Mana Coffee

Grab a cuppa with Mana Coffee

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A new grab-and-go cafe, Mana Coffee, has opened on the ground floor of ANZ House at the capital’s bustling Victoria Parade, targeting busy working professionals in downtown Suva. “We’re thrilled to now be located in the heart of Suva, where the coffee culture is truly alive,” Mue Bentley Fisher, Co-Director of Mana Coffee said. The […]

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ANZ Fiji Tourism Awards

Nominees announced for Fiji Tourism Awards

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The 55 nominees for the Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards 2022 have been announced ahead of the nation’s tourism awards gala night late next month. The theme of the event is “Celebrating Resilience and Recovery in Tourism” and ties in with the judges’ view that the finalists are a diverse and balanced group, all worthy […]

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Digital Land of Games Photo Exhibition

Entering the ‘Digital Land of Games’

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti A sports photography exhibition currently on show in Suva, The Digital Land of Games, pays homage to the various landscapes that sports touch. The exhibition, which you can see at the Alliance Francaise, is a crossroads between sports and culture, and also serves as a prelude to the Olympic Games, to be […]

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Dr. Katrina Iggleston

Bringing Fiji’s Museum closer to young people

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Fiji’s newly re-opened museum is focusing on bringing young people closer to its collection through a pioneering workshop programme called museums, objects, and culture. The Fiji Museum’s Head of Special Projects, Dr. Katrina Iggleston, says the workshop looks into how youth can be more empowered and engaged in a museum setting, in […]

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TEDxSuva

Nadi to welcome a ‘meeting of the minds’

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“In opening minds to different ideas, different perspectives, different ways of seeing life, then we create more possibilities for greater understanding, a mentally healthier community in many ways,” says Kitiana Chute, co-organiser of TEDxNadi. Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally-organised events around the world that bring communities together to share experiences. TEDxNadi […]

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Rise Beyond the Reef

Resort supports income for rural communities

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InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Rise Beyond the Reef have partnered to further support income generation for rural communities in Fiji. Lachlan Walker, IHG’s Area General South Pacific, says the partnership allows the resort to make a positive impact in the lives of indigenous artisans across the country, while allowing visitors to build a deeper […]

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Fiji Airways

New baggage policy to offer more convenience

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A new “piece based baggage policy” adopted by Fiji Airways will offer guests more convenient travel with less bulky luggage. The national carrier is moving away from the weight based policy for Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands to enhance the experience for guests and to make baggage handling easier for them. […]

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USP Visual Project

Duo stamps mark with innovative project

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Two Fiji university students have launched an innovative project to provide better aid to the visually impaired. The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Shahil Prasad and Salveen Deo garnered praise from lecturers and students alike for their assistive device that can detect objects and computes the details to produce an audio text output that […]

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Paea Nawaqatabu

Nawaqatabu shares her love of language

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Fijian polyglot, Paea Nawaqatabu is looking to publish a new Japanese language book for Pacific Islanders. Learning a new language can be quite a task, so the 27-year-old college student wants to ease the load by making a short, introductory guide. “As an islander, I struggled learning (Japanese) the first time because I wasn’t a […]

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Reverend James Bhagwan

Paddling Reverend creates global ripples

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Writer: Anendra Singh Mother Earth speaks volumes when it comes to defining life, but the Reverend James Shri Bhagwan believes a more universal dialect does that better. In trying to put global existence on its axis from a Pacific Island perspective, Reverend Bhagwan goes deeper to elevate Mother Ocean’s role as the planet’s life source. […]

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Coral Coast 7s

Coral Coast 7s returns

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Fiji’s CORAL COAST SEVENS returns after a two-year absence in 2023 with a strong line up, a big name ambassador, and renewed financial support. The 11 year old tournament which gathers premium Fijian rugby talent in one place for the benefit of Fiji Rugby selectors, was postponed due to COVID. The tournament will field an […]

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Pacific Island Food Revolution

Pacific Island Food Revolution Season 3 underway

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The third season of a popular South Pacific cooking show is set to be released in early 2023. With over 5 million weekly television viewers, Pacific Island Food Revolution is screened in 12 Pacific Island countries. PIFR chair and co-host Robert Oliver says production for Season 3 took three weeks, with five participating countries – […]

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Suva - A History and Guide by Rob Kay and the late Albert Schutz

