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Monday, July 25, 2011

Fiji leadership 'damage controls' death of American and Kiwi businessmen for fear of spooking tourists

MISSING IN PARADISE: CEO
Fiji's military dictatorship seems to be going to awful lengths to protect the country's much vaunted tourism image.


A Kiwi and an American have died in the country in the past two weeks, both of them businessman, and one of them killed after being beaten up in Nadi but the regime as per its policy to hide all that shows Fiji is not a paradise, is controlling local coverage. 


It has, however, been okay with news stories about the deaths of two local men, one of them a 51 year man (Tevita Tabua) whose body was found last week in Nadi. Police now say three suspects are being questioned.


GROOM: Beaten in Nadi.
But it has been left to the countries of the New Zealander and the American to reveal the details of their deaths.

According to TV3, Kiwi Tony Groom died after apparently being beaten up in Nadi, last week. The 55 year old operated a charter boat business and had run a Greymouth motel before moving to Fiji, late last year. 

Mr Groom was being buried in Nadi today.


The other death the regime has tried to keep quiet  is that of well-known Charlotte company executive Don Nicholas, who failed to return from the water while surfing last Thursday in Nadi.


Nicholas was surfing with an instructor. Dive teams and helicopters were reportedly called out but he has not been found. 

According to information, the CEO had been visiting Fiji to take part in the "Life and Wealth Mastery" conference with famed-life coach Anthony Robbins.

Media in Nicholas' hometown have reported his death under the headline "CEO Missing in Paradise". (see news reports below)


A source says Fiji police have been told to downplay both incidents for fear of the repercussions on the country's tourism industry. He says: "Imagine what would happen if Aussies and Kiwis knew about one missing surfer and two murders in Nadi in the space of 10 days?"


Still on tourism, an update on the woes and dramas at Air Pacific and CEO Dave Pflieger, who has let former PR man Sam Pareti go in favour of Shane Hussein.

Sources say the decision to tell all in a one-sided tale of lies, lies and nothing but lies in the country's oldest daily was not such a great idea after all. All that was revealed in the Fiji Times came back to bite Pflieger in the bum, when Transport Workers Union General Secretary Kamlesh Kumar revealed all in a media statement via Coupfourpointfive exposing the CEO's porkies.

Pflieger's unpopularity has grown with reports that show he will stop at nothing to achieve his dream of a good life at the expense of his hard working employees and tax payers dollars.

He and his expatriate consultant mates have, meanwhile, effectively demoralised a company with a relatively incident free record, sought-after pilots and engineers .... all the while saying he is trying to save the national airline.

Questions continue to surface about Pflieger but our esteemed government keeps showing confidence in him; they've made him chairman of Tourism Fiji. But as time goes on, it's becoming more and more clear that he knows little about the country and is making some very poor decisions for Air Pacific. The company's financial report for 2010-2011 will make for good reading, if it is ever made public.
Editor's Note: Samisoni Pareti says contrary to reports to Coupfourpointfive, he tendered his resignation as Media Consultant of Air Pacific, and was not sacked. "My resignation is to clear the way for airline's new Manager Public Relations & Communication, Shane Hussein to come on board and no, I never applied for the job because I prefer my non full-time employee status!"

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tourists must beaware of the junta who are beating harmless old women at the QEB thsy can do anything to anyone its law of the jungle and gang of thugs calling itself primeminister, AG and ministers are running the counrty raping it for thier personal gain and massive scams and corruption

Anonymous said...

FIJI IS RUN BY THUGS NOW.NO RULE OF LAW .

Anonymous said...

we need asnwers from Cut To.

Varani. said...

Give the guy a break - running airlines anywhere in todays economic climates will always be tough gig - never mind one in some far flung Island in the middle of the Pacific run by the local Islands military - militia.
Irony being - as if it couldn't possibly get worse it does - AP now finds its main source of international competition (pressure)stems from its own iconic 40% partner Q? Not only that - it now too contend with its ultra competitive offspring Jetstar? + a hypoactive guy who looks like a Buccaneer but thinks like an international transport mogul?
Fiji - good brand - tarnished look.
Not good times for dictatorships - anywhere.

Anonymous said...

The next scam is the no tender casino awarded by puppet master, what are the churchs and methodist doing with this taliban law in fiji, how many more will die from such things happening by one man only.

Anonymous said...

