23 Feb 2015

No Muslim make-over for Fiji clocktower

3:30 pm on 23 February 2015

Fiji's Chief Justice Anthony Gates has sought to dismiss concerns that Suva's clocktower has been subjected to a contemporary Muslim make-over.

Government buildings, Suva

Government buildings, Suva Photo: RNZ / Sally Round

He says the landmark in the capital has just been cleaned up and its art deco features have become more noticeable.

His comments came at the end of a speech to young lawyers at a ceremony in Suva in which he emphasised the importance of arriving at facts forensically and dispassionately.

Mr Gates says the government buildings and the clocktower with its rounded summit and coloured tiles are a fine example of the international art deco style which incorporates Middle Eastern motifs and even those from Oceania.

He said he hoped to clear up a misconception about the clocktower, whose original 1930s design has not been altered.