Savusavu may be a bit remote but it is actually quite easy to buy groceries, fresh vegetables, rent a car, book a flight, find a builder, mechanic, plumber or welder, just about anything! We’ve put together a list of some of the many businesses located in Savusavu to help you while your are in Savusavu. If you know of any business or event that we may have left off of the list, be sure to contact us with the details.
Medivac - Search & Rescue
HELIPRO FIJI EMERGENCY services Air Ambulance is equipped with medical teams and has Navy rescue divers on stand bye
For EMERGENCY response call HELIPRO on (679) 770 7700 or the HQ. Fiji Navy 331 5380
International MedEvac coordinator Michael Barbieri
PH: +(61) 411428681
Suva office: Kadavu House - Level 2 Victoria Parade Suva P.O. Box 2399 Government Buildings Suva
Satellite P: +881621424170
SAVUSAVU YACHT CLUB
Savusavu junior sailors rely on membership fees from the Savusavu Yacht Club to support the sailing program. When you join the Savusavu Yacht Club membership entitles you to free movies on the lawn, no service fees for meals on the lawn, reciprocal membership of Royal Suva Yacht Club and Vuda Yacht Club, the live band every Sunday and of course use of the facility and bar.
If you’re looking for a place to bring your family meet the Yachties and hear the tales Savusavu Yacht Club is the place to be. Membership fees are only F$20.0 per annum. Please remember the membership fees go directly to the junior sailing program.
The junior sailors recently swept all opposition aside in winning the Fiji National Sailing championships and currently Naomi Waqalevu is in Denmark competing in a women’s Laser qualifying regatta for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. In December 2017 Vili Ratulu will compete in China for a men’s qualifying regatta for the Tokyo Olympics.
We really need your support to help us finance the sailing program. Please come along and see Sereanna at the bar to fill out your membership fees.
SUPPORT OUR SAVUSAVU SAILORS.
Coach Savusavu Junior sailors.
EVERYONE is welcome to join the girls and women of Savusavu launch the first ever PINKTOBER BREAST CANCER AWARENESS PROGRAM in Savusavu on Saturday 28th October, 2017." For further details please contact:
Sr Ana - Savusavu Hospital: 7471016
Elenoa - ANZ Bank: 9998059
Violet - Rotary Club: 9973719
October 18: Diwali Eve Buffet Dinner at the Copra Shed Marina Lawn on 18th of October from 6:30pm. The Vegetarian Buffet Includes:
Dhal Soup, Potato & Pea Curry, Khadi (Blended Spilt Pea & Coconut Curry), Jack Fruit Curry, Sautéed Okra, Sautéed Spinach with Egg Plant, Steamed Rice, Roti, Papadums, salsas, assorted Diwali Indian Sweets and a Fruit Platter. Come & enjoy the Buffet Dinner with live entertainment of Indian music with dance performance from staff of the Captain's Cafe. Price: $29.50 per person. Book now on 885 0511.
October - November Date to be announced, Triathlon. Compete or watch and support the athletes in this Endurance Eco Challenge: 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k trail run. For more information on this event contact firstname.lastname@example.org
November 26-29 Koro Sun Music Festival, Enjoy big name and local bands, island fashion shows, dinner and dancing at the Koro Sun Resort. For more information and room rates or entrance fees contact: email@example.com
Pacific Island Air Introduce Charter/Scenic Flights Based From Savusavu Airport
October 11, 2017 SUNBIZ
by Maraia Vula, Suva
Pacific Island Air has introduced charter and scenic flights based out of Savusavu Airport!
Company general manager Tuni Beddoes said what has encouraged Pacific Island Air to position an islander at Savusavu was because the market had requested services.
Below are excerpts from an interview with Mr Beddoes about Pacific Island Air introducing flights based out of Savusavu Airport and the company’s core business.
What has encouraged Pacific Island Air to position an islander at Savusavu?
The market had requested services for transfers to Taveuni, Nausori, Labasa or Nadi to supplement the existing schedule services with the positioning time from Nadi being an hour.
The decision was taken to create a line station and service the needs of customer’s for private transfers as a charter operator.
There was an urgent Medi Vac case from a resort for clients to reposition to Suva and the service was utilised to Nausori Airport a week ago.
Then a group wanted to fly over to their resort and along the coast to view potential land for sale as part of a scenic flight.
What business do you anticipate coming out of Savusavu?
Our target has been to have an air service available in Savusavu, to service the needs of air transfer to the mainland of Viti Levu and outer islands.
The opportunity to provide scenic flights for customers while on holiday to the surrounding islands and along the coast of Vanua Levu is anticipated.
The aircraft being positioned in Savusavu reduces the positioning time when the need arises for customers.
We anticipate bridging the islands outside the current scheduled services provided by Fiji Link and Northern Air.
There are customers who don’t want their holiday based on someone else’s schedule and we are hopeful the introduction of the Brittan Norman islander aircraft satisfies that customer.
How big of an investment is this new introduction?
While it required moving capacity away from the mainstream operation in Nadi , any new venture involving moving personal and equipment away from a main hub or base has its costs to bear.
How many people have been positioned at Savusavu?
Currently, only two personal are positioned in Savusavu – pilot and an engineer
How big is the Pacific Island Air fleet now?
The company currently operates four helicopters, three six-passenger Squirrel helicopters, one Robinson 44, two five-passenger Beaver seaplanes, two 10-passenger Otter seaplanes and two twin-engine Islander planes seating six passengers.
What is your core business?
While a large part of our business involves transfer flights to resorts and islands, we also offer private transfers on scenic flights, adventure packages in association with other tourist operators in Fiji.
Medivac Emergency Services and Commercial activity for lift and aerial survey. Pacific Island Air has the flexibility and capability of flying to any destination in Fiji.
