People

People – Viniana forges ahead

No one expected COVID-19 to turn the tide on hotel workers, but it did as the economy crippled and businesses shutdown Fiji-wide during the first wave. Out of the thousands Viniana Taginavulau too lost her job...

18th September

Back at home – Lote gives up diplomatic career for ill mum

Renowned American author Tia Walker once said ‘To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours’. Her words would best describe Lote Raboila’s journey. He gave up a promising diplomatic career, including rubbing shoulders with international leaders, to return home to care for his elderly, bedridden mother. “There were...

17th September

A push to success – From a tough upbringing to running a business

If there were ways to describe Aisea Tamanikaiwaimaro, the words persistent and resilient would be apt. The 32-year-old is a proud pioneer of Flourishing Design Studio today, however, the road to achieving this was not always a bed of roses but a path filled with a lot of struggles as well. Originally from Tailevu, Aisea...

16th September

Woman of great mettle – The courage to carry on

Prem Lata can be described as a woman of great mettle because she has the ability to successfully prioritise and juggle running a home while faithfully meeting her work requirements. She is a great source of inspiration and motivation for the general populace. The 50-year-old is a female business owner operating as a florist from her place...

15th September

People: Life alone on the farm

Sometimes you have to be straight up with people because they don’t realise what you go through, says Apau Neori. Neori, who looks after a farm in Naitasiri, lives alone. He lives life a day at a time, but has come to realise how communicating with other human beings is important to maintaining your sanity. When this newspaper caught up with him, Neori was excited to share his...

14th September

Eroni keeps moving – 12 years in tourism

Having worked on various managerial level jobs in the tourism industry, Eroni Vuetibau hit an unexpected roadblock that led him to his current job as a sales and marketing person. Even with the reality of trying to make ends meet in society after the tourism industry came to a standstill because of COVID-19, Vuetibau maintained...

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