29 April, 2008

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 29.4.08)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Arts for Kids by Kathy Oyagawa, starts from 5 April 2008, Fiji Museum, Suva; Oceania Centre Gallery Daily Opening, from Monday, 21 April 2008, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva on Sale 2008, from Saturday, 26 April, to Sunday, 4 May 2008, on selected streets of Suva;
  • Fiji Games Bodybuilding Competition, May 2008, Suva;
  • Public Lecture - "Ecological Connectivity Study in Fiji", Friday, 2 May 2008, from 7pm to 8pm, School of Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Hibiscus Festival 2008 - Auditions for the battle of the bands, Tuesday, 6 May, and Wednesday, 7 May 2008, Suva;
  • Soweto Gospel Choir Concert, Friday, 9 May 2008, National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Second School Term, from Monday, 12 May, to Friday, 15 August 2008;
  • World's largest floating bookshop on board the MV Doulos in port, from Friday, 23 May, to Tuesday, 3 June 2008; Suva;
  • Fiji Games Beach Volleyball Tournament, 30 and 31 May 2008, National Beach Volleyball Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Mr Suva Bodybuilding Championships, August 2008, Suva;
  • Hibiscus Festival, Friday, 15 August, to Saturday, 23 August 2008, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Fiji Third School Term, from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 28 November 2008;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs France, 1 November 2008, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs Scotland, 5 November 2008, Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast, Australia.
Recurring Events:
  • Horse Riding, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm, Suva Pony Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meets every Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters, every Tuesday (beginning 29 January 2008), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Karate classes, Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Rock Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Arts for Kids, 2 or 3 Saturdays every month, starting 5 April 2008, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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, (679) 9921427 or e-mail promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

Suva Civic Centre gardens

The Suva City Council is putting up a garden beside the Suva Civic Centre. Visit it or the nearby Sukuna Park if you want to while away a few hours under the shade of some trees.

Carpenters Group awaits approval of foreshore plan

The Carpenters Group is awaiting approval of its plan to develop the Suva Foreshore. The development is estimated to cost around F$200 million. The company's 10-acre Suva foreshore property development will include the construction of hotels, condominiums and an entertainment centre. The property will also have a man-made beach developed on the reclaimed area. The area is located on the reclaimed land in the front of the Suva City Centre, Civic Towers and Fiji Development Bank buildings.

Public Lecture : Ecological Connectivity Study in Fiji

The University of the South Pacific will be holding a Public Lecture on the topic "Ecological Connectivity Study in Fiji" on Friday, 2 May 2008, from 7pm to 8pm at the School of Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. For more information, pls call Semisi Meo on telephone (679) 3232505 or Loraini Sivo on telephone (679) 3232807.

Fiji Games Beach Volleyball

The Fiji Games Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held on 30 and 31 May 2008 at the National Beach Volleyball Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva. For more information, pls call the FASANOC Office in Suva on telephone (679) 3303525 or e-mail fasanoc@fasanoc.org.fj.

23 April, 2008

Lapita Pottery Story

Read below an article on Lapita pottery in Fiji taken from the Fiji Times, Wednesday, 23 April 2008.

"More remnants of the Lapita unravelled, Wednesday, April 23, 2008

BOUREWA in Sigatoka believed to be the earliest human settlement in Fiji has produced stumbling results of Lapita people who resided there.

Bourewa settlement is significantly older than any other settlement excavated in Fiji and there seems little reason to doubt that it is the earliest.

Professor Patrick Nunn of the University of the South Pacific's School of Geography led a team of 70 excavators for the eight-week project which included researchers from universities in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

To reach Fiji more than 3000 years ago, the Lapita people sailed across 1200 kilometres of open ocean.

Approaching Fiji, they encountered the huge coral reef that skirts the western part of the archipelago and probably followed it cautiously until it met land for the first time, at a place named Bourewa Beach, close to Natadola.

But with the sea level about 1.5 metres higher than it is today Bourewa was not part of large Viti Levu.

It occupied a bay on the southeast coast of a small offshore island.

Since this is where the broad reef meets the shore, Bourewa adjoins one of the largest fringing coral reefs in Fiji today, nearly three kilometres wide at one point.

To the Lapita people, perhaps close to starvation after weeks at sea, the sight of this reef meant food in abundance.

And so they came on shore.

Settlement remains one of the big mysteries as the settlers chose not to live on the land but on houses built on stilts that overlay a sand ridge which was underwater at high tide.