Passengers can fly by seaplane one way and return by helicopter, offering two distinctly different experiences from one operator.
Who owns Pacific Island Air?
Pacific Island Air, Helicopters (Fiji) and Vanuatu Helicopters are privately owned by John Currie and family.
Their company Garden City Helicopters is widely respected as one of New Zealand’s premier helicopter and aviation operators, servicing all aspects of tourism and charter flights, air ambulance and rescue operations plus commercial flying services as well as further expansion into fixed-wing aircraft charter operations.
Garden City Helicopters saw an opportunity in 2013 to purchase the established Pacific Island Air and Seaplanes operation which had been successfully operating in Fiji for 14 years and add helicopters to the company’s fleet of fixed-wing aircraft with the aim of offering a premier tourism flightseeing and air charter operation to the region.
Today the operation in Fiji is marketed under one brand – Pacific Island Air.
This enables clients to book with one operator who can deliver all three modes of air transfer: Charter airplanes, seaplanes and helicopters.
Squash Banks on Reps
Paulini Ratulailai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Sunday, October 08, 2017
FIJI Squash is banking on its national players to shine as they participate in the Savusavu Open tournament that started yesterday.
Manager Dinesh Parmeshwar said they were expecting 50 players with 20 players from Suva and Nadi to compete in the two-day event.
"We will be playing in three grades and a very challenging competition," Parmeshwar said.
"We are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in Australia and we've got a training squad for the event. We are using local tournaments as a build-up process for players.
"Most of the national players will be playing in local events that will be hosted from now until the final selection is done and we are also focusing on the Pacific Games."
He said they had high expectations for all national reps as they had been training for the past years.
"Their fitness and their skill level should be up to par because this is a very challenging time for them to prove themselves while playing two or three matches.
"It's a very demanding schedule for them and we expect them to pull through with not much problem.
"We have Shailesh Pala, Tony Sigabalavu and Fonmanu Rigamoto who will be giving good competition."
Children, Rotary club clean-up
SERAFINA SILAITOGA - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
THE national week-long climate change celebrations have included a clean-up program in Savusavu, spearheaded by children and the Savusavu Rotary Club.
Club president Violet Williams said about 30 children and their parents have joined the community program by cleaning the beach side areas near town.
"The children are from the Naivita New Life church and we have also used this program to educate them about littering and its effects in the environment," she said.
Great news for children in Savusavu and neighboring communities
Fiji Kids to Benefit
By Lena Reece fijivillage.com
Children in Savusavu and neighboring communities now have access to better health facilities after the opening of the refurbished ANZ Children’s ward at the Savusavu Hospital.
While officially opening the newly refurbished Children’s ward, Minister for Health Rosy Akbar says the $11,000 project is a timely assistance as the children’s ward is one of the busiest wards at Savusavu Hospital.
The Health minister also highlighted that the Savusavu Hospital that was built way back in 1967 caters for a geographical capacity of over 35,055 people.
Akbar adds that on a daily basis the hospital attends to over 150 patients and the Children's ward contains 8 beds.
She had acknowledged the ANZ team for helping improve health services not just in Savusavu but also in Suva through the newly refurbished ANZ ward.
Akbar says the partnership with ANZ serves as a great inspiration that public private partnership has great potentials to unleash new opportunities to deliver efficient and sustainable health services, for the Fijian people.
Albert Miller Junior to represent Savusavu in tonight’s Fiji Games Athletics meet
By Save Waqa and Jack Charters - fijivillage.com
Albert Miller Junior will be out to represent Savusavu in tonight’s Fiji Games Athletics meet at the ANZ Stadium.
Miller will be taking part in the decathlon in 11 events, the 100 meters, Pole vault, 400 meters, shot put, discus, high jump, javelin, 1500m and the 4x100m relay.
Miller says that he will use this meet as a training ground for the upcoming Mini Games in Vanuatu.
Meawhile more then 50 athletes from 24 districts around the country will be participating at this year’s Fiji Games.
The other top athletes who will be participating in the Fiji Games include Aaron Powell and Sailosi Tubuilagi for Suva and Samu Railoa for Nadi
Triple Jump champion Eugene Vollmer will also take part in this year’s Fiji Games.
The Fiji Games Athletics meet is expected to begin at 6 tonight.
Ni Sa Bula Vinaka Supporters of Animals Fiji, Animal Lovers and Clients in Savusavu and nearby villages!
Thanks to your help and contribution, we have once again successfully concluded our Animals Fiji Outreach August Clinic. Thank you all for your continued support and donations.
Please find the following important points discussed in this month's e- broadcast:
Schedule and contacts
Animals Fiji Savusavu- based Outreach clinic upgrades
Full- time veterinary officer for Taveuni applications welcome
Banning Paraquat Online petition
SR12- Yearly heartworm prevention Injection
How you can help us
Schedule and contacts
Our schedule spans from Monday to Saturday every month as follows:
1st full week of the month – Savusavu
2nd full week – Labasa
3rd full week – Taveuni
Due to the movement of our team and other resources, this is an APPOINTMENT ONLY clinic unless a life or death emergency.
Our next clinic will be held from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.
To make an appointment, enquire of exact dates of our next clinics/venues or obtain any advice over the phone whilst we are away, kindly call 998-6253, between the hours of 8am and 5pm- Monday to Saturday. This is the ONLY Animals Fiji Outreach Line. The line is still open to life or death emergency calls after hours. Please refrain from calling to enquire of clinic dates and appointments after hours as we try to keep this line free for emergencies.
Animals Fiji Savusavu Outreach Clinic upgrades
Dear supporters, clients, sponsors and animal lovers, please be informed that our outreach clinics are now able to accept the credit cards MasterCard and VISA and local bank debit cards except for Bred bank and Bank of Baroda thanks to our new wireless Westpac EFTPOS machine.
