, Fijians in business by Dr Ropate Qalo. Daily Post,4 April 1998.

USP Law School: a win-win solution“. The Fiji Times,30 March 1998.

In the interest of our children: banks and the little people”. The Fiji Times,26 February 1998.

“The 20% devaluation”. The Sunday Times, 19 January 1998.

“Vijay’s a fantastic attraction: A golfing bonanza goes begging“. The Fiji Times,15 January 1998.

***** 1997

The constitution, democracy and economic justice
[Paper to CCF Dialogue, 1997]

“The economic madness of military expenditure in Fiji”.  The Fiji Times,6 May 1997. (from an address to the 1997 Accountants’ Congress).

Can PWD Water the bill?  The Fiji Times 15 April 1997.

FIJIAN EDUCATION: lost between the crocodiles, the ostriches and sacred cows [The Fiji Times, 18 January 1997 and 20 January 1997]


Issues in the Financing of the University of the South Pacific. Report for USP and the I.D.P. Australia. 1996.

The Internal Funding Model for Schools. IFM2: The Revised Model. Planning and Development Office, The University of the South Pacific. 1996.

The 1997 magician’s budget:  the NBF chicken coming home to roost  The Fiji Times, 9 Sep 1996]

The NBF saga: how do we learn? The Fiji Times, 1996

**** 1995

“The Constitution Review debate”.The Fiji Times, 29 July 1995.

“The nation’s interests, not ethnic groups”. The Fiji Times, 31 July 1995.

“Fears of ethnic domination not justified”. The Fiji Times, 1 August 1995.

“Reduced future ethnic competition for  public resources”. The Fiji Times, 3 August, 1995.

“Sugar industry reform: not the two-tier pricing system?” The Fiji Times,7 April 1995.

Sugar industry reform: what diversification and how?” The Fiji Times,8 April 1995.

FIJI’S ELECTORAL SYSTEM AND ELECTION RESULTS: Implications of Long-Term Population Change
“Racial split causes worry: implications of population changes”. The Fiji Times, 27 April 1994.

“Dead votes, ghost votes, and fair regional distribution”. The Fiji Times, 28 April 1994

“Racial or multiracial: where is the future?”. The Fiji Times, 29 April 1994.]


The Financing of Education in Vanuatu, Report for the World Bank and Government ofVanuatu. 1993.


Pacific Regional Post Secondary Education Study: Vol. 1. Overview of Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Western Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. (With A.Aime, D.Hamilton, Jin He and Ian P. Morris). World Bank Report No. 11351, Country DepartmentIII,East Asia and the Pacific Region. (available in USP Library)

Pacific Regional Post Secondary Study.  Volume 2.  Tracer Study (Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Western Samoa). World Bank, Country DepartmentIII, EAPR. (with Ian P. Morris). (available in USP Library)

Post Secondary Education and the Labor Market: Issues and Options. Country Studies: part of Pacific Regional Post Secondary Study. World Bank, Country Department III, EAPR. (with Ian P. Morris).  Separate volumes for Fiji, Kiribati, Solomon Islands,Tonga, Vanuatu, and Western Samoa (available in USP Library)


Garments Wages: what is best for Fiji? Fiji Sun, 10 October 1989.

“The Sugar Cane Growers’ Superannuation Scheme: some questions”. The Fiji Times, date?

The unfair 1989 SUGAR TRIBUNAL DRAFT AWARD 1989.


DEVALUATION: pros and cons  The Fiji Times. 1988.

“The New Pay Formula: is it workable?”. The Fiji Times,10 December 1986.  Also as “Wage Guideline Formula makes no economic sense”, Fiji Sun, 10 December 1986.

“Budget 1987: the hidden problems”. Fiji Sun, 11 November 1986.

*****    1985

Fiji’s colonial development and underdevelopment: a critique of the Knapman thesis. [Published in The Contemporary Pacific, Vol.2, No.1, pp. 208-213 and  Journal of Pacific Studies, Vol.16, pp. 91-106.]

The anti-women Report of the Fiji Employment and Development Mission
[“The Political Economy of Employment Missions: a case study of the Fiji Employment and Development Mission, 1982‑84” in Class and Culture, edited by A. Hooper. (1987) Auckland University and Institute of Pacific Studies, University of South Pacific. pp. 194-208.]

“The Report of the Financial Review Committee: more aid to the wealthy”. Fiji Sun, 29 October 1985.

“The plight of the garments workers”, Fiji Sun, 10 November 1985.

“A comment on the bus fare increase”. Sunday Sun, 30 June 1985.

Alternatives to the unilateral wage freeze The Fiji Times, 1 Feb 1985.

“Development Plan 8 and the Nature of Development Planning”, Journal of Pacific Studies­, Vol.11, 1985. Pages 1‑10.

“Monopoly Capital, White Racism and Super‑profits in Fiji: a Case Study of the Colonial Sugar Refining Company”, Journal of Pacific Studies­, Vol.5, 1979. Pp. 66‑146.

The Expiring ALTA leases in Koronubu, Ba.  Unispac.  1974.

Fiji a Developing Australian Colony­. (co-authored by Amelia Rokotuivuna, Jone Dakuvula, Wadan Narsey,  Ian Howie, Peter Annear, David Mahony, Allison Fong, Claire Slatter, and Brian Noone. International Development Action, North Fitzroy,Victoria,Australia. 1973.

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