25 August, 2006

Progress towards the 2007 World Netball Championships to be held in Suva

Fiji will become the first Pacific Island nation to host the World Netball Championships when it hosts the event in Suva from 10 to 21 July, 2007. Fiji will host 16 nations over 11 competition days which will cost the country about F$3 million. The games will be played at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva with the city expecting to host a large number of players, spectators and tourists. So far, the world's top 5 teams, Australia, England, Jamaica, New Zealand and South Africa have already qualified and so has the host country, Fiji. Cook Islands and Samoa, joins the Pacific Island nations who have qualified so far for the Championships. To know more of the event, interested people can contact the organising Committee at their Secretariat at 220 Laucala Bay Road, telephone +679 3270244 or e-mail info@wnc07.com.fj. Note from GV : Those that will need accommodation in Suva from 10 to 21 July 2007, our two bedroom furnished home with seaviews is currently available at F$140.00 a night. We expect to be booked soon as the rate offered is very reasonable compared to the demand expected. Please view more details of the home through links at the right hand side of this blog. You can contact us at gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427. The home has a Personal Computer and High Speed Internet provided complimentary for guests' use.

Fijian Night at Hibiscus Festival tonight

I apologise to my blog readers for not having updated my blogs (http://promotingsuva.blogspot.com/ and http://investinfiji.blogspot.com/ the past three days, due to unexpected family commitments. I will be updating the blogs as I can over the next few days up to late next week. Anyway, tonight is Fijian Night at the Suva Hibiscus Festival with the program of events at Albert Park to run from 6pm to 12 midnight. To watch traditional Fijian dances, songs and forms of expressive art go down to Albert Park tonight. Tickets for the pavilion seats are F$2.00 per person. During the day, there will be some music entertainment by Fijian bands from 12pm to 2pm at Sukuna Park and Albert Park.

22 August, 2006

Women in Business Networking Lunch

A Networking & Skills Exchange Lunch is being organised by Women in Business who are inviting all women in the workforce, tertiary students, secondary school students and all women at home. Women in Business encourages women to acquire education and occupational competencies by providing assistance through the networking facilities of other affiliated women's organisations. The lunch will be held on Friday, 25 August 2006, from 12.30pm to 2pm at JJ's on the Park, Suva. Visitors to Suva can also take part. Tickets are selling at F$15.00 each at the BDO Zarin Ali Office, 8th floor, Dominion House, Suva.

Kids Sports Clinic

Looking for activities for your children during the August school holidays? The Hyndai Fitness Centre is offering basic skills training on various sports for school children. Call telephone number +679 3312177 extension 128 for more details. Note from GV : Take advantage of a 20% discount on the rate per night on our two bedroom home with seaviews in Suva. The promotion is for the months of August and September and only has the period 10 to 20 September 2006 available. The home has High Speed Internet and a Personal Computer provided complimentary for guests' use. Check out the links at the right hand side of this blog, e-mail us at gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Free Computer Classes

The Good Neighbour International is offering Free Computer classes from Tuesday, 22 August, to Friday, 25 August 2006 from 9am to 5pm. Contact Amit on telephone +679 3312698 for more details.

21 August, 2006

National Art Exhibition and Awards 2006

The Fiji Arts Council will hold the 28th National Art Exhibition & Awards from 5 to 9 September 2006. Artists that wish to enter the competition can bring a maximum of 8 works to the Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery on Friday, 1 September 2006. The exhibition has 7 categories :
  • Fosters Group Calendar Award;
  • National Art Award;
  • Indigenous Art Award;
  • New Media Award;
  • Emerging Artist Award; and
  • Public Choice Award.
The winners will be announced during the opening night on Monday, 4 September 2006. The exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday, 5 September, to Friday, 8 September 2006 from 9am to 4pm and on Saturday, 9 September, from 9am to 2pm. Visitors to Suva can check out the exhibition on those dates. For more information contact the Fiji Arts Council on telephone numbers +679 3311754, +679 3311962 or +679 3260080. Note from GV : Take advantage of a 20% discount on the rate per night on our two bedroom home with seaviews in Suva. The promotion is for the months of August and September and only has the period 10 to 20 September 2006 available. The home has High Speed Internet and a Personal Computer provided complimentary for guests' use. Check out the links at the right hand side of this blog, e-mail us at gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

20 August, 2006

The Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival : What's Coming?

Fiji will host the 3rd Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival with all exhibitions free to the public. With the theme 'Living Cultures, Living Traditions', the festival will be held in Suva from Monday, 2 October to Wednesday 11 October. The entire Suva foreshore beginning at Sukuna Park stretching across to the Fiji Museum will feature static art displays, film and music shows, indigenous art and craft exhibition and even the showcase of traditional cooking methods. There will be shows running at Sukuna park during lunch hour to cater also to the working people in the Central Business District. The opening and closing shows are to be held at the Post Fiji Stadium and Albert Park, respectively. Participating countries include Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Government is offering companies a 150% tax rebate if they sponsor the 10-day show. The festival was held in 1998 at the Solomon Islands and at Vanuatu in 2002. The Fiji Department of Culture & Heritage said the show is 'an opportunity for indigenous expressive arts to be identified as part of nation building especially the potential it offers as an alternative source of income, generation and employment. The festival offers a unique opportunity for the promotion and marketing of indigenous culture. It is also an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents and creativity.' The festival will provide a range of cultural performances and artistic expressions with activities ranging from contemporary performing arts demonstrations, arts exhibitions and sales, fashion shows, canoe race, symposiums, forums and tours to schools and villages. For more information go to www.macg.org.fj. Note from GV : For those that will need accommodation in Suva during that time, check out our rental with links at the right hand side of this blog. The home has High Speed Internet and a Personal Computer provided complimentary for guests' use. Our contacts are : gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427.