Our little clinic also has better, brighter tube lights, a table lamp to help Dr Alex and Dr Rita see better during surgeries and are in the process of ordering paint for our floors.
Little by little, thanks to your commitment and support, Animals Fiji is improving its facilities to help our Northern Outreach Veterinarians! If you would like to help contribute to the running of our clinic, do not hesitate to send us an email. We kindly accept our supporters willingness to participate. Vinaka vaka levu to everyone who has contributed and thank you in advance for those who would love to help us! Looking forward to hearing from you!
Full- time veterinary officer for Taveuni applications welcome
Thank you very much to everyone who has shared our advertisement with their contacts far and wide and to everyone that has sent in their applications/expressed interest! We are still accepting applications so it isn’t too late to share our advertisement attached in this email and apply now! Animals Fiji is still conducting interviews for a full- time veterinarian for our other outreach location on Taveuni Island. For a detailed description and more information CLICK HERE.
Animals Fiji Ban Paraquat in Fiji online petition
Above is the link to our ongoing online petition. Again, we have had so many cases of loved animals brought into our clinic that needed to be put down because of paraquat poisoning. There is NO ANTIDOTE for paraquat. The outcome for our furry friends that have ingested this herbicide is almost always death.
If you have a minute to spare, please sign our petition to the Government of Fiji to ban Paraquat. We need 10,000 signatures before we are able to submit our letter to the Government of Fiji! We need your voice!
SR12 Yearly Heartworm Prevention Injection
Each year around October, Animals Fiji veterinarians administer SR-12 heartworm prevention injections.
Heartworm larvae are spread by mosquitoes. The larvae grow into foot- long adult worms and occupy the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels causing heart failure and lung disease. Heartworm is FATAL and VERY expensive to treat. Heartworms are different from gastrointestinal worms. Most de- worming tablets do not cover for heartworms.
More information on the fatal disease here: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics
If you answer YES to both questions below, you and your dog are eligible to sign up for the SR- 12 yearly heartworm prevention should you wish to do so.
-Have you tested your dog for heartworms and is your dog heartworm negative?
(If you have not, you must do this at our Outreach clinic- please send us an email or give us a ring to make an appointment)
-Have you been giving your dog monthly heartworm prevention?
(Again, if you miss a dose of heartworm prevention, you put your pet at risk. You must test your dog for heartworm and ensure they are negative before starting the SR- 12 preventative)
If you are interested in SR- 12 for your pet, please send us an email on: firstname.lastname@example.org with your details (name, contact and address), your dogs weight, age, and usual heartworm prevention method by the 10th of September. We will require a 50% deposit for your dog's heartworm injection which we will calculate by the weights provided/on file.
How you can help
As a registered Fiji charity operating the only ongoing animal welfare/ veterinary services in the Northern Division, Animals Fiji (operated by West Charity Trust Society – Fiji Charity Reg # 889/ in the United States of America, 501 (c)(3) registration, EIN # 81-5449045/ AND in Australia, NSW Charitable Fundraising Authority, CFN/22572) services are either at – cost price or heavily subsidized. For example, a desex cost Animals Fiji on average between $150- $200, and we subsidize this to a fee of $25 for those who cannot afford the cost of surgery. We are able to do this only because of private donations — both monetary or in-kind.
Animals Fiji Northern Outreach travels to 3 different locations every month and have a team of people dedicated to the care of animals. These costs are not charged to our clients in an effort to be accessible to more people and their animals.
If you would like to help us keep our services sustainable please donate and kindly contact us should you have ideas in helping us raise funds to continue to keep our services in the Northern Division and Taveuni. Please visit our website to find out how you can give monetary donations, visit http://www.animalsfiji.org/donate
If you would like to assist our cause through donations in-kind, we would be sincerely grateful for the following as we are always in need of them:
• Old towels or sheets
• Newspapers or Paper Towels
• Washing powder
• Laundry baskets with lids
• Cleaning products
• Paper towels
• Garbage bags
• For a full-list visit our wish list page on our website: http://www.animalsfiji.org/donationwishlist
Your donations ensure our services are sustainable! Please donate generously.
Vinaka and kind regards,
Mob: 9986 253
Nadi Clinic - Ph: (+679) 670-1012 | Mob: (+679) 9936-647 / 9982-026
Northern Outreach Clinics (Savusavu, Labasa, Taveuni) - Mob: (+679) 998-6253
Lautoka Outreach Clinic - Mob: (+679) 998-2026
Postal Address - PO Box 11035, Nadi Airport, Fiji
Web - www.animalsfiji.org
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/animalsfiji
FJ: Animals Fiji (operated by West Charity Trust Society), Fiji Charity Reg. # 889 / TIN # 60-34707-0-3.
USA: Animals Fiji – USA, 501 (c)(3) registration, EIN # 81-5449045.
AU: Animals Fiji, NSW Charitable Fundraising Authority, CFN/22572.
HELP US TO BAN PARAQUAT!!!
Animals Fiji has created a petition to ban the use of Paraquat in Fiji!
We see so many dogs that have been intentional baited or accidentally ingested paraquat and it is a slow and painful death for them. Paraquat is also toxic to children!
Please visit: https://www.change.org/p/animals-fiji-ban-paraquat-in-fiji-hundredsof- dogs-already-killed (or go to www.change.org and search paraquat) to sign the petition to show your support for the dogs that do not have a voice!
As of 24 August we currently have 5,582 signatures. Our goal is 10,000!
Domestic airlines happy with new facilities
Elenoa Turagaiviu - Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
08:30 27 August, 2017
The two domestic airlines are happy with the installation of night landing lights at the Waiqele Airport in Labasa.