This is the op-tune time for someone to capture taliban and take him to hostage while Voaka is out of country. I bet no military personal will come to his rescue. It will be very easy then to take Voaka from the airport right to 5 star hotel in NABORO.

Codini said...

The Tony Groom Murder stinks of cover up... Like most important things in Fiji. The police could not rescue a cat out of a tree there they are so incompetent.

Anonymous said...

Where is the anti crime unit. this is a very serious impact on tourism as there is no security to our visitors and investors, what is nz and australia doing just dialogue is not enough "its time for action".

Anonymous said...

This case of Pflieger sounds very similar to that of a former USP Vice chancellor- who conned people with a lavish lifestyle yet knew little about the management of USP- almost bankrupt it.
It's like the tale of the naked emperor- regime supporters madly trying to impress a mad emperor- window dressing for something that is crumbling and gnawing away at the roots.
AirPac claims to be the world's friendliest airline- in words only - in deeds, better services are offered in all other major airlines e.g. meals.Feeding customers only sandwiches, both on long routes Nadi-LAX and shorter routes is proof of a struggling airline. Soon the facade will be over and another bankrupt airline will be a casualty of the illegal regime's anti-Midas shitty touch on tourism- to add onto sports - rugby and netball.
Furthermore, there will be more surfing deaths as long as the regime imposes the Surfing decree on the God-given inheritance of "ai qoliqoli" of indigenous Fijians - it is part of the unexplained, such things happen to remind people that a Superior being is in control of everything that goes on in the realm of humans. Fiji will continue to pay a heavy price of surfing deaths that will spoil the name of Fiji and turn away tourists.

Anonymous said...

Isa Samisoni Pareti - it must be really very hurtful to be dumped by the airline. As much as you try and justify this with a "I resigned" statement - you really were dumped for a younger person - You did your best but you are better off writing hard hitting stories that you always did.

Soup Rice & Vudi said...

> ANON said: Surfing decree on the God-given inheritance of "ai qoliqoli" of indigenous Fijians

This makes me sad. The amount of ignorance and brainwashing shown here is shocking. God didn't give one group of people control of the sea. He gifted the entire earth to all his children.

Strong winds in the south of the Pacific Ocean generate waves that swell north and arrive in Fiji hours or days later. These waves aren't owned by one family just because they settled some kilometers away 200 years ago.

Just because this mataqali conquered and ate their neighbours some 200yrs ago doesn't mean they own this one spot of earth for all eternity.

The ocean is state property. It has been state property since some chiefs gave it to the crown a long time ago. These chiefs were smart. They didn't like the fact that the sea was divided up into pieces and different pieces controlled by different chiefs. The only way a man could go from Yasawa to Lau was if his mataqali had chiefly ties to all the different mataqali's between his departure point and destination. How could any country progress like this. That's why the seas are state property, so that you can go anywhere in your country, and not be blocked from going to some places just because a chief there doesn't like you.

The state (you and me and everyone else) owns the sea, and the rights to fish in that sea (commercially) are kept by the mataqali.


The surfers are not fishing. They are just swimming, and standing on little boards.


Before, if you were in the mataqali that owned the customary fishing rights at a surf spot, you couldn't take people to that surf spot. Why? Because your chief (person who is worth more than you) and other mataqali leaders signed a deal to only allow people from one or two resorts to use that surf spot. So your chief drives around in a pajero, and all you get is a new village hall, or a new paint job for the village church (only the methodist one ;).. if you're lucky, you can get $200 once a year.

Now, under the new law, you can start a business taking tourists on tours to the surf spot. In other words, the law gave you a new freedom you didn't have before. Any now, if I want to go and swim there, I wont be chased away by some idiots with cane knives.


Take a look at this video that was shot a few days ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP9bnUN6Zbs

Isn't that just amazing and awe inspiring? This is gods gift to his children.. all his children, not just the ones born in the right village to the right parents.

Now consider that a few months ago, you were not allowed to swim there unless you paid a few hundred dollars to stay in a top class resort. This is YOUR country, but you were a second class citizen... no money? then go swim somewhere else. But now, you are free to swim where ever you want. Now the Tui Cakau and Rt Joni Madraiwiwi can both surf at that reef if they want... without getting chased. It's their country, and now they have the freedom to use it.

God bless Fiji.

convolutedexperiment said...

Fijians should lobby the Unions, the Tourism Sector, the Media and the Governments of Australia and New Zealand and of course, America to stop Tourism.

