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MARCH 2015.

ISSUE 63

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Hilton Rebranded
By SALOTE QALUBAU
The Honorable Prime Minister
Voreqe Bainimarama launched the
official transition of the Fiji Beach
Resort and Spa into the Hilton Fiji
Beach Resort and Spa on Wednesday February 25.
Mr Bainimarama during his address said that he was delighted to
celebrate a crucial event not only
for the Tourism Industry but for Fiji
as a whole.
Hilton is not only a famous and
trusted name around the world,
but is also an integral part of Fijian
tourism joining the other great
global brands Sheraton, ShangriLa, Sofitel, Radisson, Intercontinental, Wyndham, Westin and, of
course, the new Marriot at Momi
Bay, said Mr. Bainimarama.
The Hilton Fiji Beach Resort
and Spa and the Vision Group will
be further investing an additional
$28million to complete the next
stage of the resort, this includes a
new conference centre and function room; a new restaurant and
pool complex; and new back-ofhouse facilities and production
kitchen. Another 115 rooms are
also being added to the existing
340 rooms and 164 villas.
Since the Fiji Beach Resort and
Spa opened its doors for business

From left- Vice President Operations Australasia Ashley Spenser, Vision Group chairman Dilip Katri, Tui Nadi Ratu Sailosi Dawai and
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pose for a group photo at the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort re-branding on Denarau Island.
Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.
in July 2006, it has been managed
by Hilton. However the resort was
not fully completed and this resulted in the full branding processes
being withheld to ensure that the
property reached the required
standard.
Mr. Bainimarama said soon after
it opened, nearly eight years ago,
the overseas owners and developers struck financial difficulties and
the property went into receivership
in 2009 with significant debts. Two
years later, in October 2011, the Fijian-owned Vision Group acquired
60 per cent of the resort and settled
those overseas debts. It was a remarkable achievement for a local

company.
Vision Group Chairman Dilip
Khatri said the rebranding would
boost the profile of the Resort
which is the first 5 star resort fully
owned by local investors.
This particular acquisition
is an important milestone in the
much diversified portfolio of Vision
Group. This property also significantly expands Visions engagement in the Tourism sector signifying Vision Groups confidence
and commitment to the Fijian
Economy and Tourism Industry,
said Mr.Katri.
Phase 1 and 2A of the Resort
have been completed and current-

ly operate with 340 rooms with 164


individual Villa Owners owning
villas at the resort. Vision Group is
investing further to complete Stage
2B of the resort by July 2015 this
phase will include a new conference centre and function room,
restaurant and pool complex, back
of house and production kitchen,
additional 115 rooms while phase
3 of the development is in the planning stages which will add a new
lobby, retail precinct, F&B outlets
and spa. It will happen over the
next 2 years.
We acknowledge the many
development projects being undertaken by the Fijian Government

to further enhance Fijis Tourism


Industry. Such development includes the Denarau Bridge repair
works commencing, the linking
of Denarau Road to Nadi Airport
is underway, the redevelopment
of multi-million dollar Nadi Airport
terminal is a significant undertaking and the rebranding of and major investment in Fiji Airways has
been a success.
We in the industry are very
grateful for these developments. It
encourages us to further develop
this property to give our guests an
awesome time in our country best
described as the Happiest place
on Earth. Mr.Khatri added.

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Neighbourhood Watch Zone


Committees to be Revived
Police officers of Namaka are collectively working
towards reviving neighborhood watch programs in
areas within the Namaka
boundary following general
discussions during the Namaka district central policing committee annual general meeting on Wednesday
March 4 at the Tanoa International Hotel.
We have been receiving cases of burglaries and
we are advising the public
to please take precautionary measures before leaving your houses such as
locking your doors at night,
keeping expensive items
safely stored in your houses
and also alerting your neighbors to keep an eye on your
house, said Namaka Police

station Sergeant Anaseini Disiga.


Sergeant Disiga added
that it was important for the
public to build good relations with their neighbors
in order to clamp down on
domestic violence and theft
cases.
It is the publics responsibility to report any suspicious activity they witness
occurring on their neighbors
premises in their absence
or if you witness domestic
abuse taking place right next
door, said Sergeant Disiga.
Planned target areas for
the revival of neighborhood
watch committees are Votualevu, Waimalika, Martinitar
and Legalega to name a few.
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ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

USP Lautoka Celebrates


Festival of Colours
The students and staff
of USP Lautoka smeared
each others faces with
bright colours as they celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi at the Campus
on Thursday, 05 March,
2015.
Students from all races
participated in the celebration organized by
USP Student Association
(USPSA) Lautoka.
Dance performances
by students drew thunderous applause from
the big crowd who
screamed for more.
Prizes were awarded to
the three best groups of
dance performers.
USP Lautoka was
brimming with excited
energy as the students
sang, danced and threw
powdered colours on
each others face, hair

and clothes. There was


much cheer and laughter
throughout the celebration.
USP Lautoka staff Rajendra Singh spoke on
the essence of Holi, the
annual festival of colour that is celebrated by
Hindus and other ethnic
groups in many countries
worldwide.
Mr Singh said Holi is
a spring festival of love,
colour and life, which is
somewhat similar to the
Chinese Spring festival
which USP Lautoka celebrated recently.
Spring comes after
winter, therefore houses and compounds are
cleaned to get rid of insects and germs that
cause sickness. This is
the time people get out
of the gloom and doom

Students of USP lautoka campus performing during the


holi celebrations. Photo: SUPPLIED.

of winter and enjoy the


pleasant cool and bright
spring weather, he said.
Speaking on the religious aspect of Holi, Mr
Singh narrated the story
of Prahlad, his father Harinakashyap and aunty Holika as well as the divine
love affair of Lord Krishna
and Radha.
The Holi festival, celebrated in the month of
Falgun, is associated

with music, song, dance,


food, merry making and
colours.
Some of the songs sung
during Holi are Chautaal,
Faag, Baeswara and Sada
Anand, which are songs
of praise sung repeatedly
and loudly. According
to legend, these songs
frighten away evil spirits
and bring life or energy in
the singers.
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12 RSE Workers Arrive In


New Zealand
In an effort to improve Fiji
The Foreign Employment
Service at the Ministry of
Employment, Industrial Relations & Productivity have
sent off the first group of
Fijian workers recruited under the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer
Work Scheme.
The twelve personnel arrived in Auckland last weekend and are excited to be in
New Zealand. The boys are
in high spirit and looking forward to working very hard
in Hawkes Bay for the next

seven months, said Waisale


Tora, the groups spokesperson.
All the men on the team
were ready to experience
and adapt to New Zealands
life, agreeing that the pre-departure training in Nadi was
valuable.
Ms Mere Tora, Fijis Acting Head of Mission at the
Fiji High Commission in
Wellington, welcomed and
briefed the group at Auckland Airport before they
took the four-hour drive to
Hawkes Bay where they will

be based until September.


Ms Tora impressed upon
the group the importance of
focusing on why they were
in New Zealand. It is your
responsibility
individually
and as a group to set excellent work and behaviour
standards that would give
employers the confidence to
recruit more workers from
Fiji, she added.
The Minister for Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, Hon. Jioji
Konrote, reiterates that this
is part of Governments Em-

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First group of 12 RSE workers at the Auckland Airport after leaving Fiji on Saturday 21 05 15.
Photo: SUPPLIED.
ployment Creation initiative
towards reducing unemployment.

The Ministry of Employment is now preparing to


send the second group of

Fijians to New Zealand.


sion of the Ministry of Agriculture.
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PM Opens Refurbishment of Legal


Aid Commission in Lautoka

By SALOTE QALUBAU

Launching development
works for the official refurbishment of the Legal Aid
Commission Lautoka branch
on Wednesday February 18,
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
highlighted how
the new upgrade in resources would now assist the Fijian people to be able to have
better access to services offered by the justice system.
This office has been
open for some time. But before this refurbishment, limited space meant that there
was no privacy for those
seeking legal advice. Sensitive and difficult discussions
had to take place in front of
the entire room, which was
usually over-crowded to begin with, said Mr. Bainimarama.
As of last year the government had set aside a record
$4.4 million for the Legal Aid
Commission and as such
free legal assistance through
the various Legal Aid commission branches through-

out Fiji will now be provided


for those who earn below or
equivalent to $15,000.
Sheikh Abdullahs visit
follows closely on the heels
of those of the Presidents
of China and Indonesia and
the Prime Minister of India.
We Pacific Islanders no longer only go to them. They
also come to us as honored
guests. So who can doubt
that Fiji stands taller and
prouder in the world today
than it ever has before, said
Mr. Bainimarama.
Successful bilateral relations with the United Arab
Emirates have seen the
timely provision of solar
power projects to light up
some of Fijis outer islands
such as
Kadavu, Lakeba
and Rotuma.
Mr. Bainimarama further
urged those who qualified
for the services to use them
efficiently and to take pride
in the wonderful opportunities that are being provided
and embrace a united future.
Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addressing the audience at the launching of
refurbishment of Legal Aid Commission in Lautoka branch. Photo:SUPPLIED.