From next week, work on the installation of the landing lights will commence.
Owner of Northern Air Captain Rainjesh San says this will see more connectivity between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
“It’s not a small investment. It’s a big investment. It’s a pride of Vanua Levu and it’s great. It’s good to see that now we are connect to Viti Levu even at night.”
Fiji Link General Manager Athil Narayan says the installation of the landing lights will give them a lot more flight flexibility and will be an opportunity for the airline to increase their flights to Labasa.
“We will eventually look at that, yes! It also ties in with our twin otter acquisition, so we are looking at 30 per cent more capacity into Taveuni and Savusavu. So, this really fits in well to build more connectivity to the North.”
The Labasa runway is 1,024 meters in length and the Installation of the lights is expected take three months.
The project costs a little over $400,000.
$65 Fare To The North
Shratika Naidu, Suva - Fiji Sun online
August 27, 2017
One-third of all seats on all Fiji Link flights between Suva and Labasa and Labasa and Suva are selling at $65.
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the announcement during the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North at Subrail Park in Labasa on Friday night.
“The $65 fare is excellent news for the people of Labasa and Vanua Levu as a whole,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
“These low fares will allow more Fijians in Labasa and the capital visit each other more frequently.
“Labasa students will find it easier to get to and from their tertiary institutions in the Central Division.
“A lot more people, including tourists, will now fly from Suva to Labasa and also travel onward to other destinations like Savusavu.
“I would like to thank Fiji Link for introducing lower fares on its flights.
“The multiplier effect of this announcement is quite significant and complements the Fijian Government’s efforts to further spur economic development and growth in the North.
“The low fares, upgrading of Waiqele Airport’s terminal and installation of night lights on the runway, will boost commercial activity and business opportunities.
“Everyone in the North stand to benefit directly through more affordable travel options and investment in public infrastructure.”
Fiji Link General Manager Athil Narayan explained: “The low fares came about as a result of regular feedback and engagement with communities in the North.
“We have upgraded the ATR fleet operating between Labasa, Suva and Nadi with modern, comfortable and extremely reliable aircraft.
“The time is now right to introduce lower fares between two of our biggest domestic ports, making it easier for Fijians to get around and stay connected.”
These fares are now on sale and will be available until Fiji Link completes a review to add more capacity into Labasa.
Fares increase to higher fare buckets once the $65 seats are sold out on respective flights.
Fiji Link flies its ATR aircraft three times daily Suva-Labasa-Suva.
Luisa Qiolevu - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Saturday, August 26, 2017
THE international submarine fibre cable from Samoa is expected to be installed early next year, says Telecommunications Fiji Ltd general manager corporate services Samuela Vadei.
He said this during the Vodafone Friendly North Carnival's global night event on Thursday.
"Once it reaches Fiji there will be a cable to Savusavu to provide better services to the people of the North," he said.
Mr Vadei said it had always been their aim to make telecommunications available to as many people as possible and the Northern Division as well.
"We have worked to increase our coverage throughout the country by deploying satellite technologies that can be used in most remote areas to provide information and communications technology (ICT) service," he said.
"We also strive to provide communication solutions that meet the needs of our customers both in the residential and business sector."
Mr Vadei said TFL had been very instrumental in introducing new technological services into Fiji.
"Internet was developed in the 1960s, bought online commercially in the 1980s and was introduced into Fiji in 1995 by TFL and this a year after mobile services was introduced through a partnership between Vodafone our sister company we have a new international submarine fibre cable that is coming through to Fiji via Samoa and is expected to land early next year," he said.
Strategic Planning Vital As Housing Authority Prepares For New North Airport
August 24, 2017 - Fiji Sun Online
Housing Authority (HA) of Fiji chief executive officer Punit Sethi has given instructions to his officers to start planning development activities for Seaqaqa, Vanua Levu.
This is in preparation for the planned international airport that could be built near Seaqaqa.
This is Mr Sethi’s first visit to Labasa.
“I have informed my officers to start acquiring land and coordinate planning.
“We should be doing strategic thinking – meaning anticipating in advance, and then real things will happen. The impact of our project for the upcoming airport will create lot of industrial and commercial activities.
“It will become a commercial hub,” Mr Sethi said.
He gave examples of countries like Dubai and Singapore, where areas near the international airports get developed faster.
“So it would be good for people to have us anticipating the right purpose.”
Mr Sethi said they are slowly changing the working style at the Housing Authority.
“Earlier we were selling lots at affordable cost.
“Now we are going to construct houses also for Fijians.
“We have also done multi storey buildings in Suva and we have planned the same thing for the Northern Division.”
Fijians would get the complete package, land and construction, Mr Sethi said.
“This will be more beneficial for the people – so they don’t have to look for alternative ways to look for construction.
This is our vision and we have started.”
Mr Sethi visited the Covata sub-division area in Labasa where the Housing Authority plans to start building later in the year.
“My team will put up this plan in their office and those who are interested can visit them.
“We have plans for Nabouwalu, Savusavu and Taveuni,” he said.
Mr Sethi is expected to be making more visits to the Northern Division as more developments are taking place.
Fiji Airways announces plans to expand and upgrade Fiji Link’s Twin Otter fleet
By Vijay Narayan - fijivillage.com
August 24, 2017
Fiji Airways has today announced plans to expand and upgrade Fiji Link’s Twin Otter fleet, allowing for increased frequencies to key domestic routes like Savusavu and Taveuni.
The airline will purchase three brand new latest model DHC‑6 Series 400 Twin Otters from manufacturer Viking Air Limited, to replace two of its existing three Series 300 aircraft.
This will increase the Twin Otter fleet to four aircraft.
