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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 that we may have left off of the list, be sure to contact us with the details.


Local Businesses in Savusavu 

Restaurants
  • Captain’s Cafe, located at the Copra Shed Marina, good breakfasts, lunches and pizzas. They also have an espresso machine.
  • Surf n’ Turf, located on the water, opposite the post office. Very good lunches and dinners. Excellent selection of seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes.
  • Decked Out Cafe, a trendy restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Often has live entertainment at night. Nice place to sit and watch the world wonder by.
  • Savusavu Wok, Chinese food served in an air conditioned room. A nice selection of dishes. - Phone: 885 3688
  • Country Kitchen, located in the centre of town, a locals restaurant serving generous portions of Fijian and Indian dishes.
  • Daku Resort - Restaurant, good food with a view out to the bay. 
  • Sea View Cafe, excellent Indian cuisine, great curries.
  • Hot Springs Hotel, good food with a great view overlooking the harbour. - Phone: 885 0195
Clubs / Bars
  • Planter’s Club, have a drink of two with the locals in this private club, guests welcome.
  • Copra Shed Marina, on the dock at the Copra Shed Marina
  • Waitui Club at Waitui Marina
  • Uro’s Nightclub, dance the night away but it can get a bit noisy.
  • Snowy House and Grace Road Kitchen, next to Webster Construction, serving very nice Asian, Korean, and local dishes. Very highly recommended!
  • Hot Springs Hotel, they have a nice bar with a great patio overlooking Savusavu, live music on some nights.v
Banks / Cash Machines
  • Westpac Bank
  • BSP Bank 
  • ANZ Bank
Grocery Stores
  • M-H Paradise Supermarket
  • M-H Supermarket
  • Dayrams 
  • Savusavu Wines and Spirits
  • AIG New World
Meat / Butcher Shops
  • Maravu Meats
  • Fiji Meats
Marinas
  • Copra Shed Marina Phone: 885 0457
  • Waitui Marina
  • Savusavu Marine and Boatyard
Marine Supplies
  • The Yacht Shop
Black Pearls & Jewelery
  • J. Hunter Pearls
Home Appliances / Furniture
  • Courts Home Center
  • M-H Home Center
  • Carpenters
Save on your hotel - www.hotelscombined.com
Pharmacy
  • Savusavu Pharmacy
Doctor’s Office / Clinic
  • Savusavu Clinic
  • Dr. Ishaque
Hardware Stores / Building Supplies
  • Gulabdas Hardware
  • Savusavu Hardware - Phone: 885 3504
  • Home Depot, not like the ones you are used to :)
  • Carpenter’s Hardware -Phone: 885 0592
Real Estate Sales
Vegetable / Fish Market
  • Savusavu Town Market
Building Contractors
  • Webster Construction
  • Shah Construction -Phone: 885 0198
  • Arun Prasad Construction
  • Sambhu Lal Construction -Phone: 885 0090
Welding & Machine Shops
  • Shane Bower Welding
  • Savusavu Marine Village, shop near the entrance
Radio Stations received in Savusavu
  • Legend FM 98.4
  • Viti FM 92.0
  • Radio Sargam 103.2
  • FM96 96.0
  • Navtarang 100.8

Fiji National Holidays 2017


Air Ambulance Services - HELIPRO FIJI
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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
E: michael@helipro.com.fj

Suva office: Kadavu House - Level 2 Victoria Parade Suva P.O. Box 2399 Government Buildings Suva
Satellite P: +881621424170
E: contact@Helipro.com.fj
www.Helipro.com.fj


SAVUSAVU YACHT CLUB
Box 262
Savusavu, FIJI
Ph 8850685
Email geofftaylor@connect.com.fj

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.

Thank you,
Geoff Taylor.
Coach Savusavu Junior sailors.

News and Events


Weekly Happenings Around Savusavu

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Calendar of Events

August 25 - from 6:30pm
SORRY, THE EVENT HAS BEEN SOLD OUT THIS YEAR. NO MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE
Savusavu Tourism Association Party at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Supper and dancing to 2 bands
Fabulous prizes: Flights, Resorts stays, dinners, wine, diving.
All Welcome
Tickets $35 in advance; $50 at the door
Email: bula@fiji-savusavu.com
Telephone: 834 5704 

One hundred balloons, with one hundred prizes, $100 each.

If you’re going to be away that night, you can still buy a balloon ticket and ask us to select one for you on the night. All balloons are selected at random. Balloon tickets ($100) and party tickets ($35) can be purchased from Preeti at the Copra Shed Office or from Daku Resort.

And a big thank you to all the very generous donors who have contributed prizes and made this possible.

Planter's Club BBQ Party

October 6 - 9  The Squash Association of Savusavu National Tournament. Held at the squash court at the Planter's Club. For details contact Tige Young, tige@tuitai.com

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 justnaveria@connect.com.fj

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: marissa@korosunresort.com


News from Savusavu

Housing Authority Members

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.

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj


Twin Otters for Fiji Link

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."


Totoka Jewelry Fiji

Totoka Jewelry To Showcase At Sydney Fair
by Shratika SIngh, LABASA
August 14, 2017 Fiji Sun Online

It is the largest trade fair for buyers and sellers in the jewelry industry.

The Savusavu based boutique was selected by the Sydney based Pacific Islands Trade and Invest to join three other exhibitors to showcase their products at the Sydney International Conventions Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia from August 26 to 28.

Totoka Jewelry Fiji is owned by Marco and Devina Mostert who started their business in Suva two years ago to fill a niche in the local industry which is the hand crafted jewelry from tarnish resistant Argentium silver.

Totoka is the iTaukei vernacular word for beautiful.

Their shop is located in the heart of Savusavu Town at the Waterfront Building, shop number two.

Marco Mostert originally from Pretoria, South Africa said they are excited about being selected and wanted to truly represent the Fiji Islands with the designs that they will take.

“We want to convey the feeling of island living through the designs to showcase, the beauty of the local fauna and flora as well as the truly Fijian motifs and design elements,” Mr Mostert said.

The 30-year-old man who mastered the art of intricate jewelry crafting in Ethiopia says that the creativity in their jewelleries are inspired by the beautiful fauna, flora and arts of the Fiji Islands.

He added that his wife, Devina who is originally from Labasa plays a major role in providing knowledge on the local culture and tradition which has helped in designing their collection of Fijian artifacts in wearable jewelry.

“Once a design has been decided upon, each piece is completely hand-crafted from tarnish resistant Argentium silver by sawing, bending, hammering, doming, texturing and soldering the metal.”

Most of their ideas come to them while snorkelling little sea creatures; walking through the forest, the leaves and swirly designs or noticing the intricate patterns of the local masi cloths at the market.

Mr Mostert sells his products to some of the hotels and resorts in Fiji.

Edited by: Monica Aguilar

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj


Committe Collects $62,000 In Revenue

by Josaia Ralago, Labasa, July 31, 2017 
Fiji SunOnline

Savusavu Carnival Queens

The Miss Vodafone Savusavu Carnival committee collected $62,000 during the four-day event, says carnival committe chairman Vijay Chand.

Mr Chand, who is also the Special Administrator Sa­vusavu Town, paid tribute to the people of Savusavu for taking part in the festivi­ties.

“We would like to thank the people of Savusavu for their continuous support throughout the four-day event and we look forward to your support in years to come,” Mr Chand said.

The closing ceremony chief guest, Assistant Min­ister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden applauded the committee for choosing the theme ‘Go Green – Stop Global Warming’.

“As you are all aware our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama recently returned from New York where he was co-chair of the World Ocean Confer­ence alongside Sweden,” she said.

“In November this year, our Prime Minister and Fiji will be the President of the Conference of Parties on Climate Change – COP23, which will be held in Ger­many.

“These are huge achieve­ments for Fiji, and we shall all be very proud to be Fi­jians now, more than ever before.”

More than 500 people turned up for the closing event at the Narain Grounds on Saturday night.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj


Carnival Ends On a High
Luisa Qiolevu - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

THE Vodafone Savusavu Hidden Paradise Carnival 2017 ended on a high note over the weekend as people marvelled over the fireworks that lit up the skies.

People from all walks of life converged at Narain Park to witness the last night of the carnival.

While closing the carnival, Assistant Minister for Local Government Lorna Eden encouraged the public to take good care of their environment.

"We must protect our environment and we must be conscious of our surroundings and one way to start would be to take more care when dealing with our own garbage," she said.

"Please dispose off your rubbish the proper way and not just toss it on the ground or in a drain like we see in so many places."


Naomi Waqaleavu

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.


Lusiana Malo crowned as Miss Savusavu
By Nirupa Siwan and Feroz Mohammed - fijivillage.com
Sunday 30/07/2017

Miss Savusavu Crowned

Miss Shah group of company Lusiana Malo has been crowned Miss Savusavu at the Vodafone Hidden paradise carnival last night.

The 22-year-old USP student from Netewa Bay says she hopes to continue to advocate and encourage the young and old in the Savusavu community to fight against Climate Change.

Miss Jean Michel Cousteau resort, Ofaine Maiyaroi was crowned Miss Charity for the Vodafone Hidden Paradise Carnival.

Maiyaroi raised $19,002.52

The Savusavu Carnival Organizing committee President, Vijay Chand says they will use the money on health projects in and around the Savusavu community.


Hidden Paradise carnival opens
05:58 Wed Jul 26, 2017
Report by: Elenoa Turagaivui - Fiji Broadcasting Corp

The Vodafone Savusavu Hidden Paradise Carnival officially opened last night.

Carnival Committee Chair Vijay Chand says they have prepared for months for the five day event, which is classed the same as any other festival in the country. 

“If you see, this festival here, it is no different than any other festival, be it the Hibiscus Festival or any other festival. I think we are entering on the same level. And, if you are in Savusavu, you’ll miss this opportunity if you don’t come here. So, I am encouraging all the people of Savusavu, entire Cakaudrove, and entire Vanua Levu to be part of the festival.”

Chand says five queens are vying for the crown and the winner will represent Savusavu hers at the Miss Fiji pageant later in the year.

