Landowners bless $350m development

Vunabaka general manager Marcus Langford Lee accepts a tabua presented by the Taukei Nalotu Ratu Josaia (out of frame) to his management and staff during the opening ceremony of the multi million dollar development in Malolo. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

THE traditional landowners of Malolo Island have given the developers of Vunabaka, a multimillion exclusive residential and hotel development on the island, their blessings.

While opening the $350 million development yesterday, Taukei Nalotu Ratu Josaia Qauqau said tourism development on Malolo Island had brought positive change for the people.

“I believe the members of my vanua will agree that the Vunabaka Project has made an outstanding holiday destination for our international visitors,” he said.

“From its year of establishment to this day, I believe the Vunabaka administration and management have made its mark of success in Malolo.”

The next in line to hold the Tui Nalawa title, Ratu Josaia, said with continued support from international investors, the people of Malolo were committed to developing the tourism industry.

Vunabaka director Keith Patrick Gosling said the people of Solevu had been one of the biggest supporters of the development.

“From the time we approached them for their consent to the time we began construction work in 2014, they have been with us,” he said.

“We have a strong relationship and we have ensured that we maintain an equal partnership with them as we grow Vunabaka.”