What’s new Fiji Travellers? News for those who surf, shop and stay

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Surf’s UpThe elite World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour is back in Fiji. The grand event will see the top surfers in the world return to Cloudbreak, a well-known spot for perfect waves near Tavarua Island. It will be the last event to help decide the WSL Final 5, ahead of the one-day WSL Finals […]

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Sugarose collection

Sugarose shines at Fiji Fashion Week

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By Ben Wheeler Sitting in the darkness at the final night of the Fiji Fashion Week, having already seen several designers parade their collections up, down, and all around the catwalk, I take a moment… I am enjoying this far more than I thought I would. Perhaps I am now a Fashionista? It would certainly […]

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Rise Beyond the Reef

Cash on the mat

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The Rise Beyond the Reef story By Ariela Zibiah Salanieta Utobota, and her husband can plan for their children to attend boarding schools and complete university education confidently, while sitting in their Bukuya home in the highlands of western Viti Levu. That they are able to plan for all four children’s education without having to […]

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Sonam Sapra

Passion and pattern: Sonam Sapra

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By Samantha Magick As the daughter of an international public servant, Sonam Sapra has lived all over the world. That nomadic, rich lifestyle is reflected in her latest fabric collection, titled ‘Worldly’, which takes ornamentation from many of the countries she has lived in and reimagines them in a new way. “When you see it […]

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Jeke Lagi

Fijian artist Jeke Lagi unveils new exhibition ‘Variant’

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By Prerna Priyanka Self-taught artist, Jeke Viwalu Lagi’s new show Variant at the Gallery of Oceanian Art in Suva shows off his abstract expressionism in a new way, through the use of woodwork and paint. The exhibition at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus, is a captivating display of Lagi’s distinct woodwork creations […]

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Tasty Island Treats Fiji

Perfect popsicles: Tasty Island Treats Fiji

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti During the hottest months in Fiji, sometimes all you want to eat is something cool and sweet. Tasty Island Treats Fiji can satisfy that craving and help you revisit the simple childhood joy of enjoying an iced popsicle. Tasty Island Treats Fiji was founded by Nakita Irvin, who was inspired by her […]

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Carving out a future, and a past

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Jack Isaac Junior’s woodcarving skill is an inherent talent that is shared by his clan, and their relationship with Jack’s of Fiji is an extraordinary one that has lasted generations.  “My grandfather and father used to sell their carvings at Jack’s Handicraft back when it was just a small shop,” Junior recalls.  […]

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Maria Rova

Sigavou Studios: Painting a love song to Fiji

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Entering Sigavou Studios is a surprising experience. Located in a light industrial area in Nadi, a beautiful mural outside hints at what is to come. The steps you ascend relay a motivational message, and when you get to the top, you are greeted with an explosion of colours. The founder, Maria Rova, […]

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Pacifique Artisans

Fashion, culture to meet at Suva Flea Market event

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti The Makete Fashion Show promises to be a night filled with culture, art, and talent, showcasing the incredible local talent to be found in Suva. Creative coordinator and Assistant Director of the Pacifique Artisans Collective, Shakira Ah-Koy Mcdonald, is continuing the legacy of the women in her family by encouraging and promoting […]

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Asinate Bale

Bale showcases masi craft at Women’s Expo

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By Kite Pareti An elegant masi wedding dress hangs high on a frangipani tree for visitors to see. The designer, Asinate Bale, who hails from Nabasovi village in Koro island, says she has been pursuing her passion for five years. “I usually purchase my masi from Suva and I make clothes out of it like […]

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KuiViti clothing worn by female model

KuiViti: Promoting culture through clothes

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Fashion designer and artist, Epeli Tuibeqa knows how to make an entrance. Before the start of his runway show, he performs an opening dance–the elegant flow of his hands mesmerising – before he takes a bow and gives a cheeky grin to the crowd, making way for his models. The KuiViti designer […]

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Pacifique Artisans Collective

Pacifique Artisans Collective

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The Pacifique Artisans Collective is Suva’s newest business incubator that “allows an equal playing field for emerging designers and accessory makers,” says Shakira Macdonald. It is located at the Suva Flea Market, a popular space for small businesses since 1995, which has recently undergone a facelift and upgrade. The PAC houses unique clothing lines such […]

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The Projects Collective

The Projects Collective: Local craft and artisans elevated

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By Kite Pareti The Projects Collective recently opened a new store on Narewa Road, on the way to Denarau. Joining the original outlet at The Beachouse on the Coral Coast, it’s a lovely cool space full of delicate jewellery by makers such as Fonu and Hanalei, the striking textiles of Rise Beyond the Reef, and […]

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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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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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Taveuni Dateline Market

Taveuni Dateline Handicraft Market launches

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A new market is operating in Taveuni, the Taveuni Dateline Handicraft Market. Established by Susanne Neli and her family, with support from the Taveuni Tourism Association (TTA), it is located at the International Dateline in Waiyevo. The new market will initially be open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with plans to extend business hours in time. The […]

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Ellen Whippy-Knight

Fiji Fashion Week 2022 to focus on sustainability

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Fiji Fashion Week 2022 (FJFW22) promises to be a year of fashion with a purpose, as it celebrates its 15th anniversary.

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