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Fiji stars in world video

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, April 20, 2013

THE conservation measures undertaken by a resort in Nadroga is now featured in a nine-minute documentary that will be viewed around the world — at all 78 Shangri-La resorts.

Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island was chosen as one of six Shangri-La properties to feature in the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) video.

Resort general manager Michael Monks said the video titled The Totems of Fiji focussed on the bio-diversity and conservation, as well as community projects undertaken by the property.

"We are extremely fortunate that the company selected our resort to feature in one of these videos and it is a testament to the work that has been carried out in Fiji for more than 10 years," he said.

"We are also proud of the acknowledgement of the work that has been carried out here long before social responsibility became fashionable in the corporate world.

"This video speaks more to that and the ongoing challenges we face in an increasingly industrialised world."

Service manager for the resort's marine sanctuary, Mereoni Mataika said the video was unique because it focused solely on CSR issues rather than the resort as a product.

"This film represents the voice of a Pacific Islander, in this case a Fijian and it talks about the intangible connection we have with nature.

"The video also addresses the importance of looking after nature and while it looks at the beauty of nature, it also depicts the degradation of the environment so it is not your usual video with pretty tourist spots."


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