Friday, November 06, 2009

Goodbye Fiji

Goodbye Fiji: Diplomat flies home to NZ - Monika Singh
Friday, November 06, 2009

"VINAKA vakalevu and moce mada, May God bless Fiji." These were the parting words of acting New Zealand High Commissioner Todd Cleaver as he and his family left Fiji at 6.30pm yesterday.

Minutes before boarding the NZ55 flight to New Zealand, Mr Cleaver expressed his gratitude to those who sent messages of sympathy during the past two days.

"It's a great regret that I and my family are leaving Fiji in such circumstances," said Mr Cleaver.

Mr Cleaver also expressed his sincere thanks for the kind hospitality so many people had extended during the two and a half years he spent in Fiji.

"Vinaka vakalevu (thank you very much) and moce mada (goodbye)," he said.

Before walking into the immigration section to board the flight, Mrs Cleaver said "may God bless Fiji".

When asked about the departure, Mr Cleaver referred further questions to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

The family walked into the Nadi International Airport at 5.50pm accompanied by three New Zealand High Commission officials, their driver and the nanny.

The immigration supervisor at Nadi International Airport was also at the International Departure lounge.

Meanwhile, Australian High Commissioner James Batley has been out of Fiji since September.

Director Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa said Mr Batley flew out to Australia on September 25

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