19 August, 2006

Lelean continues celebration for Nausori

In a cycle of celebration for Nausori town, near Suva, following the opening of the Rewa Bridge on Thursday and the opening of the annual Methodist Church choral competition and conference on Friday this week, Lelean Memorial School won the under 19 Deans Trophy Rugby Final over Suva Grammar School today, 25-5 this afternoon. Suva Grammar lost after being joint winners with Ratu Kadavulevu School last year. The match was played at the Post Fiji Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva.

Rotuma gives F$333,000

Rotuma islanders yesterday opened the annual Methodist Church Conference at Ratu Cakobau Park with F$333,000.00. The contribution was handed to Methodist Church president, Reverend Laisiasa Ratabacaca at a traditional ceremony. Apart from the money, people of Rotuma also presented traditional gifts and food. Rotumans living in Suva and those who came from the island were part of the colourful opening ceremony. At the start of the choral and soli competition yesterday, the church had collected F$13,000.00 from the primary school choral competition with the secondary schools, tertiary institutions and business house competitions still to be held. The church needs about F$3 million every year to carry out its activities and help run its primary, high and vocational schools, theological college and orphanage. The church said it had been raising money through tithes and individual levies throughout the year and fundraising at the conference was only part of the church's plans to raise money. The church had just increased its individual levy from F$10.00 to F$15.00 and cited an increase in cost of living as the reason. Dilkusha Girls Primary School won the primary schools choral competition while Marcellin Primary School was runner up. The secondary schools choral competition began last night. Note from GV : A two bedroom home rental in Suva with seaviews and High Speed Internet Access together with a Personal Computer provided complimentary for guests' use, can be viewed and booked through links at the right hand side of this blog. A 20% discount on the rate per night is being offered for August and September 2006 with a 10% discount for advance bookings for December 2006 and January 2007. To contact us directly, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Council undecided about old bridge

Authorities still have not decided what to do with the 70 year old Rewa Bridge. Nausori Town Council said the bridge was still the property of Government. Many meetings with Government were conducted where Government officials promised that they would do an economic study first before they decided the bridge's future. The town council had proposed to turn the breach into a shopping mall or flea market. The idea came up after town councillors realised the old bridge would still remain with some pedestrians still using the old bridge.

Today's rugby showdown

Suva Grammar School (SGS) and Lelean Memorial School (LMS) meet in the Deans Trophy final this afternoon at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. LMS last won the trophy in 2004 when the school shared the it with Queen Victoria School. SGS is defending the trophy after having shared it with Ratu Kadavulevu School last year. The Under 19 final kicks off at 3.30pm with admission being F$15.00 for bucket seats and F$12 for the grandstand. Children under 12 are required to pay F$3.00. The full list for the finals is as follows :
  • 9.45am, U14, Ratu Kadavulevu School vs SGS;
  • 10.40am, U15, Queen Victoria School vs Marist Brothers High School;
  • 11.45am, U16, Queen Victoria School vs Natabua High School;
  • 12.50pm, U17, LMS vs Queen Victoria School;
  • 2.05pm, U18, Ratu Kadavulevu School vs LMS;
  • 3.30pm, U19, LMS vs SGS.
If you want to watch some exciting secondary schools rugby, go down to the Post Fiji Stadium today.

18 August, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 18.8.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Tadra Kahani (finals), schools live entertainment and contemporary music and dance display, Friday 18 August 2006, Gates open from 5pm with the show beginning at 6.30pm, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 18 to 26 August, Albert Park and other venues, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, 18 to 26 August, Baker Hall, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Mardi Gras, Friday, 18 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Secondary Schools Rugby Finals, Saturday, 19 August 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Course: A touch of Fijian Culture, Saturday, 19 August 2006, 9am to 1pm, Alliance Fran├žaise, 14 McGregor Road (Course content: Lovo - Earth Oven & Traditional Cooking. Preparation of chicken, palusami, taro, steamed fish and Fijian delicacies. Weaving during cooking time. Meal after class;
  • Hobie Cat 16 South Pacific Championships, 19 to 22 August 2006, Pacific Harbour (more on www.hobieclass.com);
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Karaoke Competition, Saturday night, 19 August 2006, Bourbon Bluez Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Business House Swimming Relay Competition, 22 August 2006, 1pm to 6pm, Suva Olympic Pool;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival 4-a-side Volleyball Tournament, 22 to 25 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Free Computer Classes by The Good Neighbour, Tuesday, 22 August to Friday, 25 August 2006, 9am to 5pm - Call Amit on telephone +679 3312698;
  • Kids Sports Clinic, Term 2 School Holidays from Tuesday, 22 August to Friday, 1 September 2006, Hyndai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Women in Business Networking & Skills Exchange Lunch, Friday, 25 August 2006, 12.30pm to 2pm, JJ's on the Park, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Open tournament, 31 August to 3 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Indian Magic Show, 3 September 2006, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • The Laughing Samoans (Old School) Performance, 4 September 2006, 8pm, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Council's 28th National Art Exhibition & Awards, 5 to 9 September 2006, 9am to 4pm from 5 t0 8 September and 9am to 2pm on 9 September, Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery, FIT School of Art, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Hibiscus starts today

The Hibiscus Festival starts today after being launched by the Prime Minister on Wednesday night. Mr Qarase urged the public not to allow the wet weather to dampen their spirits and to instead support the Festival. Suva is buzzing with activity today with stalls opened from midday at Albert Park and a Mardi Gras on tonight. The Mardi Gras will be held along Victoria Parade, from the junction of the Bowling Club to the junction of Southern Cross Road. At the grounds there are food stalls, flea market stalls, gambling, kava bars, homeware displays, displays by financial houses, motor shows and other product displays. Go down to Albert Park to enjoy some of the fun.

