12 Sep 2006

Fiji businessman advises locals not to use ownership of land or bill as means to get money

10:21 am on 12 September 2006

A leading indigenous Fijian businessman in the tourist industry has advised fellow indigenous Fijians not to use their ownership of land and qoliqoli rights as a means to get money without labour.

The Fiji Times reports that a director of Captain Cook Cruises, Semi Koroilavesau, made the comment at the recent Fiji Tourism Forum.

Mr Koroilavesau, who is also a shareholder and partner in Captain Cook Cruises, said indigenous Fijians must learn to sweat and toil if they want full realisation of their assets.

He said knowledgeable Fijians played on the emotions of those who did not fully understand issues and the repercussions of unconstitutional and unlawful actions taken in relation to their land and qoliqoli.

Mr Koroilavesau said there were many indigenous Fijian people who only highlighted the interpretation that suited their agenda.