The theme for the Carnival is Go Green: Stop Global Warming which is in line with Fiji’s Presidency COP 23.


The 31st Annual Game Fishing Tournament
Dates: 28-30 July 2017
Link: www.fiji.travel

Pacific Harbour fishing tournament

THE LEGENDARY TOURNAMENT IS BACK! THE 31ST ANNUAL FIJI INTERNATIONAL GAME FISHING TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD AT THE PEARL SOUTH PACIFIC RESORT & MARINA FROM 28TH JULY - 30TH JULY, 2017.

After an absence of 3 years, the Fiji International Game Fishing Tournament is back! This legendary game fishing competition held in Pacific Harbour, is set to return to the Fiji game fishing calendar with the revival of the Pacific Harbour Game Fishing Club and the newly opened Pearl South Pacific Marina.

PACIFIC HARBOUR AND THE TOURNAMENT VENUE
Pacific Harbour is world renowned for its spectacular sport-fishing, where legendary game boats and professional captains have explored the sparkling pristine waters of the Beqa Lagoon and the enormous Astrolabe barrier reef in Kadavu. This beautiful barrier reef is the fourth largest in the world. Its rugged beauty reminds some of parts of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, where there are plenty of wide, deep openings and crystal clear, calm lagoons. Along the outside edge of the reef, the cobalt Pacific drops away sharply, and as every local fisherman knows, this is where the big wahoo hunt.

The tournament fleet will be hosted by THE PEARL SOUTH PACIFIC MARINA. DESIGNED BY AUSTRALIAN-BASED MARINA INTERNATIONAL, DESIGNER OF SINGAPORE'S KEPPEL BAY MARINA AND DUBAI'S 3KM, 800 BERTH MARINA, THE NEW $8M MARINA AT THE PEARL SOUTH PACIFIC RESORT IS A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE COASTLINE OF FIJI'S MAIN ISLAND OF VITI LEVU.

Offering not only a haven for visiting yachts and super yachts, but also easy access to the abundance of water based activities in and around the world-renowned Beqa Lagoon. The attached resort, where most of the events will be held, features 4 categories of 4-star accommodation and boasts 5 restaurants, conveniently accommodating all tournament competitors in a central location, right outside their boats.

Previous tournaments have attracted high profile competitors from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and the United States with local entries from as far afield as Savusavu in the north and Denarau in the west. With interest extremely high, and with the record numbers of world class boats available in the country, this year, we expect to be well supported by local and International Anglers once again to this prestigious tournament.

The tournament will be held over 3 days and this year marks the first time the tournment is live-streamed to a social media audience through a combination of on-board action and Tow-Cam footage provided by FBC TV and live-action Facebook streaming to thousands of game-fishing enthusiasts around the world.

For more information please contact:

MR CLIFTON GOUGH
General Manager
Sunlover Marine
Pearl Marina
Pacific Harbour

Tel: (679) 7072000
Direct: (679) 9992000
Email: clifton@sunloverfiji.com
Contact

Mobile(679) 7072000/9992000


Pacific Angel: Operation Sees Schools Rebuilt, People Get Medical Treatment
Charles Chambers, Lautoka - Fiji Sun online
July 25, 2017

Pacific Angels 1

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.

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“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

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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Climate Change Is Everyone’s Responsibility: Baikeirewa
Josala Ralago, Savusavu - Fiji Sun online
July 22, 2017

Savusavu Carnival Hula Dancers
Baikeirewa

Losalini Baikeirewa says she continuously strives to be a woman of substance and that includes the embodiment of strong qualities that enables her to stand strong through the storms of life.

Linking this with climate change, the 22 year old Sawani, Naitasiri lass said as Fijians, Pacific Islanders and people on this globe, we should all work hand in hand to stop this rapidly changing weather conditions which have devastating effects not only on our neighboring countries but within our communities as well.

“We should try and make changes, fight against this and be pro-environment. Just like how we like to emanate positive vibes and be successful community members, our environment must also thrive, but it is unfortunate because we continue to pollute it,” Ms Baikeirewa said.

“Let’s preserve our environment and make a stand towards the fight against climate change,” she said.

Ms Baikeirewa will be representing the Savusavu Town Council in the Vodafone Hidden Paradise Savusavu Carnival.

Short background of yourself.

I am Losalini Watinacagilevu Baikeirewa, 22 years of age. I hail from the village of Sawani, Vuna, Naitasiri with maternal links to Daku, Tailevu and Qeleni, Wainikeli, Taveuni. I am the second eldest of four siblings and currently employed as the Health Inspector for Savusavu Town Council.

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU WERE APPROACHED TO BE A CONTESTANT?
At first I was reluctant but then I realised that this would be a good platform to develop and boost my self-esteem.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR ENTERING THIS YEAR’S CARNIVAL?
My motivation is to be an example to people around me that nothing grows in a comfort zone. So we need to get out of our comfort zone and show the world what our capabilities are.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE CARNIVAL?
I’m looking forward to seeing families and friends come together to enjoy what Vodafone Hidden Paradise Savusavu Carnival has in store. I am confident that the Vodafone Hidden Paradise Savusavu Carnival 2017 is going to be the best one yet.

HAS IT EVER CROSSED YOUR MIND WHILE GROWING UP THAT YOU WOULD ONE DAY BE A PART OF BEAUTY PAGEANT?
Yes. Seeing contestants vying for the crown in carnivals and taking the stage always challenges me that one day I would be like that too.

WHO IS YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION BY FAR? WHY?
My greatest inspiration is my mom. My mother is exactly who I want to be like in the future: kind, loving and a true epitome of a God-fearing woman. She’s an inspiration and a blessing for me and for others who know her.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS YEAR’S CARNIVAL?
Life lessons learnt through this journey and lifelong friendships with every memories cherished.

What are your favourites;

Quote: Never Let The Fear of Striking Out Keep You From Playing The Game.

Food: Ota In miti with Crab Meat

Song: Sinach – Way Maker (a Gospel song which speaks a lot to me)

Movie: Enough – Jeniffer Lopez

Guilty Pleasure: Watching Homecoming Surprises on Youtube.


Contestant Simpson Returns Home To Make A Difference
Josaia Ralago - Fiji Sun online 
July 21, 2017

Evelyn Simpson

Twenty three year old Evelyn Simpson has returned to her hometown to be in this year’s Miss Vodafone Savusavu Carnival.

Originally from Wainunu in Bua, the young and vibrant lass said she hoped to get the experience she needed from the carnival and most importantly, make a difference through the preservation of our environment.

Ms Simpson is a part time student at the Fiji National University pursuing a study in Tourism while being employed at the Gloria Jeans coffee shop at Tappoo City in Suva.

She will be representing the Public Service Commission.

What was your reaction when you were approached to be a contestant?

I was told by a good friend Manoj Lal. I actually thought he was trying to pull a stunt on me or something, but he said he was serious. I was caught off-guard at first and I was wondering why me? I then convinced myself that I could do it and that’s when I decided to take up the challenge. So here I am.

What was your motivation for entering this year’s Savusavu Carnival?

I am so lucky to have such a lovely family; I am the eldest of four siblings but was raised by my biological mom’s eldest brother Arthur Simpson and wife Mary Simpson.

I have always looked up to them as my parents. My family are my biggest motivation, they pushed me to keep going even though it isn’t easy being a contestant.

It may look royal and relaxing from others’ point of view but I had to work my bottom off to have a good outcome, with every speech, every presentation and places I visit.

I had to make a good impression for my sponsors the Public Service Commission. It is tiring but my family stood by me till now. And I’m so grateful.

What are you looking forward to at the festival?

I am looking forward to the unexpected talents that will be showcased on the different nights of the carnival by the queens.

It brings me jitters every time I think of the crowd! Hopefully I don’t get stage fright or anything embarrassing. And the different outfits that will be displayed as well. The excitement is building up right now!

Has it ever crossed your mind while growing up that you would one day be a part of beauty pageant?

It has never ever crossed my mind that I would enter a pageant, but I’m proud of myself for taking a step to be part one and the experience that it has to offer, for which I am blessed.

And I think my family will be proud of the outcome whether I walk away with the Miss Savusavu Crown or not.

Who is your greatest inspiration by far? Why?

My parents are my biggest inspirations, both my adoptive parents and biological mum, they’ve been supportive since day one and I’m so grateful i still have them close by

What would you like to take away from after this year’s festival?

I want to let Savusavu know that I’m not just a pretty face, I want them to know that I can help make this beautiful small town that we all love become a better place for us and our future generations to come.

What are your favourites?

Quote: I don’t have a special quote but I have a very special bible verse which is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I alone know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring you a future that you hope for”

Food: I love pizzas! But nothing beats mom’s home made curry dishes!

Song: I don’t exactly have a favorite song, but I listen to everything.

Movie: my favorite by far is THE LOST VALENTINE.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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Mulo’s Aim: Convince Public To Protect Environment
Josaia Ralago, Labasa July 20, 2017
Fiji Sun online

Lusiana Marilyn Mulo believes that if she can convince at least one person at the festival to protect the environment, then joining the pageant is worth it.

She is representing Shah Group of Companies during the five-day Miss Vodafone Savusavu Carnival which starts next Tuesday.

Growing up by the sea in Savusavu, Ms Mulo said the theme of the carnival – “Go Green: Stop Global Warming” – had hit home for her, which led to her participation in the carnival.

“We see it every day, it is an issue that affects us which we should do something about,” she said.

She is one of the five Queen contestants for the carnival.

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Who is Miss Shah Group of Companies Lusiana Marilyn Mulo?

Ms Mulo is 22, currently a law student at the University of the South Pacific, studying through distance and flexible learning (DFL) in Savusavu. She is the youngest of four children and originally from Natewa in Cakaudrove with maternal links to Nadivakarua, Kubulau in Bua.

She grew up in Savusavu and considers this opportunity as a way to give back to the community that built her.

What was your reaction when you were chosen to be a contestant?

I submitted my portfolio to the carnival committee and the sponsor picked my name from the list of names supplied to them.