Recent excavations suggest there were two stilt platforms at Bourewa during the earliest period of its human occupation, positioned so that they adjoined the coral reef on one side and a brackish-water lagoon on the other.

Why the Lapita people favoured such complicated structures rather than simply living on one of the hills, 30 to 40 metres away, is a mystery. Excavations from November 2007 to February 2008, unveiled even more fascinating revelations such as the inference that Lapita people were so organised to the point where they did not just throw their rubbish anywhere. One of the main foods they consumed at Bourewa was shellfish, whose shells were discarded in shallow waters below their stilt platforms. The startling find was that the thickest part of the rubbish dump was along the edges of the stilt platforms.

It was carried to the edges of the stilt platforms and dropped there.

The Lapita people attracted interest for their voyaging feats unmatched anywhere in the world for another thousand years.

More proof of the evident complexity of their society was in the way they decorated pottery.

It hints at an almost direct colonisation from the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea, 3250 kilometres away in a straight line.

A large quantity of shell jewellery was found suggesting the Lapita occupants of Bourewa spent considerable time manufacturing it.

For the first time, a clear connection existed between the grinding stones found throughout the site and the shell bracelets and rings. It is clear the people who lived at Bourewa more than 3000 years ago took large cone shells, sliced them into sections, ground and polished them to make bracelets and rings.

They made other types of jewellery from seeds. Many of the pieces found were finely drilled.

While digging down, the team found a series of six cone shells laid in two rows. This was clearly a deliberate burial and further on in the middle of these two rows was an upturned pot.

Turning this upside-down pot over, the excavators found it filled with shell jewellery.

Nine shell rings of different sizes, four shell bracelets, six straight units with drillholes.

This was a Lapita jewellery box, deliberately buried by someone 3000 years ago at Bourewa for reasons unknown.

Stone tools were used for a variety of purposes. Remnants of large adzes, used for hollowing out canoes, and of axes were found.

The discovery of some small stone chisels suggests the Lapita people were also fine woodcarvers.

Most stone tools found were made from a local greenstone that grows about 10 kilometres inland on Viti Levu today.

It is inferred the Lapita people travelled upriver to collect suitable greenstone river rocks which were manufactured as tone tools in Bourewa.

Bones of many of the animals that arrived in Fiji with the first humans were also found.

It seems dogs, rats and chicken arrived during the first 200 years of occupation at Bourewa.

A vertebra of a large pig was found in layers tentatively dated to 900 BC, so the conclusion that pigs arrived after the Lapita people era may change when the bone is dated.

At the coastal flat named Waikereira, excavators found a place where stone tools were manufactured from local greenstone.

The size of the stone tools suggests the place may have been one of the earliest used by the Lapita occupants of the area.

At Matelita Tree near Vusama Village which adjoins a large mangrove swamp two pieces of Lapita pottery indicate that the Lapita people of Bourewa had probably camped at Matelita Tree to gather clay with which they manufacture pots and containers."

Fiji Secondary Schools Volleyball Tournament

A Fiji Secondary Schools Volleyball Tournament will be held on Monday, 28 April, and Tuesday, 29 April 2008 at the National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. For more information, pls call Salote Nasome on telephone (679) 3302520 or L Natadra on telephone (679) 3315358.

21 April, 2008

Coca Cola Light Games this week

The Annual Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Championships Coca Cola Light Games will be held this Friday, 25 April, and Saturday, 26 April 2008 at the National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. The city will be full of students and their parents/guardians coming in from out of Suva to take part at the Games.

Upcoming Bodybuilding Competitions

Upcoming bodybuilding competitions will be the Fiji Games to be held in May 2008 and the Mr Suva to be held in August 2008. The Buksh Bodybuilding Championships concluded successfully last Saturday, 19 April 2008, and was won by veteran bodybuilder, Ponipate Radua. Ponipate is over 53 years old and has been a regular on the bodybuilding circuit for over 20 years.

Hibiscus Festival 2008 to be bigger

The Hibiscus Festival 2008 will be bigger than last year's festival. The 2008 festival will include a battle of the bands, a Kaila star quest and musical extravaganza where our local secondary and tertiary students will participate. The audition for the battle of the bands will be on 6 and 7 May 2008 while the star quest will be held on 15 and 16 May. The musical extravaganza will be held this Saturday, 26 April 2008.