First Suva guidebook revamped

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After 44 years, Fiji’s first guidebook on its capital city, Suva, returns with a revamped version. The authors of Suva – A History and Guide have expanded coverage to over 200 pages. This includes detailed information on neighborhood attractions, restaurants, cafes, shopping, heritage buildings and Suva’s flourishing cultural and nightlife scenes. The new edition features […]

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Port Denarau Marina

Superyachts to flock to South Pacific

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A significant number of superyachts will visit the South Pacific over the next two years, says Cynthia Rasch, director of Port Denarau, Fiji’s award-winning marina. Port Denarau Marina and Tourism Fiji attended the world’s premier Yacht Show in Monaco late September which drew around 35,000 guests featuring more than 450 top luxury yacht brands and […]

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Toorak Central

Toorak Neighbourhood Guide

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The opening of Toorak Central in an historic part of Suva has bought fresh attention to the changing neighbourhood. Once known as the place to procure after-midnight longnecks and steak and egg (or curry and cassava) fry-ups from the infamous Sunia Cama’s, it is now attracting a new style of retailer. Bordered by the Colonial […]

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Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways honoured at 2022 World Airline Awards

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Fiji Airways took home the award for Best Airline Staff Service – Australia & Pacific at the World Airline Awards, held September 23 in London. It is the second time passengers have chosen Fiji Airways for this top prize. The airline also won the award in 2019. The award assess all frontline service contact points […]

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US Pacific Fleet Band Quintet

U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Quintet Performs Concerts in Fiji   

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The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band’s woodwind quintet Tradewinds will perform a series of concerts in Suva and on Vanua Levu from September 14 – 21 in support of ongoing cultural exchange between the United States and Fiji.  The musical ensemble, which serves under the United States Pacific Fleet, will hold public concerts on Thursday, September […]

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Pacific tourism workers resilient in adversity

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Pacific researchers assessing the wellbeing of tourism-reliant communities in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands amid the COVID-19 pandemic have found these communities are mainly resilient in the face of adversity. Professor Regina Scheyvens and Dr Apisalome Movono’s ongoing study “Measuring the Well-being of Tourism-Reliant Communities in the South Pacific during the COVID-19 pandemic” […]

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Vunilagi Book Club

Near horizons: Vunilagi’s community literacy efforts

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By Samantha Magick “Our children are valuable and we have the responsibility to ensure that they are educated;  that they have the basic needs to go through school.” That’s the firmly-held belief of Vunilagi Book Club founder Mariana Waqa, who for four years has worked with a group of volunteers to bring high-quality books and […]

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They-Said-Lala

Collected conversations: Iliesa Samu’s ‘They Said’

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By Iliesa Tora First it was Sandalwood Blood. Now it’s They Said. Two books in a space of seven years, authored by a Fijian in Tonga, Iliesa Samu Lala. Now 72 years old, the almost-7-foot giant of a man’s recent work, They Said, collects discussions and conversations he recorded over the years as he travelled the globe. These […]

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Mia Kami

Mia Kami: Harnessing the power of music to decolonise the mind

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By Rowena Singh “Performing is more than just me standing up and singing a song in front of people; it is a chance for me to share a vision and a mission,” says Tonga’s Mia Kami. Kami’s original songs are full of meaning, delivered in her warm, effortless voice. A student at the University of […]

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Kokomana

From tree to bar to table

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By Samisoni Pareti and Samantha Magick Kokomana is a small artisan ‘tree-to-bar’ chocolate maker and social enterprise run by Richard and Anne Markham in Savusavu, northern Fiji. The operation produces about 100 bars of high-quality chocolate bars—almost entirely by hand—each week, using cocoa beans from communities, particularly around Natewa Bay (including from Ana and Manoa […]

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Mausio Fiji Fashion

Mausio honoured for progressive fashion business

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By Leila Parina “I am excited and humbled as well to be part of the whole experience and the industry as well,” said Michael Mausio after winning the “Progressive Development in a Fashion Business” category at the Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) Awards. Although he has been nominated before, this was Mausio’s first win at the […]

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Sabeto Zipline

TikTok Stardom: Prasad showcases Fiji

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Fijian internet sensation Shaheel Shermont Prasad will be strutting his stuff in various tourism hotspots in and around Nadi, showcasing Fiji’s beauty and outlining various tourism experiences, says Tourism Fiji. Shermont captured the attention of the world, when his videos, showing him emulating high fashion parades while barefoot, and adorned with inanimate objects such as […]

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