ATTRACTED by the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus 2014 Festival's theme of climate change, 23-year-old Neetika Sahai says she is ready to take on the challenges this year's contest will bring.
In an interview, the determined young woman said having just completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the South Pacific, she was hopeful the knowledge gained through the course had equipped her well for this climate-themed national event.
"This theme is a very important one for me because it discusses important environmental activities and how climate change affects people's livelihoods, especially here in the Pacific," Ms Sahai said.
"This includes pressing issues such as sea level rise, water acidification levels and other issues people face daily because of climate change impacts.
"So I'm really hoping to push for all these issues this year."
Born and raised in Navua, Ms Sahai is sponsored by Carpenters Fiji Limited, supported by the Carpenters Group.
"The Hibiscus is a great way for me to discuss all these issues which I am passionate about so, I really hope to represent those who are affected."
Miss Carpenters Fiji is the eldest of four siblings and is glad of the positivity and support of her family and close friends.