Fiji Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen says the investment is in line with the overall modernisation of the entire Group fleet.
He says with more aircraft, they can increase daily flights to key local destinations.
Viljoen says their capacity to Savusavu and Taveuni will grow by 30%, which will be welcome news to tourism operators in these regions.
He says this is a reflection of Fiji Airways’ commitment to the Fijian tourism industry and they will work closely with their partners in the North to increase visitor arrivals and connectivity.
Arriving in October 2017 and early 2018, the three new Twin Otter aircraft will have air‑conditioned cabins for increased customer comfort.
Their state of the art digital avionics systems and operating features will greatly enhance operational reliability and an easier transition for Fiji Link pilots to progress onto the ATR fleet.
Viljoen says the impending fleet expansion has already initiated the recruitment and training of additional local pilots, resulting in more employment opportunities for Fijians.
Flights between Nadi and Suva will increase to seven a day.
The team is also considering converting one of their current Twin Otter aircraft into a multi‑use vehicle to cater not only for additional scheduled flying, but to provide opportunities for new charter business, medical evacuation services and carriage of freight.
Attorney General, Minister for Economy and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum who was at the announcement in Nadi this morning says this investment by Fiji Link to expand its domestic fleet and increase capacity will be welcome news for the Northern residents and tourism stakeholders alike.
The ever‑versatile Twin Otter remains the aircraft of choice for Fiji Link’s domestic operations into smaller airports with short airstrips, and where airport and runway infrastructure is limited. It has the ability to land on most runway surfaces given its size, weight, and take‑off and landing requirements.
Fiji Link also has the option to purchase a fourth brand new Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft.
A decision on exercising this option will be made in 2018.
New Vessel to Lift Service
Siteri Sauvakacolo - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
GOUNDAR Shipping Ltd has yet again announced its latest inclusion into Fiji's shipping industry — the Lomaiviti Princess V.
The boat is called Queen of Nanaimo and was bought from Canada last week after managing director George Goundar spent millions of dollars on it in a bid to improve the local shipping industry.
This latest addition, according to bcferries.com, was built in 1964 in Victoria and is 129.97 metres long.
It has a maximum displacement of 4542 tonnes, carries more than 1500 passengers and about 90 cars.
Lomaiviti Princess V is a state-of-the-art vessel and boasts amenties such as coastal cafe, gift shop, kids zone, pet area, work/study stations, elevators and accessible washrooms.
An 18-member crew is expected to leave for Canada on September 10 to bring the new ship home.
Lomaiviti Princess V will service the Suva-Savusavu route daily.
Mr Goundar said he was also on the verge of completing talks with regards to the purchase of Lomaiviti Princess VI.
"The arrival of these two new vessels will also boost employment rate in Fiji and we are proud to be able to assist those who maybe looking for employment in the shipping industry."
The company is also expected to construct its own dry-docking facility by the end of this year.
It spends $US1.5 million ($F3.14m) taking ships to New Zealand or Papua New Guinea to be serviced.
Mr Goundar said it was important to look after the services of those in the maritime islands as they relied solely on shipping services as a means of transportation.
Residents Laud Roadworks
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Time ONLINE
Saturday, August 19, 2017
PEOPLE living along Lesiaceva Rd in Savusavu have praised Fiji Roads Authority's move to refurbish the 3.9-kilometre road stretch in the area.
Daku tourist accommodation owner, Hans Boernke, a resident of 17 years, said the road was last refurbished during the Rabuka-led government.
Mr Boernke said the road condition had since worsened, becoming almost inaccessible in the wake of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.
"The work carried out on the road is good but the Fiji Roads Authority needs to also factor into their road works the trees that grow along the roadside because the roots created havoc when they were uprooted during TC Winston," he said.
"If this is not taken into consideration then the road will surely return to its former state within the next cyclone depending on its strength.
"Resort owners in the area are thankful to the authorities for fixing the stretch right up to Cousteau Resort."
Another resident Marama Kaiwaidau said travelling via the new road was an enjoyable experience.
Ms Kaiwaidau said busses and taxis could now access places they could not reach in the past.
Meanwhile, Fulton Hogan Hiways (FHH) manager North, Ryan Couchman said the project started in January with procurement of drainage pipes, followed by the replacement of 30 crossroad culverts and clearing of existing drainage channels.
"The road was reshaped with heavy machinery and a 200-millimetre layer of new road base aggregate which was placed and compacted," he said.
"Not only will the sealing improve access for tourists to the resorts, but overall improve the quality of road with improved drainage, and with the resealing, address flooding and muddy conditions that previously interfered with travel."
Naomi sails to Denmark
Maikeli Seru - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Sunday, July 30, 2017
FIJI yachting rep, Naomi Waqalevu, 20, leaves for Denmark this weekend for the World Sailing Emerging Nations Training and Development Clinic.
This is also part of preparations to the 2019 Pacific Games. Waqalevu is the national women's champion.
Fiji Yachting Association secretary Neville Koop said in Denmark, Waqalevu would train with other young sailors from around the world and then compete in the 2017 World Sailing Championships Test Event Regatta at the same venue.
"This Test event is being used to trial the regatta venue ahead of the 2018 World Sailing Championships to be held at the same venue, and to which Fiji would send two participants," he said.
"This event is part of the FYA development plan to prepare our sailors for the 2019 Pacific Games, and to hopefully qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games regatta in Japan three years from now.
"We have a strong and growing club program which has produced some high quality sailors in recent years, and with the right development they can compete successfully regionally and internationally. We want our sailors to be genuine medal contenders come 2019 Pacific Games and competing in events such as this one is critical in this goal".
In 2015 Australia participated in the Pacific Games sailing event in Port Moresby and in the future, Australia and New Zealand will compete alongside our Oceania neighbours at future Oceania championships and Pacific Games.
