Ed­i­to­rial

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Here we are, en­ter­ing our 11th year of pub­lish­ing with some fresh ideas and more un­der­stand­ing of what you, our read­ers, want. It is you who de­cide what makes a good story and a bet­ter magazine, and we thank those who drop us a line to let us know. That’s why we went to the home of Jerry Tuwai, Olympic champ and fam­ily man, and ex­pe­ri­enced with him the joy of the birth of his son and the thrill of us­ing his first rugby earn­ings to buy his fam­ily a tele­vi­sion. You know him as a sports star, now meet the boy from Tamole Road. An­other suc­cess story from the play­ing fields of Fiji is Waisea Nacuqu, who as a Ba boy was into soc­cer un­til he fi­nally swapped for a ca­reer in rugby. Once a school dropout, he learnt that sport can be a life choice if pur­sued dili­gently and han­dled wisely. We found him do­ing what he still likes best, en­joy­ing the sim­ple life on the banks of Ba river with his cousin broth­ers and a fish­ing line. With Fiji now play­ing a lead­ing part in the global ef­fort to save our oceans and com­bat cli­mate change, a rel­e­vant story comes from FRIEND, the Foun­da­tion for Ru­ral In­te­grated En­ter­prises and De­vel­op­ment. They are link­ing their work in some of Hur­ri­cane Win­ston’s hard­est hit ar­eas with sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and or­ganic farm­ing. ‘Adap­tion’ is a word we are go­ing to learn a lot more about in the Pa­cific and it is good to see our home grown NGOs tak­ing a lead. Which brings to mind some words of wis­dom from our colum­nist Dr Mishra-Vakaoti about how chil­dren learn best from ex­am­ple. She ex­plains that if you want to raise youngsters who are in­volved in and con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity you must in­tro­duce them to a com­mu­nity as par­ents who vol­un­teer and en­gage in ac­tivism. We know some chil­dren who have been march­ing with ban­ner wav­ing mums since be­fore they could walk and tak­ing part in clean­ing up our city coast­lines in pushchairs. In the com­mer­cial arena, hair, beauty and fit­ness is a de­vel­op­ing busi­ness and one of those in the top ranks is Pauline Camp­bell, Prin­ci­pal and Di­rec­tor of Pivot Point Fiji. As an as­tute busi­ness­woman who wanted to make change in the in­dus­try, she in­vested in build­ing a school to pro­vide Fiji’s po­ten­tial best with the skills they needed to do just that. Her trained ther­a­pists are pop­u­lar at lux­ury re­sorts, such as Lau­cala Is­land, places where she is highly re­garded for her ex­per­tise – and her grad­u­ates. In our 11th year we con­tinue to take a keen in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of our arts, in­clud­ing what and who is trend­ing on the mu­sic scene. This month we bring you one of Fiji’s hottest, In­side Out. Apakuki Nalawa re­mem­bers the hard years when he and his group played for peanuts. Now they have a ris­ing rep­u­ta­tion and a strong fol­low­ing, and hope­fully a good liv­ing. It’s clear they are do­ing what they love to do, but love alone doesn’t feed the fam­ily. Many of the mu­si­cians in­ter­viewed in this magazine have spo­ken feel­ingly of the dif­fi­cult early years and the lim­ited earn­ings they make. They all have a cham­pion in songstress Laisa Vu­lakoro, whom I hap­pened to run into in the su­per­mar­ket just a few days ago. Dur­ing our brief chat she fielded three phone calls, dashed around the su­per­mar­ket shelves and did her shop­ping, and still man­aged to sound en­thu­si­as­tic about the week­end’s mu­sic fest. She is a tire­less sup­porter of per­form­ing rights and a fair deal for mu­si­cians and per­form­ers, and they are lucky to have her. We are also fol­low­ing the lives of those in­volved in cul­tural per­for­mances, who help keep our tra­di­tions, mu­sic, songs and dances alive. Many of them are part of our thriv­ing tourism in­dus­try. For in­stance 56-year-old Nanise Turaga, who has been part of the Nawaka vil­lage en­ter­tain­ment group of Nadi since she was a Class 8 school­girl. A vi­sion­ary named Iliaseri Nakoro saw the es­tab­lish­ment of a per­for­mance group as a way to pre­serve, en­ter­tain and ed­u­cate peo­ple about the meke, vucu and the pounded rhythms of the derua. His legacy lives on in pol­ished per­form­ers like Nanise. Happy read­ing, and your com­ments will help us shape our magazine for what we plan will be an in­ter­est­ing year of lively ar­ti­cles that con­nect with your lives in our dy­namic Fiji so­ci­ety.

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