You are invited to share and pen your ideas, views or opinions that will facilitate/assist our country back to democracy. All positive and/or negative ideas and comments to steer us back to the road of democracy are welcome.

Whichever way one looks at our current situation back home, democracy has been completely raped. The rape of democracy in Fiji is a virtual degradation of the populus of Fiji. Their human rights are being deprived:

1. the right to decide their government;
2. who they want to represent them;
3. their right to free assembly;
4. free protest;
5. free to organise into groups so that they can talk about what is pertinent to their daily lives;
6. protest on issues they do not agree with....with no fear of intimidation from anybody.

With this military regime in place, the concept of freedom per the Constitution is a total myth!

And, we, the people of Fiji need to come together and be vehement about our total disagreement with the military regime. So give us liberty or death! The reality of the issue is that democracy in Fiji has been raped...from top to bottom...left to right....inside and out and vice versa!

Here we have a military regime that talks about freedom to the people and yet the very same military regime randomly arrest people, torture them, inflict unnecessary harrassment and emotional stress to those that seem a threat to them. The military regime talks about racial unity.......the communal concept of togetherness and yet Fiji is far more racially divided today than it ever was.

The so-called advisors, viz-a-viz, John Samy, these are rejects from their adopted countries and yet they are being rewarded with exuberant amount(s) of money by these rogue military regime who have no idea what they are doing. Lying to the international community does not augur well with this interim government and yet the interim Prime Minister continuously talks with a forked tongue when addressing international issues. The ministers talk about internal securities as if Fiji is going to be invaded.

All around it is clearly seen that the economy is in tatters and the Constitution is just a useless piece of paper. The rule of law is as what the military regime wants it to be.

The above are just some of my views (from a pro-democracy viewpoint). But, do not let that deter you from penning your comments if you share otherwise.

So, let us come together and voice our views/comments, whether they be for or against the military regime and have a very healthy discussion here so that in the end we can factually understand what our role is, what we need to do and how we can come up with ideas to help restore democracy back in our beloved Fiji!

Please feel free to write what you like or dislike about the military regime. Be sincere and honest about your thoughts, without getting personal or spiteful.

Kindly note, this "topic" will expire as soon as we have an election.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Questions about casino developer's Nukudrau resort plans

NUKUDRAU RESORT: Lots still being sold.

Larry Claunch
One Hundred Sands investor Larry Claunch has won the rights to develop Fiji's first casino but what has happened to his much touted plans for Nukudrau Island?

Claunch revealed in 2008 he was planning a five star hotel on the 19 hectare island in Savusavu Bay but locals say the Nukudrau project still looks like an unfinished kids playground, and it's why there are no photos of the resort.
The American investor was last night awarded the exclusive licence to build a $290 million casino on Denarau Island plus a smaller one in Suva, beating 50-odd other international hopefuls.
The Denarau casino is expected to have 500 slot machines and 54 tables, and generate more than 800 jobs and millions for the economy.

But just three years ago, Claunch revealed detailed plans for Nukudrau: 24 oceanfront villas, a marina, cultural centre, a Fijian village that would involve traditional activities for tourists, a swimming pool, a jetty and an area out at sea for seaplanes to land. (see Utube link below).
There has been little progress and sources say lots are still on sale for about $USD900,000. 

Nearby locals are also still waiting for promised jobs. In a Fiji Times story in 2008 titled $70m Saviour, Claunch said nearby villagers from Viani and Nasinu in the district of Natewa would be considered first for employment. 

Yet this is being said: "If Larry cant deliver a $70million project, how will he deliver a $290 million one?"
There has been some curiosity about who is behind One Hundred Sands with some believing the company is new to these shores. Claunch has, in fact, been here for some time, buying Nukudrau in 2001. 