As to my reaction, I was excited yet apprehensive. I knew that whatever it is I would agree to, I would have to make sure to see it through and that sort of scared me. The excitement was purely because of the fact that I was actually going to join a pageant.

What was your motivation for entering this year’s Savusavu Hidden Paradise Carnival?

A couple of people have been ‘hinting’ that I join the Savusavu Hidden Paradise Carnival and once I finally made up my mind to join- that was it.

However, it is an amazing space to bring attention to problems that affects our society and environment, particularly with this year’s theme. Knowing that I can help bring awareness of the effects of global warming and what the people of Savusavu can do to stop it—that’s become my motivation now.



What are you looking forward to at the festival?

Apart from the food and rides of course, I hope to see an increased awareness of the earth’s environmental problems among the people of Savusavu and what we can do individually to curb it.

Savusavu may not contribute much to the world’s overall carbon emission, but that won’t excuse us from being hit with the effects of global warming and climate change. Besides, we have our own eco-system that we are responsible for and if I can convince at least one person to care a little bit more about what we do to our local eco-system then the carnival is worth it.

Who Is Your Greatest Inspiration By Far? Why?

A lot of people inspire me every day: My parents for their humility and work ethics, my siblings for the way they tackle their problems, my aunts and uncles who effortlessly balance work, home life, social and religious obligations, Barack Obama for proving that diplomacy can help build bridges, Hillary Clinton for still believing in the goodness of people despite being dealt a hard blow.

What are your favorites?

Quote: ‘Sunshine all the time makes a desert’ – Arab Proverb

Food: Curry and Roti. Honestly I couldn’t care what kind of curry- as long as it’s with roti.

Song: ‘Read All About It’ by Emeli Sande

Movie: My favorite movie for all time would be the Harry Potter series but my current new favorites are Hidden Figures and Child 44.

Guilty Pleasure: Strong tea with milk and biscuits. You break the biscuits into the cup and before it gets too soft, you add powdered milk on top!

Compiled by Josaia Ralago


Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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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.

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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

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J. Hunter Pearls Fiji Selected As An Honouree For The JNA Awards 2017
SUNBIZ
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.


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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.


US Air Force, RFMF in health outreach
TALEBULA KATE - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Update: 4:20PM THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Ministry of Health will be conducting Health Services Outreach in Tavua and Savusavu as part of the Pacific Angel 2017 (PACANGEL 17).

Now entering its tenth year, PACANGEL ensures that the region's militaries are prepared to work together to address humanitarian crises.

PACANGEL 17 is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercise that includes general health, dental, optometry, pediatrics, and engineering programs, as well as various subject-matter expert exchanges.

A release by the U.S. Embassy says the United States and Fiji will conduct humanitarian assistance training and relief programs from July 16-24, 2017, as part of the PACANGEL 17 exercise.

Whereby the US and Fijian service members of the PACANGEL, along with representatives of several regional partner forces work together in partnership with local non-governmental organizations in providing humanitarian assistance to residents of Ba, Tavua, and Savusavu.

Approximately 65 members of the U.S. military will work with the RFMF, local non-governmental organizations, and civilian authorities, as well as personnel from Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and France.

The Health Services Outreach areas are as follows:

Tagitagi Sangam Primary School, Tavua - July 17-22, 2017

Naweni District School, Savusavu - July 21-22, 20177.


Savusavu Targets Green, Healthy, Clean: Smith
by Josua Ralago, SAVUSAVU - Fiji Sun online
July 12, 2017

The Vodafone Savusavu Carnival this year will focus on climate change with the theme “Go Green, Stop Global Warming.”

The carnival which would be held from July 25-29 was launched Monday night at the Namale Resort’s Wasawasa Centre at Savusavu.

While making his address during the launching, chief guest, Savusavu Tourism Association and Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Karl Smith said their town needed to maintain its ‘Go Green’ tradition.

“Savusavu needs to grow in a way that creates the most benefits for our people and ensuring that our town stays green, healthy and clean,” Mr Smith said.

“This is how we increase visitors into our region and town. This is how we create greater rewards for the people of Savusavu.”

Using Nadi Town as an example, he said the uncontrolled growth led to the town being a shadow of what it once was.

“Having said this one can only acknowledge with pride the initiative taken by Savusavu Town Council and the organising committee to not wait for Government who can only do so much and do not necessarily share our priorities,” Mr Smith said

“In my view, it is also time that the four entities – Savusavu Tourism Association, Chamber of Commerce, Savusavu Town Council and the carnival committee adopted a closer and more consultative relationship, prioritising, and harmonising strategies and plans to promote and market Savusavu.”

Five queens would be contesting for the crown. They are; Miss Savusavu Town Council Losalini Baikeirewa, Miss Public Service Commission Evelyn Simpson, Miss Shah Construction Group of Companies Lusiana Mulo, Miss Hot Springs Hotel Kirisitiana Uluwai and Miss Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Ofaine Maiyaro .

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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Carnival to Foster Unity
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE successful launch of the Hidden Paradise Vodafone Carnival 2017 is evidence of the greater things that can be achieved if people work together.

Savusavu Town special administrator Vijay Chand made the comment while addressing the people of Savusavu during the launch of the carnival on Monday night.

Mr Chand said the launch marked another milestone in the town's achievements and he lauded the work of the carnival's organising committee.

"Indeed Savusavu is a place to admire and the town's major strength is the idyllic location and the friendliness of the people," he said.

"Government is committed to seeing that Vanua Levu undergoes rapid expansion within a very short time.

"This year we have extended the carnival to five days for many things to co-exist, including the opportunity for investors to consider investing in the Hidden Paradise.

"The carnival is seen as an opportunity to facilitate large turnover of trading for business houses in Savusavu."

Mr Chand said the carnival was considered the necessary leverage for the much-needed economic opportunity that was crucial to put the town on a faster track.

As the chairperson of carnival's organising committee, Mr Chand said the event would begin on July 25 and everyone in Vanua Leu was welcome to be part of it.

Major sponsors Vodafone Fiji has given $15,000 for the carnival.


Carnival Queen Contestants

Five Vie for Carnival Crown
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WITH grace and glamour, the five contestants at this year's Hidden Paradise Vodafone Carnival presented themselves for the first time to members of the public in Savusavu.

Contestants were given time to introduce themselves to the public and speak on the various topics they will be advocating on during the five-day carnival based on the theme "Go Green-Stop Global Warming".

Introducing herself for the first time on Monday evening, Miss Public Service Commission, Evelyn Simpson urged people to reduce carbon footprints and address climate change.

The 23-year-old Savusavu native said she would advocate on women empowerment, women as mother nature.

"It is important for us to use our votes during the next election and tell our leaders that we know the truth about global warming," she said.

"You sitting here today are the last best home for planet earth."

Meanwhile, Miss Shah Construction Group of Companies Lusiana Malo, Miss Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji Ofaine Maiyaroi, Miss Savusavu Town Council Losalini Baikeirewa and Miss Hot Springs Hotel Kirisitina Uluwai also spoke eloquently on their topics during the carnival's launch.


Carnival Opening

Hidden Paradise Carnival Launch
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

THE business, civil service and various sectors within Savusavu Town officially launched the Hidden Paradise Vodafone Carnival 2017 on Monday.

The five contestants who will be vying for the pageant crown during the week-long event were treated to a night of fun and joy as they were hosted during the launch.

Savusavu Tourism Association chief executive officer Karl Smith thanked everyone who turned up at the event for their support. Guests were treated to exquisite dishes and lively entertainment.


Shane Bower welder and artist

Bower's Work in Demand
Monika Singh - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

CREATING an intricate piece of art from materials which would otherwise be discarded is an art in itself and Shane Bower has mastered this over the years and today his name has become quite popular among individuals and the corporate sector.

"I have been in business about 25 years but focused more on making sculptures and artistic gates when I moved to Savusavu in 1999," said Mr Bower.

Mr Bower was born and raised in Fiji's urban capital Suva City where he was introduced to the process of working with metal as a young apprentice at a boat building company.

Today he operates his business known as Shane Bower Metal Fiji which has been attracting followers on his Facebook page.

Information provided on Mr Bower says "combined with an industrious and innovative vision, Shane has become one of Fiji's most sought-after practising artists expertly working in large and small scale, copper and metal, for both private and corporate clientele."

At a glance of his work, one would see creatures and organisms mainly related to the ocean and the environment but Mr Bower has done several high profile projects for some huge corporate companies.

His recent project was the copper sun he created for Coca-Cola Amatil (Fiji) Ltd for their newly launched solar project.

Another famous creation of his is the school of dolphins hung suspended in the atrium of the Prouds flagship store in Nadi Town.

Through his various large-scale studies of sea creatures Mr Bower captures movement and grace in perfectly representational and individually unique works.

Custom-made wrought-iron gates offer both security and public / private beautification.

Often featuring carefully considered compositions of flora and fauna, the works are robust and timeless connecting seamlessly to their environment. In linear compositions, his designs are confident manifestations of symmetry and structure whilE more three-dimensional designs, including copper detailing, add depth and personality.

"As far as my sculptures are concerned, I am self-taught. A tutor came from Australia to do a sculpting course for a week at Fiji Institute of Technology which I attended.

"Her focus was on the use of 'used' materials such as bicycle chains, nuts, bolts etc. to make unusual sculptures. I didn't follow her line of teaching but it gave me the idea to develop my own style and make up my own designs," he said.

Mr Bower said his clientele were both corporate and individuals — with the ratio being probably half and half.

"I work according to the orders I receive but I also do sculptures for sale and these are displayed in the Art Gallery in Savusavu or on my Facebook page.

"I get quite a few enquiries from overseas customers — mainly in response to a post on my FB page," said Mr Bower.

Some of his creations such as a rose made of copper, reef cod sculptor, iguana and tuna sculptor are priced from $ 285 to $990 while his larger creations such as sliding gates and grille doors would cost about $995 to $8950.

In terms of creating employment Mr Bower has people who help him with cutting materials, sanding and so on but he does all the sculpting work himself.