19 April, 2008

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 19.4.08)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji First School Term, from Monday, 21 January, to Friday, 25 April 2008;
  • Term 1 of Classes to Learn Fijian, Hindi or French, from 4 February to 25 April 2008, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Creative Dance Classes, Term 1, from 18 February to 25 April 2008, Oceania Dance Theatre, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Arts for Kids by Kathy Oyagawa, starts from 5 April 2008, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Easter Volleyball Championships, Friday, 18 April, and Saturday, 19 April 2008, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Oceania Centre Gallery Daily Opening, from Monday, 21 April 2008, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • TFL Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 25 April 2008, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • Pacific Rugby Cup 2008 Competition, Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa, Friday, 25 April 2008, 7pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools Coca Cola Games, Friday, 25 April, and Saturday, 26 April 2008, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Hibiscus Festival 2008 Musical Extravaganza, Saturday, 26 April 2008, Suva;
  • Suva on Sale 2008, from Saturday, 26 April, to Sunday, 4 May 2008, on selected streets of Suva;
  • Fiji Games Bodybuilding Competition, May 2008, Suva;
  • Hibiscus Festival 2008 - Auditions for the battle of the bands, Tuesday, 6 May, and Wednesday, 7 May 2008, Suva;
  • Soweto Gospel Choir Concert, Friday, 9 May 2008, National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Second School Term, from Monday, 12 May, to Friday, 15 August 2008;
  • World's largest floating bookshop on board the MV Doulos in port, from Friday, 23 May, to Tuesday, 3 June 2008; Suva;
  • Mr Suva Bodybuilding Championships, August 2008, Suva;
  • Hibiscus Festival, Friday, 15 August, to Saturday, 23 August 2008, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Fiji Third School Term, from Monday, 1 September, to Friday, 28 November 2008;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs France, 1 November 2008, WIN Stadium, Wollongong, Australia;
  • Rugby League World Cup match - Fiji vs Scotland, 5 November 2008, Bluetongue Stadium, Central Coast, Australia.
Recurring Events:
  • Horse Riding, Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 7am to 4pm, Suva Pony Club, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.45pm to 7.45pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, National Sporting Complex, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), meets every Mondays and Thursdays, at 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters, every Tuesday (beginning 29 January 2008), from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Karate classes, Tuesdays, 4pm to 5.30pm, Thursdays, 5.30pm to 7pm, and Saturdays, 2pm to 4pm, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Hapkido Self Defence Classes, every Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Rock Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Arts for Kids, 2 or 3 Saturdays every month, starting 5 April 2008, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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, (679) 9921427 or e-mail promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

The Soweto Gospel Choir Concert

The Soweto Gospel Choir will hold a concert on Friday, 9 May 2008, at the National Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. The Choir is made up of 26 members from South Africa with ages ranging from 16 to 40. The Choir won a Grammy Award in 2007 and 2008 for their albums 'Blessed' and ‘African Spirit’ in the Best Traditional World Music Category. For more information, pls contact Rina Fugawai on telephones (679) 6235000, (679) 9361001 or (679) 9790893 or e-mail class_act_events@yahoo.com.

World's largest floating bookshop to visit

The world's largest floating bookshop on board the MV Doulos will be in Suva next month. The cruise vessel which is 94 years old will be anchored in Suva and will be open to the public from Friday, 23 May, to Tuesday, 3 June 2008. The bookshop sells a variety of books with crew members carrying out a number of community-based projects and relief work while the vessel is in port. More details on programs will be posted as they are available.

Accor Hotels takes over Raffles Tradewinds

The Accor Hotels group has taken over Raffles Tradewinds Hotel, a hotel located outside Lami, near Suva. The hotel will now form part of the Novotel chain. The hotel offers both accommodation and conference/meeting facilities and is a favourite with locals due to its more reasonable rates. Accor's other hotels in Fiji include : Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Novotel Nadi (formerly the Mocambo Hotel), and Mercure Hotel Nadi (formerly the Dominion International Hotel). Visitors to Suva will now have more options for stay with the services and improvements that will be brought in by the Accor group.

Two events on today

Two major events that are on today in Suva include the Wai Tui Outrigger International currently held at Suva Point and the joint Fiji Bodybuilding Association-Buksh Championships which will be held at the Fiji Arts Club later today. Check detailed entries on this blog for more details.

2008 Suva on Sale

Suva on Sale returns for 2008 and is being scheduled from Saturday, 26 April, to Sunday, 4 May 2008 around streets of Suva. The streets on which stalls will be put up for the event include Cumming Street, Marks Street, Waimanu Road, Thompson Street, Renwick Road and Greig Street.

