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Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Luke Daunivalu’s First Official Visit to Queensland

Last night in Brisbane H.E. Luke Daunivalu, High Commissioner of Fiji to Australia and Senator Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific renewed their commitment to strengthen the Vuvale Partnership through sports diplomacy in order to strengthen people-to-people links and enhance economic opportunities for Fiji and Australia through sport.

This is part of Australia’s Step-Up initiative towards the Pacific. Also present at the important event were legends such as Petero Civoniceva, Ilivasi Tabua and Mosese Rauluni and upcoming and promising female footballer Sera Naiqama. Suncorp Stadium sponsored the event, International Quarterback worked collaboratively with the Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission & Fiji High Commission to host the event.

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More Guests:

Matthew Horan, Qld Rugby Union
Mr Zarak Khan, Fiji’s Consul-General & Trade Commissioner to Australia & NZ
Mr Ilivasi Tabua, Former Fiji 15s Coach who led Fiji to the Quarterfinals RWC 2007
Sarah Leary & Daniel Seehusen, Sports Diplomacy area, Office of the Pacific, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Jaymes Boland Rudder, NRL head of government and community relations and many more
Ms Tia Roko, Chief Executive Officer, NSWRL
Mr Kartik Pratap, First Secretary, Fiji High Commission to Australia
Ms Zoie Carroll, Business & Communications Adviser, Fiji Consulate & Trade Commission
Matt Porm, General Manager – Commercial, International Quarterback
Andrew George, Head of Production, International Quarterback + his cameraman
Alan Graham, General Manager, Suncorp Stadium provided the venue
Graeme Kan, Director, Events and Operations, AEG Ogden (Suncorp Stadium) facilitated the visit
Ms Kelera Ratu, 16yr old up and coming athlete and touch rugby player. She was sent to Utah, USA to compete and also plays for Touch Football Victoria. Fijian Australian. Miriam Ratu to accompany her
Arthur Eustace-Earle, Government Relations, Queensland Rugby Football League Limited
Mr Orisi Ravuso, Senior Consular Officer, Fiji Consulate & Trade Commission
Mr Daniel Stow, Manager Trade Investment, Fiji Consulate & Trade Commission
Rohan Sawyer, Chief Operating Officer, Queensland Rugby Football League Limited
Mr Frank Yourn, Executive Director of Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council, Australia Fiji Business Council and Australia Pacific Islands Business Council
Mr Adrian Weeks, Trade Commissioner Paciifc & Timor Leste, Team Leader Tourism ASEAN/Pacific
Dr. Stuart Murray, Associate Professor of International Relations, Associate Editor of Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, Fellow, the Academy of Sport (Edinburgh University)
Professor Caitlin Byrne, Director, Griffith Asia Institute
Liam Fox, ABC – Pacific Beat journalist + cameraman
H.E. Hari Raniga, Honorary Consul of Fiji in Queensland
Mr Ratu Maseinawa, Fiji Independence Day 7s Competition Organiser
Mr Mosese Tamanikaiverata, Consular Officer, Fiji Consulate & Trade Commission