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