10 April, 2008

2008 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup Schedule

This is the schedule of games for the 2008 IRB Pacific Cup Rugby Series :
  • Round 1
  • Friday, 18 April, 7pm, Fiji Warriors vs Tautahi Gold, Churchill Park, Lautoka;
  • Friday, 18 April, 4pm, Savai'i Samoa vs Fiji Barbarians, Marist Stadium, Apia;
  • Saturday, 19 April, 3pm, Tau'uta Reds, vs Upolu Samoa, Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa;

  • Round 2
  • Friday, 25 April, 7pm, Fiji Barbarians vs Upolu Samoa, National Stadium, Suva;
  • Saturday, 26 April, 3pm, Savai'i Samoa vs Fiji Warriors, Prince Edward Park, Savaii;
  • Saturday, 26 April, 3pm, Tau'uta Reds vs Tautahi Gold, Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa;

  • Round 3
  • Friday, 2 May, 3pm, Upolu Samoa vs Fiji Warriors, Marist Stadium, Apia;
  • Friday, 2 May, 3pm, Tautahi Gold vs Savai'i Samoa, Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa;
  • Saturday, 3 May, 3pm, Fiji Barbarians vs Tau'uta Reds, Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka;

  • Round 4
  • Friday, 9 May, 7pm, Fiji Warriors vs Tau'uta Reds, Prince Charles Park, Nadi;
  • Friday, 9 May, 3pm, Tautahi Gold, vs, Fiji Barbarians, Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa;
  • Saturday, 10 May, 3pm, Upolu Samoa vs Savai'i Samoa, Marist Stadium, Apia;

  • Round 5
  • Friday, 16 May, 3pm, Tau'uta Reds vs Savai'i Samoa, Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku'alofa;
  • Saturday, 17 May, 3pm, Fiji Warriors vs Fiji Barbarians, Subrail Park, Labasa;
  • Saturday, 17 May, 3pm, Upolu Samoa vs Tautahi Gold, Marist Stadium, Apia;

  • Final
  • Saturday, 24 May, 1st Place Team vs 2nd place team (Hosted by top ranked team)

Exhibition: Red Wave XXXVII and launching of Oceania Centre Gallery

The Red Wave XXXVII Exhibition and launching of the Oceania Centre Gallery will be held on Wednesday, 16 APRIL 2008, at 5.30pm at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. Artwork by artists Mason Lee, Ledua Peni, Irami Buli, Jeke Lagi, Esala Talebula, Abraham Lagi, Anare Somumu and Lingikoni Vaka’uta, will be on display. The event also marks the opening of the Gallery of the Oceania Centre. The Gallery opens daily from Monday, 21 April 2008.

Teams named for the Pacific Rugby Cup Series

The Fiji Warriors and Fiji Barbarians teams have been named for the upcoming Pacific Rugby Cup Series. The teams are as follows :
  • Fiji Warriors - Jale Koroi, Isireli Temo, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Viliame Seuseu, Apisai Turukawa, Vereniki Sauturaga, Viliame Veikoso, Samuela Anisi, Keveriele Bulivorovoro, Sikeli Donu, Mosese Vasuitoga, Rupeni Nasiga, Sailasa Rabonaqica, Aca Ratuva, Wate Vocevoce, Sakiusa Matadigo, Timoci Vakadranu, Aporosa Vata, Waisale Vatuvoka, Waisea Luveniyali, Jonetani Ralulu, Vuniani Ratu, Josefa Satini, Saula Radidi, Epeli Vuicuvu, Patrick Osborne, Nacanieli Nabobo, Timoci Nagusuca, Vilitati Vereimi, and Iliesa Keresoni;
  • Fiji Barbarians - Sikeli Gavidi, Sakeo Latianara, Warui Aritema, Tiko Matawalu, Sisari Tagivakatini, Aseri Buli, Eseroma Cakacaka, Mosese Fatiaki, Filipe Kuruvoli, Joeli Lutumailagi, Alusio Nailiko, Samu Bola, Mitieli Cama, Aminiasi Nava, Kolinio Vasu, Aca Bibi, Josefa Nagatalevu, Kelemedi Bola, Nemia Kanatale, Aminiasi Bosenawai, Ravai Fatiaki, Tikiko Uluiviti, Timoci Mule, Masi Naoma, Ropate Ratu, Alusio Buto, Eneri Kuru, Vima Tuidraki, Apisalome Waqabaca and Simeli Koniferedi.

