I hope that every member of our church considering allowing their name to go forward for nomination in elections for General Synod of our church will be made aware that at the next General Synod in Nandi, Fiji, in July, 2012, representatives of the Fijian Military will be present, checking the General Synod papers do not include any matters they do not like, hovering anxiously lest something is said out of place, and initimidating media representatives into only publishing material agreeable to the military junta running that country. Goodness knows what the military will do if one of the members of the General Synod makes a speech critical of the illegal Fijian government, but I hope they will realise their liability to be put on the next plane back to Aotearoa New Zealand or to Samoa or to Tonga. That is, if they come from such islands. You can be sure no resident of Fiji will say anything critical as they know what the consequences will be.
If you are getting the impression that I won't be standing for General Synod you are on my wavelength. I am not going near that country to take part in the parliament of our church subject to constraints on freedom of speech. I just hope that our church will be clear at its diocesan synods and hui amorangi what membership of General Synod in 2012 is going to involve so that those who do allow themselves to be nominated realise what they are letting themselves in for.