Farewell for Inaugural PIDF Secretary General


Senior officials representing the Fijian Government,
members of the Pacific Islands Development Forum
(PIDF), the private sector,
development partners and
the diplomatic corps recently farewelled the PIDF
secretary general Mr Feleti
Teo OBE.
Members of the Pacific
Islands Development Forum
together with the Minister of
Foreign Affairs the Hon. Ratu
Inoke Kubuabola farewelled
the inaugural secretary general at a reception held at

the PIDF Secretariat. In his


farewell speech, the Minister paid tribute to the work
carried out by Mr Teo during
his tenure at the PIDF. He
also congratulated Mr Teo
on his new appointment as
the new Executive Director
of the Western and Central
Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).
Speaking on behalf of
the PIDF, the High Commissioner for Kiribati to Fiji and
Member of the PIDF Senior
Officials Committee H.E.
Reteta Rimon paid tribute

to Mr Teos leadership of the


organisation.
She noted the major
achievements of the PIDF
under Mr Teos stewardship saw the organisation
emerge as a key development space for the Pacific.
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The outgoing PIDF secretary


general Mr Feleti TEO OBE.
Photo:SUPPLIED.

Fijian Ambassador Presents Credentials


as Non-Resident Envoy to Uzbekistan
Fijis Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Korea,
Ambassador Filimone Kau,
has presented his credentials to the Republic of Uzbekistans Minister for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency
Mr Abdulaziz Kamilov.
The presentation marks
a significant day in the history of diplomatic and mutual
friendly relations between
the two countries which
was formally established in
2010; Ambassador Kau is
now Fijis first Non-Resident
Ambassador to the Republic
of Uzbekistan.

Ambassador Kau said


that this is first time in the
history of Fijis foreign relations that a diplomat present
diplomatic credentials to a
central Asian country.
It is certainly a milestone achievement for our
foreign policy to establish a
non-resident ambassadorial
appointment to your great
nation, considered the heart
of the central Asian region.
I bring greetings from the
Head of State, the Head of
Government and the people
of the Republic of Fiji, Ambassador Kau said.

He added that the Fijian


Government is hopeful that
the appointment as Fijis first
Non-Resident Ambassador
to the Republic of Uzbekistan will strengthen friendly
relations between the two
countries and be beneficial
to both Governments in
terms of technical, cultural,
economic and social cooperation.
Your Excellency, Fiji and
the Republic of Uzbekistan
can share great values of
friendship through cooperation in the fields of sports,
tourism, education and

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trade.
Our countries can also
support each other at the
international fora by advocating for the protection and
preservation of our sovereign rights as independent
states, he added.
In accepting the credentials, His Excellency Mr Kamilov said the Republic of
Uzbekistan stood to benefit
greatly from its diplomatic
relations with Fiji particularly in fostering the welfare
of its citizens through trade
and investment, tourism,
people to people diplomacy

and cultural exchange.


The promotion of these
areas will be at the heart of
my tenure and I look forward to cementing new levels of cooperation in other
areas of technical and economic cooperation, tourism
and at the UN level between
our people.
H.E Kamilov also expressed interest in rugby
saying it is one of the fastest
growing sports in the Republic of Uzbekistan. We have
heard that Fijians are among
the best rugby players in the
world and we want to learn

from the best, he said.


Following the presentation, Ambassador Kau met
with the Minister for Economic Relations, Investment
and Trade Mr Elyor Ganiev,
the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Alisher Shayhov,
Chairman of the Foreign
Relations Committee and
President of the Uzbekistan
Rugby Federation Mr Sadiq
Safaev and the Chairman
of the Uzbekistan Tourism
Board Mr Farukkh Rizaev.
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Ministry Receives Donation


from Elections Office

By SALOTE QALUBAU

The elections office presented a donation to Ministry of Women, Children and


Poverty Alleviation on Friday
February 20 .Certain donations were given earlier to
the elections office by the
Government of India for the
2014 elections .
The donation includes
four Mahindra Vehicles, 30
Identification Card Kits, 13
desktop computers and 3
multi-function brother printers.
An official agreement
was signed between the
Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem and the
Permanent Secretary for
Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Doctor Josefa Koroivueta. Present at the
donation ceremony were
the Attorney-General and
Minister for Finance, Public
Enterprises, Public Service
and Communications Aiyaz
Sayed-Khaiyum, and Hon-

orable Minister for Women,


Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Rosy Akbar.
In conducting the 2014
general elections, we have
received tremendous support from the government
institutions and external
partners as well. Whilst
todays program sees the
FEO handing over equipment, we are also looking at
knowledge sharing and best
practices sharing between
institutions, said Supervisor
of Elections, Mohammed Saneem.
Minister Akbar said the
new equipment would aid
the Ministry to create greater
initiatives for disadvantaged,
women and children and
that the resources would
boost the Ministrys morale
in achieving its output.
I wish to confirm that 2
vehicles will be used by the
Operation Task Force specifically the Fiji Police Force,
Local Governments and
Ministry of Health and Medical Services to mount desired responses to the social

issues in Suva and Lautoka.


Our responses are based
on a humanitarian approach
that instills confidence within individuals to become
self-reliant, Mrs. Akbar said.
The ID Card Kits will be
distributed respectively to
16 divisional offices of the
Ministry and will enable
the Ministry to decentralize
its services in the divisions
making it convenient for the
recipients to have access to
services.
Minister Akbar added
that the partnership between the ministry and
the Indian Government remained crucial in that it has
led to the establishment of
the Barefoot College, which
is currently being pursued
and the training of Fijis first
solar grandmothers, donation of sewing machines, establishment of Ability Shine
Centre and the National
Sewing Centre that has created income generation opportunities for people living
with disabilities.

Honorable Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Public Enterprises Mr. Aiyaz
Saiyed-Khaiyum at the donation ceremony.

The Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Mohammed Saneem and the Permanent Secretary for Women,
Children and Poverty Alleviation, Doctor Josefa Koroivueta after signing of the official agreement.
Photos:SUPPLIED.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Rosy Akbar after the
donation ceremony.

Government to Address Water Concerns


in Western Division
By ANUSHIL KUMAR

The Prime Minister Hon.


Voreqe Bainimarama met
with senior officials from the
Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development, Ministry
of Infrastructure, the Water
Authority of Fiji (WAF), the
Mineral Resources Department and the Fiji Roads Authority and instructed them
to look into water problems
faced by residents in Nawaicoba, Nakavika and Balevuto, Nadroumai and Ulusila.
WAF Chief Executive Officer Opetaia Ravai updated
the head of government
on the proposed scope of

works for the Ulusila, Nadroumai, Balevuto and Nawaicoba water projects.
The Ulusila water project which is 85 per cent
complete includes the construction of a 45,000 litre
cement tank, installation of
40 sets of standpipes and
showers and construction of
a pump well, Mr Ravai said.
Immediate
upgrading
works for the Balevuto water supply system include
the construction of a reservoir, PVC mains, installation
of break pressure tanks and
a water treatment plant.
He added WAF have concluded the upgrading works
for Nawaicoba with the installation of tanks and boost-

er pumps and was going to


continue with future upgrading works, which includes
new pump installations and
two new reservoirs.
Mineral Resources Department Director, Malakai
Finau also briefed the Prime
Minister.
He said the department
has drilled 6 boreholes last
year in the Nawaicoba area
which includes the Malamala, Nalovo and Dakadaka
areas.
Further works include,
investigating the possibility
of identifying a further borehole site for Ulusila (Nadroga), conducting yield and
water quality tests and commencing water supply work

Staff of Water Authority of Fiji working at one off the breakdown sites. Photo: SUPPLIED
for the Nakavika settlement
(Navosa) and Investigating
the possibility of drilling a
new borehole for the Navu-

tu (AOG) settlement as the


replacement for the existing
one which had been damaged, Mr Finau said.

These water projects are


expected to ease water access to 4000 Fijians upon
completion.

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Culture is Important:
Minister Tuitubou

The Minister for Youth


and Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou praised the
teachers of Gram Sangathan Primary School
in Verata, Tailevu for imparting cultural and traditional knowledge onto
students at the school.
While officiating at
the handing over of the
schools rural sporting
field, the Hon. Minister
was accorded an iTaukei
traditional ceremony of
isevusevu by Year 7 and 8
students.
He paid tribute to the
school teachers for teaching students about Fijis
different cultures and
traditions. Culture is an
important part of our lives
and I would like to show
my gratitude to the teachers and school management of Gram Sangathan
for teaching this tradition

to our students, he said.


Minister Tuitubou stated that as Fijians, the responsibility was on every
citizen to pass down their
traditions and customs.
We are all Fijians under this Government and
for you to maintain and
teach our young population their role and responsibilities in terms of their
culture gives us hope in
the future of our nation,
he said.
Witnessing these
young students actively
participate in the iTaukei
tradition of isevusevu
was heart-warming and
also gives us confidence
in the protection of our
culture, Minister Tuitubou said.

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Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou and Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports Josefa Sania with teachers
and students of Gram Sangathan School. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Agriculture Ministry Hands-over


Revenue Earnings

Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with the senior management of the Ministry of Agriculture. Photo: SUPPLIED.

By ANUSHIL KUMAR

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime and National Disaster, Inia Seruiratu handed
over revenue earnings of
the Ministry of Agriculture to the Minister for
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Finance, Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum on Wednesday,


March 3.
Commonly known as
the Trade and Manufacturing Account (TMA),
this is a semi-commercial
business that was initially
established for the primary purpose of delivering
services to government

and the public at an affordable rate.


The Agriculture Ministry has three TMA accounts. One is managed
by Director Animal Health
and Production which
deals mostly with agriculture drugs and veterinary
in addition the sale of
fencing materials.

