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50th Anniversary Events

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Distinguished Alumni Awards (28th November 2018)

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50 Years Closing Dinner Invite (December 13, 2018)

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Public lecture on Sustainable tourism

Invitation to the 50th Anniversary Research Presentation Series  

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All members of the public are warmly invited to the presentation.

Date: 21 March 2018

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Japan-Pacific ICT Centre, USP


6.00pm – 7.00pm: Presentation

7.00pm – 7.30pm: Questions & Answers

7.30pm – 8.00pm: Light refreshments

For enquiries, please contact Professor Jito Vanualailai, the Director of Research, tel: 3232661 or email: jito.vanualailai(at)


EVENT - Research Seminar Series


RNZAF memorial unveiling



The University of the South Pacific commenced operations at the Laucala Campus, in Fiji’s Capital, in February 1968. The campus is situated on land previously occupied by the 5 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Airforce (RNZAF). 

To honour the contribution by the Fiji and New Zealand Governments, there will be a commemorative Monument Unveiling at the Laucala Campus in March.

The RNZAF are bringing three planes from New Zealand and over 100 ex 5 Squadron servicemen and women are travelling to Suva for the joint unveiling by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Rear Admiral (Ret), Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, together with Honourable Ron Mark, New Zealand Minister of Defence.

Date: 23 March 2018

Time: 5:00pm

Venue: Faculty of Business and Economics

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Lunch time lecture by Dawson



Laucala Bay: The Story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939-1967' by Bee Dawson

The Library invites members of the University community, friends and the general public to a presentation by author Bee Dawson on her book Laucala Bay: The Story of the RNZAF in Fiji 1939 to 1967 on Friday 23 March, 2018 from 1.10pm – 2pm at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Centre. 

`Bee Dawson is a New Zealand author, columnist, public speaker, and a social and oral historian and a one-time Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) as an occupational psychologist….’

"When a Pacific war became likely in the late 1930s, New Zealand was given responsibility for air reconnaissance centred around Fiji. As a result, airfields were built at Nadi and Nausori, while a flying-boat station was developed at Laucala Bay, near Suva. This book tells of the RNZAF's operations in Fiji during the war and the subsequent two decades until the station finally closed in 1967. In war and peace, the drama caused by tragedies and extreme weather events was tempered by the charm of Laucala Bay life: picnics on Nukulau Island, sailing competitions, parties, rugby and romance. Small wonder that this was one of the most popular postings the RNZAF ever offered."—back cover

For many who were young men and women in Suva from the 1940s and 1960s this will be a `walk down memory lane’.

As the University celebrates its 50 years of tertiary education service to the Region, it is paying tribute to the past and the present with a focus on the future.  Come and join us in this celebration!


Light refreshments served.    


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