The impact of the new Rewa Bridge and other upcoming developments

The new Rewa Bridge which was opened yesterday is to boost business in the town of Nausori and the three provinces of Rewa, Naitasiri and Tailevu which all converge there. The mayor of Nausori said the town's vision was to revitalise Nausori into one of Fiji's most vibrant and dynamic business centres. The Rewa River is in itself a huge potential future development with business and sightseeing activities along the River. An extension of the town's boundaries would bring about more growth with the setting of new businesses, shops, homes, services and open spaces for sports and entertainment. Retailers expect a boost in trade with more traffic to come to the town. Housing developments are expected to come up in the area with the Housing Authority saying that there is a waiting list for those that wish to have homes in the area. Agricultural produce in the three provinces are expected to be more accessible to markets with the bridge completed. In another development, extension work on the Nausori Airport's runway will start in December 2006 to allow bigger aircraft to land there. This will be complemented by the construction of a new terminal at the airport work on which will begin next May. The extension will see the runway extended to about 345 metres to allow landing of aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800. To improve land transport efficiency, Government is also planning to have a road from Koronivia, near Nausori towards Suva, running along the coast and appearing at the Bailey Bridge at Nabua. Another four-lane road was also planned from Koronivia to Tamavua. These are in addition to projects going on which include widening the Ratu Dovi Road and the Laqere Bridge at Nasinu. Note from GV : A two bedroom home rental in Suva with seaviews and High Speed Internet Access together with a Personal Computer provided complimentary for guests' use, can be viewed and booked through links at the right hand side of this blog. A 20% discount on the rate per night is being offered for August and September 2006 with a 10% discount for advance bookings for December 2006 and January 2007. To contact us directly, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Opening of the new Rewa Bridge

The new Rewa Bridge at Nausori, near Suva, was opened by the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, yesterday. The bridge, being and longest and widest in Fiji, replaces the old bridge which was built in 1937. Ratu Iloilo was joined by thousands of people huddled under umbrellas. Nausori town came to a standstill as businessmen, school children and residents watched the opening formalities which included traditional Fijian ceremonies accorded to the President by the people of Rewa. The rain failed to dampen the spirit of the crowd, many of whom were no doubt anxious to walk across the F$30 million structure. For them, the moments of waiting finally ended when Ratu Iloilo unveiled a plaque at the Suva end of the bridge, followed moments later by the shattering boom of a Fiji Military Forces cannon, fired in honour of the engineering feat. To the accompaniment of the Military Band, the lively crowd, which included dignitaries from the European Commission in Fiji and government officials, started to cross the bridge. Policemen were present in numbers to control the crowd though the push provided too much for some. The bridge, which was jointly funded by the European Union and the Fiji Government, is testament to Fiji's good working relationships with the EU.

17 August, 2006

PM unveils the design of the new Grand Pacific Crowne Plaza

The Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, yesterday launched the design concept for the new Grand Pacific Crowne Plaza which will be located at the site of the old Grand Pacific Hotel. The Grand Pacific Crowne Plaza will become a striking new Suva landmark, in which the elegance of the past meets the spirit of the future. The Crowne Plaza will be a major visitor draw card for the capital and will present a considerable number of job opportunities, both during construction and beyond, to locals. Standing to benefit will also be members of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) as it is the major investor in the project, together with the Fiji Investment Corporation Limited. Note from GV : For those that will be visiting Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. The home has High Speed Internet Access and a Personal Computer provided complimentary for guests. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.

Serevi inspires his former school's rugby team

Waisale Serevi has motivated members of the Lelean Memorial School (LMS) under-19 rugby team as the side prepares for the Deans Trophy final against Suva Grammar School this Saturday. The 7s Rugby maestro said the LMS team was in a class of its own. He told players to be mentally tuned to exhibit their best because it was more important than the end result. The school's "dream team" will create history when it embarks on its 48th game together as a squad. Fellow old scholar and national rep, Kameli Ratuvou, assisted Serevi as they put together loose ends at the school grounds yesterday. The finals for the Secondary Schools' Rugby competition will be held this Saturday, 19 August 2006, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva.

16 August, 2006

Participation in the 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

An invitation is being extended to those interested in participating in the National Fashion Show under the following categories : Traditional, Fijian/Rotuman, and Contemporary. Selected participants will be part of the Fiji Delegation to the Melanesian Festival of Arts which will be held from 2 to 11 October 2006 in Suva. Entries are open until 21 August with the show staged on 15 September. If interested, please contact Unaisi Nawalowalo on telephones +679 3316956 or +679 3316957 or e-mail unaisi.nawalowalo@govnet.gov.fj, tabuadrau_designs@yahoo.com or fijiartcouncil@unwired.com.fj. Note from GV : For those that will be visiting Suva during the Festival, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Bombay Fever Nite with Jagdish Punja

There will be a Bombay Fever Nite with Jagdish Punja this Friday, 18 August 2006 at the Suva Civic Centre. The program which starts at 7.30pm will feature new songs, old hits, jokes, mimicry and comedy and choreographed dances. Tickets are selling for F$5.00, F$10.00 per person and F$20.00 for a VIP seat. Tickets are available at SPR, Suva. Note from GV : For those that will be visiting or wish to stay on in Suva for a few days, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.