The Native American Indian connection Frank Bainimarama has been talking up is explained by Claunch as thus: "One Hundred Sands has taken care to strategically partner with the Snoqualmie Tribe from Washington state and Seventh Generation, a Native American company with demonstrated excellence establishing new casinos and affiliate entities around the world while maintaining the integrity of the environment and supplementing - not supplanting - the existing economy."
Claunch's link to the illegal attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, is well-documented and has stood him in good stead. Locals remember him flying Khaiyum in and out of Savusavu regularly in 2008.
Yesterday at the announcement for the casino licence, Claunch urged others to take a chance on Fiji just as he did but noted it's important to know how things are done.
"I think understanding Fiji is very very important and everything that is happening in Fiji is relatively new especially a casino and alot of things and if you dont know how that impacts Fiji, you wont be able to promote your business, so just come and understand. I lived up north for several years before we even got involved in this so it's understanding how it will impact Fiji so come, it's a wonderful place, there's alot of opportunities here and it's a wonderful place to do business." 

$70m saviour: Larry Claunch's 2008 story

Nukudrau resort promo

posted by Pacific in the Media at

American multimillionaire Larry Claunch also owns Nukudrau, a 19 hectare island in Savusavu Bay. Rumor has it the Denerau Hotel was already planned.

December 22, 2011

American wins right to open Fiji casinos

The casino contract includes a US$290m five star resort on Denarau Island. An American multimillionaire has won the right to build a large casino on Fiji’s Denarau Island, one of the country’s main tourist destinations for New Zealanders.

Military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has over-ruled long standing chiefly and church objections to announce that Larry Claunch, who describes himself as an investor, will get an exclusive license to build a 500-slot machine and 54-table casino on the island.

He will also be allowed to build a smaller one in Suva.

The regime advertised internationally for expressions of interest earlier this year. New Zealand’s SkyCity was among those interested.

The license will be held by Claunch’s One Hundred Sands Ltd, which will run the casino with the Snoqualmie Tribe from Washington state and Seventh Generation LLC, a Native American company.

The deal includes a US$290 million ($378 million) five star, 190-room resort on the manmade Denarau Island, which already has several hotels on it and timeshares.

Bainimarama said they would protect the rights and interests of Fijian people. A casino “provides a malleable fusion between the Western ideals of casino gaming with the strong cultural virtues of tribal and community life”, he said

He said the casino would provide 800 jobs.

“Fiji does not wish to imitate Las Vegas in the Pacific. Fiji already has a unique brand, one defined by its uniquely pristine environment, tranquillity and world class hospitality.”

Claunch said the casino was “a union of both economic and cultural endeavours”.

He also owns Nukudrau, a 19 hectare island in Savusavu Bay.

Before proceeding with anything Larry Craunch would be well advised to ask his legal council about the long term implications of signing a contact with a regime that has no standing in law? In other words don’t come crying for protection & compensation under law when this illegal regime is eventually replaced.
Desperate greed and economic apartheid masquerading under the guise of progress – insult too every Taukei & Fijian.
Another Junta Jerkoff permalink

Just another junta jerk off. This dictatorship has attracted unemployables, carpet baggers and scumbags like flies to a turd. Look at the detritus supporting the illegal human rights abusing regime – says it all. The only good dictator is a dead one. And it has been a great year for dictators and their families to be given a ‘send off’!!!

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another cassava alcohol venture ie will never get off ground

An American multimillionaire has won the right to build a large casino on Fiji’s Denarau Island,

permalink Just another junta jerk off. This dictatorship has attracted unemployables, carpet baggers and scumbags like flies to a turd.

This Craunch Doesn't Have That Kind of Money....

Another foreign investor.said...

This article completely overlooks the fact that the market for Nukudrau and many other projects in Fiji has evaporated due to the coup. It is 'on hold'as a result. A substantial investment has already been made. If investors get this sort of trteatment it is no wonder that no investment is forthcoming to Fiji.

December 23, 2011 12:35 AM

Robin Hood.said...

This will be another Frank-aiy fail venture...but it won't be a disaster to their bank accounts as to the amount of kickbacks they recieve from this unknown company.