"This is a huge step up for our sailors —Australia and New Zealand are at the very top level in international sailing and collectively won eight medals including one gold medal each at the Rio Olympics."
As well as a grant from World Sailing, support for participation in this event has come from the Government through the sporting grants to national sporting federations, the Fiji Yachting Association, and donations from members and friends of the Savusavu Yacht Club.
Pacific Angel: Operation Sees Schools Rebuilt, People Get Medical Treatment
Charles Chambers, Lautoka - Fiji Sun online
July 25, 2017
A joint operation of military personnel from six countries and a Pacific Island group of volunteers have completed the rebuilding of five schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston.
They have also provided extensive medical care to over 4000 people in rural areas.
The operation called Pacific Angel 2017 include military personnel from the United States, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, France and volunteers from Vanuatu spent the past two weeks carrying out their work in Ba, Tavua and Savusavu.
They were also joined by personnel from the Ministry of Health, local non-governmental organisations and civilian authorities.
Their work was praised by US Ambassador Judith Cefkin, Brigadier-General William Burks of the US Military, Commissioner Western Division Manasa Tagicakibau, and Republic of Fiji Military Forces Colonel Onisivoro Covunisaqa at the Tagitagi Sangam School in Tavua yesterday.
PACANGEL 17 is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercise that includes general health, dental, optometry, paediatrics, and engineering programmes, as well as subject-matter expert exchanges.
The engineering work at the schools included upgrading plumbing to meet local codes and improve hygiene, adding electrical outlets and fans, repairing roofs, installing gutters, and ensuring safety standards.
According to Ms Cefkin, PACANGEL 2017 was evidence of the strong partnership between the United States and Fiji.
“Pacific Angel is a tangible demonstration of the great things that our countries can accomplish together,” she said.
“Whether our experts are sharing expertise on the latest public health techniques, jointly providing medical care to communities in need, or working side by side to improve health centers and schools, the spirit of US-Fiji cooperation is a force for positive change here and across the Pacific.
“The United States will remain committed to supporting Fiji’s on-going efforts to boost its resilience in the face of natural disasters and the impact of climate change.”
Colonel Covunisaqa while praising the efforts of the mission said it did not only benefit the military personnel but the community at large.
“The collaboration and interoperability has brought about a very profound outcome as the impact of what had taken place over the last few days has been felt across the country in general and this community in particular,” he said.
Colonel Covunisaqa said the work done had the potential to greatly impact society and develop capacity within the ranks in the RFMF.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika
US Air Force Provides Free Medical Service, Rehabilitation Works
by Shanani Mala, Tavua - Fiji Sun online
July 18, 2017
The United States Air Force medical team is inviting those living in Tavua and surrounding areas to visit their temporary Health Centre for free medical service.
More than 100 people flocked to Tagitagi Sangam Primary School in Tavua yesterday and the team will be there until Saturday.
PACANGEL 17 consisting of 65 US Air Force personnel is in the country for a joint humanitarian assistance exercise that includes general health, dental, optometry, paediatrics, and engineering programs, as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges.
Pacific Air Force Public Affairs, Captain Samantha Morrison said the alliance consists of four different events concurrently in place in four different locations across the Pacific.
“We have just concluded one in Philippines and there are two more countries after Fiji. Pacific Angel has been going for 10 years now. It started in 2007,” Captain Morrison said.
Captain Morrison said they were excited to be in Fiji and working with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the local non-governmental organisations to provide health services and civil engineering programmes to local communities.
“Apart from strengthening partnership between us and Fiji we are also given the opportunity to help other communities,” she said.
“We get to make friends and it’s an amazing experience. We love being in Fiji to help.”
Pacific Global Health Engagements – United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Bragdon said they were in Fiji on the invitation of the Fijians and the RFMF.
“The purpose of this exercise is to develop shared capabilities in responding to natural disasters such as cyclones, volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes – how we would work together and improve responds to the needs of the people,” Lieutenant-Colonel Bragdon said.
“The other projects includes civil engineering projects where we (US Army) rehabilitate schools and other structures.
“I extend a warm welcome and invitation to Fijians to come and be part of our medical check-up.”
This is a partnership between the US Air Force and RFMF in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
A similar health check-up will be provided to people in the Northern Division at Naweni District School in Savusavu from July 21 to 22.
Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola
J. Hunter Pearls Fiji Selected As An Honouree For The JNA Awards 2017
July 17, 2017
J. Hunter Pearls from Savusavu has been selected as an Honouree in the Sustainability Initiative of the Year category of JNA (Jewellery News Asia) Awards 2017.
The JNA Awards, organised by UBM Asia, is now in its sixth year.
It is a premier awards programme that recognises and celebrates excellence and achievement in the jewellery and gemstone industry, with a focus on the advancement of the trade in Asia.
This year, close to 100 highly qualified entries from 13 countries and regions, namely China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, were received.
The categories that drew the most number of entries were the Industry Innovation of the Year, Brand of the Year – Retail and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, remarked, “It is very motivating to see another year with record-breaking entry numbers, with first-time entrants accounting for 22 percent of the applications.
Nowadays, companies have to innovate, not only to thrive, but to survive.
The impact of innovation is evident in different aspects of a business, including marketing, supply chain management, gem and metal technologies, product development and business strategies.”
Justin Hunter said: “We are very excited and honoured to become a JNA Awards Honouree, which is a significant achievement in itself.
“We do not only view this as a prestigious endorsement of our business, but an acknowledgment of our commitment to excellence, responsible and ethical business practices, and innovation.”
The 2017 independent judging panel consists of industry experts namely:
ν Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council, Far East (WGC)
ν James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council ν Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE)
ν Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East
ν Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc of Japan; and Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS).
