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Bula Vi­naka and wel­come back to the pages of maiLife July is­sue. A lot hap­pened in the past few weeks and again we bring you sto­ries that we hope will keep you in­spired and cap­ti­vated. Our cover story takes you to the lux­u­ri­ous Toko­riki Is­land Resort where one of its pop­u­lar chefs talks about his experiences work­ing with food daily in the tourism in­dus­try. We share with you an in­clu­sive in­ter­view we did with Fly­ing Fi­jian Ben Volavola where he talks about his rugby and the lat­est chap­ter in his life’s story – his ro­mance with Hol­ly­wood ac­tress Shai­lene Woodley. The in­ter­view was the first time Volavola, who plays his rugby in Bordeaux, France spoke to the me­dia about his girl­friend and how the cou­ple met while she was film­ing the movie, Adrift, which was shot in Fiji. We bring you a story of one of Fiji’s pop­u­lar faces and voices on her health is­sues, es­pe­cially diet. Lenora Qereqeretabua will also tell you the se­crets be­hind her fa­mous bui ni ga and why she de­cided to ven­ture into the world of pol­i­tics. We met up with Sand­hya Nand, who wowed many of us dur­ing her lo­cal mod­el­ling days in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Nand talks about her mem­o­ries of Fiji, her views on the lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try and her new pas­sion – pho­tog­ra­phy. We have a Q & A ses­sion with Ton­gan dual Olympian, Pita Ta­ufato­fua, who cap­ti­vated the world dur­ing the 2016 Rio Olympics when he was flag bearer for the is­land king­dom and walked the tracks dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony with his body heav­ily oiled, de­spite be­ing told not to do so. Ta­ufato­fua talk to us about fash­ion and his pas­sion for ev­ery­thing Pa­cific. In our sports pages, two surf­ing sis­ters share their sto­ries about their favourite sport while HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 Rookie of the Year Eroni Sau talks about his de­but year with the na­tional sevens team and the se­cret be­hind the hard hit­ting tack­les that have earned him the nick­name “Sledge­ham­mer”. We vis­ited Toge Vil­lage in Ba to find out how they are cop­ing a few months after the rav­ages of TC Josie and were part of the cel­e­bra­tions in the vil­lage of Naiseuseu, Beqa where vol­un­teers from UK-based Fron­tier fundraised and do­nated more than $2000 to re­pair the vil­lage’s only gen­er­a­tor. Now, vil­lage chil­dren can study and do their home­work well at nights and women can see to cook din­ner. For busi­ness, we have a pow­er­ful story about how a PNG farmer from the high­lands sent his son to school by sell­ing peanuts and to­bacco at the lo­cal mar­ket. That son of his be­came a civil ser­vant and later a busi­ness­man. Now he has opened his first over­seas branch in Fiji. Con­grat­u­la­tions! And if you are a pet lover, there’s a page on how to look after your cat and kit­tens. Then we have our reg­u­lar col­umns on health, food, travel, fitness, S’pacif­i­cally Speak­ing, 2 Bags and much more. Take your time to read and im­merse your­self in the mood of the story. Un­til next month, happy read­ing and keep safe!

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