December 23, 2011 5:39 AM


Will FNPF funds be involved in this project just like others since Bai's illegal regime ? Casinos attract underworld rejects. Fiji will regret consequences.

December 23, 2011 8:04 AM


One simply needs to google Larry claunch and all hits point him back to Fiji. No mention of his previous casino experience. Only other info I found was he co founded Holiday Retirement Corporation. Looks like money talked and blinded FB from digging too much into this guy.

This development will simply bring the wrong crowd to Fiji. They go to casino with dream to make quick buck. 1 in 1000 have happy ending. How can the Christian people of Fiji allow this. We live on an island. Isolated from all the wrong and bad things from other countries. Let's take full responsibility for what we allow in because once it's here it going to be difficult to get rid of it.

December 23, 2011 8:19 AM

Snake Eyessaid...

Is this a case of another 'acolyte' investor being bailed out by Frank and Aiyaz?

December 23, 2011 8:20 AM

K tappoopoopoosaid...

You cannot keep the underworld out of casino's. This also attract prostitution racketing. Good luck Fiji. You can no longer say "the way the world should be!"

December 23, 2011 8:24 AM

Native American Back Handersaid...

Who is the Parent Company?

If you do a search on one hundred sands Ltd it just comes up with recent events in Fiji and a website selling off Nukudrau island. Similarly Larry Claunch did not seem to exist before he arrived in Fiji. All the press releases talk about the American Parent Company but they do so without naming it.

One hundred Sands has NO casino experience, Larry Claunch has NO casino experience. He is a Real Estate guy. So who has the casino experience? The US Parent Company who shall remain nameless.

Once again Frank seems to have chosen an organization that knows how to stay in the shadows and pay the back handers rather than do what is best for the country of Fiji

There were many parts of this release which bear much fuller investigation. I was intrigued on the one hand reading somewhere that locals would not be allowed in and then seeing they are planning on opening a small casino in suva. Suva has no tourists so this casino must allow locals or it will never make money.

Perhaps Sharon would like to fill in the blanks.

December 22, 2011 12:59 PM

whats hiding in 100 grains of sandsaid...

Just before Christmas is a good time to make an announcement when you don’t want too many questions.

Offices are closed and by the time they are open again in 2 weeks the story is no longer news.

What are Frank and the AG trying to hide?

December 22, 2011 1:04 PM

Dubious Readersaid...

It remains entirely unclear what the connection is between One Hundred Sands and "Native American Culture". For all we know, it could be the company has a dream catcher in its office. So much is not being said that it's scary.

The point about locals not having access is very interesting. Does that mean politicians, military and the upper class citizens are not allowed to enter either?

What a sad joke this all is.

December 22, 2011 2:43 PM


Gambling is like a balloon. You can only place so much air in the balloon before it bursts. That’s the way I. Nelson Rose described the gambling market back in 1991. Professor Rose is one the leading pro-gambling academics in the world. He predicted the current “Third Wave” of legalized gambling would end within 40 years due to market saturation, corruption, and a host of societal issues. When Professor Rose made that prediction tribal gambling barely existed in America...what you gotta say about that PROFFESSOR FRANK??!!

December 22, 2011 4:53 PM


This man is not only a clown but a massive scam thug minting bribes and kickbacks from all such scams.

December 22, 2011 5:56 PM


Frank and Co have f@#ked up the country that bad they are now looking for a quick fix.

December 23, 2011 2:28 AM


Social impact of casino hasn't been thought thru by bai or ask. We are heading in the wrong direction. People of fiji wake up and matters in your hand. Unions please make sure we dont allow this casino to get off the ground.

December 23, 2011 7:58 AM

Benefits and Disadvantages of Casinos

Casinos are facilities that allow legalized gambling activities. From its early beginnings, casinos have assumed that role. Recently, they have evolved into entertainment centers while retaining their origins.