Students first to cross bridge

Children from Dilkusha Home and Dilkusha Girls School at Nausori, near Suva, were the first students to cross the new Rewa Bridge to be opened tomorrow by the President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo. The school said being the closest to the bridge, it was an honour to be the first to cross it. The school and students were invited by the construction company to visit the bridge. Students at the school saw through the construction of Fiji's widest and longest bridge. Dilkusha was first established after the first bridge was opened. The Director of Roads, Mosese Nailumu, said the new Rewa Bridge was a Fiji landmark. "The opening ceremony that would take place on Thursday is one that will not happen again for another 100 years or so. It is history in the making and we can only thank all those that were involved in the process of making this bridge a reality. I don't think another bridge like this will be built in Fiji for some years," said Mr Nailumu. The Rewa Bridge is an important link between the three provinces of Tailevu, Naitasiri and Rewa and it is also the link between the airport at Nausori to the city of Suva. To witness the event, go early to Nausori tomorrow and get a good spot. I'm sure you could even get some good photos from the old bridge.

15 August, 2006

Magazine to feature Fijian bure insights

An international publisher with an interest in homebuilding is in the country to write about how a traditional bure (thatched hut) is built in Fiji. Lynda Wilson, publisher and editor of The Owner Builder magazine, is here to provide her readers insight on the building of a traditional Fijian bure. The Owner Builder was established in 1982 in Australia. It offers ideas on designing and building houses and features unique and traditional house designs from around the world. Ms Wilson, who has been involved with the magazine for three years, said the magazine offered readers building techniques and served the interests of the owner builder. "I thought of coming to Fiji and doing some writing on the traditional houses that are built. I want to showcase to the world the different types of traditional houses being built here", Ms Wilson said. Ms Wilson will be travelling around the country to see the range of traditional houses. She said the magazine was unique, showcasing houses built with rammed earth, stones, mud bricks, timber, corrugated tin, sculptured houses and many more. Ms Wilson said the idea of buying the magazine was borne out of her own need to build a house, as she and her husband had to struggle to look for ideas while trying to build their own home. "It was then that we decided to buy the magazine when it was on sale," she said. Note from GV: Book a two bedroom furnished home with seaviews early for December 2006 and January 2007 and enjoy a 10% discount on the rate per night. Check out photos and details on amenities on links at the right hand side of this blog and earlier posts. E-mail enquiries/bookings to gilbert@connect.com.fj or call direct +679 3396427.

Japanese volunteers to sing at choir competition

When it comes to groups lining up for the annual Methodist Church choral competition, the Suva Grammar Ecumenical Church choir is rather different. The choir includes four Japanese volunteers on attachment with various local organisations - who speak and sing Fijian. Chiharu Kawamoto, who is attached as a swimming teacher at Suva Grammar School, said they were looking forward to taking part at the annual competition, which begins this weekend at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Speaking in Fijian, Ms Kawamoto said learning the lyric was not hard because they had undergone intense training in the Fijian language for six days and Hindi language for two days. Hitomi Matsuda said all four volunteers enjoyed practicing for the competition and looked forward to the actual event this weekend. Akiko Sawada, who is attached as a teacher at Stella Marist Primary School, said since learning the Fijian language, they had been speaking in Fijian most the time. The new bridge at Nausori is to be opened on this Thursday before the choir competitions begin on Friday.

Tadra Kahani show on tomorrow

The Tadra Kahani show starts tomorrow and will be on for three days. If you are in Suva and wish to watch the show, you can buy your tickets at the gate, FMF Dome from 4pm on any day of the show. The show is always a highlight of the school students art/music/dance display calendar. Go, watch some student talents at the show.

14 August, 2006

George Iatoo's trip to Suva

By Fred Wesley. George Iatoo is an unassuming man. He's around 5 ft 8 inches tall and probably weights anything between 70 kg to 80 kg. I first met this gentleman about four weeks ago. It was a Sunday. One thing led to another and he ended up having lunch with the family at home. He had come around looking for my old man. They'd worked together a year ago in the Solomon Islands while my old man was there working under RAMSI, the regional assistance mission. While he could pass off for a Fijian, George is from Anokwasi Village on the island of Malaita in the Solomon Islands. What probably stands out from this little meeting which eventually developed into a friendship over three weeks, was George's observations and thoughts about Fiji. It was his first trip overseas. He's been a police officer for the last 14 years stationed on Auki, the provincial capital of Malaita Province which is on the northern end of the Langalanga Lagoon on the north-west coast of Malaita island. Malaita is one of the 347 inhabited islands of the vast archipelago of 922 islands that make up the Solomons, stretching from Papua New Guinea to Fiji along the northeastern edge of Melanesia. But nothing prepared George for what he describes as an eye-opener. Suva, with a population of 77,366 at the 1996 census, which ballooned to 167,975 when the independent suburbs were included, was beyond anything he'd ever seen. "I arrived at 10pm on 7 July at Nadi Airport. The trip by road from Nadi to Suva was one of the longest I'd ever taken in my life but it was also the most comfortable one. As we got to Suva, my first impression was there were so many people, and it was big and advanced. I didn't get to see much of Suva because we'd passed through the city at night. But I did see the city the very next day. I was lost. I felt so small. I'd never seen so many tall buildings in my life. The tallest one I'd seen was about five storeys high back home. But these ones ....... man they're so big and all over the place," George said. He didn't have the courage to explore Suva on his own then. "I feel people are better off here. At least everyone I did see was well dressed and presentable compared to what I normally see back home. The roads are good. But there are too many of them here in the capital. It leaves people like me confused. There are people of many races who seem to be living well together. That's something that has impressed me. You have the Fijians, the Indians, the Rotumans, and the other races, and they all seem to be happy. I was also impressed with how public property was respected. Things like streetlights were well kept and people seemed to respect each other", George said. I was amused when he asked, "and what about people in the highlands, are they like this?" He couldn't seem to get over the fact that most people around the country had roads to travel on, electricity, education, television sets, newspapers, and radios. "I'd only heard about Fiji. I never dreamt I'd get to visit this country one day," he remarked as we stood at The Triangle in downtown Suva. George has since returned home to the Solomons after a three-week course under the Pacific Regional Policing Initiative at the Fiji Police Academy at Nasova in Suva. Note from GV: Book a two bedroom furnished home with seaviews early for December 2006 and January 2007 and enjoy a 10% discount on the rate per night. Check out photos and details on amenities on links at the right hand side of this blog and earlier posts. E-mail enquiries/bookings to gilbert@connect.com.fj or call direct +679 3396427.