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Director
Extension
manages the other two
TMA accounts which
deals with providing
farmers the service of hiring agricultural machines
below market rates and
the other one is for fuel
and Oil.
As at December 31,
2014, the Ministry had

a cash surplus of $567,


598.26. This was made
possible through the
good management of
TMA accounts.
TMAs secondary purpose is to be viable in its
operation by ensuring
that it secures enough
customers, earn revenue,
manage its cash flow

well, undertake capital


purchases and be able to
sustain its operations. It
is also independent from
operating budget and is
able to provide returns to
government at the yearend.

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Rotary International Commemorates its


110th Anniversary

By SALOTE QALUBAU
The Rotary International
commemorated its 110th
anniversary on Monday
February 23 at the New Zealand High Commission Residence, and had collectively
celebrated the auspicious
occasion with over 1.2 million other Rotarians in some
32,000 clubs spread over 150
countries.
Commissioned in the
year 1936 the Rotary Club
of Suva saw the establishment of 4 other branches
in the capital and later on
branches in Ba, Nadi, Lautoka, Taveuni, Labasa and
Savusavu.
Rotarians
contribute
their time, energy and passion to sustainable, longterm projects in local communities across the globe.
In Fiji, projects have focused on basic education
and literacy, economic and
community development,
disease prevention and
treatment, water sanitation,

and health, said Rotary


Club Suva Peninsula Sunset
President, Alisi Tuqa.
According to Ms. Tuqa
the Rotary International
has contributed more than
US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help
immunize more than two
billion children against polio and the Fiji Rotary Clubs
contribute each year by
pledging money that goes
towards the global eradication project.
Currently,
Rotary
is
working to raise $35 million per year through 2018
for polio eradication, which
will be matched 2 to 1 by the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Polio eradication remains Rotarys top priority,
said Ms. Tuqa.
The District Governor Ian
Wakefield originally based in
Auckland New Zealand will
be in Fiji for the week and
will be touring numerous
Rotary project sites in Suva,
the eastern and northern
division specifically Vanua
Levu.

District Governor with the Suva Rotary Club Presidents Michelle Chand, Niten Kumar, Malini Raghwan (Asssistant District Governor),
Ajay Amrit and Alisi Tuqa. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Namaka Policing
Committee Works
Towards Strengthening
Partnerships
By SALOTE QALUBAU

Members of the Namaka


duavata central crime prevention committee and
other stakeholders gathered
at the Tanoa International
Hotel in Nadi on Wednesday
March 4, for the Namaka police district central policing
committee annual general
meeting. Divisional Commander western and Superintendent of Police Jope
Ralulu officiated the event
as Chief Guest.
The committee consists
of the Namaka Police, business houses; speak the light
pastors network, youth
groups and communities
within the 8 zones which
stretch from Waimalika right
to Wailoaloa.
Once we move out and
educate members of the
community, they will be join
hands and work together
and complete the task as far
as crime prevention is concerned. Most of the time we
want peaceful environments
in our work place and in our
living environment, but the
problems is disunity, said
Mr.Ralulu.

Committee
members
raised issues such as the
addressing of taboo issues
in schools, strengthening of
partnerships between whistle blowers and the committee as a whole as well as the
need for more community
awareness due to the population total of Namaka being
58000 and about 62 police
officers serving in that specific area .
The key areas that we
are hoping to target is to get
the youth on board and get
them community conscious
such as involving them in
cleanup projects like grass
cutting to get their mind off
crime ,the main objective
of course is making people
aware of what they can do
to reduce crime. We have
taken the Duavata on board
because we are including
the stakeholders and the
business houses have been
very helpful and at the moment we have a great team,
said committee president
Heather Atu.
Committee
members
elected Heather Atu as
President, Ropate Salele as
Vice President, Ollie Fong as
Secretary,Vijendra Pillay as
Assistant Secretary, Henry
Brown as treasurer and Jioji

Cakacaka as the youth President.


Community members
are police officers without
uniform and police officers
are community members
without uniform and I hope
we can all work together to
make a difference in Namaka for crime prevention, Mr.
Ralulu added.
will be issued to the vehicle owners who fail to comply with the law.
Meanwhile, the LTA issued 2,551 defect notices to
vehicles with non-conforming lights last year while 25
defect notices have been issued so far this year.
They also issued TINs to
1,577 drivers in 2014 and to
31 drivers so far this year
for driving a vehicle with
non-conforming lamps and
emergency lights. A maximum penalty of $200 applies
for this offence.

No More Begging: A New


Start for Amar Kumar
43-year old Amar Kumar
who has been begging on
the streets of Suva for the
last four years is now geared
for a new life, through the
assistance provided by the
Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.
This has been made possible through the Ministrys
sustainable livelihood program that economically empowers the underprivileged
individuals and families in
Fiji. Today, Mr Kumar was
overwhelmed to receive a
new Kawasaki brushcutter
worth $700 by the Ministry.
The Minister for Women,
Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar said
the new tool will enable Mr
Kumar to earn income for
his family.
This is an opportunity for
you to become self-reliant,
to work hard to earn a decent livelihood for yourself
and your family. We hope
that you will put this tool to
good use to earn income for
your family. The Ministry will
monitor your progress and
help you start a new life.
Through such assistance the
Ministry is determined to

create positive changes for


families, to help them walk
out of poverty, Minister Akbar explained.
Mr Kumar is living with
his mother and 21 year old
son at an informal settlement in Howell Road, Suva.
I am divorced, my 12
year old daughter lives with
her mother while my son
only does casual work and
my mother stays at home. I
was begging in Suva for the
last 4 years and could never
forget the insult and risks
that I had endure to collect
just $10 a day, Kumar said.
I am ready to put all
that behind me and start a
new life, free from fear and
shame. I am grateful to this
government and the Ministry that is the first to approach me to help me for
better. I know I deserve a
much better life rather than
begging and struggling on
the streets.
In particular I am thankful to Madam Minister, for it
is her who has continuously
motivated me to start a new
life, to have faith in myself
and my abilities to become
financially independent. I

have taken the first step and


I am confident that through
my hard work, and support
of the Ministry, I will further
expand my business, Mr
Kumar said
Mr Kumar is also prepared to open a savings account for his future.
I am targeting to earn at
least $200 a week so that I
can also save some money
for my family. I have already
secured some customers, as
I start my grass cutting activity from tomorrow. My message to people who beg on
the streets is to work hard
and make use of the opportunity given by the government to become self-reliant.
This is a caring government and the assistance given to me is a testimony of its
commitment to improve the
lives of ordinary citizens like
me. Speaking from experience, I can say that begging
brings disgrace to families,
it exposes women and children to alot of danger and it
should be stopped in Fiji,
Mr Kumar said.
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The 43 year old Amar Kumar (standing in middle) while receiving a new brush cutter
from the Hon. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Rosy Akbar.
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Medical Boost for FNU

By ANUSHIL KUMAR

Staff and students of the


Fiji National University wont
have to travel long distances
to receive medical treatment or check-ups.
This was made possible
following the launch of the
University UniClinic, Welfare
and Wellness Centre at the
Nasinu Campus on Monday,
March 2.
FNUs acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Rouse,
who officiated at the opening ceremony, said the initiative is to ensure staff and
students are healthy and enjoy work and study.
Staff and students are a
valuable resource to the University and this (the centre)
will encourage them to stay
healthy to better enjoy work
and study, said Professor
Rouse.
The launching coincided
with FNUs Health Screening Program; an initiative
which will run this month
across all campuses.
I encourage staff and
students to come along and
get screened so they are
aware of where they stand
with their health, Professor

FNU Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Rouse (with garland) with the UniClinc Welfare and Wellness Centre team during the opening ceremony. Photo: FNU.
Rouse mentioned.
He said a number of programs have been introduced
to encourage wellness of
staff and students.
The introduction also includes Zumba sessions at
the FNU UniStudio Campus
in Raiwai every Fridays.
One of this Fridays, I
will also hop in the bus and

No More Toilet
Fees for Market
Vendors
By ANUSHIL KUMAR

Market vendors who sell


their produce and crafts at
municipal council markets
around the country will soon
no longer have to pay to use
council toilet facilities.
Starting 23 March, any
market vendor who pays
market stall fees will be able
to use council toilets free of
charge.
The decision to eliminate
fees for market vendors was
made following consultations between the AttorneyGeneral and Minister for
Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and the Minister for
Local Government, Housing and Environment Hon.
Parveen Bala. The AttorneyGeneral said that this was
another way the FijiFirst
Government can assist market vendors.
Most people including
those who work in offices
have access to free toilet
facilities. But until now, vendors who spend full working
days at the markets had no
other choice but to pay to
use toilets, he explained.
The
Attorney-General
said that one of the FijiFirst
Governments main priorities was to improve the conditions for market vendors in

Fiji.
Municipal markets are at
the heart of our towns and
cities and market vendors
provide a service that all Fijians value and appreciate.
This decision complements
the huge amount of work
we have been doing over
the past few years to upgrade Fijis markets and to
build safe and hygienic conditions for vendors, he said.
The
Attorney-General
said that this was also a
good example of how the
FijiFirst Government listens
to the concerns of ordinary
Fijians and takes prompt action to address them.
When we were at the
Lautoka Market today a
number of vendors approached us directly to
raise this concern, he said.
We want to thank them for
bringing this issue to our attention and we are happy
that we have been able to
produce a positive outcome
for them, he said.
The
Attorney-General
also thanked the Minister
for Local Government, Hon.
Parveen Bala, for his quick
and decisive intervention.
The Minister took immediate action to address this issue, once again underlining
the FijiFirst Governments
principle philosophy to deliver and to serve, he said.

go for the Zumba session;


these are exciting sessions
but it is for our wellbeing,
he added.
According to Dr Josaia
Qovu, one of the operating
General Practitioners, the
centre will also help fight
against Non-Communicable
Diseases (NCDs).
FNU is keen in look-

ing after the wellness of its


staff and students and it is in
the effort they give that we
will be able to fight against
NCDs, Dr. Qovu said.
It is on lifestyle so we
will create more health
awareness and more wellness programs.
The Medical Screening
program includes;

- A health and lifestyle


questionnaire
- Height, weight, BMI
measurements
- Blood pressure
- Waist, hip ratio
- Individual personalised
advice on how to reduce
risks and dietary advice
- Basic blood test full
blood/lipid studies/glucose

- Follow up on known
NCD cases
- Update on wellness program
- Update on revised welfare policy
The Health Screening
Program is free-of-charge
and is on a voluntary basis.

