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Ten years ago a small group of print and tele­vi­sion jour­nal­ists sat down in a small of­fice in Gar­den City and started some­thing spe­cial. Some­thing that ev­ery­day Fi­jians could re­late to, to learn, to laugh and to share in­for­ma­tion. The Mai Group founded by Stan­ley Simp­son, Richard Broad­bridge and Ju­dith Ragg, and in­cluded a maiTV chan­nel and maiLife mag­a­zine. A decade’s worth of writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, cam­era­men and women and artists of all sorts have been the back­bone of maiLife mag­a­zine and we have ten years worth of Fi­jian sto­ries to show for it. Fiji’s favourite mag­a­zine has been proud to bring you the sto­ries of your peo­ple and their achieve­ments. This is­sue, we look at artists. Artists on stage, artists in the board­room, artists in sports and more. Why do we call them artists? Be­cause this is­sue looks at the art of suc­cess. Suc­cess is not al­ways mea­sured in mone­tary terms or so­cial stand­ing. It is not fi­nal, it is con­stantly grow­ing and evolv­ing. It is not defined by an agreed upon unit of mea­sure­ment but on each in­di­vid­u­als sat­is­fac­tion. Each cover ar­ti­cle this is­sue is a ver­sion of us, stand­ing at the win­dowsill, look­ing in on the sto­ries of some of the great sons and daugh­ters of Fiji. In the realm of sports, Eileen Cikamatana has taken Fiji’s fe­male weightlift­ing scene to new heights. Medal­ing in the Com­mon­wealth Cham­pi­onships and tak­ing out the World Youth ti­tle in Malaysia, the 17 year old re­cently also won two gold medals in the Aus­tralian Open. This fresh-faced girl from Ovalau is a weightlift­ing dream and con­tin­ues to pave the way for other ex­cep­tional fe­male ath­letes in the sport. We also take a look at artists in the tra­di­tional sense of the word, from dance to mu­sic to po­etry. Lo­cal favourite ‘Knox’ graces the June Is­sue with an in­sight on the de­vel­op­ments of the Fiji mu­sic in­dus­try and the man be­hind the dread­locks. From sound to mo­tion, we travel to Aotearoa with Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala, a dancer and poet of Fi­jian de­scent. Carv­ing new roads for brown women in the New Zealand Arts scene, Jahra dis­cusses dance and the di­as­pora of Pa­cific is­lan­ders slowly find­ing their way home. Suc­cess comes at many a hard­ship and sac­ri­fice, and in our tenth an­niver­sary is­sue, we also look at the suc­cess of busi­ness peo­ple in Fiji. En­tre­pre­neur Tanuj Pa­tel came to Fiji with a fool­proof busi­ness plan to start up a Fiji branch of fran­chise Ea­gle Boys Pizza. And like most good things, suc­cess took time. The hard­ships faced by new busi­ness own­ers is a strug­gle many are fa­mil­iar with and Tanuj re­lays this ex­pe­ri­ence well. Strug­gle and suc­cess un­doubt­edly walk hand in hand. Financial, phys­i­cal and emo­tional toil are ex­pe­ri­ences that all our cover sto­ries have shared and not many know emo­tional strug­gle like Doc­tor Isireli Bi­u­ma­to­toya or Doc­tor Leli Dar­ling as peo­ple call him. A gay man raised by a con­ser­va­tive fa­ther, that strug­gled to find his place in both the med­i­cal field and his fam­ily, shares his story with maiLIFE read­ers in the hopes of re­pair­ing bridges bro­ken and in­spir­ing oth­ers. All in all, we’ve been hon­oured to bring you the sto­ries of in­spir­ing Fi­jians for a decade now. We were proud to bring you cur­rent af­fairs, sports, lit­er­a­ture, art, busi­ness and share in­for­ma­tion with the reg­u­lar Fi­jian. We take plea­sure in har­ness­ing the cre­ativ­ity of our team of writ­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers and in­no­va­tors to con­tinue serv­ing you with Fiji’s favourite mag­a­zine. From the team at maiLIFE, thank you for be­ing a part of our ten year jour­ney and may our suc­cess and the suc­cess of our fellow coun­try­men and women be cel­e­brated by all.

Vi­naka, Naziah Ali

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