13 August, 2006

The Laughing Samoans Performance

The Laughing Samoans, Tofiga Fepulea'i and Eteuati Ete, will have another performance at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva on 4 September 2006. The performance will start at 8pm on that day with tickets selling at F$10.00, F$7.00 and F$5.00. Tickets are being sold at the South Pacific Recordings shop (SPR) in Suva.

Lelean and Suva Grammar to face off in Under 19 Secondary Schools Rugby Final

Suva Grammar School and Lelean Memorial School will face off in the Secondary Schools' Under 19 grade final next Saturday. Suva Grammar who is a co-defender of the title won with a narrow margin over Queen Victoria School 11-9 in one of the semi-finals yesterday. Lelean scored three tries to beat Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, 21-15. To my former school and its supporters, better luck next time. The finals will be held at the Post Fiji Stadium.

12 August, 2006

10% discount for early bookings for December 2006 and January 2007

We are offering a 10% discount for early bookings for December 2006 and January 2007. The promotion will see our rates fall from F$140.00 a night to F$126.00 a night. The discounted rate will apply for a maximum number of 4 guests. Any additional guests will incur a fee of F$20.00 per night per guest. A refundable damage deposit may be required for certain guests. Please note that the home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access. This would be a good opportunity for business owners who wish to relocate to some warmer climate during the duration of their winter. Click on links at the right-hand side of this blog to view details and photos of the rental home. For direct contact, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427. Contact us early to take advantage of this offer.

Film on native cloth launched

The first ever film about Fijian "masi" could have an audience of millions around the world if marketed properly. Cloths of the Gods director, John Sullivan, said the 48-minute documentary had been designed for television release throughout the world. Cloths of the Gods features craftspeople from Veisari village and Vatulele showing the processes of tree harvesting, bark treatment, design and stenciling. There were reenactments of pre-Christian rituals involving "masi" cloth. Launched in Suva on Wednesday night, the film is produced by Human Being Films "a production company which specialises in recording cultural subjects in the Pacific area". Mr Sullivan hoped the film would be a success in the European and Scandinavian countries. "There is a huge "masi" market in Europe and I have been told Germany has a huge market and the best thing about Fiji "masi" is that its still made in the traditional ways and has not changed much", he said. On future projects, Mr Sullivan said the ultimate would be to film a documentary on traditional Fijian village life. Note from GV : For those that will be visiting or wish to stay on in Suva for a few days, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.

11 August, 2006

11 days of special promotion period for rental home now remaining

A further 15 nights of the special rate period for the two months August and September 2006 has been taken up leaving only 11 nights remaining. For those that are interested in the offer, a discount of 20% on the nightly rate of F$140.00 is offered for our furnished two bedroom home with seaviews in Suva. The rate offered will be F$112.00 per night and will include the following :
  • up to 4 guests;
  • ADSL Broadband Internet access with a Personal Computer;
  • welcome supplies of coffee/cocoa, tea, milk, sugar, bathing soap, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags and paper towels;
  • daily newspapers provided for guests staying over 2 weeks;
  • 3 free sessions per week at the Hyndai Fitness Centre or the National Aquatic Centre for guests staying longer than 4 weeks.
The remaining period is from 10 September to 20 September 2006. The home is also currently available for the duration of the Melanesian Festival Arts to be held in Suva from 2 to 11 October 2006. The rate for that period will be F$140.00 a night and will include the same features as offered above. For more details on what the home offers and photos of the home, please click on links at the right hand side of this blog. For contact, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

City to rise up outside capital

Nineteen hundred acres of freehold land at Wainadoi, outside Suva, is set to have an airfield, commercial and residential subdivisions and medical and sports facilities, as part of a major development plan. The plan is to build an integrated community, 20 minutes away from Suva. Apart from the residential subdivisions, the community's master plan included an airfield, a medical centre, sports facilities, a market place and commercial and industrial subdivisions. Mountainview residential subdivision, the first phase of the development, would include underground power supply, tar sealed roads, telephone and water services. Water will be supplied with the construction of two reservoirs on site. Residential lots, ranging from 1 acre to just under 2 acres will be selling at F$55,000 to F$70,000 per lot, depending on size. These are already on the market.

Youth Art & Craft Bazaar tomorrow

A bazaar to showcase and sell art and craft made by youths will be held at Ratu Sukuna Park tomorrow, as part of the National Youth Week celebrations. Contemporary songs, dance and poetry performances are expected to feature at the event. The bazaar is jointly organised by various non-government organisations and the Young Peoples Concerned Network.