Anonymous said...

@Soup rice, dhal & vudi
stop right there, that's the problem of not having any inheritance becoz your forefathers left wherever they were to hunt for money elsewhere! Don't who's brainwashing, not being indigenous you won't ever understand the role of stewardship that they understand about the environment God has given their forefathers. It was not meant to be a profit-making venture. Now you watch how many more people gonna die from surfing in waters they not supposed to- there are limits to where people can and can not swim in indigenous waters, but you wait until you caught in a whirlpool then you know what I'm talking about. The sea has eyes and ears too, just like the God that created them for a purpose, not profit driven. It will teach foreigners a lesson not to mess with our waters.

Anonymous said...

@anon 9:17 PM

You came from somewhere too. There is nothing about being indigenous if you are a majority.

Global warming will sink you anyway.

Anonymous said...

tourisim fiji is supported by that Eco-Bank reject (Elizabeth Powell) who proclaims her stupidity across the world as a God send for Fijians. This Eco-Bank reject will stand trial for adding and abetting her stupid boss the ulukau illegal AG and his father and family.

Anonymous said...

@Soup rice & Vudi-stop preaching what this illegal gvt is about,yes its free to surf but their are manners involved to ask the local custodian to use that piece of ocean too surf and do what ever else you want.That is why we have a culture & tradition in fiji and not commercialized western ideas. Looks like you are a fly in by night bussman or one of those old colonial families that has been raping and pillaging surfing in yasawa and lau by not giving the right amount of money and use those villagers surf by making a big amount yourself or you are just a stooge that does not know anything about fiji or surfing in fiji.

just shut up and have manners boof head that is all i asked,if you dont belive me,then its your fault if anything happens to you & your group in the waters whether eaten by a shark,dumped by a wave on a shallow drop and break your body or disappear mysteriously in the sea like the recent news of the missing US CEO.

i would never abuse anything that is not mine.

Anonymous said...

Qori, soup,rice.. Enjoy your swim for now, if that's your business,. When this Gov is booted out and we get our rights and our qoliqoli back. Expect the cane knifes to return.

Anonymous said...

Convultedexperiment you idiot. Go try and stop tourism into china. You idiots. What world do u live in? Do you understand tourism? U can't just allow tourist to leave come back. Doesn't work that way u dummy!

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 9:17

Grow up Chutia, its God's land and God's oceans and seas.

Humans are mere mortals and when they die, they dont take anything !!

Anonymous said...

these are harsh reminders of Fiji's reality! The Fijian traditional waters, just as much is our land, is sacred and must be respected by all. tourist operators are responsible in educating themselves that such incidents/accidents are avoided in future! It is too costly when a life is taken so unnecessarily due to such negligence.

@9.17pm - i couldn't agree more with yr comments.

McSoupRice Dhal bat and Coke said...

@Anon 9.17pm

Who do you think you are to judge me and my forefathers? You don't know who I am or where I'm from or if I'm itaukei or kai jaina or kai solomone or amita bachan.

Stewardship my arse... if you think fijians give a shit about the environment, you are dreaming, or have never lived in a village.. you what we call susu madrai.

And which god is going to kill people for swimming in the sea? Dakuwaqa? Take your heathen gods and stick them where the sun don't shine because this is the age of Jesus, and he loves all. There is no such thing as a foreigner... only a neighbour, and you need to learn to love your neighbour as you love yourself.

People will die of course, just like they have been dying since the beginning of time. They will die when Jesus decide they should die, not when you and your vu start wishing for it because you are jealous of other people swimming in your pool.

FijiBlue said...

Condolences go to the families of all those recently passed as a result of shameless beatings and missing at sea. We are saddened by these incidents and fully lay blame on the current illegal government for the wanton need to destroy anything they feel threatened by.
Vinaka.

Anonymous said...

Mess with our waters mate pull your finger out and slap yourself on the face maybe than only will u wake up and see reality stop lving in a fantasy world of myths and legends.

Anonymous said...

is it the 50 thugs who are guarding the tin pot dictator who are beating tourists who dont support the junta?

McSoupRice Dhal bat and Coke said...

@Anon 9.17pm

Who do you think you are to judge me and my forefathers? You don't know who I am or where I'm from or if I'm itaukei or kai jaina or kai solomone or amita bachan.

Stewardship ... if you think fijians give a shit about the environment, you are dreaming, or have never lived in a village.. you what we call susu madrai.