A brief introduction of his work describes Mr Bower's intricate attention to detail and craftsmanship make for tactile, beautiful objects, ideal for homes and offices.

Mr Bower's Fijian takia series explore a full palette of warm copper hues from hot pink to smouldering oranges.

According to Mr Bower his figurative works, reflecting on everyday life in Fijian villages, embody a rich contrast between the subtleties of human movement realised in blackened, industrial metal.

He said from large-scale sculpture to decorative gates and home décor, his innovative signature style had come to represent high quality craftsmanship and a confident understanding of metal in all its forms.

Mr Bower's work has become very popular on Facebook and soon people would get the chance to see his work on display at an art exhibition next month.

"I am working with Waisiliva Gallery on this exhibition it's a collaboration with Alice Hill from Hot Glass Fiji based in the Coral Coast. We are working together on an exhibition where we are collaborating on several pieces but will also feature our own individual work. The exhibition will occur in August."


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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

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Handicraft show a first for Yaroi Village
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Thursday, June 29, 2017 

IN an effort to develop women in the vanua and district of Nasavusavu, the Soqosoqo Vakamarama of Nasavusavu organised its first handicraft show in Yaroi Village yesterday.

Women within the district raised funds to organise the show by catering at events and holding concerts at resorts within Savusavu Town.

Chairwoman of the fundraising committee Torika Uluiviti said seeing the two-day show start yesterday was overwhelming for more than 100 women in the district who were part of the event because it reminded them of the bigger things they could achieve through unity.

"The show is the brainchild of the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in Nasavusavu to showcase and expose the talents that women in this district have and it is funded independently by the committee," she said.

"Surprisingly, we had a lot of young talents that turned up to be part of the two-day event which ends tomorrow (today).

"This is the first show of its kind for the district and it will not be the last because we have seen how it has empowered women through the sharing of ideas and information."

Ms Uluiviti said the show was also a platform for women to share ideas on how to make money from what they produced at home.

"Each vendor paid a $50 fee to sell at the shed which will go towards funding next year's show."

On sale are mats, traditional iTaukei baskets, flowers and other handicraft for home decorations. The show was opened by non-government organisation Love in Action director Anne Simpson.


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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.


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Spirits Soar in Rain
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

THE rainy weather in Savusavu failed to dampen the spirits of several people on the final day of the Savusavu Crime Prevention Carnival last Saturday.

People flocked to Nakama Park to witness what was lined up for their entertainment.

Event organiser Munesh Prasad said they were looking forward to collecting $26,000 to purchase a CCTV system for Savusvau Town

Mr Prasad said they would look for other sources of funding from kind donors within the township if they did not collect the desired amount.

However, he said the turnout for the carnival was getting better every year.

Vendors at the carnival had mixed reactions, with some saying they had good sales and others just making enough.

Waivunia native Lia Baulawa said even though she did not make enough money, there was a lot of people at the carnival during the week.

The 62-year-old said she made enough money to pay off her expenses and save some in her bank account.

Amitesh Prakash and his son Lokesh from Naqere in Savusavu were busy making barbecue to sell at the event for some extra income.

Mr Prakash said they made good money at the week-long event and that he had not regretted having a stall this year.

He said stalls at the carnival cost about $500.

Staff of Beyond Limits Known also sold their signature jerseys with many people taking advantage of the low prices offered at the event.


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Savusavu Reigns
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.


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Miller thrives with weaving business
Filipe Naigulevu - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Thursday, June 15, 2017

ANNA Miller, a local artisan, still does what she loves doing best — weaving — at her old age and has developed a successful means of earning income.

The 75-year-old from Savusavu is a participant at the three-day Fiji National Women's Expo which commenced yesterday at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

Apart from her warm and bubbly personality, Ms Miller caught the attention of many at the event with her unique handicraft display of cushions made out of pandanus or voivoi.

According to her, this innovative idea was what she embedded into her talent of weaving and is earning a decent income from it.

"I love weaving, and I have been doing this for the past 25 years.

"But there are lots of mats and cushions that's covered in cloth, so I one day thought of making cushion covers out of voivoi," she said.

"I started by making one, but it wasn't too good. I started weaving mats, the traditionally big ones but now I am smart in doing this one.

"I supply to some hotels and most of them buy my cushions."

Ms Miller said she had started to get a few clients and orders for her unique cushions, some of which were gained just at the first day of the Fiji National Women's Expo yesterday.

Apart from cushions, Ms Miller also weaves lamp shades, baskets and traditional mats which she says had become a thriving business for her.

But don't be fooled by her old age and frail looks, the proud Savusavu artisan is still going strong with other daily activities such as fishing.

"I'm a fisher lady and I go fishing a lot but my talent is weaving," she said.

Ms Miller also hopes to gain more orders and connections to markets from the Fiji National Women's Expo which will end tomorrow.


Couple's duty of care
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Sunday, June 04, 2017

WITHOUT any form of assistance or sponsorship Neomai and Joeli Uluilakeba opened the doors of their home to about 40 youths who they look after.

Apart from her nine children, Vaturova native Neomai has taken it as her motherly role to look after the youths from her village who have nowhere else to stay.

Mrs Uluilakeba said the youths always visited her and her husband in Savusavu.

And many of them had chosen to stay back, refusing to return to the village," she said.

"In an effort to put food in the mouths of these youths my husband and I have started income generating projects using the talents that these youths have.

"Many of them sing so we have formed a small band known as the Breakers Band and because a few of our boys have rugby talents we have Breakers 7s rugby too which has been performing well in tournaments around the North.

"We all stay in our humble residence in Savusavu which houses my family and the youths."

Ms Uluilakeba said their Breakers Band was fortunate to be led by famous composer Lepani Tagicakibau who had volunteered to provide guidance for the youths.

"Hearing of our plight a kind American couple had bought one acre of land for us which is being farmed by the youths," she said.

"We are proud and grateful for the good Samaritans that we have met along the way.

"For as long as we live our home will be open to youths who have nowhere to turn to because we believe that they hold the keys to the future they just need guidance."


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Protecting our Fijian pearls
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE pearl industry is just a thin wedge of more things to come in terms of farming Fiji's seas.

In a world market where pearls are becoming overcommercialised, losing their true value by being easily accessible in every jewellery shop one steps into, pearl producers are striving to preserve the authenticity of the gem.

Since stamping their mark in the industry 18 years ago, J Hunter Pearls Fiji has become a brand that is portraying Fiji, its people and diverse cultures in the global front.

The company's owner and proud kai Savusavu, Justin Hunter, says protecting the authenticity of the Fijian pearls was something that had led them to develop few strategic partners around the world who had the exclusivity to sell the gems.

Authentic pearls

"J hunter Pearls Fiji does not just sell pearls to anyone and we never had, we have never done it in Fiji neither have we done it internationally," said Mr Hunter.

"We could sell it to anyone but we don't because we want to create relationships where people know our product and they know what our product represents to our people and our country.

"There is a need for people to know the story behind the production of these pearls, those involved and the fact that it comes from some of the most beautiful exotic places in the world," he said.

In order to achieve this, Mr Hunter said it was therefore important to develop strategic partners.

"This is one of the reasons that we had our international buyers recently in Savusavu to learn of the story that is part of the pearls," he said.

"We want people to know the story of the families, communities and people that are part of our production lines and what the pearls mean to them.

"Most importantly we want people to know about Fiji and everything that is Fijian."

Colours of Fiji

A feature of the J Hunter Pearls Fiji product that makes it peculiar is its vivid colours which have been drawing buyers and interest particularly in Northern Europe.

The company's office manager Odette Hazelman said pearls were graded from gem, which is the highest grade, to D which is the lowest grade.

Ms Hazelman said some of their most sought after colours included cranberries, chocolate, Fiji gold, pistachio aqua blues and greens, any of those colours that are vivid are known as Fiji colours.

"What we produce are different and natural and has been stamping its mark in the international market," she said.

"Eighty five per cent of our pearls we produce go to our exclusive dealers in Europe while 15 per cent remain back here for our local markets.

"We do not want a mass produce market like Tahiti but we want to keep ours in small volume."

Pearl farming as a reward for conservation

Mr Hunter said a lot had been said and done about the conservation of marine resources, adding that local people were not given a substitute to turn to for their livelihood.

"I would like to see the pearl industry grow, and we would gladly help if it is community- owned but I am willing to help those that do their bit," he said.

"Maybe one of these days the pearls would become recognised and maybe it would become the face of conservation based on limited production and relationship with nature because that is the way we deal with our customers.

"The difference between a commodity and a brand is learning to say 'No' and when you start to say no you begin to draw that attention towards the brand, Fiji which has such a name and image that we have to think of.

"We don't just use the name but create industries that represent sustainability and also environmental and social responsibility where we give fair returns to our people."

Tahiti as an opponent in the region

Tahiti as a mega producer of pearls poses no threat for the pearl industry in Fiji says Mr Hunter.

"This year they got a major downturn in production but Tahiti always had higher stocks then Fiji producing 18 tonnes of pearl a year while Fiji struggles to produce even 100 kilograms," he said.

"The Tahitians were given so much help and they produced so much but they never had to pay the price for their industry and they are not being very smart because they continue to produce too much for the market.

"We better be careful that our industry does not become a handout mentality."

Mr Hunter said for instance Australia produced a fraction of what Tahiti does but its pearls were valued at $100 million because it had a better quality over quantity.

"In the market it is rarity, exclusivity and beauty over mass production," he said.

"Tahiti currently produces 18 tonnes of pearl a year but their export value had dropped under $US100m ($F207m)."

The future

Mr Hunter will be attending the Couture Show in Las Vegas next week where the J Hunter Pearls Fiji would be displayed.

"I will be speaking at another similar show in Paris come June but I would like to ensure that our customers in Europe are taken care of," he said.

"We have markets in France, New York, Paris, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland and Norway.

"However these markets are managed by strategic partners who we continue to work with."


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Hunter Not Happy With Proposed Savusavu Jetty Expansion
by JOSAIA RALAGO - Fiji Sun online
May 24, 2017

The proposed plan to expand the Savusavu Jetty would be disastrous for the town’s tourism industry, says the Savusavu Tourism Association president Justin Hunter.