The full list of Honourees is available on the JNA Awards website www.JNAawards.com.
This year’s JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday, 14 September, at the InterContinental Hong Kong.
SOURCE: J.HUNTERS PEARLS FIJI.
Sealing works on Lesiaceva Road in Savusavu Begin
By Lena Reece - fijivillage.com
Friday 14 July, 2017
Good news for people in Savusavu as Fiji Roads Authority contractors Fulton Hogan Higways have begun sealing works through their contractors on Lesiaceva Road in Savusavu that provides access to the community's leading resorts.
Fulton Hogan Hiways Contract Manager North Ryan Couchman says the road covers a 4km stretch from Savusavu Jetty and the project started in January with procurement of drainage pipes, followed by the replacement of 30 crossroad culverts and clearing of existing drainage channels.
He adds that not only will the sealing improve access for tourists to the resorts, but overall improve the quality of the road with improved drainage, and with the resealing, address flooding and muddy conditions that previously interfered with travel.
Couchman says Fulton Hogan is widening the road where possible and request the traveling public for their cooperation to reduce speed and drive carefully at road construction sites.
Lomaiviti Princess V To Arrive In December
Wilona Ravato - Fiji Sun Online
July 5, 2017
People of Fiji can expect more efficient and better services to the north as the new inclusion of fleet for Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL); the Lomaiviti Princess V arrives into Fiji by December this year.
Managing Director GSL, George Goundar, confirmed to Fiji Sun that the new vessel will be one of the biggest vessels in Fiji, with a capacity to cater for 1500 passengers and can load about 60 trucks.
The total cost of the new vessel he said was $3 million
He said that GSL shipping schedules would be reshuffled in December to fit in day schedules for Lomaiviti Princess V for services to the people of the north.
“We’re looking at putting two trips to Kadavu a week, we want to put a weekend trip like leaving on a Friday and coming back on a Monday morning on the Lomaiviti Princess III and Lomaiviti Princess I will do the Savusavu – Taveuni run,” he said.
“Lomaiviti Princess V will strictly do daily service to Savusavu – Taveuni leaving Suva at 10am expected to reach Savusavu at 4 pm which is just 6 to 7 hour trip. “
He said the Lomaiviti Princess V would be able to travel from Suva to Savusavu in 6 to 7 hours.
With the completion of one of GSL’s new buses they also look forward to providing the customers with a total of 15 new buses by next year.
“We’ve got the bus up and coming, we have one bus ready, there are two more underway.”
He said passengers could also expect decrease in fares for the north, during the holiday season this year as Goundar believed services should be provided although competition was tough.
“I believe in service, the north we will look at passenger’s rate coming down next year to about $20 to Savusavu or Taveuni.”
For this year he said the company would cut the fare from Taveuni to Savusavu during Christmas.
He said the company hoped to deliver the best service to its customers.
Plastic 10 Cents Tax Welcomed In North, Reduces Pollution
Josaia Ralago - Fiji Sun Online
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Pearl businessman Justin Hunter said the plastic tax will improve the condition of our environment upgrading our country to be more marketable in attracting tourists.
The Savusavu Tourism Association and Chamber of Commerce president made this comment in light of the Government’s announcement to charge 10 cents tax for every plastic bag. It comes into effect on August 1.
The tax discourages the use of plastic bags which are scattered in our environment and end up in water ways, and in the oceans causing danger to our marine life.
The announcement was made by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the 2017-2018 National Budget in Parliament on Thursday.
“Plastics are poisonous, acidic and degrades the environment and I would like to commend the Government for coming up with such an initiative,” Mr Hunter said.
Sharing similar sentiments was the Soqosoqo Vakamarama Macuata president Adi Mela Qomate.
She said this would also give an opportunity for women to earn for their families through their art.
“Not only is it environmentally friendly, this is also an opportunity for rural women to weave, sew, crochet or make bags to boost their income,” Adi Mela said.
Edited by Ranoba Baoa
Goundar Introduces Bus Services In The North
Fiji Sun SUNBIZ by Wilona Ravato
June 28, 2017
The Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) is introducing bus services to improve their service to the North.
Mr Rakesh Prasad the GSL Manager Finance and Business said the buses would transfer the passengers from Savusavu to Natuvu and Labasa and return.
“At the moment we do not have this service and our passengers are disadvantaged as they need to make their own arrangement or else have to wait for the next available bus service or other transport,” he said.
However he said customers wanting to use this service would need to pay for this additional service.
PA Lal group manager Lawrence Robert confirmed tha they had received the orders for two buses from GSL.
“We have received the chassis and project starts from next week,” he said.
He said a bus cost $220,000 VIP each.
Work on the buses he said would be completed in 6- 8 weeks.
Meanwhile repair works for the Lomaiviti Princess III at Devonport Naval Base, New Zealand have been completed.
This was confirmed to the Fiji Sun by the Goundar Shipping Limited (GSL) managing director George Goundar.
According to Mr Goundar the Lomaiviti Princess III left the country on June 14 at 8am.
He said it was a four day voyage down to New Zealand. It arrived on the 18th of June at Devonport, Auckland and was on dock on June 19.
The cost for the repair works he said amounted to $3,076,950 (US$1.5m).
He said that the Lomaiviti Princess III would leave Devonport in June 30.
“It will arrive back in Fiji at July 05.”
He said the Lomaiviti Princess III had to go to Devonport for repairs because it could not be docked here in Fiji.
For the Lomaiviti Princess IV he said the parts were still coming from overseas.
He said the Lomaiviti IV ran aground last month so it went up to the Government slip way last week.
“We’ve seen the damage and we got the propeller , shaft , radar coming out of Korea .Air freighting it down to Fiji it’ll take about three weeks to come down to Fiji.
