Colonel Ned Taito (Ret) has deposited some important historical publications with NAF. These materials are no longer in print. Below he talks about his deposit.
1) What benefit will these materials bring for Fiji’s collective memory?
To understand the future we have to appreciate the past. The contribution seeks to ensure that the future generations have the opportunity to appreciate the contributions made by those that went before them, in creating the character of the nation we call our homeland.
2) Why have you chosen to bring them to the National Archives for safekeeping?
As custodians of Fiji’s history, the National Archives has not only the mandate but more importantly the will to serve as the custodians of our individual and collective history as a nation.
3) Please describe the materials you have brought to deposit.
The items include publications and images from four peacekeeping mission. Three of which I served in.
The CD of images from the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) includes images from the tour by the band MAKOMA. I did not serve with RAMSI
Two publications are from the UN Mission in East Timor where I served as Public Information Office (PIO) at the HQ of the Peacekeeping Force (HQ PKF) and was responsible for working with the local media in terms of capacity building and in facilitating coverage of PKF efforts in Timor Leste. The majority of the CD contain images from UN PKF Media Office (PIO).
I served as the Civil Affairs Officer at Sector West HQ from June 200 to December 2000 in the Town of Suai, Covalima District, on the East Timor border with West Timor (Indonesia) under the auspices of the United Nations Transitional Authority East Timor (UNTAET). From October 2002 to September 2003 I served with at the UN PKF in Dili with the United Nations Mission in Support of East Timor (UNMISET). During the courses of the years the country was known as East Timor, then Timor Lorosae then Timor Leste.
There are two blue coffe table booklets highlighting two anniversary’s celebrated by the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights. The Golan Journal magazines that I had donated earlier to the National Archives included quarterly magazines published by HQ UNDOF at Camp Faouar, Syria where I served as the Spokesman from July 2013 to August 2014
The two posters were produced during two deployments to Bougainville. The South Pacific Peacekeeping Force (SPPKF) deployed in 1994, while the Truce Monitoring Group or TMG (renamed by the Australian as the Peace Monitoring Group – PMG) deployed in 1997. I deployed with the first Fiji contingent to TMG.