“We plead with our Government to understand and recognise that commercial shipping and tourism do not mix, and the demand for commercial shipping is in fact driven by visitor arrivals,” Mr Hunter said.

“In this case we hope people understand the need to keep our town green and visitor friendly.”

He said that this planned expansion would affect the set-up of the natural environment which was a major boost for their tourism economy.

“The expansion of Savusavu Jetty for commercial purposes in the middle of our scenic town would be a disaster for our tourism industry and greater community.”

He said those concerned must consider the long term implications and economic impact such a rash decision would have on the number one earner of foreign currency and jobs.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer John Hutchinson said the provision of an additional ramp for Roll On Roll Off (RORO) ferries through the planned expansion was under review following objections from recent stakeholders consultation.

“We anticipate that this would further increase economic and tourism activity in Savusavu and for Vanua Levu,” he said.

“However the FRA has received significant objections to the proposed upgrade from the Savusavu Town Council and a number of private property owners in the vicinity of the Jetty.”

These objections he said were focused on the expanded jetty; increased congestion through the township, in particular heavy vehicle movement; and concerns over the availability of parking near the jetty.

“The FRA needs to work through these objections and engage with all stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcomes.”

Mr Hutchinson said they had advertised the tender for the Detailed Design and Construction of Savusavu Jetty. They hope to start works later in the year.



Northern Europe pearl buyers visit Savusavu
LUKE RAWALAI - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Update: 6:36PM

A GROUP of pearl buyers from Northern Europe recently gathered in Savusavu on Vanua Levu to experience the story behind the production of the world renowned J Hunter Pearl Fiji's pearl products.

The group was hosted by the company owner, Justin Hunter, in Savusavu.

In an interview, Mr Hunter said international recognition of the pearl brand would not only benefit the company but other pearl producers and the tourism industry as a whole.

He said pearls produced in Savusavu were sold to selected partners in the Northern European market.

Maya Sulger Gold & Platin AG representatives from Switzerland Manuela Jharstorfer and Andreas Hoerschelman said something that made the company's products different from the rest of the pearls sold internationally was the colours of the pearls.

"As jewellers, we know the Fiji colours which are peculiar and stands out from the rest of the pearls, even the Tahitian ones because you can tell them apart," Mr Jharstorfer said.


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Vuadomo Villagers To Benefit From New Water Plan
by Water Authority of Fiji - Fiji SunOnline
May 17, 2017

Ninety-seven villagers of Vuadomo, outside Savusavu Town, in Vanua Levu will soon benefit from their rural water project that started on Monday.

The $145,421 project has been outsourced by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to Ariyan’s Contractors. It will take 12 weeks to complete the construction of a new dam, a new 45,460 litre tank, the laying of new mains, and the installation of air valves, standpipes and showers.

WAF chief executive officer Opetaia Ravai said the outsourcing model they were implementing empowers the community by paying the water committee for the village support required to undertake the works.

“This empowers the water committee to be responsible for ongoing maintenance and repairs, thus ensuring the longevity and sustainability of their village water supply system.

“Further, it builds the local capacity of contractors to undertake water supply construction work. For this project, the village water committee will receive $3125 as payment for the village assistance provided,” Mr Ravai said.

Vuadomo Water Committee chair Lemeki Matabogi, 57, said: “I am thankful that the water will be coming soon as this will boost our well-being and I am really thankful for this help from the Government through the Water Authority of Fiji.

A survey by WAF officials determined that the existing scheme, installed in the early 80s, was deteriorating and needed a full upgrade.

This, combined with intermittent dry spells and Vuadomo’s growing population, has meant that the water supply has not been sufficient to meet the demand.

“Once this project is completed, we will no longer have to rely on the creek. The current source of water we normally rely on is downstream and during the dry periods we have no water, but is a blessing if it rains,” Mr Matabogi said.

Verenica Serea, 46, said: “I have been living in Vuadomo Village for the past 29 years and we have been depending on rain water and water carting, especially when the system fails or the source dries up. This new water project will help us in our daily activities, especially for the women when we conduct our washing and daily chores.”

Mr Ravai said WAF would continue to implement works that ensure Fijians have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.

Source: Water Authority of Fiji

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Cheap Fares Now A Concern To Grace Shipping
by MAIKA BOLATIKI - Fiji SunOnline
May 17, 2017

The cheap fare from Taveuni to Natuvu is now a concern to Grace Shipping & Landlords.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun managing director and boat captain Sonia Thakur said that back in the 80’s her father started his bus service to cater for passengers from Taveuni to Natuvu jetty and then to Savusavu and Labasa. “The fares were $18 for adults and $15 for students,” she said.

According to Captain Thakur her dad started with a mini bus but now big buses are used with only $15 fare.

She said their fares were Taveuni jetty to Natuvu – $15, Taveuni to Savusavu – $25 (with direct bus) and Taveuni to Labasa – $35 (with direct bus).

According to Captain Thakur the fares were as low as $3 to $5.

“So where will our vessel the Taveuni Princess go? We can’t be catering for free or paying from my pocket,” she said.

Currently the route is serviced by Goundar Shipping Limited (GCL) vessel the Lomaiviti Princess IV and Suncity.

She suspects the two companies are trying to shut them down.

Managing director GCL George Goundar when asked to comment said – “What is the issue if she is complaining, please check January 11/2017 shipping news (Grace Shipping ready for Competition) Goundar Shipping is trying to improve shipping service. We do not believe in competition only but improving people day to day travel experience and service. We listen to our customer and try our best to provide a better service.”

The owner of Suncity from Valesea Village near Natuvu could not be reached for a comment.

Captain Thakur admitted that the owners of the two companies were rich and it was hard for her company to compete with them.

According to Capt Thakur her dad is one of the pioneers who started this route and bus, did not expect this and through his 55 years of service this was the first time he found this type businessman.

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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 ONLINE
Wednesday, 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.


Special Announcement from Surf 'n' Turf Restaurant
May 09, 2017

Starting this Sunday, May 14, which is Mother’s Day, Chef Vijen will now be open on Sundays for lunch and dinner. Lunch will be regular menu, but dinner will be a special 3-course dinner featuring your choice of roast pork or fresh fish, with a special starter and dessert for $35.

Plus, starting Thursday evening, May 18, Surf ‘n Turf will be featuring a fabulous sizzling seafood feast, all grilled fresh at your table. The Thursday seafood all-inclusive dinner includes:

· rock lobster
· king prawns
· soy, chili, and lime basted fish filet
· flipper lobster, and
· crab in sweet chili sauce

The Thursday dinner will also include soup, Caesar salad, jacket potato, garlic bread, and for dessert: banana flambe’ with rum raisin ice cream!
The cost is $70 per person.

Pre-booking is required by calling 885-3033.

Because Chef Vijen will now be open for lunch and dinner on Sunday, he will be closed after lunch service on Mondays and closed all day on Tuesdays.

Hope to see you at Surf ‘n Turf.
Denise


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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Cruise Ships Continue To Boost Our Economy
by JOSAIA RALAGO LABASA - Fiji Sun online
May 07

Five more cruise ships are expected to visit Savusavu Harbour for this year.

And these arrivals are expected to boost the economy of the Hidden Paradise town as it has done over the years.

“These cruise ships certainly provide a significant boost to our local economy and people. They are a direct source of foreign exchange for the people of Savusavu,” the Savusavu Tourism Association and Chamber of Commerce President Justin Hunter said.

“The sheer numbers of visitors provides a huge economic stimulus for our local vendors, retailers and tour guides and a significant boost to our transport sector who take many visitors on scenic trips around the greater Savusavu area.”

He said that they continued to try and attract more cruise ships to visit their town because of the economic benefits it entailed.

Alisi Ralava, a handicraft seller who has benefitted from these arrivals said this was a major income earner for her who came out to sell their products during these visits.

“Business is good and having to sell to the tourists is something we always look forward to,” Ms Ralava said.

“We are able to rake in a respectable amount from the arrivals of these cruise ships and that is why we make a point to set up our tents during these times.

“We recently had two ships over and we look forward to some more during the year.”

The first two arrive was the Paul Gauguin on April 26th followed by the Golden Princess on April 29th.

Mr Hunter said: “We appreciate any and all visitors who come and support our people and community.”

EDITED BY: SELITA BOLANAVANUA


Opening Soon in Savusavu

June Opening For $2m North Complex
by SHRATIKA NAIDU Labasa - Fiji SunOnline
May 01, 2017

A $2 million Samad Family shopping complex located in the heart of Savusavu Town will have its official opening in June.

It is an extension to the existing building which facilities the Bank South (BSP) Bank.

The owners are Irshad Samad and Ansari Samad, sons of the late Haji Abdul Samad, former Morris Hedstrom (MH) manager of Savusavu branch.

Irshad Samad said the bottom floor would have seven outlets while the first floor would have six outlets.

He said: “This week Value City has opened its clothing business in our complex and slowly other businesses such as money exchange, jewellery shop, beauty salon, food court, furniture shop, mobile phone outlet, optometrist and photoshop would open.”

“The double-storey complex in L-shape is equipped with safety features of 13.8mm glass which is a requirement for cyclone resistance.”

Mr Samad revealed that there was a delay in the full opening of the mall because they are waiting for Fiji Electricity Authority work to be done.

“This complex would create more than 50 job opportunities,” he said.

“Moreover, it will add a different value to the town of Hidden Paradise and bring lot of opportunities to the people of Cakaudrove in terms of shopping and relaxation.”

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Tourists enjoy Hidden Paradise
SERAFINA SILATOGA - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Update: 4:27PM SAVUSAVU was abuzz today as about 500 tourists arrived on her shores, providing many locals the opportunity to earn an income.

Stalls lined the streets of the town towards Copra Shed as women displayed elegant jewelry for the tourists.

A group of villagers from Vuadomo were in town to transport tourists to their well known water fall site.