Lack of Parental Road


Supervision Growing
Concern
By SALOTE QALUBAU

Road fatalities are becoming an increasing concern for the Land Transport
Authority with 2014 recording a total of 12 cases three
of which involved children
from the ages of 1 to 5 and 2
from the ages of 6 to 10.
Road safety must be
taken seriously as one mistake can result in loss of life
or injuries to physical and
mental health. It is a shared
responsibility and LTA is urging all parents and guardians to teach their children
about road safety, said
Land Transport Authority
Public Relations officer Anuragi Prakash.
The Land Transport Authority has been working in
collaboration with the police and municipal councils
to create more awareness
on road safety tips as children lack the skills, knowledge and judgment to be
able to cope with traffic and
therefore need constant

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supervision around areas


prone to road accidents.
Parents and guardians
must make an effort to meet
their children after school or
cross the road safely. Simple
tips such as waiting for all
traffic to clear before crossing and identifying the different road signs and pedestrian crossings decreases the
risk of a road fatality, said
Mrs. Prakash.

We continue to raise
awareness in drivers and
parents to speak more about
road safety because its such
a critical issue with our children, said Police Spokeswoman Ana Naisoro.
Ms. Naisoro also says that
parental negligence is not
always the prime reason for
road fatalities as in some instances the child was either
returning from school and

was unfortunately the victim


of a fatal accident.
She further added that
the motorists needed to be
more vigilant and be mindful
about children on our roads
as they have a tendency to
be easily distracted.

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Farming is
Serious Business

By MARIA LAGETA of
Ministry of Agriculture

One is never too old to


venture into farming.
It is both for the young
and old as much as it for
women and the youth.
Tilling the land or looking
after animals on a daily basis
can also be seen as a form
of exercise and keeping fit
but also a means to earning
income for the family.
With the Fijian Governments intent of reducing
imports and increasing exports and the Minister for
Agriculture Inia Seruiratus
calls for modernization and
rural transformation through
agriculture, farmers contribution to the agriculture sector is now serious business.
For 63-year-old Ponipate
Vuni of Burekadamu village
in Wainunu, farming as a
business is serious enough
as much as being a church
steward.
Ponipate retired from
church ministry four years
ago and ventured into farming at his Nalovu farm in
Saolo, in his beautiful and
lush green, homeland of
Bua on the island of Vanua
Levu.
During my journey as
a Church Minister I kept on
thinking what will be the
next step for me since I will
not hold the position all my
life. So the only best solution came to my mind was
to look for a land to lease for
farming and make it a busi-

ness as a source of income


for my family, Ponipate said
speaking in the i-Taukei language.
Looking back, Ponipate
said in 2010 he was able to
secure 100 acres of land that
belonged to the Mataqali o
Saolo to which he has maternal links and was able to
plant dalo, cassava, banana
and yaqona.
Ponipate never looked
back when he saw his farm
blooming with the fruit of his
hard work and believes that
there is success in farming.
The result of his efforts
and hard work he put into
farming paid off for Ponipate during his first harvest
where he managed to purchase a 4x4 Wheel Drive vehicle worth $40,000 and also
built a Grocery Store worth
$15,000.
He now has nearly 20,000
tausala of the dalo variety
ready for harvesting and another 20,000 dalo plants on
the ground.
Even though Ponipate is
in his late 60s, he believes
he is still strong to work
on his farm for another 10
years.
I want to show everyone about the importance of
working hard because I am
a living testimony.
Ponipate is the only farmer in the province of Bua
who buys dalo from other
farmers nearby and supplies
it to the market with an incredible price.
I buy dalo for $2.70 per
kg from other farmers and
supply it to the market and
that way I am assisting farm-

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ers in bringing market closer


to them.
Ponipate supplies 24,000
tonnes of dalo every month
to the Island Express Company based in Nausori from
where it is exported overseas.
To assists him in his farm,
Ponipate hires 10 labourers
while his wife looks after the
shop.
Ponipate has three children and his eldest daughter
works at Labasa Hospital
while his two sons assist
him on the farm.
Ponipate plans to plant
100,000 acres of tausala and
construct a farmhouse so
that he can spend most of
his time in his farm.
According to Agriculture
Technical Officer [Bua] Anare Leweniqila, Ponipate is
among the successful farmers in the Province of Bua
today.
Ponipate is a role model
to other farmers in the area.
He started with 300 dalo
suckers and now he produces 6 to 8 tonnes of dalo per
month, Mr Leweniqila said.
He advises farmers to
work with the right attitude
and treasure what the land
has to offer.
I always advice farmers
that there is no need to go
abroad and pick apples because wealth and fortune is
in farming right here in our
country, Ponipate says.

Ponipate in his dalo plantation. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Farmer Ponipate stands beside his 4x4 Wheel Drive worth $40,000. Photo: SUPPLIED.

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New Classroom Extension


for Andrews Primary
Sweet Tweets

Do you think women


have enough rights in
society?

By SALOTE QALUBAU

The Honorable Prime


Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the
opening of the new classroom block for the class
four students of Saint Andrews Primary School in
Nadi on Wednesday February 25.
The students who
have been using the
school hall and library
can now move into the
new classrooms and into
what is obviously a much
better learning environment. It will also mean
that children on the
schools waiting list can
now be accommodated ,
Out of the $158,000.00
that its costs to build this
extension,$108,000.00
has been provided by my
government through the
Ministry of Education, so
this is a part of the education revolution that is
taking place all over Fiji,
said Mr. Bainimarama.
With 914 student enrollment numbers pouring into the school, the
grant allocation is an additional incentive a part
from the 33 computers
aided by the Fijian Government to the school
last year for better educational
opportunities
specifically targeting disadvantaged students.
The Prime Minister
added that as of the second school term, an additional grant will be
allocated to the school
for an early education
center which has previously been funded by the
school management.
The initial decision
for a classroom extension
came about November
last year as there was a
lot of dissatisfaction from
the local community
since they were always
put on the waiting list,
Previously there was
a teachers quarters at the
same place where the
new clasroom is built,
so we actually erected
the quarters and will be
relocating it to another
area within the school
compound, said Saint
Andrews Primary School
Head teacher Anasa Vateitei.
Mr. Vateitei added that
with a total of 11 acres of
land the school is working towards fundraising
for more money to fund
the relocation of the
teachers quarters in the
future.

Ana Majiwa Ratulevu


Waimalika, Nadi
Yes,times have changed because now we are working
together with men and we are
now moving forward with our
lives. Its not like before where
its always just been the men
speaking, women are getting
better jobs.We do so much
more than just look after our
household.
Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama cutting the ribbon and offically opening the newly built classroom block at the
Andrew Primary School. Photos: SALOTE QALUBAU.

Naushad Ali
Megunya, Nadi
Yes,but they need to empower women more and not
discriminate them
The first APTC class of Solomon Islands students finish their Certificate III in Early Childhood
Education and Care. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Alivereti Togabale
Sabeto, Nadi
Yes because the current law
system gives them equal rights
The Manager of Andrew Primary School Mr. Pyara Singh (JP) presenting the gift to the Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama
during the official opening of the new classroom block at the Andrew Primary School.

Swastika Chand
Navo, Nadi
In my opinion I dont think
there is enough rights being
given to women in society,
because some women are still
being ill treated .

The Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama addressing the audience during the official opening of the new classroom block
at the Andrew Primary School.

