Travel

The sunny place

SIGATOKA in the itaukei language literally translates as the Sunny Place (Nasigatoka-. “Na” The “siga” Sunny “toka” Place). According to old residents of the area, it was originally called Tubaniwai during times of tribal warfare....

Sleeping with the waves

FROM a distance it looked like a jewel nestled in a majestic harbour, garlanded by the white sandy beaches and the mountainous terrain that make a perfect backdrop on a portrait. But when we arrived at Narikoso Village on the island of Ono in Kadavu, evident was the threat sea-level rise has made to the...

Sailing is a big part of Captain Sesoni’s family

CAPTAIN Sesoni Komaisoso had a good upbringing as a child, with his maternal grandparents instilling good values in him as a young boy. With good values, good guidance plus pushing through challenges, Cpt. Sesoni has become one of the most successful Fijian captains to sail on international waters. Cpt. Sesoni holds an Australian Master Class...

A woman in a man’s world

WHEN ship captain Sue Balekana’s family heard she was going to pursue a career in the shipping industry, they all laughed. For one she was strongly averse to boat trips and was often seasick during sea voyages. “Oh, I was terrible,” she said chuckling. “We lived on Kadavu at the time and whenever we would...

Road to Nasauvakarua

THE Fiji Roads Authority confirms there are plans to construct a road from Namosi to Nasauvakarua Village. In a statement, the FRA stated it was “undertaking the route reconnaissance task and construction is planned for the future year”. The statement added the construction period was estimated to be eight months as there was a need...

Legend of Raberabe

SHE is identified by the echoing sounds of her breasts that collides with her thighs as she walks along the beach of Tawake in Udu, Cakaudrove. Her name is Sucu Raberabe and elders of this district know her story. They say she usually shows herself to women in an angry manner, but loves and enjoys...

Your little getaway

Ever think of the tranquillity of such pristine environment on crystal clear waters garlanded by the most magnificent corals and majestic ocean floor sculptured by the hands of nature? Ever think of escaping and getting lost in paradise, free from the hustle and bustle of city life? Ever think of a place where it gives...

Holy Land Tour – Part 9

WHEN the impossible is possible I was once told the word “impossible” can also mean I’m possible or anything is possible only if the heart is willing In Israel, anything is possible. When Abraham first occupied this barren land the Lord promised the man, considered the patriarch and father of all Israelites if he followed...

Peniasi our master chef

COMING on board the government vessel Bai Ni Takali for my one-week work trip to Southern Lau, I was expecting the unexpected. The trip was organised by the Ministry of Fisheries as they had a scheduled visit to eight villages in Southern Lau. We boarded on Sunday morning, August 26, at the government wharf and...

Purple rose and the less fortunate

ASSISTING the underprivileged and the less fortunate has been a blessing for the Purple Rose Tea Club for the past four years. The name itself is quite unique because it is rare to find a purple rose blooming away so, on a trip to Wellington, New Zealand, a few years ago, club president Celine Worthington...

Adventure begins…For better, for worse

“TO have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until parted by death, that is my solemn vow.” This significant marriage vow was shared with brothers Viliame Ravato and Mosese Visaka on their wedding day at the...

Obstacles and challenges in service

THE LATE Fijian missionaries who served in North Australia in 1929, encountered major obstacles and challenges in the course of their mission work, however, this did not deter them from achieving their mission – that the people of Arnhem Land understood the importance of serving the Lord. This was highlighted in the book titled ‘Fijian...

Ringgold Island dwellers

HEARING the story of the Loga family on Naqelelevu Island is like something out of a Swiss Robinson Family story except they chose to return to their remote island home after residing in the middle of civilisation all their life. A few years ago former journalist and Naqelelevu native, Pita Loga chose to leave the...

Could Ratu Asesela’s descendants be out there?

COULD it be possible that Ratu Asesela Robanakadavu, the Fijian chief who journeyed all the way to the Canadian Arctic in the 1800s, leave behind direct descendants among the Inuit or Eskimo people of the Northwest Territories of Canada? At least that’s what his relatives in Fiji think as they strive to piece together his...

Slow progress to schools in Koro

THE Ba Provincial Holding Company Ltd (BPHCL) is racing against time in trying to complete rehabilitation works in schools on Koro Island that were devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. BPHCL won the $9m contract for work on six schools on the island which were adopted by the Australian Government’s Assessment to Quality Education Program...

Narikoso village – Where the sands and sea honed rugby stars

AS the sun slowly set towards mainland Kadavu, sounds of laughter could be heard from the seaward side with screams pasi taka na polo (pass the ball), tackle taka (tackle him). It was a group of young boys playing rugby out on the beach at Narikoso Village. As I sat and smiled while watching them...

Bird leaves executive job to join church ministry

IMAGINE leaving a high paying job in the corporate world to pursue work in the church ministry. That is exactly what The Rev Dr Cliff Bird did more than 30 years ago, when as the acting chief executive officer for the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund, and at the height of power, he took the...

Remembering Ann and ‘Betsy-the-witch’

MOTHERS undeniably leave a lasting impression on their children. Tasked with the upbringing of their children and looking after families, it isn’t difficult to see why mothers are cherished beyond compare. Such is the story of the late Ann Catherine Lockington-Wendt, a woman whose staunch devotion as matriarch of her family earned her the moniker...

Fijian explorer’s historic expedition

RATU Asesela Robanakadavu, the Fijian chief, who lived in the arctic in the late 1890s, was part of the historic Canadian Arctic Expedition between 1913-1918, research has revealed. Also known as Jim Fiji, the Nakoronawa, Nakasaleka, Kadavu native was part of the crew from August 1915 to September 1917 when he joined the leader of...

Home away from home

HUNDREDS of volunteers come to Fiji through different organisations simply to make an impact on the lives of Fijians in villages. One of those incredible individuals is Callum Drummond or Kelevi as he is known to many on Batiki Island. Kelevi, who was 19 at the time he arrived in Fiji from Cheltenham Gloucestershire, UK...

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