USP honours museum staff
Fiji Museum Field Officer, Sepeti Matararaba, was awarded the Honorary Masters degree by the University of the South Pacific (USP) in recognition of his considerable achievements in the field of Archaeology and Prehistory.
Mata, as he is commonly known, hails from the village of Lomati in Matuku, Lau. He has been working for the Fiji Museum for the past 26years. He has participated in more than 135 archaeological fieldtrips throughout the Fiji islands. His work has led him to numerous villages as a consultant for the establishment of natural and archaeological sites for eco-tourism as money earning projects for landowners. His work in prehistory archaeology and oral tradition has also earned him the respect and recognition from renown archaeologist around the world, working in the Pacific.
Museum farewells Chairman
Fiji Museum Board Chairman, Mr Winston Thompson was fareweled by museum staff as he takes up his diplomatic posting as Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr Thompson recently took up his new posting Mr. Thompson was chairman from 1993 to 2009.
RIGHT: Mr Thompson having tea with museum staff.
The Fiji Museum storage room is undergoing a facelift with the installation of new shelves thanks to Museum Victoria, Melbourne Australia. Victoria Museum recently donated shelving equipments which are now being installed by museum staff. The project will take several months to ensure the safety and protection of artifacts as they are relocated from its current location while the new shelves are installed. The Fiji Museum is grateful for Victoria Museumâ€™s assistance which was made possible through a memorandum of understanding and co-operation between the two institutions.
Museum staff Tubuka Raikaci and Jone Balenaivalu cross-check items in the container. Staff assemble the new shelves in the museum store-room.