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.