13 May 2014

Fiji leader marks Rotuma Day

1:09 pm on 13 May 2014

Fiji's prime minister says his government wants to address the decline in the population of Rotuma - the Polynesian island in the country's north.

Marking this year's Rotuma Day, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama says as only 2,000 people are left on the island, he wants to provide a viable, sustainable economic future.

He says Rotuma has had a disproportionate influence on Fiji's development, noting that about 10,000 Rotumans live elsewhere than Rotuma.

The information ministry says since his last visit to the island six years ago, he has directed that a series of projects be started to meet the needs of ordinary people.

The Bainimarama regime abolished the one parliamentary seat reserved for Rotumans in the constitution, which has turned all of Fiji into a single electorate.