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 11.8.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Secondary Schools Rugby Semi-finals, Saturday, 12 August 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Youth Art & Craft Bazaar, part of National Youth Week Celebrations, Saturday, 12 August 2006, Sukuna Park;
  • Wesley Butt St Church mini-bazaar, Saturday, 12 August 2006, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Corona Charity Club's Annual Fundraising Dinner & Dance, Saturday, 12 August 2006, 7pm, Holiday Inn (Proceeds to go to the Save the Children Fund. Contact Contact Tracey Howe on +679 9326086);
  • Miss USP 2006 Contest (Contestants Dance and Talent Display), Monday, 14 August 2006, 7 to 11pm, Car park Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night (Golden Dragon's new Soul/Rhythm & Blues Night), Monday, 14 August 2006, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Miss USP 2006 Contest (Float Parade from Flagstaff Roundabout down Laucala Bay Road to USP and a Pacific Night in the evening), Wednesday 16 August 2006, from 12 midday to 11pm, From Flagstaff to the car park Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay;
  • Miss USP 2006 Contest (Crowning of Miss USP 2006), Wednesday, 16 August 2006, from 7.30pm to 11pm, Car park Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay;
  • Tadra Kahani, Secodanry Schools live entertainment and contemporary music and dance display, Wednesday 16 August to Friday 18 August 2006, Gates open from 5pm each afternoon with the show beginning at 6.30pm, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, 18 to 26 August, Baker Hall, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Mardi Gras, Friday, 18 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Hobie 16 South Pacific Championships, 18 to 23 August 2006, Pacific Harbour;
  • Secondary Schools Rugby Finals, Saturday, 19 August 2006, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival 4-a-side Volleyball Tournament, 22 to 25 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Business House Swimming Relay Competition, 22 August 2006, 1pm to 6pm, Suva Olympic Pool;
  • Fiji Golf Open tournament, 31 August to 3 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Indian Magic Show, 3 September 2006, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • The Laughing Samoans (Old School) Performance, 4 September 2006, 8pm, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Karate classes, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese;
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff (Make a reservation on telephone +679 3300384);
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

10 August, 2006

PM launches Tadra Kahani show

The annual Tadra Kahani show is a reminder to the nation of the bright and talented students that make Fiji unique, the Prime Minister said while launching the 2006 show which begins next week. The PM said the show was an occassion that thousands of students, families, teachers and all kinds of people looked forward to. "It's a reminder of the abundance of bright, creative talent to be found in children throughout Fiji and everyone has a great time," he said. The event will now be held over three days for the first time. It will involve around 1,800 to 2,000 students from around the country including the outer islands. Tadra Kahani will be held from Wednesday 16 August to Friday 18 August 2006, at the FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva.

Hindus celebrate event

Thousands of Hindus around the country celebrated the last day of the weeklong Raksha Bandhan yesterday. The event provides religious and social bonding between brothers and sisters. The girl would tie a band around her brother's wrist and wish him a prosperous life while the brother, in return, pledges to protect his sister and uphold her dignity and honour. The celebration started on 1 August and allows children to strengthen bonds between one another.

India enters Hobie races

Fiji's Hobie fleet 252 is preparing to host a surprise entry at the forthcoming Air Pacific sponsored South Pacific Championships at Pacific Harbour from 18 to 24 August 2006. For the first time, the India team has decided to send its national Hobie racing ream to the South Pacific Championships. "This event is becoming widely respected in the Pacific region, now, as an event of high quality competition, but at the same time, fairly laidback, in the tradition of the Pacific Way", according to Grahame Southwick, President of the Fiji Hobie Association. "Countries on the Pacific rim are using this competition to rank their national teams, and we are happy about that as it bodes well for the future of the event", Southwick added. This year's event is attracting competitors from Australia, NZ, the USA, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India and Korea. "Fiji is popular as a great holiday destination, so the event becomes a family holiday as well, safe and warm. Fiji is the number one preferred destination for those wishing to race in winter", Southwick said. Note from GV : For those that will be visiting or wish to stay on in Suva for a few days, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.

Secondary schools rugby semi-final this weekend

Secondary schools rugby will continue this weekend with the semi-finals for the Under 19 teams to be played between Lelean Memorial School and Ratu Sukuna Memorial School while Suva Grammar School takes on Queen Victoria School. Supporters for my former school, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, have been meeting at the school to encourage the school's Under 19 team members and assist with catering and other arrangements. The games will be played at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva, this Saturday, 12 August 2006.

09 August, 2006

Program and tickets for 50th Hibiscus Festival

This is the program of events for the upcoming Hibiscus Festival and how much tickets costs to each of the events :
  • Friday, 18 August 2006, 8pm, Mardi Gras, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Saturday, 19 August 2006, 2pm, Official Opening Day, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Saturday, 19 August 2006, 7pm, Official Opening Night, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Saturday, 19 August 2006, 7pm, Bollywood Night, National Gymnasium, Tickets @ F$30.00 - Downstairs, F$25.00 - Upstairs;
  • Monday, 21 August 2006, 7.30pm, Asian Nite, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Monday, 21 August 2006, 7.30pm, Talent Quest, Suva Civic Centre, Tickets @ F$10.00;
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 7.30pm, Pacific Nite, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 7.30pm, 1st Public Judging, Suva Civic Centre, Tickets @ F$10.00;
  • Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 7.30pm, Youth Nite, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 7.30pm, 2nd Public Judging, Suva Civic Centre, Tickets @ F$10.00;
  • Thursday, 24 August 2006, 7.30pm, Indian Nite, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Thursday, 24 August 2006, 7.30pm, Fijian Song and Dance Competition, Suva Civic Centre, Tickets @ F$10.00;
  • Friday, 25 August 2006, 7.30pm, Fijian Nite, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Friday, 25 August 2006, 7.30pm, Ladies Nite, Royal Suva Yacht Club, Tickets @ F$10.00;
  • Saturday, 26 August 2006, 3pm, Crowning of Miss Charity, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Saturday, 26 August 2006, 7pm, Crowning of Miss Hibiscus, Albert Park, Tickets @ F$2.00;
  • Saturday, 26 August 2006, 7.30pm, Hibiscus Ball, Holiday Inn, Tickets @ F$100.00.
Tickets are available at Village 6 Cinemas, Suva.

08 August, 2006

Choir groups ready to perform

More than 500 choir groups have signed up for the choir competition of the Methodist Church annual conference. The church said that 523 choirs had confirmed their participation in the competition. Between 800 and 900 choirs are expected to participate. Two groups from NZ and two from Australia will also be taking part. The competition will be held from 18 August to 26 August 2006 at the Baker Hall, near Lelean Memorial School, Nausori.

