By Bruce Mullan

Fiji Methodists granted permit for conference

June 7th, 2012

Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma General Secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu

The Fiji Times has reported that Fiji’s Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua has granted Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma a permit for its annual conference.

However the permit for the conference comes with eight strict conditions.

This approval is issued with conditions that need to be observed prior and throughout the meeting, the permit signed by Brig-Gen Naivalurua said.  These conditions are to be acknowledged and “serious actions will be instituted if violated or contravened hence, demands your strict observance and adherence”.

The conditions for the conference which are to be stringently observed are:

  1. the meeting should not coincide with the Hibiscus Festival which will be held from August 17-25:
  2. the meeting is to be held for three days only;
  3. the meeting is to be conducted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday respectively;
  4. the meeting is to be held from 8am to 8pm;
  5. the meeting is to be confined to the Centenary Church premises;
  6. the church matters only are to be discussed;
  7. no political issues are to be discussed; and
  8. no request of extension of time frame can be made during the meeting proper.

The permit also stated that no other activities are to be entertained such as the choir competition, erecting of stalls/bazaar or any form.

Methodist Church of Fiji General Secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu said. this was a positive letter from the Police Commissioner and the Methodist Church is very appreciative of the permit granted the conference.

Reverend Waqairatu said they were happy the permit was received early, giving them time to prepare for the conference.

“Last year we were disappointed that the conference was called off an hour before it was supposed to have begun.”


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