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The past few weeks have been hec­tic in­deed and this makes our April is­sue full of awesome read­ing that we hope will keep you in­spired and fo­cused un­til the next one.

We were hit by two trop­i­cal cy­clones. First it was TC Josie, then a few weeks later, while those af­fected were busy re­build­ing their lives, TC Keni struck. For many this has been a chal­leng­ing time and as we con­tinue to make progress with our re­cov­ery ef­forts, we wish good health and good for­tune to those af­fected.

We ded­i­cate a few pages this month to sto­ries of those af­fected by the dis­as­ters and floods. Hope­fully, the ar­ti­cles and pho­to­graphs we’ve cap­tured from Ba will help you grasp the level of hard­ships some of our fel­low cit­i­zens are go­ing through and en­cour­age you to sup­port any hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief ef­forts tar­geted at get­ting our fel­low cit­i­zens from Ba back on their feet.

We have an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with one of Fiji’s most pow­er­ful busi­ness­woman, Dr Nur Bano Ali in which she shares with us her up­bring­ing in Si­ga­toka and her education and gives us a rare peek into her life as a prom­i­nent pro­fes­sional woman on the go, a women’s ad­vo­cate and a mother.

For Fiji Gold lovers, we spoke to Mataiyasi Naua, the ca­reer brewer who helped dis­cover the for­mula be­hind this smooth tast­ing beer when sales of Fiji Bit­ter were on the de­cline. Naua shared his ex­pe­ri­ences at the Pa­cific’s big­gest brew­ery, his ro­mance and mar­riage to the woman who swept him off his feet and how he now spends his days on re­tire­ment.

We also give you a story of how a ru­ral boy from Saioko Vil­lage in Ra is mak­ing a name for him­self in Bri­tain’s Royal Air Force. Meet Toga Mata­moana Loco, for­merly of Ma­hatma Ghandi Memo­rial who now proudly flies Fiji colours where he works as a flight lieu­tenant.

With a lot of talk on green growth, cli­mate change and sus­tain­abil­ity, we de­cided to ex­plore the lo­cal re­cy­cled fash­ion scene. Yes, we went to Value City’s Vivrass out­let in Lau­cala Beach to picked a few clothes and or­gan­ise a photo shoot to help show how you can look good and smart in a sec­ond hand out­fit that is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, af­ford­able and stylish.

And of course, as al­ways, we bring you reg­u­lar ar­ti­cles on health with Dr Kru­pali Tap­poo, food with celebrity chef Lance Seeto, Flavours from Afar with Priya Darsni, tips on how to keep fit and healthy with the Bu­la­li­cious team, S’Pacif­i­cally Speak­ing by Ber­nadette Rounds Ganilau and our long­est run­ning col­umn, 2Bags.

Hope you en­joy your read­ing.

Un­til next time, have a great month, keep safe and good luck!

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