Villager Sakiusa Cama said tourist's visit have made a difference in their village because income earned had helped them improve their livelihoods.

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'Pride' in new outlet
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji times ONLINE
Saturday, April 29, 2017

VALUE City SP Ltd opened is 13th outlet in Savusavu on Wednesday this week.

A statement from the company's managing director Vera Chute said they had pride in their latest outlet adding it would give members of the public in Savusavu easy access to quality affordable clothing.

Ms Chute said the company was looking at expanding within Fiji to serve their customers in remote areas.

"We are continually looking at expansion within Fiji," she said.

"So, yes there should confirmation and an announcement on more new outlets in the next few months.

"We are currently in the process of setting up our branch in Tavua and the opening date will be announced soon."

Ms Chute said their new outlet was easily accessible to the public as it was located upstairs of the Bank South Pacific.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide the residents of Savusavu and surrounding areas with affordable quality clothing and related products," she said.

"We strive to bring our customers the best, we also pride ourselves with our shop presentation and friendly helpful staff.

"The feedback from our Savusavu patrons has been very positive, which is encouraging."

Ms Chute said they were also looking forward to opening new outlets in areas such as Taveuni and Levuka in the near future.

Savusavu Chamber of Commerce president Justin Hunter officially opened the new outlet in Savusavu.


Airport plan for Labasa
Kalesi Mele - The Fiji Times Online
Monday, April 24, 2017

PLANS are afoot to have an international airport in Labasa.

This was revealed by Airports Fiji Limited communications officer Christopher Chand during the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry business forum at Tanoa Skylodge Hotel on Saturday.

He said there had been issues in trying to extend the runways in both the Savusavu and Labasa airports, hence the new development.

"For Savusavu and Labasa, the runway can't be extended any further because of the surroundings there and the landscapes," he said.

"So AFL is working closely with Fiji Airways and Fiji Link to find a suitable land in Vanua Levu that would be suitable for the new airport in the Northern Division."

He added the concept of having the international airport was currently in its initial stages.

"It's currently in its initial stages they are looking for land.

"Once they figure out where they can build a suitable airport they can cater for the needs of the tourism industry in Savusavu and the rest of the Northern Division."

At the moment, Fiji Link ATR42 aircraft cannot land at the Labasa and Savusavu airstrips.


AMA north office a boost for agriculture
Luisa Qiolevu - The Fiji Times Online
Friday, April 21, 2017

FARMERS in the Northern Division can now increase their productivity, income levels and livelihood after the opening of the new Agro-Marketing Authority (AMA) office in Savusavu yesterday.

Officiating at the opening of the new office, Assistant Minister for Agriculture Viam Pillay told farmers that plans were also progressing for the opening of another new AMA office in Dama, Bua, soon.

Mr Pillay said these were milestone developments which signified growth and progress of AMA, which was established by Government specifically to facilitate the purchase and sale of agro-produce for rural communities.

"I have been told that the Savusavu office will be the primary AMA collection centre for the whole of Vanua Levu operations," he said.

He said the office would bring a sense of permanence to the AMA in Savusavu and be the catalyst to encourage farmers and fishermen in the North to increase production and raise their income and livelihood.

"Please allow me to acknowledge the presence today of farmers and fishermen who supply produce to the AMA," he said.

"Let me state that having an established office alone may not suffice to enhancing income levels of our rural farmers and fishermen and meet our ever-increasing local and export market demands.

"The key is to maintain a consistent supply of high-quality agriculture and fisheries products."

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Marine reserves
Luke Rawalai - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

THE Ministry of Fisheries will soon gazette the Rainbow Reef in Taveuni and the Waivunia marine reserve in Cakaudrove for conservation purposes.

Known as the "Soft Coral Capital of the World", northern divisional fisheries officer Joji Vakawaletabua said work on gazetting Rainbow Reef began two weeks ago.

Mr Vakawaletabua said their survey team carried out earlier surveys on the reef and were progressing with another survey before finalising the gazetting of the world renowned dive site.

"The other project is the Waivunia marine reserve which is earmarked to be gazetted soon," he said.

"Currently the only gazetted marine area in Fiji is the Naiqoro Passage in Kadavu and the two identified would add to marine areas gazetted for conservation purposes.

"If the two reserves are successfully gazetted they would help us contribute to our plans to at least conserve 30 per cent of waters in Vanua Levu."

Mr Vakawaletabua said the communities identified the areas to be protected and the Government worked in gazetting the areas as official conservation sites.

"The community initiates the area's management plans," he said.

"It is a good idea because it benefits the community a lot and at the same time revives their marine ecosystem.

"The two sites will greatly benefit the tourism sites in the Cakaudrove province."


RADIO STATION BEEFS UP SIGNALS
Manasa Kalouniviti - The Fiji Times ONLINE
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

OUR goal is to have the strongest broadcast signals across Fiji and we are very close to achieving our objective, says Communications Fiji Ltd's (CFL) Ian Jackson.

The general manager of the South Pacific's largest commercial radio broadcaster made the comment in a South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) market announcement issued yesterday wherein the company confirmed it was doubling the transmission power of all of its five radio stations (Viti FM, FM96, Navtarang, Sargam and Legend FM) in the Northern Division.

CFL said they transmitted from two sites in the North with the Tabia transmission site covering the northern section of Vanua Levu from Nabouwalu to Udu Point with the site at Urata covering the southern coast, which includes Bua, the Savusavu area, and the Cakaudrove coast through to Taveuni and out to the Lomaiviti Group.

"Listeners in the North have been aware for some time that CFL stations provide the strongest, and in many cases the only, broadcast signals in this market," Mr Jackson said.

"But the nature of FM transmission means that there will always be weak spots. With the upgrades, listeners in areas around Labasa, along the north western and southern coasts of Vanua Levu and Taveuni will notice a significant difference."

CFL has invested more than $500,000 on the upgrade of its transmission network.

"We recognise that a lot of investment is taking place in the Northern Division and we wanted to respond by providing our listeners across Vanua Levu with the best possible service," Mr Jackson said.

The company said it had invested a similar amount on transmission upgrade work in 2016 after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.


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Calling all sailors! The Savusavu Yacht Club is kicking off its first annual Merlin match racing regatta on April 14th and 15th. It will consist of a series of elimination races on our two Merlins leading to the finals on Saturday on the 15th. The eliminations will begin on Friday the 14th. For those of you who are Club members and are interested in racing please call Steve Micskey (940-8616) to be put on the participants list. We ask for a $20 donation per boat to support the Juniors Sailing Program.

For you Yacht Club members who would rather watch than participate we are planning to have the start and the finish of the races in front of the Yacht Club. You can enjoy your favorite drinks and watch Savusavu’s finest sailors exhibit their talents.

Race details to follow.


SAVUSAVU YACHT CLUB. NEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2017
Box 262 Savusavu FIJI.
Email: coprashed@connect.com.fj
PH: 679 8850685

HOME TO FIJI’S TOP SAILORS and GREAT SOCIAL EVENTS.


The yachting season has started with the first overseas arrival for 2017.Welcome the Catamaran “Matau” with Captain Marcus Hill and crew. With the season upon us the Club will be ramping up its sailing and social activities.

All members are welcome to come along and enjoy our weekly nights:

Monday - Movies on the lawn. 
Wednesday - Movies on the lawn.
Friday - Live Super Rugby.
Saturday - Junior sailing and rugby.
Sunday - The band and B.B.Q. on the lawn.

Shortly you will be advised by email on your membership status and when your subs are due.

Don’t forget your membership entitles you to the bar facilities and meals on the club verandah and grass free of surcharge. Use of the Merlin yachts and soon to come four man paddling canoes with staff supervision. Movies and live sports on the Television. Your children’s participation in the Junior Sailing program. We value your membership and aim to continue with our high standards of behavior and dress.

We have added low alcohol and low carb beers to the bar for those of you watching your weight try Mac Vicious and Hahn Super dry and for the ladies Bottles of Churchill’s Chardonnay.

Copra Shed Yacht Club in Savusavu Fiji

We have a great group of junior sailors under the supervision of Naomi Waqalevu and Vili Ratulu. Juniors are welcome every Saturday at 9.00am.Naomi, Vili and Scott competed in the Oceanbridge Laser regatta in Auckland recently and Vili is off to Vanuatu to compete in the Emerging Nations program. We are aiming to have Naomi, Vili and Amanu Simpson competing in the World Youth Sailing Championships

in Lasers in China later in the year. This is their pathway to the 2020 Olympics qualification in Japan. Scott Bennett is off to Nadi to skipper a charter yacht, well done and good luck. Keep up your sailing at Vuda.

Savusavu Yacht Club will be hosting the Fiji National Sailing Championships for Lasers and Optimists on the 23rd June 2017 so please come along and meet the Suva sailors and support our kids.

We will notify you shortly of the upcoming A.G.M. and prize giving night for the sailors. Only Full members have voting rights. Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing all the members at the Club.

Geoff Taylor. Commodore.


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Fiji Sun
Avis Extend Services To Savusavu
by SHRATIKA NAIDU, LABASA
March 23, 2017
https://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/23/avis-extend-services-to-savusavu/

Avis, one of Fiji’s leading car rental companies serving both the leisure and business travellers, has now extended its services to Savusavu, Vanua Levu.

Recognising the growing market in Savusavu, Avis appointed Travel Industry veteran Edward Bower of Trip N Tour at the Copra Shed as agent.

Avis will now keep vehicles in Savusavu so anyone wanting a car can have immediate access.

Previously Savusavu was serviced from Labasa.

Savusavu Tourism Association executive committee member Delia Rothnie-Jones said with the growing tourism sector this partnership would foster a healthy relationship with the tourist resorts and Avis premium brand.

“As a further indication of their commitment to the market in Savusavu, they have joined the Savusavu Tourism Association,” Ms Rothnie-Jones said.

“We’re eager to build our membership as we try to establish as wide a possible engagement of all stakeholders in the industry, and Avis will be a valuable new member.”

Avis Fiji manager Evelyn Farouk said with locations on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu it has been operating in Fiji for nearly 40 years.

