The Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources farewelled one of the most renowned and oldest staff and a registered Surveyor, Mr. Paserio Rupeni Samisoni who served the Ministry for 45 years.
Mr. Samisoni started as a Technical Assistant in 1975 till 1983 in the Control Survey Division.
He received his certificate as a Registered Surveyor in 1989.
Furthermore, Mr. Samisoni was then promoted as a Senior Technical Officer and in 1990 he was appointed as a Surveyor. He climbed the ladder over the years till 1998, when he was appointed as an Acting Principal Surveyor.
He continued his journey where he was appointed on different positions and projects.
Mr Samisoni was also appointed as the Acting Director Lands and Surveyor General and Assistant Director Survey during his term.
Mr. Samisoni, in the year 2016 was contracted as a Project Manager for Lands and Survey Division till and in 2019 he was appointed as a Project Manager for Modernization of Fiji Geodetic Datum Project till he was farewelled yesterday (14th January, 2021).
Additionally, he was the Vice Chair for the Pacific Geospatial Surveyors Council from 2014-2018.
Moreover, in 2018 he received the Australian Award for excellence service for the Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) Project. He was also awarded the President's award in 2020.
Some of his major projects that he undertook were : surveying of unsurveyed iTaukei lands in 2001, maritime boundary delimitation survey in 2007 and various geodetic networks all over Fiji.
Mr. Samisoni stressed that his journey was not easy; however his passion as a Surveyor helped him achieve his goals.
He acknowledged the former Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources, late Ratu Mosese Volavola.
“Late Mr. Volavola reopened the Control Division office in 1976 and I was one of the very young technicians back then,” he added.
“I took my cue from there and learned a lot from him,” he said.
We highly acknowledge and appreciate Mr. Samisoni's contribution towards the Ministry in the area of Land surveying.