Monday, August 1, 2016

Fiji

Adolf and The Cook got home from Fiji last night at around midnight.

There might be enough FJB left to keep the Vet happy.

I have never seen the place looking so prosperous -  and all without any help from ratbag journalists Dreaver and Field.

New buildings, new subdivisions and many new roads.  Vet, when you travel from the airport to Denarau you will traverse a 'super highway' (well by Fijian standards) built by a  NZ  company but funded by China.  Apparently the NZ gummint chipped in enough to build the pot holes.

If you want to know how a country is doing, ask its taxi drivers.

Bainimarama will bolt in at the next election   The most telling comments were from (a) an Indian taxi driver:- 'My parents struggled to pay the fees for my schooling but this man has given us free schooling.  So now I don't have to pay.' and (b) from an Aussie ex pat.:- 'He's put taxes up but that's OK because we can see the money is being spent on roads, schools and hospitals.'

The week-end paper was full of job ads for all levels ($4.77/hour to $80k p.a) along with gummint ads asking for expressions of interest in major building projects.

It is a  third world country pulling itself up by the boot straps, in spite of appalling interference from NZ and Australia.

Oh yes, the weather.  Ten days of clear skies and warm days.  They badly need rain.

Update:

I forgot to mention, the large four star hotel in which we stay was fully booked for each of the three nights we were there.




9 comments:

Redbaiter said...

I'm looking for a place to escape the grasp of the corrupt socialists of National and Labour.

Will go anywhere to get away from these bastards.

Any chance Fiji would be a workable destination?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Red

Permanently?

It's only a 2 hour 40 min flight from Auckland.

Redbaiter said...

Yes permanently.

I want to remove everything I own from the increasingly greedy intrusive grasp of socialist govt.

I do not want to live in a society where voters are three to one parasites against producers.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Red

You could do a lot worse than Fiji where democracy really does mean one vote one person, irrespective of race.

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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon @7.04 PM

You have been removed as I don't accept comment from smart arsed anonymous fuckwits here.

Anonymous said...

I'm not into conspiracy theories AF, but it is accepted that the Chinese play the 'long game'. One day they will want a return on their inexplicable desire to invest in a South Pacific corner of the world. It remains to be seen whether the Fijian's will see it as a benefit given time. I hope for their sake it is.

MarcW








Adolf Fiinkensein said...

MarcW

I don't see their investment as inexplicable. They are buying influence in a region where they have little if any influence. That's what all countries do with their foreign aid budgets.

What a a pity NZ and Australia were too dumb to see it happening right under their noses. Of course, Fijians aren't stupid and they know there will come a time when China will ask for a favour or two in return. It's the way the world works.

Noel said...

"Of course, Fijians aren't stupid and they know there will come a time when China will ask for a favour or two in return."

Add to that the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu you have a great swath in the Pacific paying the piper in the future.