“With Nadi International Airport operating a 24 hours service, Avis is conveniently located close for your holiday or business needs,” Ms Farouk said.

“We carry the latest model Toyotas on our fleet to ensure our customers receive the highest quality vehicle available along with superior Avis customer service.”



EDITED BY: KATHRIN KRISHNA


Grace Shipping Taveuni Princess

Fiji Sun
Grace Shipping Boosts Services
by Maika Bolatiki, SUVA
March 15, 2017
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/15/grace-shipping-boosts-services/

Grace Prasad Shipping & Landlords new vessel, “The Return of Taveuni Princess II” is back on the Taveuni and Natuvu route.

The company chief executive officer (CEO) Captain Sonia Lata who also captains the new vessel said they had started their operation after a two week break.

“We took a break after the Lomaiviti Princess IV owned by Goundar Shipping Limited offered free trips for passengers using the route,” she said.

“I cannot afford to offer free trips.”

Now she said they had started not only with their new vessel but also with a new direct express bus to and from Natuvu (Buca Bay) Savusavu and Labasa.

She said the advantage they had on Goundar Shipping Limited was that their departure time never changed but for the Lomaiviti Princess IV to had to wait for all the vehicles to arrive before departure.

Because the departure never changed, the passengers from Taveuni to Labasa arrived at the Babasiga Town at 1.30pm.

Captain Lata said for the company, their service to the passengers was vital.

Everyday their vessel leaves Taveuni’s ‘Korean Wharf’ at 8am (boarding at 7.30am) and arrives at Natuvu on Vanua Levu at 9am. It returns to Taveuni at 9.30am. Express buses leave Labasa (bus/ferry ticket $35) at 4.30am and Savusavu (bus/ferry ticket $25) at 7am and arrive at Natuvu with plenty of time before the ferry departs.

To purchase tickets in Savusavu, buy tickets at Ravin’s (hole in the wall restaurant on the main drag); in Labasa, get them at the Gifts & Fashion shop on Nasekula Rd.

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Kids Sailing class Savusavu

Fiji Sun
Club conducts sailing classes
by SHRATIKA NAIDU , SAVUSAVU
March 14, 2017
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/14/club-conducts-sailing-classes/

The Savusavu Junior Sailing Club is continuously conducting sailing classes every Saturday. The club confirmed to SUNsports yesterday that they have been accommodating 20 sailors every week.

Savusavu Junior Sailing Club manager and coach, Geoff Taylor said the club sails Lasers and Optimist dinghies along with a number of Savusavu sailors have represented Fiji to the Pacific and Olympic Games as well.

“I have been coaching close to 30 years with the aim to bring up more sailors. The club has the best facilities in Fiji and also provides the best training. The junior sailors are locals and the classes are from 9.30am to 3pm.”

Taylor said one of our finest sailors, Viliame Ratulu, a Year 12 student, is preparing for a sailing competition which will be held in Vanuatu during the long Easter weekend.

“We have been sending our sailors for overseas competition and for this we always raise funds.

“We are thankful to the people of Savusavu and business communities for their support. We hope more people would come forward to assist these sailors live their dream.”

The Savusavu Yacht Club was inaugurated in 1990 and has won the majority of national sailing championships since its inception.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

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Shopfitting Fiji

Fiji Sun
Shopfitting (Fiji) Invests In Two More Outlets Worth Over $200K
by Waisea Nasokia, NADI
March 12, 2017
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/12/shopfitting-fiji-invests-in-two-more-outlets-worth-over-200k/
The ever-growing climate of high-end construction industries in the countries has prompted Shopfitting (Fiji) Limited to open two more outlets.

The cabinet maker’s hardware will invest over $200,000 with outlets in Savusavu, and Sigatoka.

Managing Director Rakesh Chand said: “In Savusavu we are looking at opening in three months’ time and after that we are looking at six months’ time to open in Sigatoka,” Mr Chand said.

“Just for the fit out of the shop we are looking at $100,000 for each shop and then on top of that will be the stock. Fijian economy is definitely growing as the Governor of the Reserve Bank announce last week so that’s what we are doing.

“Savusavu is really growing there are a lot of construction industries, hotels, also a lot of commercial building. Savusavu is another best attraction for the tourists in Fiji that is why we are investing there.

“Our company is more commercial and residential hardware. The same can be said about Sigatoka because the coral coast has a lot of hotels and tourist attractions.”



Metabo products

Shopfitting (Fiji) Limited will bring in the latest technology and efficient machines for their local contractors that will last long and make their work easier.
“Metabo is a German product and the very latest technology in Fiji and we are very proud to associate with them.”
Metabo Products Queensland export sales manager Nick Stewart said:“We only make tools to suit the industrial market in the engineering and construction.”
He said over 80 per cent of their products are made in Germany.

“We are really excited about being in Fiji and to launch our partnership with Shopfitting’s. We’ve been looking for partnership for a while and we are happy for that,” said Mr Stewart.

“We do quite a lot of business in Papua New Guinea and now in Fiji we’re looking into expanding it into other pacific market.”
Metabo export office is based in Queensland, Australia with their head office in Melbourne.



About Shopfitting (Fiji) Limited
The company was founded in 1998 by Mr Chand.
The company initially started off with two staff but now they have 47 staff with branches:Nadi, Lautoka and Suva.

EDITED BY: KATHRIN KRISHNA
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Gene Calvert and Fiji Kids cleaning up beach

Clean-up at famous picnic spot
Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Fiji Times Online

Rotary Club beach clean up first load of garbage. Picture 
PEOPLE living at Waivunia in Savusavu took time off their busy schedule to organise a clean-up at Devodara beach over the weekend.

Famous for being a picnic and drinking spot, the exercise was conducted by the Rotary Club in Savusavu in conjunction with the Fiji National
Clean-up Campaign to foster the idea of having clean environment among people in the area.

Organiser Gene Calvert said the team was able to enlist the support of the Savusavu Town Council which sent a truck to transport the 15 bags of
rubbish to the dump for them.

Mr Calvert said they were also able to recycle more than 500 beer bottles during the drive.

"Eight enthusiastic kids from nearby Waivunia Village helped alongside members of our club and other neighbours," he said.

"We all had a good time and brought awareness through education and participation that rubbish, especially plastic, batteries, and styrofoam is
poisonous to our environment, our precious resources of drinking water and ocean.

"These days, with so much plastic floating around, when we eat fish we are eating toxic plastic which the fish have absorbed into their bodies."
Mr Calvert said the beach looked much nicer now.

"The good news is that the oceans and sea life will recover to their natural vibrant health," he said.
"But first we need to stop inputting the toxins into the environment.

"We will be having more cleanup events in the future and members of the public are more than welcome to be part of our drive."


Northern Air

Fiji Sun
Northern Air Plans Savusavu Flight Daily
by Shratika Naidu, LABASA
March 10, 2017
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/10/northern-air-plans-savusavu-flight-daily/

Domestic airline, Northern Air, will soon be making daily flights to Savusavu, a change from the usual twice weekly flights to the Hidden Paradise.

This is possible with the successful test landing of Northern Air’s new 20-seater Bandeirante, at the Savusavu airport yesterday.

“With the arrival of the new aircraft, there will be more frequency, more hotel rooms will be filled, more competition and more support towards development especially the infrastructure,” Northern Air chief executive Captain Rainjesh San said

Services into Savusavu with the fast turboprop Bandeirante are expected to start next month.

Savusavu is also served by Fiji Link, using 19-seat Twin Otters and non-scheduled operator Island Hoppers (from Nadi) using single engine PAC P-750 aircraft.

He said: “Northern Air believes in localisation, providing better service and working together as a team. To the people of Savusavu we would like to say please use us, keep it rolling as we have planned to invest in bigger aircraft.”

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea said he was happy to see Northern Air extend its services to the people of Savusavu.

“The people of Savusavu for a long time have been requesting for more flights and with the arrival of another flight, it would solve many problems,” Mr Vocea said.

“I don’t see this as a competition, as long as we have improved transportation service delivery that brings benefit to a larger community.”

Savusavu Tourism Association executive committee member, Delia Rothnie-Jones, said they very much welcomed the new flight.

“Our president, Justin Hunter, for so many years, has been working very hard to get improved air transportation access,” Ms Rothnie-Jones said.

Captain San also showed commitment in persuading Government to extend the Savusavu Airport runway.

“My team and I will work together with Savusavu Tourism Association and the Savusavu citizens in making and persuading the Government to extend 90 metres of runway.”

Captain San said the runway development would give the airline more flexibility to uplift and maximise the load during takeoff.

“We would like to thank the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji, for whatever they have done in their capacity to allow us to come to prove ourselves as a proving flight for Northern Air,” he said.

The flight schedules, Captain San said, would be advertised later on.

The company started operation in 2007 and has nine aircraft and 50 employees.

EDITED BY: IVAMERE NATARO

Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

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Savusavu's newest $1.5m station
Total Fiji
The Fiji Times Online
Thursday, March 09, 2017

Total Fiji officially opened its new service station in Savusavu built to the highest international and European standards.

Total Fiji managing director Martin McCarthy, VP retail Naveen Makheja, VP commercial Epironi Tulele, regional officials and media
representatives, chief guest Minister for Industry, Trade & Tourism Faiyaz Koya were also present.

The move was yet another landmark for Savusavu Town to have its first ever $1.5m service station and it opened more job opportunities for
residents.

Guests and stakeholders appreciated the uniqueness of the Total network's newest service station in Savusavu, with its large surface and the
variety services offered.

Like all Total service stations, Total Fiji respects the environment.

This commitment is shown by standard features such as double-walled fuel tanks and pipes for environmental protection, oil and water
separation facility in our drainage system, and the LED lighting that reduces energy consumption by 80 per cent.

Total Savusavu service station is sure to make a difference.

The opening brings to 28 the numbers of Total service stations in Fiji.