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Setoki Qalubau
Wailoaloa Martintar Nadi.
Yes because we need to
respect women and appreciate all the hard work that they
do because some of them face
domestic abuse, and womens
rights should be protected

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HILTON FIJI BEACH RESORT AND SPA - REBRANDING

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Hilton Worldwide Expands Resorts Portfolio in Australasia with


the Rebranding of Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton
Fiji Beach Resort and Spa
Managed by Hilton has today
officially been rebranded
as Hilton Fiji Beach Resort
& Spa. The resort will join
Hilton Worldwides existing
portfolio of 21 hotels in Australasia and is an important
step towards many exciting
new changes to come for
Hilton Worldwide in Fiji.
The 271-room resort
boasts an absolute beachfront location and includes
three restaurants, a bar, spa,
fitness centre, seven magnificent pools and beach
access, water activities and
meeting and event spaces.
Throughout 2015 Hilton
Fiji Beach Resort & Spa will
continue to expand its facilities to include the opening
of stunning new meeting facilities that allow the resort
to cater for larger conferences, events and social gatherings. Developments are set
to be finished later this year.
Hilton Worldwides expansion in the South Pacific
is not limited to Hilton Fiji
Beach Resort & Spa. By
mid 2015 the second Hilton
Worldwide hotel will open
in Fiji, the DoubleTree Resort
by Hilton Fiji Sonaisali Island. DoubleTree Resort by
Hilton Fiji - Sonaisali Island
will open with 123 rooms
in an expansive oceanfront
location overlooking the
picturesque South Pacific
Ocean. The resort property

will also offer a swimming


pool, various restaurants
and conferencing facilities.
Frederic Lebegue, General Manager of Hilton Fiji
Beach Resort & Spa, said,
The rebranding of Fiji
Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton to Hilton Fiji
Beach Resort & Spa, along
with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Fiji Sonaisali
Island later this year, reinforces the importance of
the Fijian market to Hilton
Worldwide while presenting guests with a choice
of different accommodation styles when visiting the
beautiful destination. We
remain dedicated to providing all of our guests with the
perfect Fijian holiday.
Dilip Khatri, Chairman
of The Vision Group is extremely pleased with the rebranding of the resort to full
Hilton status. He said As a
100% Fijian owned company, our desire is to contribute to the Fijian economy
within the tourism sector
and also contribute positively to the development of
our people in the industry.
We are proud to have this
endorsement and partnership with a Global operator
in Hilton.

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GLIMPSES OF HILTON REBRANDING NIGHT


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SCHOOL PREFECTS INDUCTION

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36 Inducted in Nadi Airport School

By SALOTE QALUBAU

Despite gloomy weather conditions parents and


loved ones of Nadi Airport
School turned up in numbers to support their children who were inducted as
honorary school prefects on
Friday February 13.
The badge that you will
wear is not a uniform decoration nor is it given to increase the size of your ego.
It is a matter of responsibility and action, the task may
seem difficult and trying
sometimes but not impossible, said Chief Guest and
President of the Parents and
Old Scholars Association Tui
Valentine.
Newly inducted Head
boy Christian Elaise said he
felt proud and honored and
credited his achievements
to his mother and family.
Students were urged to
work as a team in terms of
assisting their other counterparts and in the process

The 36 newly inducted school prefects at the Nadi Airport School Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU.

balancing their studies as


academic results remained
a crucial aspect at the end of
the year.
Im shocked and also
happy that I got this oppor-

tunity to lead the children


and Im looking forward to
inspiring younger children
so that they can become
leaders later on in their lives,
For my success today Id

say probably my teachers,


my parents and my friends
were the main people behind it all as they are always
motivating me to study and
do better, said Head girl

Kathleen Leveston.
Mrs. Valentine further
advised the students that
their new roles were a great
platform for grooming them
to be future leaders and

for them to carry out their


duties in fairness, as they
would now be assisting the
teachers in overseeing close
to 558 students and instilling
discipline within the school

ISN Principal Stresses Importance of


Allowing Students to Have a Say
By SALOTE QALUBAU

A total of 33 students
were inducted into the students representative council of International School
Nadi on Thursday February
12.
Its important that as a
school the students have a
voice in terms of decision
making. The students representative council is a tradition for the school and has
been here for a good number of years.
The 33 inducted today
include all the year sixs, all
the year thirteens and then
two at each level from year
seven to year twelve as well
as the house captains and
we had to elect two head

girls as we have a shortage


of boys, said school Principal Hector Hatch.
Issues addressed by the
council range from uniform
changes, better lockers, repairing of chairs and tables
or basically advising the
school board on the needs
of the students. The council will be spearheaded by
head prefects Iris Pene and
Neha Hiralal.
In the fourth term we
invite nominations from
students and they nominate
whoever they wish for the
different positions, we then
have an election process
and a certain timeline where
we tell the students that in
two or three weeks time
we will have an election so
that gives the students time
to have an election hearing,

presentations in the assembly and then we have election day,


Election Day ballots are
cast and later brought across
to the Principal and to the
year level coordinators who
assist in counting the votes.
The announcement of the
senior head students positions are normally revealed
on Prize giving day whilst
other positions are announced the following year.
I feel its a really important part of ISN to have
student representation because that encourages democracy from a very early
age and the fact that it is a
vital thing in our modern
economy and society that
the young peoples voices
are heard, Mr. Hatch said.

Members of the students council of International Scool Nadi being inducted.


Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU.

New I.T Academy for Natabua High School Students


By SALOTE QALUBAU

The Honorable Attorney-General Mr. Aiyaz


Sayed-Khaiyum, the Australian High Commissioner Margaret Twomney as well as members
of the non government
organization reach 4 your
future foundation and the
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT) officiated
the launch of the new
Microsoft IT Academy of
Natabua High School in

Lautoka on Wednesday
March 4.
This I.T academy is
an important step and indeed sends a very strong
signal to the rest of Fiji
and also to the rest of the
world and the region that
Fiji is very much positioned to become the I.T
hub of Fiji, but probably
more fundamental than
that as a government we
want to invest in all of
you, said Mr.Khaiyum.
The I.T academy centre will be initially for students within the school
and will later expand

onto assisting students


from other schoolS who
are eager to learn basic
I.T skills.
This is supposed to
enhance our curriculum
facilitation, so as we deliver our computer curriculum in the school
,knowledge of this program is supposed to help
the teachers give lessons
in a more lighter and in a
more effective way,
And that the same
time the students who
are able to complete the
Microsoft training program will receive Micro-

soft accreditation which


no one else has at the
moment so thats why
this is a first in Fiji and we
are the pioneers for this
program, said school
principal Mr. Virendra
Sharma.
Mr. Sharma added
that the next step for the
school will be to negotiate with the Ministry
of Education in terms
of how much more the
school can expand the
program.
Students will have their
own email addresses and
through the Microsoft

package will be able to


access their curriculums,
assignments and lesson
plans while the teacher
monitors their progress.
Ten teachers will be
certified to the UNESCO
level framework at Microsoft. Teachers can
become network technologists or Microsoft
technologists so the value
this system has is endless.
Mr.Khaiyum
added
that with the setting up
of nearly 22 telecenters
around Fiji this signified
that the government was

ensuring that each and


every student received
equal educational opportunities and in addition have been identifying schools and providing
them with basic academic necessities such as
computers, scanners and
web cams hence assisting students in broadening their knowledge and
tapping into their hidden
potentials.

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TOURISM

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E-Guide a Welcomed Resource for


Chinese Travel Media
An e-guide developed in
the Chinese vernacular, specifically for the Chinese market is proving to be a hit with
key media outlets in China.
The guide, which serves
as an introductory overview
of Fiji as a tourist destination,
is one of the many strategies
employed by Tourism Fiji
and its industry partners to
equip the travel and leisure
media and industry partners
in China of the myriad activities on offer for travellers to
Fiji.
The e-guide currently sits
on a website managed by
Travel Daily Asia, although
the contents have been developed by Tourism Fiji and
Fiji Airways.
Launched in 2013, Travel
Daily China has a growing database of more than
18,000 Travel Industry personnel skewed towards outbound travel in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
Travel Daily readers in
China are primarily made up
of Travel agents, hotels, Tour
operators & Destination Marketing Companies (DMCs)

who work on front-line


sales, with at least 26,292
employed in contracting
departments, while 19,680
hold managerial and/or supervisor positions.
The e-guide will be promoted in Travel Daily Asia
and Travel Daily China by
way of a Skyscraper or Wide
Runway banner on the companys PDF Newsletter to a
total combined database of
76,000 targeted travel consumers across the two markets.
This initiative was intended to increase awareness of
destination Fiji to key Travel
agents and other decision
makers in the Travel and
Tourism sector across China
and greater Asia, as well as
promote regular flights to Fiji
from key international destinations such as Auckland,
Christchurch,
Brisbane,
Melbourne, Sydney, Honolulu, Los Angeles and most
importantly - Hong Kong using Fijis national airline Fiji
Airways.
At a well-attended press
event held in China on Feb-

ruary 11, Bacon Zhan, Senior


Features and Lifestyle Editor
of Tatler (China) magazine
shared his excitement about
having access to relevant information on Fiji for their affluent readers.
Chinese people love to

travel to countries which are


very different from the city
landscape and traffic. Price
is low on the list of factors
that determine where they
go so Fiji is an ideal destination for us with its pristine
natural environment and

friendly people, said Zhan.


People in China do not
know about Fiji and this eguide is a great tool for the
media to learn more about
Tourism in Fiji so that we
could better communicate it
to Chinese travellers.

The e-guide was a collaborative project by Tourism


Fiji and Fiji Airways.

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New Look for Vodafones Nadi


Airport Store
Vodafone Fiji signed
a Concession License
Agreement with Airports
Fiji Ltd yesterday at the
arrival concourse in Nadi
International
Airport.
The Concession Licence
Agreement was signed
for 5 years by Vodafones
Chief Executive Officer,
Mr. Pradeep Lal and Executive Chairman of Airports Fiji Limited Mr. Faiz
Khan.
Mr. Lal said that the
agreement allows us to

proceed with the renovation work and upgrade


of the airport shop. The
upgrade will help deliver
better services and interactions between us and
our international customers. He emphasized that
the commitment to deliver world class services
to our customers is paramount and the new design will compliment this
goal, enabling us to keep
pace with Vodafones
achievements in the tele-

communication industry.
Vodafone always
strives to provide the best
products and services to
our customers. Airports
Fiji Ltd has continuously
supported our development towards enhancement of customer services and the agreement
is another great understanding of our partnership. The new outlet will
be a great platform to
show case our brand to
international customers

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and to our local consumers as well, Lal added.