And which god is going to kill people for swimming in the sea? Dakuwaqa? Take your heathen gods and stick them where the sun don't shine because this is the age of Jesus, and he loves all. There is no such thing as a foreigner... only a neighbour, and you need to learn to love your neighbour as you love yourself.

People will die of course, just like they have been dying since the beginning of time. They will die when Jesus decide they should die, not when you and your vu start wishing for it because you are jealous of other people swimming in your pool.

Anonymous said...

what a shame on corrupt administration,thuuu.

Anonymous said...

@ Concolutedexperiment

Australian TWU has to pay compo to Qantas for illegal strike in 2009 of close to $800,000. Also on top of a fine of $32,000.

Now tell me which Union will want to go on strike to face a claim from Air Pacific, Qantas or Air New Zealand and then from Hotels.

Tell me.

Anonymous said...

To McSoup Rice Dhal Bat and Coke.

Whoever you are and your belief is out of context and better stay where the sun don't and won't shine in you. Do you understand the miracles or mana that local have and in which Ratu Voreqe, AG and Military Goons are heavily relying upon? I bet you don't. If you don't I understand and rightly so because you cannot and will not until 'vula i se na balabala'.

Anonymous said...

Govt receives deal on wheels

Timoci Vula
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GOVERNMENT received the first eight of 132 vehicles from a locally-based car dealer yesterday under the recently-signed $10 million vehicle lease arrangement.

Fifteen more vehicles will be received in September and the remainder of the 132 will be delivered by the end of the year.

The first lot of the vehicles was distributed to the Ministry of Health, Lands, Mineral Resources, iTaukei Affairs and the Chief Registrar's office.

In receiving the eight twin cab Toyota Hilux, acting permanent secretary for Finance David Kolitagane said the vehicles would improve Government's rural outreach services.

"The bottom line here is the need to improve services to rural areas and we believe these vehicles will enable government offic¡ials to reach the most isolated areas," he said in an Information Ministry statement.

The three-party vehicle leasing agreement was signed by Government, Asco Motors and the Bank of South Pacific (BSP) earlier this month.

Under the agreement, Asco Motors will provide Government with 132 vehicles. Government for its part will have to pay financiers BSP a monthly lease rental that covers the cost of the vehicle, insurance, servicing and all purchase costs.

In signing the agreement Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the new vehicles would allow government departments that would be the recipients to fully equip their officers with the resources needed to extend services, especially to rural areas.

He said the Health Ministry would get a "healthy chunk".

"Because you know, for example in the outreach, medical facilities we want to provide in the rural areas and for agricultural outreach programs, you need vehicles to go out and service these areas," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said at the signing ceremony in Suva.

Asco Motors, under the agreement, will regularly maintain and repair the vehicles.

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Anonymous said...

The asco and puppet master vehicle lease scam has began, 4 year scam, junta pays all purchase, service, repairs, excess of 42 centre per km over 45,0000, insurance, never owns the vehicles and end of 4 years vehicles returned to ASCO to sell at half the price.

The scam includes undisclosed sum of interest paid about 30%.

The 10 million dollar scam is a scam not 10 but 20 million will be paid to ASCO.

The unions rights are taken away when scams continues.

Anonymous said...

The 10 million dollar housing fund scam has began.

Army boys will be the ones 10,000 will be given each to built a home.

this is corruption.

Anonymous said...

Soup Rice & Amp-by Vudi- What a beautiful comment. Some of us think that Fiji was made just for the Indigenous Fijians-full stop!Now how does one compromise these with Christians beliefs-or are they requied to be to be put aside at certain times during our own conviniece and quoted only when we need to stir up the masses? Even if you go up into the mountains in Nakauvadra the peopel there from the Ra side of the Range will tell you that every race that came to Fiji has land allocated by the ANCIENTS, long, long ago. Why? Because they either had already come to Fiji in ancient times, or they are remembered for the good deed(s) they had done to the ancient people of Fiji in their journeys to what is now Fiji. There are those in Nadi who will tell you a very similar legend. Does anyone know where this saying came from," Dou ka kua ni vaka Idia taki keitou"? When you do you will soon come to realise that there is a far, far bigger picture here than meets the eye. Dri Yani!

Anonymous said...