USP Graduation

The Graduation Ceremony for the University of the South Pacific will be held on Friday, 11 April 2008 at the Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva.

Eastern Zone 7s Rugby

The Eastern Schools Zone 7s Rugby will be held on Saturday, 12 April 2008, starting 8.30am, at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. The Zone features top rugby playing schools such as Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria School and Lelean Memorial School.

09 April, 2008

2008 Wai Tui Outrigger International

The 2008 Wai Tui Outrigger (Paddling) International will be held from Thursday, 17 April, to Saturday, 19 April 2008 at the Hobie Cat Venue, Suva Point. Over 200 paddlers have been registered for the event with teams coming in from New Zealand, Australia, American Samoa, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Wallis and Futuna. Food and drinks will be sold at the site with entertainment provided on each night.

08 April, 2008

Blog Readership : February 2008 vs March 2008

Here are the readership statistics for our Promoting Suva blog for the months of February and March 2008. Data for February is given first followed by data for March. February 2008

March 2008

Observations

  • Readership of the blog again in March 2008 compared to rising the month earlier;
  • Readers from Fiji, USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada continue to form our largest readership group being 81% of our blog readers. Readers from these countries can best be targeted for marketing from this blog;
  • Our top referring site, google.com, continues to take off and remained the site with the highest number of referrals. Our site's search ranking on Google continues to do well with most searches, e.g. for 'Suva activities', 'Suva events', 'Suva Sports', 'Suva art', 'Suva craft', 'Suva tourist activities', 'Suva shopping', our site usually appears on Page 1;
  • Keyword searches indicate that readers are searching for a broad range of issues from individuals, to activities, to places and sights, to shopping and art. Most notable is the increased searches for 'Suva' or 'Suva, Fiji'.

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07 April, 2008

Trip to Viwa Island

The Friends of the Fiji Museum network is organising a trip to Viwa Island on Saturday, 19 April 2008. Viwa Island was where the Reverend John Hunt was based. Reverend Hunt played a major role in converting Fijians to Christianity. The island still has the missionary's grave. The cost per person is F$20.00. Lunch will be provided by the women of Viwa Island. For more information, pls contact Mereia Luvunakoro or Sagale Buadromo on telephones (679) 3315944 or (679) 3315043 or e-mail mereiadi@yahoo.com or friends_fijimuseum@hotmail.com. First 15 persons accepted.

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National Photo Competition : Photos of Fiji

A National Photo Competition, "Photos of Fiji" has been organised by the International School of Suva as part of their annual Fun Day Celebration. Entries are open to amateur photographers. The best photos will be selected for exhibition and sale. Entry forms are available at the office of the International School. Entries close on Friday, 18 April 2008. For more information, pls call Suzy on telephone (679) 9234853 or Carey on telephone (679) 9722801.

Pump Aquathon

A Pump Aquathon will be held on Saturday, 19 April 2008, from 7am at the Hobie Cat Venue, Suva Point, Suva. Events scheduled include :
  • ocean swim/run : 1.5km/5km or 750m/3km or 500m/1.5km;
  • bike race : 20km.

Entry fees are F$5.00 per individual or F$10.00 per team. For more information, pls call Ian on telephone (679) 9995625.

Documentary : Bitter Sweet Hope

A documentary about the sugar industry in Fiji and the expiry of sugar cane leases will be screened on Friday, 11 April 2008, from 6.30pm at the Fiji Museum Verandah, Suva. A small beer and wine bar will open from 5.30pm. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Museum network. For reservations, pls call (679) 3315944.

Davui Ensemble Concert

A concert by the Davui Emsemble will be held on Thursday, 10 April 2008, from 7pm at the Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva. The group will play a number European classical music, Pacific islands and Irish tunes, and jazz. For more information, pls call the Alliance Francaise on telephone (679) 3313802.

02 April, 2008

Australian Building & Construction Trade Show

The Australian Building and Construction Trade Show is on again this year on Monday, 7 April, and Tuesday, 8 April 2008, at the Australian High Commission, Princess Road, Suva. Visit it to see a wide range of exciting and innovative building and construction products from Australia, presented by experts in the field. For more information, pls call Ms Siteri Rauqe on telephone (679) 3382805.

Colonial Cup Rugby Series Final

The Colonial Cup Rugby Series Final between Tailevu Knights and Crusaders will be played this Saturday, 5 April 2008, from 3pm at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Tickets are selling at F$10.00 per adult.