While work in the new
shop will commence
soon , the current Vodafone shop will remain operational until the completion of the new retail.
The concession agreement was signed in the
presence of Vodafone
and AFL senior management team.
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Vodafones CEO, Mr. Pradeep Lal and Executive Chairman


of Airports Fiji Limited Mr. Faiz Khan after signing of concession
licence agreement. Photo: SUPPLIED.

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Fiji to Welcome New


Five-Star Pullman Resort

Accor, the leading hotel operator in Asia Pacific


and the Fiji Islands, today
announced it will grow its
Fijian hotel network with
the addition of a new-build,
multi-million dollar upscale
address, the Pullman Nadi
Bay Resort & Spa, scheduled
to open in 2016
The project is being developed by the Gokal Group
of Companies, one of Fijis
most successful homegrown corporations and a
household name in electronics and appliances in the
South Pacific. The resort will

be Gokal Groups first upscale hotel development in


Fiji and venture with Accor.
Garth Simmons, Senior
Vice President Operations
Accor New Zealand & Fiji,
said, Accor is proud to be
working in partnership with
the Gokal Group of Companies on this exciting new development, and we are confident it will stimulate travel
and contribute strongly to
the tourism growth in the
Nadi Bay region.
In recent times we have
recognised a sweet spot in
the upscale market in Fiji,

ideal for the Pullman brand


which bridges the needs for
business and leisure guests.
We congratulate Gokal Group on their initiative
and vision to invest in this
great development, and believe it will contribute to the
true potential of this region
being realised in coming
years via significant employment, tourism and revenue
growth.
Gokal Group General
Manager Vikesh Gokal said,
We are excited to officially
announce our first upscale
tourism development proj-

ect with the development


of the Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa. Gokal Group is
pleased to be working with
Accor, and we look forward
to embracing their global
network to benefit from the
international brand recognition Pullman represents, and
the groups dynamic distribution, digital and loyalty
programs that extend across
the globe.
The Pullman Nadi Bay
Resort & Spa will be Accors
5th address in Fiji, complementing its existing hotel
portfolio incorporating the

Mercure Nadi, Novotel Nadi,


Novotel Suva Lami Bay, and
the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
on Denarau Island.
Currently under construction, the new Pullman project represents a strategic opportunity to drive the future
economic growth of Fiji, and
will employ 300 staff once
completed and operational.
Located beachfront on
Nadi Bay, the resort will offer guests a premier location
just two kilometres drive
from the Nadi International
Airport. The finished resort
is expected to open with

234 rooms and suites, and


offer guests an extensive
range of facilities including
six restaurants and bars, two
swimming pools and a day
spa. Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa will also feature
four meetings rooms, with
capacity for up to 400 guests
theatre style.

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Hands On Approach Makes


Leone Manager of the Month
at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort
An attentive, hands on
approach to his job has seen
duty manager Leone Rokovada named Manager of
the Month in the February
Vuvale staff awards.
Leones efforts were appreciated by guests who
complimented him on the
way he handled their complaints in their comment
cards.
Front of House winner
was banquet supervisor
Ameniasi Navunitale whose
can-do attitude and thoroughness in performing his
duties makes for seamless

banquet events.
Ameniasi also possesses
a customer service personality that is appreciated by
event organisers.
Purchasing officer Sidharath Anand won the Back
of House award due to his
exceptional work while his
supervisor was on sick leave
and for the way his department handled last minute
requests from the Seagate
international
conference
group.
Baravi food and beverage attendant Asena Laqere
took out the Here to Help

award with her energy, dedication and efficiency. She is


a diligent worker who displays excellent guest interaction skills.
The How Can I Help winner was chief steward Anoop Singh, whose hard work
ensured that the Seagate
group enjoyed the high standards of service for which
we are famous.

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Focus on Fiji for Indian Travellers

Tourism Fiji successfully conducted a series of


multi-city workshops from
2 - 6 February, covering 4 cities, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai
and Chennai. The delegation was led by Mr. Faiyaz
Koya, Minister for Industry,
Trade & Tourism, Ms. Lorna
Eden, Assistant Minister for
Industry, Trade & Tourism
along with industry partners,
Ahura Resorts, Fiji Airways,
Captain Cook Cruises, Namale Resort & Spa, Rosie

Holidays, Royal Davui Island


Resort, The Pearl South Pacific and Tour Managers.
In addition to the Tourism Fiji India market representatives, Ms. Sally Cooper,
Director of Events and Ms.
Kathy Koyamaibole, ASIA
Marketing Manager attended the roadshow. The strong
presence from the Ministry
of Tourism, Tourism Fiji and
industry partners further reiterates our commitment towards developing the Indian

market and its importance.


The workshop format
consisted of full-day, oneon-one meetings in all four
cities enabling the Fijian
delegates to present their
respective products and interact with Indian travel fraternity. The response to the
roadshow was fantastic with
about 450 travel agents and
tour operators attending the
roadshow.
Tourism Fiji also participated at SATTE in Delhi from

the 29 - 31 January. SATTE


was attended by Tourism
Fiji, along with Fiji Airways
and the two inbound operators, Rosie Holidays and
Tour Managers, active in the
Indian market.
Fiji has carved its niche in
the Indian outbound market
and is becoming increasingly popular not only amongst
high-end honeymooners but
even small groups of families, friends and corporates.
While the main focus is on

honeymooners and couples,


Tourism Fiji is also enthusiastically investing in the development of the family and
small, platinum level incentive group segments as well.
Visitor arrivals to Fiji from
India have been growing
steadily year-on-year. Fiji
witnessed an 8% growth in
Indian visitors arrivals from
January to December 2014
compared to the same period in 2013.
Tourism Fiji acknowl-

edges the support from all


the Travel Trade partners in
India and Fiji for their support in the development of
Indias outbound travel market to Fiji and look forward
to sharing more of why Fiji
really is where happiness
finds you.

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Frontliners Program Aims Fiji Audio Visual Sector Has


to Strengthen Bula Spirit Untapped Potential
By SALOTE QALUBAU

Prominent
Frontliners
who are usually at the forefront of customer service
gathered at the Radisson
Blue resort in Nadi on Friday February 7 to get an upclose view of the Fijian tourism sector.
Our tourism industry is
consistently growing year
by year and its mainly due
to our friends from Australia
and New Zealand and thank
you for being our matai specialists and selling Fiji. The
matai program was formed
many years ago ,it sort of
died away a little bit but
its been revived ,its been
rejuvenated and believe all
156 of you are now matai
specialists, said the Honorable Assistant Minister for
Industry, Trade and Tourism
and Chief Guest Lorna Eden.
Mrs. Eden added that the
Frontliners program and others similar to it would not
be made possible without
the assistance of various industry partners such as the
Radisson Blu, tour managers
and tourism Fiji.
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji
General Manager Gerard
Knight shared similar sentiments and commended
the front liner agents from
Australia and New Zealand
.He also highlighted that the
Radisson Blue was having
a few face lifts in terms of
the construction of the new

lobby and restaurant which


he confirmed will be open in
time for the high season.
I represent right now
360 plus staff that love the
community and we have
been raising money for the
tourists that you send us
and weve been leveraging
that. Weve also raised over
$200,000 .We have also fully
funded an early learning
centre in the community,
We have put about 300
computers in schools and
weve set up 10 libraries in
schools that have either had
some books or nothing at all,
so thats the sort of thing we
do on the side besides looking out for your customers
and with the government
stepping up now and putting
a lot more into schools we
are reviewing how we can
help and we will continue
to help and talk to your customers, said Mr. Knight.
Traditionally the Frontliners visit Australia and New
Zealand through road shows
where a contingent from
Fiji representing different
resorts and tourism service
providers will visit source
markets travelling to different locations and exploring
the vast sector of tourism.
According to Tourism Fiji
Director of events Sally Cooper the core focus behind inviting front line sales staff to
Fiji was to help them experience Fiji and Bula spirit
first hand .Frontliners who
were present at the program
had each qualified as matai
specialists following the re-

launching of the program


last year.
Everyone thats here had
to complete the program
which was a basic questions
and answer regarding general information about Fiji
islands and what it means is
that by coming in and having the experience here it
makes it easier to market
Fiji rather that reading from
a piece of paper ,
The 160 frontline staffs
are divided as in half are
from New Zealand and the
others are from Australia
and then we have 50 companies represented as exhibitors. In addition we have
all the inbound operators,
contributing to transportation, activities and d9ifferent
events and we will be showcasing a lot of the properties, said Mrs. Cooper.
Mrs. Cooper added that
it was very crucial for matai specialists to have accurate information about
a broad range of markets
in terms of being able to
cater to customers diverse
requests. The matai specialists have the option of opting
for a niche market and will
be able to move onto the
advanced program moving
onto romance, family or adventure to provide a truly Fijian experience for tourists.