SCAM SCAM LIAR,LIAR AG/BAI STARTED VOTE BUYING TACTICS.
ELECTION WILL COME SOON AND THEY WILL FORM THE GOVT.
TIME FOR FIJI LEADERS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT NOW.
WHERE IS SDL/FLP/GCC/CHURCH LEADERS.
KAI SUVA

convolutedexperiment said...

@ anon 933 a.m.
The path to Justice is a bumpy road !

It looks like the Moslems have the Christians licked in Fiji !

Perhaps the Unions should be approaching this from a Human Rights angle instead or have the Unions in Australia challenge their own Laws.

Anonymous said...

Mc Dhal Bart Soup and potato,.. you are one kaidia married to vulagi with only interest to rip of the landowners for your own selfish ends... I hope you're paying tax or is it a total rip off!

Anonymous said...

Fiji media Censored Over Kiwi's Murder:

Fiji's military regime is heavily censoring media reports on the murder of New Zealand businessman Tony Groom in Nadi, media sources in Suva say.

Media have also been restricted on reporting on missing American businessman Don Nicholas who disappeared last week while surfing near Nadi.

No reason has been given to editors for the tight censoring but those involved believe the military regime is trying to control any news that could impact on the tourist trade.

Ministry of Information censors operate in all Fiji newsrooms and nothing can be broadcast or published before they clear it.

Their behaviour on certain stories is often inconsistent between publications, but media sources say the censors on all publications have allowed only basic coverage of the deaths of foreigners.

Groom, 55, a former Greymouth hotelier, was operating a charter boat operation at the tourist marina in Denarau, near Nadi, when he was beaten up on July 8. He collapsed eight days later and died last Friday.

His funeral was held yesterday in Nadi.

While police say they are investigating, no arrests have been made and there are no suspects.

Fiji media have been allowed to give more extensive coverage of the murder of a local hotel manager, Tevita Tabua, 51, who was savagely beaten near Nadi.

Three suspects are being questioned.

Meanwhile Fiji authorities have ended a search for an American CEO, Don Nicholas, who disappeared a week ago while learning to surf at the Intercontinental Hotel at Natadola, south of Nadi. The area was being pounded at the time by high swells which were also hitting New Zealand.

The search was called off over the weekend with no sign of the body.

Although an extensive US funded search was heavily reported in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Nicholas was from, it was virtually uncovered in Fiji.

Nicholas' girlfriend Litsa Kapantais, who is pregnant, told Charlotte media she was opposed to the way Fiji gave up on looking for the man.

His sister, Lisa Ross, has been in Fiji for the last several days but is being stonewalled by the Intercontinental Hotel.

"She needs the backup and the support from the hotel. She needs to have access to the boats, she needs to have access to the dive teams," Kapantais said.

She said she believes Nicholas is still alive but may desperately need help. She said Nicholas either drifted or swam to another island after strong waves knocked him off his surfboard.
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"I don't think that they looked enough. I don't think that they searched enough, the nearby islands enough. He could have very, very easily found something to capture onto in the ocean and be on another island somewhere," she said.

Fiji's military regime Voreqe Bainimarama last week imposed a ''Surf Decree'' prohibiting private use of surf beaches.
Fiji has been advertising itself as a major surf destination.

One of Fiji's anti-regime blogs, Coup Four Point Five, claims the regime is controlling the news over Don Nicholas and Don ''for fear of spooking tourists''.

Bainimarama seized power in a military coup in 2006.

He purported to abrogate the constitution in 2009 after a court decision found his regime illegal. He imposed a state of emergency then, which included extensive censorship and media control.

The state of emergency continues, although Bainimarama has promised elections in 2014.

- Stuff

Frank said...

There will be no elections in 2014. You guys are mad.

Anonymous said...

Deep condolences to the two gentlemen, no one deserves to die like this! Fiji is no longer a paradise, the sooner we cut our this myth the better!!!

Anonymous said...

Fiji deaths 'might spook tourists': blog
Tamara McLean, AAP South Pacific Correspondent
July 26, 2011 - 3:19PM
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Fiji's military regime has been accused of censoring accounts of the deaths of two foreign men so as not to spook Australian and New Zealand tourists.

The blog site Coup Four and a Half cites media sources in Suva claiming they have been warned not to report details of the two unrelated deaths - the murder of a New Zealand businessman and the apparent drowning of an American executive.

The two incidents have gone virtually unreported in Fiji, where emergency regulations imposed by the military regime allow the Ministry of Information to censor news coverage.
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A third death, the murder of a local man around the same time, has received comparatively widespread publicity.

