Well, on the odd occasion when his name has come up, and it hasn't very often, I hear nothing but good. People seem to feel that he is doing well, rooting out corruption in the army and the police. There is consternation at the attitude of Australia and New Zealand. Bainimarama has made transport to schools free.Or, "I don't know about dictatorship but at least he has made the kids run on time."
NZH: Pacific Forum ministers meeting in Auckland yesterday were told Fiji's record has worsened "across the board" since they met last year. But they have decided it is still important to keep contact with the military-installed regime and have accepted an invitation to visit in the next month or two, for what will be the third visit of the ministerial contact group. Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum last year and its bilateral relationships with Australia and New Zealand have been strained after a series of diplomatic expulsions.