The Audio-Visual sector


is a priority area for Fiji and
the Cabinet endorsed Fijian Trade Policy Framework
identifies the huge potentials and long term benefits
to the economy.
Ministry
of
Industry,
Trade and Tourism permanent secretary, Shaheen Ali
said the Government has
a vision of making it big in
the industry where Fiji is
a smaller version of Hollywood and Bollywood.
There are synergies to
be drawn from having a successful film industry and the
inflow of tourists and also
investment, he said while
opening the 2015 Audio Visual Agents Consultation
Seminar in Suva.
The Government has
shown commitment to the
industry leading to the once
stagnant sector to one that
churned $60 million worth
of economic activity through
52 productions in 2014.
The three key agencies-

Film Fiji, Investment Fiji and


Tourism Fiji have played a
big role in this with tourism
sector expected to register
a further boost through the
exposure Fiji is getting as a
destination.
In
December
2010,
the Fijian Government increased the amount of film
rebates from 35 per cent to
47 per cent- making Fiji one
of the most attractive filming
destinations in the world,
Mr Ali said.
He said the licensing
regulation for audio-visual
agents that came into force
in 2012 was not meant to
make it difficult for operators but to protect them and
the industry.
The licensing regime ensured that the right people
were engaged by overseas
production, ensuring efficient and timely delivery of
services and agents providing services expected by international standards.
Film Fiji chief executive

officer, Dallas Foon said they


were now targeting the television commercial market
because not only did it bring
in big names such as Samsung and Jeep, it was a great
exposure for Fiji as the adverts were beamed across
the world.
He said the Chinese production Dad, where are
we going- Part 2, which
was shot in Taveuni, Pacific
Harbour, Beqa and the Mamanucas, had 70 million
tickets in the first few days
of screening and expected
to sell 1.7 billion.
It is a great exposure and
what we want for Fiji. The
tourism sector will benefit at
the end of the day, Mr Foon
said.
The Ministry and Film Fiji
jointly organised seminar
was on the theme Unlocking the Audio Visual Industry.
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Minister Seruiratu Successfully Negotiates US$6million


For Agriculture Development
In Fiji

Inia Seruiratu
.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime and


National Disaster, Hon Inia
Seruiratu successfully negotiated financial assistance of
US$6m to fund the Fiji Agricultural Partnership Project
(FAPP) with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) during his
recent visit to Rome, Italy.
The objective of this
project is to assist smallscale producers engaged
in sustainable farming and
business partnerships in
remote areas particularly
the highlands of Viti Levu.
The project will be targeted
at enhancing the Ministry

of Agricultures capacity to
facilitate the private sector
and address the public environment for the involvement
of agribusiness in agriculture
value chains. At the same
time, the project will provide
matching grants to small
and micro enterprises that
are involved in the purchasing of agriculture produce
from highland farmers.
Private Sectors and
Small Scale Enterprises involved in the purchasing of
farm produce from the rural
areas play a critical role and
they will be the game changers in Governments efforts
to transform rural areas.
Government has an important role in providing an
enabling environment that
will ensure that these businesses continue to thrive
and facilitating the flow of
agriculture produce from rural areas, Minister Seruiratu
said.
The Fiji Agricultural
Partnership Project (FAPP)
will be implemented by the
Ministry of Agriculture and
will formally start in 2016.
This project is a follow up
to the US$500,000 Partnership in High Value Agriculture which was funded by

IFAD and is currently assisting smallholder farmers in


Nadarivatu to supply off season vegetables to the local
market.
Minister Seruiratu said
that the Partnership in High
Value Agriculture Project
funded by IFAD has been a
huge success in empowering smallholder farmers to
be successfully linked to
the value chains and this
new FAPP project will upscale the approach to new
farmers in Navatusila, Navosa and Magodro and at the
same time support private
sector to be better linked to
farmers through the provision of matching grants.
IFAD invests in rural
people, empowering them
to reduce poverty, increase
food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1980, IFAD has
provided US $100m to the
Pacific in grants and low-interest loans to projects. IFAD
is an international financial
institution and a specialised United Nations agency
based in Rome the UNs
food and agriculture hub.

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Reserve Bank Announces Support


For The Amnesty On Declaration
Of Offshore Assets
The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji has encouraged Fijian residents
who have undeclared offshore assets to take advantage of the Amnesty on the
Declaration of Offshore Assets announced by the Fiji
Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) last month.
Governor
Whiteside
confirmed that such as-

sets will also have to be disclosed and registered with


the Reserve Bank of Fiji and
confirmed that the Bank will
not be taking legal action for
any submissions made during this period.
Fijian residents, including
companies incorporated in
Fiji and residents who live
abroad, holding offshore
bank accounts, foreign in-

vestments and properties


without Reserve Bank of
Fiji approval are to submit
full disclosures of their total
holdings before the end of
the Amnesty period on 30
June, 2015.

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Monetary Policy Stance


Remains Unchanged
The Reserve Bank
of Fiji (RBF) Board at
its monthly meeting on
24 February agreed to
maintain the Overnight
Policy Rate (OPR) at 0.5
percent.
In announcing the
decision, the Governor
and Chairman of the
Board, Mr Barry Whiteside stated that aggregate demand continues to expand aided
by higher consumption,
investment and Government spending. As a result, credit and imports
have risen and put some
pressure on the overall

balance of payments position. However, despite


the risks, the outlook for
the twin objectives of
monetary policy remains
intact for now.
Inflation was 0.2 percent in January but is expected to increase slightly from February onwards
as the impact of free
primary and secondary
tuition falls out. Nonetheless, inflation is forecast
to remain at comfortable
levels throughout 2015
given the soft global commodity prices (oil and
food) and low trading
partner inflation. Foreign

reserves were around


$1,806.3 million on 24
February, sufficient to
cover 4.5 months of retained imports of goods
and non-factor services
and are projected to remain adequate throughout 2015.
The Chairman concluded that, the Reserve Bank will continue
to monitor international
as well as domestic developments and re-align
monetary policy stance if
needed.
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Cream of the Tourism Industry Shine at Fiji


Excellence in Tourism Awards
Tourism Fiji is proud
to be associated with the
AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards and wed like
to congratulate each of the
winners on their wonderful
achievements, said Acting
CEO, Wayne Deed.
Every year the structure of the awards sets a
benchmark for performance
across the industry. It is fantastic to see the industry and
people develop to provide
the highest level of customer
service worldwide, together
with our Fijian hospitatlity.
The Bula Spirit was
brought to life as stakeholders in Fijis tourism industry
gathered for the 18th annual AON Fiji Excellence in
Tourism Awards in Nadi, to
celebrate the outstanding
performance of those who
have made exceptional contributions to tourism in 2014.

A total of 16 awards, including the Fijian Host of the


Year, the Visionary Award
and the Lifetime Achiever,
were granted to hardworking individuals and organisations who have diligently
ensured that our tourism industry exceeded the expectations of visitors in 2014.
The awards encompassed all sectors of the industry, including individual
awards for Frontline and
Back of House, a dedicated
Spa & Wellness category
and Services & Support to
the industry. The complete
list of winners as follows:

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Joji Veiqaravi receives the award for Fijian Host of the year
from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama .

Winners of the Aon tourism awards group photo with Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama.
Photos: MARGARET NAQIRI.

Lance Seeto and the staff of Castaway Island Resort takes


the Restaurants Fine Dinning Award.

Mantaray Island Resort wins the award for


accomodation budget.

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Historic win for Cricket Fiji


on road to the World Cup

Fiji has stunned the region with a famous five


wicket victory over pretournament
favourites
PNG on the first day of
competition at the 2015
Pepsi ICC East Asia-Pacific Under 19 Trophy. The
win puts Fiji in the box
seat to qualify for the ICC
Under 19 Cricket World
Cup.
Amazingly this will be
the first time PNG have
lost in the U19s format in
the history of the tournament, and the first time
any Fijian side has beaten a PNG side in cricket
since 2001.
PNG won the toss
and batted against Fiji
but immediately found
themselves under pressure thanks to a blistering
opening spell from Sosiceni Weleilakeba who
claimed his sides first
three wickets.
Struggling at 3-33 Sere
Sam calmed proceed-

ings down for PNG with


a well-made 49. However
when he was dismissed
caught behind after a brilliant diving catch from
Saimoni Tuitoga, PNG
limped to all out for 133
off 36.5 overs.
Fiji began the chase
with a defensive mindset as they tried to see
out the PNG opening
bowlers. However once
the first wicket fell to a
screamer of a catch in the
slips from Vagi Guba, it
triggered a mini collapse
and Fiji went to lunch at
3-25 off 11 overs.
However the curry
on offer at lunch clearly
had a positive effect on
Fiji and in particular Peni
Volavola who smashed
73 off 84 to set up one of
the greatest wins in recent memory for Fiji. In
the end Fiji passed PNGs
total in the 32nd over with
five wickets in hand.
It feels so great to beat

The Fiji U19 cricket team in action during training session. Photo: SUPPLIED.

a team like PNG, said


Sosiceni Weleilakeba. I
really want to thank all of
my teammates for how
they bowled and batted
to get this win.
Fiji coach Shane Ju-

gensen was also buzzing


after his sides win.
To be honest we have
had a pretty average
preparation with warm
up games in New Zealand rained out over the

last week, he said. But


to sit here and watch the
boys play like that gives
me a lot of pride. However the other match was
close to so anyone can
still qualify, we need to

remained focused for our


next two games against
Samoa and Vanuatu.