The anti-government blog site reported that journalists were told "to downplay both incidents for fear of the repercussions on the country's tourism industry."

"Imagine what would happen if Aussies and Kiwis knew about one missing surfer and two murders in Nadi in the space of 10 days?" the site quoted its source as saying.

The government said the claims of news suppression were "completely untrue".

However, a scan of Fiji's top online news sites found only scant information about the deaths, with details appearing only in the men's home countries.

New Zealand's TV3 reported that businessman Tony Groom, who ran a charter boat operation in Denarau, had been beaten up. The former South Island resident, 55, died a week later on July 15.

A police investigation was under way but there were no suspects.

American Don Nicholas, chief executive of an anti-ageing medical institute, disappeared while surfing on a reef off the Intercontinental Hotel at Natadola, south of Nadi.

Mr Nicholas, who was in Fiji to attend one of life coach Tony Robbins' "Life and Wealth Mastery" conferences, had been advised not to surf in the huge swell but opted to anyway, according to media reports from his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A strong surfer and former life saver, he was pounded by a string of large waves and did not resurface. His body has not been recovered.

His pregnant girlfriend Litsa Kapantais, who was holidaying with him, complained that the Fijian rescuers "missed a lot" in the crucial first 10 minutes and stopped their search too soon.

"I don't think that they looked enough. I don't think that they searched enough," she said.

She also claimed Mr Nicholas' sister had flown to Fiji to seek information but had been stonewalled by the resort.

The Fijian regime last week announced new regulations that prevent exclusive use of beaches by surf schools or resorts to encourage more surf tourism and boost traveller numbers.

A Fiji government spokeswoman, Sharon Smith-Jones, said claims the deaths had been censored were untrue, adding that she believed the two incidents had been well covered by local media.

"I can assure you that none of these reports have been censored," she told AAP.

If media outlets are only reporting on basic facts then it's of their own doing."

She said the blog site was not a credible source of information as it was "well known for fabricating stories to discredit the government and with scant detail to the truth".

© 2011 AAP

Anonymous said...

TVOne News

Fiji's military regime has been accused of censoring accounts of the deaths of two foreign men so as not to spook tourists.

The allegations come from an anti regime blog site, Coup Four and a Half, with it's sources in Suva claiming they have been warned not to report details of the two unrelated deaths - the death of a New Zealand businessman and the apparent drowning of an American executive.

The two incidents have gone virtually unreported in Fiji, where emergency regulations imposed by the military regime allow the Ministry of Information to censor news coverage.

In the first case, Kiwi Tony Groom died after suffering injuries from being beaten .

It was confirmed by Fiji police that 55-year-old died on Thursday July 21.
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A police investigation was under way but there were no suspects.

And, American Don Nicholas, chief executive of an anti-ageing medical institute, disappeared while surfing on a reef off the Intercontinental Hotel at Natadola, south of Nadi.

Nicholas, who was in Fiji to attend one of life coach Tony Robbins' "Life and Wealth Mastery" conferences, had been advised not to surf in the huge swell but opted to anyway, according to media reports from his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A strong surfer and former life saver, he was pounded by a string of large waves and did not resurface. His body has not been recovered.

His pregnant girlfriend Litsa Kapantais, who was holidaying with him, complained that the Fijian rescuers "missed a lot" in the crucial first 10 minutes and stopped their search too soon.

"I don't think that they looked enough. I don't think that they searched enough," she said.

She also claimed Nicholas' sister had flown to Fiji to seek information but had been stonewalled by the resort.

The anti-government blog site reported that journalists were told "to downplay both incidents for fear of the repercussions on the country's tourism industry."

"Imagine what would happen if Aussies and Kiwis knew about one missing surfer and two murders in Nadi in the space of 10 days?" the site quoted its source as saying.

A Fiji government spokeswoman, Sharon Smith-Jones, said claims the deaths had been censored were untrue, adding that she believed the two incidents had been well covered by local media.

"I can assure you that none of these reports have been censored," she told AAP.

If media outlets are only reporting on basic facts then it's of their own doing."

She said the blog site was not a credible source of information as it was "well known for fabricating stories to discredit the government and with scant detail to the truth".

Anonymous said...

The MINFO-NYMPHO chief, Sharon, is at it again with her lies to protect her illegal bosses and hide the truth about Fiji.