Fijian Community Association Victoria Inc

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Fijian Dance Groups


Department of Religion, Language and Culture



The Fijian Community Association Victoria aims to reconnect Fijians to their Language and Culture. The Fijian language AND Culture will be taught to Fijians and other ethnic groups that are connected to Fiji and those that are interested. The Department of Religion, Language and Culture of  FCAV will be responsible in the overall running of the Language and Cultural training programs.


A big Vinaka Vakalevu to Mr Martin Stephenson for his generous in-kind donation last Saturday where he donated 6 sets of Fijian (male) Meke costumes.

FCAV has always wanted to form a men’s meke group but it was challenging as the costumes would have required a fundraising activity due to their monetary value.

If it wasn’t for Martin’s donation, FCAV would have approximately spent more than a $1000 AU to procure such valuable items and also pay for additional transportation costs.

Martin’s generous contribution will help FCAV’s Language and Culture Committee to further the important work they are doing for our Fijian community and fulfill their goal to form a men’s meke group in the near future.


In recognising the twinning program it has with the Fijian Parliament, the Parliament of Victoria included a Fijian traditional ceremony in their Open Day event last Sunday performed by members of the Fijian Community Association Entertainment Group. The ceremony was accorded to the Victorian Parliament Legislative Council President, Mr Shaun Leane and his wife Paula.

The members of the Fijian Community Association Victoria dedicated one of their songs to the victims of last Friday's terror attack in Christchurch.

Thank you Parliament of Victoria for recognising Fiji in your Open Day programme (Victoria Cultural Diversity week).



Photo: The Vice President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria Mr Martin Chanel receiving the Masi from sisters Caroline and Linda on behalf of the Cavill family.

The Cavill family from Mount Waverly, Victoria presented a framed Tapa (Masi) to the Fijian Community Association Victoria (FCAV) on Monday 12/03/18.
Mr Walter Cavill and his wife Mrs Stella Cavill went to Fiji for a holiday on the 23rd of August 1975 with daughter Caroline who was 15 years old at that time.
The Cavill family returned with the Masi on September 3rd 1975 and has been with them ever since.
In Fiji, they did some day Tours and Mr Walter purchased the Masi from a village. On returning to Australia, he framed the Masi and it was on display on the wall of their family home.



​The FCAV Girls Cultural Meke Group is growing into prominence making their mark in the sold out Pasifika Night held at Clayton Hall on the 29th of July 2017. Hard work and perseverance given by the girls to meet and learn the Cultural dance of Fiji paid off when they put on a grand performance on the night. The Fijian girls come from different backgrounds and consisted of the 2 sisters, Jade and Jasmine Elder, Esther Ledua, Pallavi Reddy, Katarina Raravula, Anita Ackers and beautiful Eni from the friendly Island of Tonga. 

​The Group has continued to grow and have been encouraged by their last performance on stage in front of a capacity crowd. FCAV is looking for more young Men and Women of all age, Youths who want to learn the art of Fijian Cultural Dance. 

​To join the group and learn the Fijian Cultural Dance, contact Katarina Driu on 0449174058

Photo: Members of the FCAV Cultural Meke Group rocking the Clayton Hall Stage. 


The Masi (Tapa Cloth) that won the Ladies "Masi" design competition in March/April 1966 in a Competition at the village of Nacamaki, Koro, Lomaiviti was today presented to the Fijian Community Association of Victoria by the owners Mr and Mrs Chris and Janet Smyth of Mornington, Victoria. There to accept the gift was Koro native and former Lomaiviti, representative in Fiji Parliament, Mr Simione Kaitani who represented the Vanua of Koro and also the Fijian Community Association of Victoria as a member of the FCAV Committee himself. Also present at the presentation was the President of the Fijian Community Association Victoria, Mr Vonivate Driu.

Mr and Mrs Smyth are from Wellington, New Zealand. They migrated to Australia 40 years ago bringing with them the winning Nacamaki Masi and some other treasured Fijian artifacts that they collected while Mr Smyth was teaching at Nasinu Teachers College in 1965 and 1966. Mr Smyth traveled to Koro in the Yaught, Ramarama, with 6 other colleagues. Describing Nacamaki at the time of the competition, Mr Smyth recollected that the competition ground was a rugby field with two small wooden churches on both ends. One was a Methodist Church while the other was a Catholic Church. The villages of Koro took part in the competition and included basket weaving, sack racing, spear throwing, writing contest for kids, masi designs for women etc. There was a Yaqona ceremony of welcome performed before everyone took part in the competition.

After the competition and while everyone were packing up to go back to their villages, Mr Smyth approached the lady with the winning Masi design and asked her if he could buy it. The lady willingly accepted after discussion with other ladies and he bought the "masi" but really can't remember how much he bought it for, "Maybe 1 pound but I am not sure", he said.

The couple left New Zealand after Mr Smyth was being seconded by the New Zealand Department of Education to take up a Lecturers post at Nasinu Teachers College. At Nasinu Teachers College, he remembered teaching with Mr Meli Maisema, the late Mr Inoke Tabualevu and Mr Moti Lal etc. Some of his students include the late Mr Sefanaia Koroi and FTU President Mr Pratap Chand. He was a member of the Nausori Golf Club together with the late Mr Semesa Sikivou. One of the couples 8 children, now 52 years old, Mary was born in Suva's old Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

He hoped that the "Masi" will bring cheerful memories to the people of Koro.

Photo: Mr Simione Kaitani receiving the Masi that won the "Masi" Design competition in Nacamaki 52 years ago.

While in Fiji, Mr and Mrs Smyth met the famous artist Mr Semisi Maya and became friends.

Semisi Maya was a well known Fijian artist prominent during the 1960's to the 1980's for the amazing paintings he created despite being severely crippled by leprosy. 

They also presented a collection of Semisi Maya's art work which they hope can be kept by the Fijian Association as displays for future generations to appreciate in our Cultural Shows and displays.

Below is one of Mr Semisi Maya's Art work:

More of Artist, Semisi Maya's art work are shown in the slide show below:


Photo: FCAV Committee member, Mr Eroni Lewaqai, performing a Fijian presentation.