Kiwi couple glad to be back

A couple whose last visit to Fiji was three months ago are delighted to be back. Bridgette and Matthew Stewart of Christchurch, NZ, were passengers on the P&O Cruise liner Pacific Star, which arrived in Suva yesterday. The Stewarts said their previous 6-night stay in Fiji was not long enough. "We're happy to be back. It's snowing in Christchurch so it was a good time to get away. It's very hot here but we're enjoying it and we're definitely coming back." The Pacific Star was due to sail for Dravuni, Kadavu, late last night before leaving Fiji for Auckland later today. Note : For those visiting Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.

07 August, 2006

Secondary school students get ready for Tadra Kahani

Secondary school students in Fiji are getting ready for the annual Tadra Kahani show which will be held from Wednesday, 16 August, to Friday, 18 August 2006. Launched with a poster competition recently, the show has attracted 16 schools with one from as far as Rabi Island. Tadra Kahani, which means "Dream Story" is a show involving young people between the ages of 6 and 19 years who express a theme using creative arts in dance and music. It provides an opportunity for young people to produce a piece of live entertainment, set to contemporary music. Participants learn about producing a show from design and music, choreography, set building, budgeting and fundraising. The main objectives of Tadra Kahani are fun, entertainment and team building. In the process, students get to delve deeper and learn more about their chosen theme. Tickets available from this week at the BoomBox, Downtown Boulevard, and Communications Fiji Limited, 231 Waimanu Road. You can also call +679 3314766.

06 August, 2006

Hobie 16 championships at Pacific Harbour this month

The Air Pacific sponsored Hobie 16 South Pacific Championships, are to be held at Pacific Harbour, from 18 to 23 August 2006. The annual event is being hosted by Fiji for the second consecutive year, by popular demand. Fiji is the number one preferred destination for those wishing to race in winter. This year's event is attracting competitors from Australia, NZ, the USA, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India and Korea. It will include current and past world champions and competition is expected to be fierce. A strong Fiji contingent will also compete. The Fiji Hobie Cat Association has begun a drive to recruit younger sailors into the sport. Fiji Hobie Cat racers have done well over the years with the likes of Shayne Brodie and John Philp finishing 15th in the World Open series and winning heats in the finals as well as Grahame Southwick, finishing 4th in this year's Asia Pacific Championships in Hong Kong, third in the Thailand Nationals, one place behind the current World Grand Master Champion and fourth in the last World Grand Master Championships. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Adi Litia Mara's wedding dress to go on display

The wedding dress of Adi Litia Mara, daughter of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (former Prime Minister and President of Fiji) and Ro Lady Lala Mara, will go on display at the Fiji Museum in Suva from next week. The dress is made entirely from masi (traditional tapa cloth), a fabric hand made from the bark of the mulberry tree and its texture resembles fine lace. Adi Litia wore the dress when she married Harry Dugdale of England. The dress, which has since the wedding been in storage at one of the former President's home, will now go on display at the Contemporary Art section of the Museum. Adi Litia's dress created a trend in the use of masi to make wedding dresses and most young women who get married today tend to have the same contemporary design and look to their wedding dresses.

05 August, 2006

Council grants permit to sword sellers

Sword sellers have been granted permits to sell swords and masks through the Fijian Craft and Tour Guides Association. The sellers permits allow them to operate around the city with association members issued with ID cards. The association was formed in June 2005.

Fiji in top five honeymoon destinations

American magazine, Modern Bride, rated Fiji one of the top five honeymoon destinations. The Bula News, The Fiji Visitors Bureau newsletter said the magazine has a circulation of a little over 340,000 in the United States. The Bureau said that was good news for the industry and that the ratings strengthened the Fiji industry, especially honeymoon destinations. Note from GV : For those that want a more affordable honeymoon, why not rent a furnished home in Suva as your home base while you explore the rest of the country. A 20% discount is being offered for the period August and September 2006 on advertised rates. Check out details on links at the right hand side of this blog or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly.

03 August, 2006

26 days of special promotion period for home rental remaining

A further 9 days of the special rate period for the two months August and September 2006 has been taken up leaving only 26 days remaining. For those that are interested in the offer, a discount of 20% on the nightly rate of F$140.00 is offered for our furnished two bedroom home with seaviews in Suva. The rate offered will be F$112.00 per night and will include the following :
  • up to 4 guests;
  • ADSL Broadband Internet access with a Personal Computer;
  • welcome supplies of coffee/cocoa, tea, milk, sugar, bathing soap, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags and paper towels;
  • daily newspapers provided for guests staying over 2 weeks;
  • 3 free sessions per week at the Hyndai Fitness Centre or the National Aquatic Centre for guests staying longer than 4 weeks.
The home is currently available for the duration of the Melanesian Festival Arts to be held in Suva from 2 to 11 October 2006. The rate for that period will be F$140.00 a night and will include the same features as offered above. For more details on what the home offers and photos of the home, please click on links at the right hand side of this blog. For contact, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Two events to liven up town

Two major events at Nausori this month will bring the town alive with activity. 'Nausori on Sale' and the annual Methodist Church Conference both begin on 18 August 2006. The town mayor said the sale would give consumers a chance to take advantage of some good bargains. The events will begin as the second term school holidays start. The events both continue for two weeks. The opening of the new Bridge which connects the Suva side to Nausori is scheduled for 17 August 2006.