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Gadolo Names Vodafone Fiji U20


Team to Canberra
Vodafone Fiji under 20
Coach, Viliame Gadolo
has named the team for
the 2015 Australian U20
National Championship
in Canberra later this
month.
The Championship involves three teams from
Australia with Tonga and
Fiji.
Following the trials last
week, Gadolo has a fair
idea of which areas he
needs to work on.
Selection was based
on the boys fitness levels
firstly and skills that were
assessed on the trials on
Thursday this is because
of the short time frame to
prepare the team for Canberra Gadolo said.
Areas we need to
work on are our team
combinations, set plays
and phase plays important to note that tackle
area and breakdown
work is an area of emphasis.
Gadolo will be assisted by former Flying
Fijian team mates Kele
Leawere while Mosese
Rauluni will assist with
the backline.
Gadolo
says that they are looking
forward to the challenge
with one ultimate goal.

Ive worked with Kele


and Mojee Rauluni as
players for many years
and there havent been
any problems so far.
They know the expectations and demands of
International Rugby especially with Fijian players.
I believe we can use our
experiences as players
in a coaching context so
should be very interesting to look forward to the
challenge in front of us as
coaches.
The ultimate goal is to
get Fiji back in the JWC
tournament and the only
way we can do that is by
winning the World Rugby
Junior World Trophy. It is
tough but a possible goal
to achieve.
We have to make sure
our phases of preparation
are well planned. We are
at selection phase and
we have to make sure
that the right people are
selected to play and have
that edge to win the tournament. Canberra is that
first phase where we can
have a measure of the
standards that the team is
at and where we want to
be in May.
For those that did not
get selected for the 2015

The Fiji U20 rugby team performing Cibi in one of the test matches. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Australian U20 Championship, Gadolo had this


to say to them.
To players that did not
make the cut in the 30
that we have picked, the
door to Portugal has not
closed. You still have an
opportunity to be part of
the team. We will have
another Test on June 3rd
and you will be given that
opportunity if you have
what it takes to represent
your country. The HPU
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monitoring your conditioning for the weeks that


the team is preparing for
Canberra.
The 2015 Australian
U20 Championship kicks
off on 19 March.
Vodafone Fiji U20
Team
Samuela
Vunaki
(Prop),
Maikeli
Sivo
(Hooker), Viliame Ravouvou (Prop), Navitalai Masitabua (Prop/
Hooker), Asaeli Sorovaki

(Prop), Timoci Bulitavu


(Hooker), Lekima Vuda
(Locks), Jone Sevuya
(Locks/Flanker), Simione
Naiduki (Flanker), Vasikali Mudu (Flanker), Serupepeli Momo (No.8),
Peter Wong (No.8/Flanker), Kinivuai Domolailai
(Flanker), Penioni Narisia
(Flanker), Patrick Joseph
Beramaisuva (Full Back/
Wing), Waisea Daroko
(Half Back), Ilami Lotawa
(Half Back), Seremaia
Turagabeci (1st/2nd/Full

Back), Sela Toga (1st


Five), Aminiasi Radrodro
(2nd/Centre), Pat Tuidraki
(Centre/Wing/2nd), Filipo Daugunu (Fullback/
Wing), Noa Nadruku
(Centre/Wing),
Manoa
Nakolilevu
(Centre/
Wing), Seveci Nakanailagi (Centre/Wing), Isoa
Tawakevou (Lock), Peceli Nacebe (1st Five), Ratu
Cagilaba Naborisi (Lock),
Leoni Nawai (Half Back)
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Jacks Renews Sponsorhip With


Nadi Soccer Team

By SALOTE QALUBAU
Renewing its sponsorship with the Nadi Soccer
team, Jacks of Fiji signed
an agreement for a sponsorship worth $35,000.00
on Wednesday February
25.
Jacks of Fiji have been
very kind, they came in
when we needed them,
we signed an agreement
with them and they have
given us $25,000 in cash
along with sporting gear,
said Nadi Soccer team
President Navneed Gondar.
The sponsorship agreement is set to run for this
season and is a testament
of the Nadi Football Associations partnership with
Jacks of Fiji in terms of
tapping into local talents
and assisting in developing local soccer standards. ]
Jacks is very excited
about this partnership
and we look forward to
building the grassroot
soccer in Nadi .The sponsorship worth is about
$35,000 and we have
given $25,000 in cash and
the remaining in kind
includes
merchandise

From Left: NadI Soccer team Vice President Javed Ahmed,Nadi soccer team president Navneed goundar,Jacks Retail Ltd CEO Bhavin Khatri
and General manager admin and finance Avinesh Prasad after signing the sponsorship agreement . Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU.

and other sporting gear


to help the team, said
Jacks Retail Ltd Chief
Executive officer Bhavin

Khatri.
Soccer fanatics will
also be able to show their
support for the team as

quality tees, polos, vests,


caps and flags will soon
be at available Jacks of
Fiji stores.

On behalf of the board


of Nadi soccer we would
like to thank Jacks of Fiji
for coming on board with

the sponsorship and for


their immense contribution

New Sporting Fields Presented In


Central Division
The Minister of Youth and
Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou recently handed over
three rural sporting fields to
a school and two villages in
the Central Division.
Minister Tuitubou handed over an upgraded ground
to villagers of Lokia in Rewa
and newly built grounds
to villagers of Waikete and
school management of
Gram Sangathan Primary
School in Verata, Tailevu.
Minister Tuitubou said
that the new sporting fields
represents
Governments
commitment to the development of sports in the country. The handing over of
these rural sporting fields
signifies the commitment
the ministry has placed on
developing sports at the
grass roots level, the Minister said.
He also encouraged the
members of these three
communities to fully utilise
the rural sporting fields. On
most of our visits to rural
communities around the
country, one of the main
requests that we often receive is for a sports ground
and today we are here to

hand over this sporting field


to you and I urge you to utilise it well because it is now
yours, said Minister Tuitubou.
He emphasised the importance of sports in the
country and that people
who excelled at sport could
make a living out of it.
Sports is now a profession
and can provide a living for
those talented individuals who are committed to
achieving their goals in the
sporting arena. Engaging in
sports imparts values such
as teamwork, adherence
to rules, discipline and the
will to succeed and it also
promotes physical fitness
and overall wellbeing, he
added.
He also reiterated the
need to regularly maintain
these rural sporting fields as
it was Governments investment in their communities.
Please maintain and look
after your sporting ground
because it is now yours to
keep so you now need to
maintain it.
Waikete villager Leone
Rabosea was grateful that
the rural sporting field was

Hon. Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou with villagers of Waikete after the official handing over
of their rural sporting field. Photo: SUPPLIED.
now a reality in their village.
Our village has been requesting for a sports ground
to be built here for a very
long time and since it is now
being handed over to us today we are very grateful to
the ministry for this assistance, Rabosea said.
Gram Sangathan School

Head Teacher Rom Dutt


echoed the same sentiments stating that the sporting ground would go a long
way in the development of
the schools students.
We are very happy to
see that our ground has finally been upgraded and
being a rural school this

ground will help us in the


long term development of
students here in Gram Sangathan Primary School and
we are thankful to the ministry for this assistance, said
Mr Dutt.
The Minister and leaders of the three communities signed Memoranda of

Understanding to formally
hand over the sporting
grounds and also ensure
regular maintenance of the
rural sporting fields.

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Defend Title

Tokatoka Westfield Dragons Team Captain Samuela Saqiwa and best player of the tournament Josaia Wini recieve the Robert Konusi cup. Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU.

By SALOTE QALUBAU

The Tokatoka Westfield dragons


walked away with $5000 and the
Robert Konusi cup after defending
their title as the Martinitar 7s winners
thrashing the Army Greens 31-14 at
the Prince Charles Park, Nadi on Saturday February 28.
The teams winning stride was
evident during the cup quarter finals
after they beat the Army Reds 15-12
and later securing their spot in the
cup finals by beating the Vuda giants
19-5 during the cup semi finals. Team
prop Josaia Wini was named as best
player of the tournament.

The Sri Lanka based players are


back, Pio Tuwai is back, Senivalati Ravuwai, Samu Saqiwa and Josaia Wini
as well as Vatemo Ravouvou are also
back. We wont give away the turf easily, we wish all the teams the best for
the Marist 7s and if they want to challenge the dragons they better be well
prepared, said Team coach Epeli Lagiloa.
Yamacia secured their win during
the plate finals against Saunaka 21-19,
while Food hall Nawaka beat Bula Water Park Kuata Exciles 17-10 during the
shield finals and red rock won during
the bowl finals against the hideaway
hurricanes 26-12.
I want to thank the boys for the
hard effort put into defending our title
during the martinitar 7s and we are

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looking forward to the Marist 7s next


week, after day one we talked to the
boys about our mistakes and we hope
to improve from them, the team will
take a break after this and come back
on Monday and prepare for the Marist
7s, said Team Captain Samuela Saqiwa
Saqiwa says he hopes to get back
into the national side and will be working towards improving on his fitness
level in order to impress selectors for
the Fiji 7s team.
National side team coach Ben Ryan
and national team manager Paula
Biu were also present at the grounds
scouting for potential players.
I think the competition this year
was a bit more intense compared to
last year. We are very happy with the

response from the teams .The whole


purpose of this tournament is to help
players physically and spiritually and
contribute to our national team building in terms of identifying local talents, said Tournament Media Liaison
officer Pita Dovibua.
Mr. Dovibua added the upcoming
Western Development 7s was a good
opportunity to assist players in maintaining their fitness level, dates for the
matches are yet to be confirmed.
Tokatoka Westfield Dragons team
coach Epeli Lagiloa said the team was
aiming for an above average performance during the Martinitar 7s and
confirmed that the team will be departing for Suva on Thursday, March 5.