Casinos aren't always welcome in some areas as some residents opposed gambling and the crimes usually associated with it. However, there are some who permit these facilities in their cities provided certain provisions are met. This article intends to discuss what casinos bring into communities.

Money When properly managed, casinos bring huge wealth into cities as gambling laws often require steep taxes from their operators. These taxes can then be used to provide much needed services to the communities they belong.

Entertainment Recently, casinos transformed themselves to accommodate entire families aside from the usual gamblers. Some casinos offer theme parks, luxurious hotels, sporting venues, department stores for everyone to enjoy. These amenities increase the income while inviting more visitors.

Tourism With its transformation into entertainment centers, casinos can now invite more tourists for other purposes other than gambling. Visitors, some from halfway across the globe, do not only visit these facilities to gamble but to watch a highly anticipated boxing match or even get married!

Increased Employment These changes forced casinos to employ heavily and is another important benefit for nearby communities. Casinos now require different workers to take care of its numerous facilities. From managers, chefs, entertainers, security guards and a whole lot more now enjoy rewarding careers.

Improving communities Cities most often profit from improved local services and infrastructure brought by increased revenues from taxes obtained from casinos. Hotels, restaurants and transportation hubs are often built near casinos while surrounding roads and areas are further developed or expanded to accommodate more structures. These improvements also benefit casinos with an increased number of visitors who come to gamble or avail of its entertainment centers.

These benefits are just a few that are usually brought by the presence of casinos in a city or community as believed by its proponents. There are however some disadvantages that are observed.

Crime Those who argue against the presence of casinos in their communities argue that crime rates increase. Despite stiff gambling laws, cheating persists and some believed that some operators do not pay full taxes. In some lax or improperly managed casinos, drugs, alcohol and prostitution exist and are either tolerated or ignored.

Addiction to Gambling There are also gamblers who become pathologically addicted to gambling that their lives and their families suffer as a result. While there are groups that help rehabilitate these people, some argue that having no casino in their communities at all is the best way to prevent it.

All of these benefits and disadvantages are seen and observed by residents of cities that host casinos. While it appears that the advantages outnumber the disadvantages, it should be noted that they are significant enough that these disadvantages should be wisely considered. Casinos can indeed bring fun to the family but it also poses some danger.

Suriname, Fiji ink comminique at UN

Ioane Burese
Friday, December 23, 2011

FIJI and the Republic of Suriname have formalised diplomatic relations at a ceremony at the Fiji Mission to the United Nations in New York.

A Foreign Ministry statement said the permanent representative of Suriname to the United Nations, Ambassador Henry MacDonald, and his Fijian counterpart Peter Thomson signed a joint communique establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The statement said the communique expressed the desire of both countries to promote and strengthen the bonds of friendship and co-operation between them in political, economic, cultural and humanitarian fields.

"It affirms the relationship will be guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, particularly those pertaining to respect for national sovereignty, independence, respect for international treaties, territorial integrity, mutual respect for equality among States, and non-interference in the internal affairs of other States," the statement said.

Following the signing, ambassadors MacDonald and Thomson discussed issues pertaining to the organisations that both countries are active members of, including G77, AOSIS and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Suriname, a former Dutch and British colony, is located in South America. The country became an independent republic from the Netherlands in 1975 with a mining industry dominating its economy.

For those of you with ears to the ground and eyes to the heavens  >> what's the latest with investigation into the latest cold-blooded murder of the police officer by the raging, mad, bull of a dictator?

Large earthquakes hit Christchurch

December 23, 2011 - 2:02PM

Vaniqi almost admits the truth

December 22, 2011

While Abdul Khan is blaming farmers for the dismal performance of our sugar industry this season, the military sugar supremo, Vaniqi, has admitted that the mills are still a problem. If our sugar industry is to have any chance of surviving, someone has to admit the truth: the mills have to be fixed and the debt for the failed refit has to be taken off the books of FSC. This will require big money and leadership by someone who knows what they’re doing. So long as Bainimarama remains in power there is no chance this will happen.