02 August, 2006

Art Council seeks best artwork

The Fiji Arts Council held craft fairs in the Central, Western and Northern Divisions to select the best work to be displayed at the National Craft Exhibition. The exhibition starts tomorrow at Sukuna Park, Suva, and will run until Saturday. Every year, professional artists, skilled craft people, art promoters, buyers, sellers and the public meet for the event. The Council is collaborating events geared toward Fiji hosting the 3rd Melanesian art and cultural festival to be held in Suva from 2 to 11 October, 2006. The Council said, "As we are focussing on the national theme of the festival 'Living Cultures and Living Traditions', staging such crafts competition at this phase in Fiji's artistic history is essential at it will contribute to identify the creativity, talent, skills and knowledge of crafts people who will be selected to showcase or demonstrate their works with other Melanesian counterparts during the 10 days." Note : For those coming to Suva for the Melanesia Festival of Arts in October 2006, a two bedroom furnished home is available for accommodation. Details can be viewed and the home booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

Hibiscus Business House Swimming Competition

A Hibiscus business house swimming relay competition will take place at the Suva Olympic Pool on 22 August 2006 from 1pm to 6pm. Events will include :
  • 4 x 50m men's freestyle relay,
  • 4x50m women's freestyle relay,
  • 4x50m mixed freestyle relay,
  • 4x50m men's medley relay,
  • 4x50m women's medley relay,
  • 4x50m mixed medley relay,
  • 4x100m men's freestyle relay,
  • 4x100m women's freestyle relay,
  • 4x100m mixed freestyle relay,
  • 4x50m Fiji Swimming All Stars vs Celebrity All Stars relay.
Entries for the event can be submitted by business houses to Fiji Swimming via Angela Probert on e-mail probert@connect.com.fj or Cindy Bolakoso on e-mail swimfiji@gmail.com and will also be taken from 1pm to 1.30pm on that day.

Fiji to host world meet

Fiji will host the 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship next year. Fiji's bid to host the championship was awarded at the council meeting of the International Hobbie Class Association held in Spain during the Hobie Tiger and Dragoon Worlds last Friday. The first half of competition is the youth and women's division, followed by the masters, grand masters and the open category. The meet will be held from 10 to 20 October 2007 with the venue still to be decided but organisers were expecting to stage it at Suva and Pacific Harbour. Note : For those coming to Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj.

01 August, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 1.8.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Freshwater Prawn Aquaculture Training Program organised by the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific, 2 to 4 August, Lower Laucala Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Arts Council National Craft Fair, Thursday, 3 August 2006, to Saturday, 5 August 2006, from 9am to 5pm each day, Sukuna Park;
  • International Shimano Invitational Gamefishing Tournament, 4 to 6 August 2006, Pearl International, Pacific Harbour (for queries call Elle on +679 3450276 or +679 9955368);
  • International School Fun Day, Saturday, 5 August 2006, 10am to 3pm, International School, Siga Road, Laucala Beach, Suva;
  • Pacific Theological College bazaar, Saturday, 5 August 2006, from 10am, Pacifc Theological College Fale, Veiuto;
  • Wesley Butt St Church mini-bazaar, Saturday, 12 August 2006, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Fiji FA Interdistric Competition Soccer, August 12 and 13, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Tadra Kahani, Sodanry Schools live entertainment and contemporary music and dance display, Wednesday 16 August to Friday 18 August 2006, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay;
  • Opening of the new Rewa Bridge, Thursday, 17 August, Nausori;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 26 August, Suva;
  • Annual Methodist Church Conference and Choir Competition, 18 to 26 August, Baker Hall, Nausori, while the meeting will be held on Bau Island;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Mardi Gras, Friday, 18 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Hobie 16 South Pacific Championships, 18 to 23 August 2006, Pacific Harbour;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival 4-a-side Volleyball Tournament, 22 to 25 August 2006, Albert Park;
  • Suva Hibiscus Festival Business House Swimming Relay Competition, 22 August 2006, 1pm to 6pm, Suva Olympic Pool;
  • Fiji Golf Open tournament, 31 August to 3 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Karate classes, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, China Club, Nasese;
  • Yoga classes, Mondays, 5pm to 6pm, Fiji Girl Guides Headquarters, Malcolm Street;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Mondays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff (Make a reservation on telephone +679 3300384);
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Thursday, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Kids creative dance classes, starts 2.30pm every Friday, until 4 August, for kids from 2 years to 12 years, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Tom Mawi plays jazz at the Holiday Inn, 6pm to 9pm, Fridays, Holiday Inn;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

National Craft Fair, Suva

The Fiji Arts Council organised National Craft Fair will be held at Sukuna Park, Suva, from Thursday, 3 August, to Saturday, 5 August 2006. The fair starts 9am and will run to 5pm each day. High quality handicraft will be on sale including baskets, masi/tapa, mats, pottery, jewellery, wood carving and contemporary art and craft. Buy directly from the craftspeople. For more information, telephone +679 3311754 or +679 3311962.

Suva City Council sees "Fiji Darling Harbour"

Reclamation work will begin by year-end at a Suva foreshore spot for that could be Fiji's Darling Harbour, according to the Suva City Council. The Council said among a few highlights of the project would be upmarket buildings like apartments, retail outlets, a marina and an artificial beach. The Council's aim is "to make the project the Darling Harbour of Suva where people get lots of room to move around in without having to travel far from Suva". Earlier this year, the Council sold 15 acres of its Suva foreshore property to the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF). The FNPF is currently expanding its property asset base in certain areas adjacent to Suva's central business district where it believes there is tremendous potential in the near future. The Fund had earlier purchased the Grand Pacific Hotel and the Holiday Inn which also lie on the Suva foreshore. These new buildings are expected to make more changes to the Suva skyline in addition to buildings currently being built such as the Tapoos City, the MH Plaza, the MidCity Complex, the Kadavu Provincial Council building, the Great Council of Chief complex and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority complex. Note : For those visiting Suva, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.