There was a moment of hilarity before we got down to business. I asked if I could visit the 'little boy's room,' and my client took me down the passage and opened the door to his five year old son's bed room. Oh, the traps of literal translation.
Anyway, after we had concluded the business of the day, we chatted about Fiji.
My client and his wife have been in NZ for four years, he working for the same farm owner the whole time, now managing a herd of 500 cows. His parents own and farm some 40 ha freehold land in Fiji, growing sugar cane. Here, he is paid $40k and has a nice comfortable but small home provided. She works down the road at a glass house complex for $12.75 per hour. They have three school aged children.
In four years they have saved a deposit of over $50k for a house and will apply for residency next year. Apparently five years employment history is significant.
You'd have to wonder how many of our indigenous brothers and sisters have worked their arses off and done as well in just four short years.
You see, part of the answer is "Ve are not drrrinking de alcohol and smoking de cigarettes."
I asked "What do you think of Mr Bainimarama?" The answer was unequivocal and surprisingly vehement.
"He is a werry Grreat Man. No more corruption. All gone. No more crime. All gone."
Now you know why the ordinary working people in Fiji don't want a return to democracy, Qarase style.
Why would you give people democracy when what they really need is a decent feed?