“The total cost for the Lomaiviti Princess IV is about F$200, 000.”
He said with the absence of the two vessels the GSL vessels, the Lomaiviti Princess I and II were covering their runs.
Luke Rawalai - Fiji Times ONLINE
Monday, June 26, 2017
SAVUSAVU dominated in the men's and women's optimist and laser class sailing competition at the Fiji National Sailing Championship 2017 over the weekend.
Robert Hunter won the men's optimist class followed by Paul Leca while Nelle Lenders won the same class for the women's category followed by Bulou and Angel all of Savusavu.
In the laser sailing class Savusavu lad Vili Ratulu won the men's category followed by Emanu Simpson and Scott Bennet while Naomi Waqalevu won the women's category followed by Nadya Putri and Hilani Leca.
Fiji Yachting Association secretary Neville Koop said they had started the competition on Friday with nice weather for sailing.
Mr Koop said however they managed to get half the races in clear winds adding that it was a very close race for the competitors.
"Overall we had good weather for the competition allowing us to finish off in high spirits," he said.
"We had competitors from the Suva and Vuda marina who also took part in the competitions during the past two days.
"This year we had 15 laser sailors and 14 optimist sailors but Savusavu dominated this year's competitions as always.
"We are glad to have bright sailors among us who showed their class during the two day competition."
Mr Koop said this year two young sailors would travel overseas to further their skills in sailing.
"The two sailors are Naomi Waqalevu who will be in Denmark for training and we hope she gets a chance to compete at the World Championship while Viliame Ratulu will attend the World Youth Championship in China," he said.
More private sector investment
Filipe Naigulevu - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Saturday, May 13, 2017
GOVERNMENT will continue to encourage investment in what we generally call economically-depressed areas, says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
These areas, he said, included Vanua Levu and the north west of Viti Levu, Lomaiviti, Kadavu, Lau and Yasawa, which had been declared as economic zones.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum raised this while responding to a question during the 2017-2018 National Budget consultations at the Fiji National University Samabula campus yesterday.
A FNU student had asked on Government's initiatives to decentralise services to other semi-urban areas and small town areas.
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Government was carrying out several projects and introducing incentives to attract private sector investment in these "economically depressed" zones.
He highlighted one Government project which would allow Vanua Levu to be connected to the Southern Cross cable, a trans-Pacific network of underground telecommunications cables that connects Australia to the West Coast of North America.
"That submarine cable carries data and telephone capacity lands here in Vatuwaqa, Fiji," he said.
"A lot of the Pacific Island countries that actually want to connect to the Southern Cross cable have to come to Fiji.
"So Samoa is actually building a cable to connect to the cable in Vatuwaqa and that cable will come between Taveuni and Vanua Levu, including the Savusavu side."
Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they saw an opportunity in this to build a pipe out of that cable to land in Savusavu.
"We saw an opportunity so we borrowed about $US6 million ($F12m) from the World Bank to build a pipe out of that cable to land in Savusavu," he said.
"The moment that happens, Vanua Levu gets high speed internet.
"What that means is that we can tell businesses, you can actually set up call centres there.
"That's how we encourage people to go into those areas."
This, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said, was what Government did to provide those kind of opportunities in infrastructure to attract private sector investment.
"The reason we have done that is that is obviously we want more businesses, factories, manufacturing plants and other facilities in that area," he said.
Consultations were held at the FNU campus at Samabula yesterday.
Free emergency travel
Siteri Sauvakacolo - The Fiji Times ONLINEWednesday, May 10, 2017
DIFFICULTIES in transporting emergency cases from Taveuni to Labasa and Savusavu is now a thing of the past thanks to the free emergency transport service provided by Goundar Shipping Services.
As part of its corporate social responsibility, the company has been providing free emergency services for the people of Taveuni for the past three months,
Managing director George Goundar said this service was provided 24 hours and had been of great assistance to them, particularly those who needed urgent medical assistance.
"People face hardships when they want to transport the sick across to either Labasa or Savusavu especially at night so Lomaiviti Princess IV takes them across to Natuvu where they are then transported to the two main hospitals on Vanua Levu," Mr Goundar said yesterday.
"Whenever there is an emergency case, health staff members will just phone the boat master directly and he would make sure the boat is ready to take sick patients across.
"It is not about money, people are part of my business and this is a way of giving back to them and to tell them that they can depend on Goundar Shipping and we can assist them any time.
"People sometimes see the negative part of Goundar Shipping but this is what we do apart from our normal service."
Mr Goundar said the company had also received letters of appreciation from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, as well as the Taveuni Medical Subdivision for its assistance and service to the people of Taveuni.
FRA to start work on proposed jetties
Luisa Qiolevu - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Sunday, May 07, 2017
THE Fiji Roads Authority is working on upgrading of the Savusavu Jetty after their layout plans and preliminary drawings were completed.
The upgrading works on the Savusavu Jetty is part of FRA's capital projects in the Northern Division this year.
This was confirmed by Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer John Hutchinson yesterday.
"The existing Savusavu jetty will be upgraded in capacity to accommodate two roll-on roll-off (RORO) vessels at the same time," he said.
Mr Hutchinson said the project had been tendered out as a design and build contract.
"The preliminary drawings and layout plans of the proposed jetty are now complete and the construction work will commence later this year," he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Hutchinson also confirmed a short interim repair solution had been completed for the Nabouwalu Jetty.
"The repair solutions for the Nabouwalu Jetty will involve upgrading of the existing concrete landing ramp to safely accommodate roll-on roll-off vessels," he said.
"The second phase of the construction works is to replace the existing jetty head with new roll-on roll-off ramp."
The upgrading works on the Nabouwalu Jetty is scheduled for later this year.
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