Fiji Times December 22, 2011    PS admits sugar woes

Why not brothels?

December 22, 2011

We liked this posting by blogger, FRE, on Fiji Today’s Blog, in response to an item about the proposed casino. “‘So the dictatorship wants to boost its income by capitalizing on the weaknesses of others. So why stop with casinos? Why not also establish brothels? And perhaps a coliseum with gladiator fights? Spain is phasing out bull fights. Perhaps the dictatorship could make money by sponsoring bull fights; many people would pay to see dumb animals killed with a sword and the occasional matador killed by a bull. Another lucrative source of income would be to make and sell pornography DVDs. As long as the dictatorship is willing to make money by capitalizing on the base instincts of people, it can find many ways to do so.”

Frank’s bullshit floored by facts

December 22, 2011

Thanks to blogger Real Jack posting on freedom blog, Raw Fiji News, we have another classic example of the dictator being caught out telling lies. As usual, Frank Bainimarama has been trying to spin the line that under his rule our economy is humming and Fiji is the place to do business. But hold on for a moment. What are all those contradictory reports about businesses folding and people losing jobs? Are these reports about somewhere else? No folks, they are all about Fiji and they are all recent. See for yourselves at the link below.

Raw Fiji News 21 December 2011   Frank Bainimarama’s lies caught again – truth is Fiji’s business se...

Fiji plunges further into debt

December 22, 2011

God knows how it’s ever going to be repaid, but Fiji is being saddled with a mountain of foreign debt.  The latest loan, once again from China, totals $285-million and, according to the dictator, will be spent on upgrading infrastructure. What we are not told, of course, is how this and all our other overseas loans are going to be repaid. Or will the regime continue to take out more loans to pay off the maturing loans? Let’s see what sort of spin Qorvis Communications cooks up to cover the regime.

FBCL News 22 December 2011   Government gets $285m loan 

Fiji Police statement only confirms the truth

December 22, 2011

The Fiji Police force have claimed that the police constable who died at Queen Elizabeth Barracks last week “‘died during a swimming exercise”. If this was the case why was news of his death not announced at the time? It was first exposed in pro-democracy web-sites and if they had not revealed it, nothing would have been said. This is just another case of the Fiji Police Force being stopped from applying the law to RFMF and the good name of real soldiers being destroyed by a few thugs acting with licence from Bainimarama.

Radio New Zealand 22 December 2011    Funeral today of Fiji policeman found dead in military pool 

Was this is in the One Hundred Sands Limited bid?

December 22, 2011

The owner of the proposed new casino on Denarau has told the media that his casino will allow some locals to gamble but they’ll need a licence, which the casino will give to locals who “can
gamble So who decides who can gamble? No doubt Aiyaz and his Puppet boss will have licences and piles of free chips, but who else? What did One Hundred Sands promise in their bid for the licence? Khaiyum’s head bureaucrat, Elizabeth Powell, says they’re still trying to decide whether to allow locals to gamble. Doesn’t someone realise how much this resembles the old days of colonialism when the natives and coolies needed a licence to have a beer in a pub?

Radio New Zealand 22 December 2011    Fiji’s first casino to limit locals from gambling

Sai is angry

December 22, 2011

Veteran blogger, Sai Lealea, is definitely not impressed with the regime’s announcement that it has let a contract for the nation’s first casino. As Sai points out, the regime has no moral or legal mandate to establish a casino, given the strong opposition such proposals faced back when Fiji had a democratically elected government. Sai is urging all concerned Fijians to communicate their disgust directly to One Hundred Sands Ltd and copy their correspondence to the US Embassy in Suva. As Sai says, “unless and until the Bainimarama and Khaiyum evil regime is toppled from power, Fiji will continue to suffer irreparably well into the years ahead.”

Fiji Coup 2006 21 December 2011   Illegal Fiji Regime Issues First Casino Licence



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