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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Commonwealth envoy to Fiji dies of cancer

ENVOY: Reeves with Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamlesh Sharma.

The former governor general of New Zealand who was involved in trying to resolve the political crisis in Fiji after its coups has died of cancer.

Sir Paul Reeves was one of the architects of the amended 1997 Constitution and was instrumental in getting Fiji reinstated into the Commonwealth in the late 90s, although it has since been suspended by the illegal regime.

In Auckland in 2009 with Fiji community.
He chaired the Fiji Constitution Review Commission in 1995 and 1997 and in recent years was still involved in trying to resolve the political crisis in Fiji.

Reeves was the special envoy for the Commonwealth and made a number of trips to Fiji to try and negotiate a return to democracy.

In Auckland last year with Jai Reddy.
In recent years, he said the political environment in Suva under the helm of Voreqe Bainimarama was different and difficult.

One of his last appearances in the world of Fiji politics was at the launch last year of the  book on Jai Ram Reddy (Eye of the Storm) in Auckland .

Reeves said he disagreed with the direction Fiji was being taken, noting that: " ... sometime soon, fundamental and far reaching decisions will have to be made about Fiji’s Constitution, the whole issue of freedoms and responsibilities and about the way in which the country conducts its affairs."

Editor's Note: Reeves revealed several weeks he had cancer and died in Auckland this morning. His death was announced by his family a short time ago.


Anonymous said...

Great loss for fiji democracy and nz.
our prayers goes to the family.
may his soul rest in peace.
god bless.

Anonymous said...

Sir Paul was a fighter for free and fair Democratic Elections and freedom of the Fijian People.

Anonymous said...

Its sad to read that fiji govt people havent said much on this great person .
who gave fiji the 1997 constitution.
we were blessed to have Sir Reeves vision for fiji.
may his soul rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Fiji has much to be grateful for to the man.

May God Bless his departed soul!

Anonymous said...

Rabuka praises Sir Paul Reeves
Monday, August 15, 2011

Taken from / By: Dominion Post

Fiji was blessed to have had the services of Sir Paul Reeves says former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka.

Reeves - who was one of the achitects of Fiji's 1997 Constitution - passed away yesterday morning at the age of 78.

Rabuka says - Reeves had a well spent life and it is sad that he has gone on as he contributed alot to Fiji.

"His contribution was a mixture of international understanding and also cultural understanding as an indigenous Maori of New Zealand. He found it easy to understand where the Nationalists of Fiji were coming from. But - with his experience as a judge and also experience in the Church as the Archibishop of Wellington and as Governor General of NZ - he brought in that wide-ranging experience to contribute to the formulation of our constitution."

Reeves will be accorded a state funeral in New Zealand.

He Tangata said...

Anon@6.26PM Totally agree. Reeves contribution was enormous, especially in these later years when not everyone wanted to wade into what was happening in Suva. Pity too few people are giving his due.

Anonymous said...

He hsn't been totally forgotten, although the one paying respect is swon enemy.

Ex Fiji Live

Fiji will always remember Paul: PM
August 15, 2011 04:53:00 PM

Fiji will always remember New Zealand’s former governor general Sir Paul Reeves.

That was the sentiments of Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama as he paid his last respects to the man regarded as New Zealand’s greatest statesman.

“It was with great sadness that I learnt of the passing of the former governor general of New Zealand Sir Paul Reeves on Sunday, August 14. Sir Paul Reeves will be remembered by the nation of Fiji,” Commodore Bainimarama said in a statement.

Speaking to his New Zealand counterpart, Commodore Bainimarama said despite Paul Reeves passing, the former Governor General would be remembered by the people of Fiji.

Sir Paul died yesterday aged 78 after loosing his longstanding battle with cancer.

Reeves ties to Fiji began in 1995 when he chaired the Constitution Review Commission until 1997. He was instrumental in Fiji’s readmission to the Commonwealth until its suspension in 2000.

Sir Paul’s last visit to Fiji was in 2007 where he held talks with current government officials on issues that arose in 2006.

Apart from his many credentials in New Zealand, Vanuatu, Israel and South Africa, Sir Reeves is also a Companion of the Order of Fiji.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand government has announced that a state funeral will be given to its former governor in Auckland this Thursday.

Anonymous said...

May the Almighty grant you eternal rest Sir Paul.
To the Reeves family may the good Lord comfort you all at this time of your tangi.

Anonymous said...

Tribute paid to Reeves tonight on NZ tv, Native Affairs on Maori TV. Steve Ratuva interviewed on Reeves. Ignoring Ratuva's uneven delivery, we learnt that Fiji was lucky to have Reeves who was a great statesman because he was Maori who could understand Fiji and its issues (land, cultural etc), was a former governor general so could see the big picture and the different cultural groups and from the Anglican minister so was well-placed to deal with tricky issues. Ratuva says Reeves was the only person who could bring the different parties together, who could go beyond politics and see the different perspectives.