About Total in Fiji
Total (Fiji) Limited is engaged in retail service stations, commercial and bulk fuels, marine activities, and lubricants. Total (Fiji) Ltd owns six storage facilities in Fiji with the main terminals located at Walu Bay and Rodwell Rd in Suva and Vuda Point in Lautoka. For more information please visit www.total.com.fj.
About Total
Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world's second-ranked solar
energy operator with SunPower. Our 96,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and
accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.


$100M five star resort at Nawi Island in Savusavu to create over 400 jobs
Nawi Island Resort

By Nirupa Siwan and Feroz Mohammed
fijivillage.com  Saturday 04/03/2017

A $100 million five star resort at Nawi Island in Savusavu will create more than four hundred job opportunities which is scheduled to be completed within the next two years.

Project Manager Paul McDonnell says this project will give opportunity to local people to increase their trade skills and enhance their knowledge.

McDonnell says the marina will be a world class facility where large yacht services will be provided to yacht owners and crew.

He adds the construction on marina is expected to be operational in another nine months.

He says more than four hundred yachts visit the shores of Savusavu every year.

The project manager stresses that some of the biggest challenges that they face in meeting their daily deadlines are road conditions, lack of power supply, water and weather.

The project will include 150 beds, 27 sweep yacht walls and a 6 kilometer sweeping way from Savusavu Town.

McDonnell stresses there will be similar tourist movement in the Northern Division as in other parts of Fiji.




Savusavu Airport Upgrade Awaits Final Outcome

Fiji Times Online, Filipe Naigulevu
Friday, March 03, 2017

UPGRADE plans to the Labasa and Savusavu airports will largely depend on the final outcome of an alternative airport in Vanua Levu.

Airports Fiji Ltd executive chairman Faiz Khan said this to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs yesterday.

Mr Khan said they had given two alternatives to Government of a new airport in Vanua Levu.

"I am sure they will have wise consultations on that," he said.

Because of that, Mr Khan said improvements on the two existing airports were "sort of a bit on the backfoot".

He said the possibility of night landing would not just change by the installation of lights.

"There has to be a willingness by the airlines to fly at night into Labasa then we can make the decision," he said.



‘Yachties Rake In $38m A Year’
Nawi Island landing



by JOSAIA RALAGO, NAWI ISLAND, CAKAUDROVE
March 02
http://fijisun.com.fj/2017/03/02/yachties-rake-in-38m-a-year/

The yachting industry rakes in $38 million a year in revenue, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has been told.

And there are plans to make the Fijian yachting industry by far the largest in the region.

The further development of Savusavu as a destination for cruising yachts complements major marinas in Vuda, Musket Cove and Port Denarau.

Yacht Help Fiji’s managing director David Jamieson, who made the remarks yesterday, said that the completion of the Nawi Island Marina, close to Savusavu Town, would enhance these plans.

He said the marina itself would be able to rake in a decent amount of income.

Mr Bainimarama visited the island during his Northern Division tour. Mr Jamieson said: “What is interesting is that yachters spend most of that money in the hardware stores, supermarkets, hotels and the bars and 95 per cent of the money stays in Fiji.

“They are spending money in the outer islands too where there is no tourism.”

He added that the opening of more marinas would lead to an increase in the number of yachts coming into the country.

Mr Jamieson told Mr Bainimarama they planned to make Fiji the largest multi-million dollar yachting industry in the South Pacific.

“We are ahead of the game,” he added.

Nawi Island Limited managing director Mike Gann said they were looking forward to the next 90 days for the construction of their resort and shipyard.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj


Dayaram's Mall Savusavu Fiji

Fiji Sun
7M Dayaram Mall to open in 14 months in Savusavu
by Josaia Ralogo, SAVUSAVU
August 16
http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/08/16/7m-dayaram-mall-to-open-in-14-months-in-savusavu/



The people of Savusavu will be able to access their first shopping mall within 14 months.

This was confirmed by the SJ Dayaram Shopping Complex Managing Director, Umesh Dayaram who said this shopping mall would boost activity in the tourist town.

“Works have already started and we have been told by our contractors that they expect to finish in 14 months,” Mr Dayaram said.

The contractor also mentioned that if the project gets delayed due to any reason, it would only take 18 months and not more than that.

“Worse come to worse than it would be done in 18 months, but they are working really hard to finish on time,” he said.

“We are so looking forward to this structure as it is expected to not only boost economic activity for us but for the town.”

He explained that the four story building would make shopping a whole lot easier for the people as the complex would enable them to purchase most of their goods under one roof.

“People would not have to travel to Labasa or Suva to have access to a shopping mall,” Mr Dayaram said.

“They would also be able to grab most of what they need under one roof without much hassle.”

He said the complex was also expected to provide jobs for 200 individuals.

“This complex will accommodate about 20 shops so this is also an opportunity for the unemployed to find work,” Mr Dayaram said.

Mr Dayaram,who manages the SJ Dayaram and Company Limited store that has been operating in Savusavu for more than five decades, said the people of Savusavu were a priority to him.

“Our convenient store had started off as a textiles shop and over the years, it has evolved into a supermarket that most people turn to.

“The people of Savusavu have been a pushing factor to our success for all those years that we have been servicing them and this complex is for them as well.”

The building is to sit in the heart of Savusavu town.



Edited by: KATHRIN KRISHNA

Feedback: josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj


Animals Fiji Outreach - Savusavu Clinic UPDATE

Ni Sa Bula Animals Fiji Supporters, Animal Lovers and Customers in Savusavu,

The following brings you up to date with all the progress since our last e-blast.

Outlined below are the next set of updates:
· Schedule and contacts
· Change of guard– Outreach Veterinarian
· Hopes for a new air conditioning unit
· Searching for a spare mattress
· Vinakavaka Levu!
· Assisting ​Animals Fiji ​Outreac​h

Schedule and contacts:
Our schedule spans from Monday to Saturday every month as follows:
1st week of the month – Savusavu
2nd week – Labasa
3rd week – Taveuni

Due to the movement of our team and other resources, this is an appointment only clinic unless it is a life or death emergency.

To make an appointment, enquire of exact dates/venue or obtain advise over the phone while the team is attending clinic at another location, kindly call 998-6253, the Animals Fiji Outreach Line.

This month, we are in Savusavu from 6th to 11th February
Labasa from the 13th to the 18th February and
Taveuni from the 20th to the 25th.

Savusavu Clinic Physical Address

Savusavu Marina across from the Savusavu Police Post on the main road


Change of guard – Outreach Veterinarian
After 6 months as an Animals Fiji Nadi Clinic & Animals Fiji Outreach Veterinarian, Dr. Alex Buonpane will be returning home at the end of March 2017 and Dr. Rita Assuncao will be taking over her responsibilities up North and in Taveuni.

Dr. Rita is a newly graduated veterinarian from Portugal and will be the Outreach Veterinarian until the beginning of July.


Hopes for a new air- conditioning unit
We are now well into the cyclone season and with the hot and humid weather comes an unwelcomed build up of heat within our little clinic at the Savusavu Marina that has caused our team discomfort.

We are currently searching for a new air conditioning unit and we're hoping you all will be happy to donate a little bit so that we would be able to continue serving you and your animals, cool and collected instead of hot and bothered!

If anyone has any questions on how you're able to contribute, please call Brenda on 9986253.


Searching for a spare mattress
Since the arrival of our new Outreach veterinarian, Rita, and our Outreach assistant, Luisa, we have been finding temporary sleeping solutions to cater for both of them. If anyone has a spare mattress they aren't using and would like to donate please contact Brenda again on 9986253. Thank you in advance for your help and support!


Vinaka- vaka- levu!
We are extremely grateful to each and every one of you all who has helped make our Animals Fiji Outreach clinics what it is today through using our services, donating and supporting us every step of the way. THANK YOU!


Assisting Animals Fiji Outreach
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
· Bleach
· Washing powder
· Laundry baskets with lids
· Cleaning products
· Paper towels
· Garbage bags

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 - Charity Reg # 889) 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.

We look forward to your continued support and thank you in advance!

Vinaka and kind regards

Brenda Fenton
Outreach Manager
Mob: 9986 253

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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
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Email: info@animalsfiji.org


New TOTAL Service Station in Savusavu

From the Fiji Times ONLINE: 25 February 2017

ABOUT $1.5 million worth new TOTAL (Fiji) Limited service station opened at Yaroi, Savusavu, yesterday is expected to boost tourism and the economy in Savusavu.

Speaking during the opening of the new station, TOTAL Fiji managing director Martin McCarthy said their 28th fuel station opened in Savusavu would provide employment for close to 20 people with the station expected to have a ripple effect on tourism in the town .

Mr McCarthy said their company was intent in introducing cleaner fuels to members of the public.

"At the moment Fiji currently uses standard 2 and 3 Euro fuels, but with the gazetting of the standard 5 Euro fuels we are keen on distributing cleaner fuels to the people of this nation, he said.

"We are happy with these developments and we will extend our stations to cater for these cleaner fuels once they reach our shores.

"The new fuel contains 10 parts per million of sulphur compared with the current standard which contains 500 parts per million of sulphur and nitrogen dioxide. "

Mr McCarthy said as part of their corporate responsibility they had a lot of projects around the country.

"We are currently organising road safety awareness programs in schools around the country with our objective to introduce road safety to Fijians at a younger age, he said.

"The company is also involved in the distribution of TOTAL rubbish bins around the country and we will be doing this in Savusavu too.

"The effort complements tourism in Savusavu Town and will foster a cleaner environment for our tourist and visitors."

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya officiated at the opening of the service station and then toured the complex.


Another 5 North Stops for the Prime Minister

From the Fiji Times ONLINE: 27 February 2017

THE Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama continues with his Northern Division tour tomorrow and is set to visit five more locations.

Members of the public from Savusavu who have had their application for Small and Micro-Enterprise grant approved will be receiving their cheques from the PM tomorrow at the Foreshore carpark in Savusavu.

The PM is also schedule to open the new iTaukei Lands and Trust Board office in Savusavu.

He will also be opening the Navakaka village evacuation centre in Cakaudrove, and will be handing over a boat and engine to villagers of Naweni in Savusavu.

His last official assignment will be visiting Nawi Island for its orientation.