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Mahendra Tappoo: Tenancy Interest For TappooCity Lautoka Very High

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Mahendra Tappoo: Tenancy Interest For TappooCity Lautoka Very High

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Donut King general manager, Helen White (left), and Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, signing the tenancy agreement.

Tenants have already started signing up for TappooCity Lautoka shopping mall.

One of the first is the popular Australian franchise – the Donut King.

Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, confirmed this yesterday. He said the interest level for tenancy was very high.

Mr Tappoo said they would make more announcments in the coming months. He further highlighted work on the TappooCity Lautoka mall was progressing very well with a greater sense of excitement over the project from stakeholders as well as consumers.

“It will be very high standard of building in keeping up with our image. It looks to be a very exciting complex especially with a new cinema and an international food court,” he said.

With tourists from cruise liners also entering our second city through the Port of Lautoka, this new shopping mall could very well be a big attraction for them as well.

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Donut King opened its first outlet in Damodar City in Suva the past week with very good response and is planning expansion already.

It is now set to open two outlets within the Tappoo upmarket shopping malls in its two cities.

One will open in TappooCity Suva next month. It will be located on Level 4 of the complex near the Tip Top Kiosk.

The other outlet will be in the TappooCity Lautoka once it opens.

Donut King general manager, Helen White, signed the contract with the Tappoo Group the past week.

Mr Tappoo said he was delighted to have yet another international franchise come to Fiji and be part of their popular shopping malls.

Ms White said she was thrilled to have an opportunity to open in the iconic TappooCity in Suva next month and later in their magnificent new complex in Lautoka.

“Donut King is a quality product and will fit in well the high standards of the TappooCity malls,” she said.

“I have been to see the progress of the Lautoka site. It is so exciting. A great location. We can’t wait to open there!”

Mr Tappoo recognised Donut King as a very strong brand name, renowned for its quality and taste.

“Employing over 4600 staff and serving 30 million donuts to Australians every year, Donut King is set to become a house-hold name in Fiji,” he said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 8th August 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/08/07/mahendra-tappoo-tenancy-interest-for-tappoocity-lautoka-very-high/

Mahendra Tappoo: Tenancy Interest For TappooCity Lautoka Very High

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Donut King general manager, Helen White (left), and Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, signing the tenancy agreement.

Tenants have already started signing up for TappooCity Lautoka shopping mall.

One of the first is the popular Australian franchise – the Donut King.

Tappoo Group director, Mahendra Tappoo, confirmed this yesterday. He said the interest level for tenancy was very high.

Mr Tappoo said they would make more announcments in the coming months. He further highlighted work on the TappooCity Lautoka mall was progressing very well with a greater sense of excitement over the project from stakeholders as well as consumers.

“It will be very high standard of building in keeping up with our image. It looks to be a very exciting complex especially with a new cinema and an international food court,” he said.

With tourists from cruise liners also entering our second city through the Port of Lautoka, this new shopping mall could very well be a big attraction for them as well.

Donut King

Donut King opened its first outlet in Damodar City in Suva the past week with very good response and is planning expansion already.

It is now set to open two outlets within the Tappoo upmarket shopping malls in its two cities.

One will open in TappooCity Suva next month. It will be located on Level 4 of the complex near the Tip Top Kiosk.

The other outlet will be in the TappooCity Lautoka once it opens.

Donut King general manager, Helen White, signed the contract with the Tappoo Group the past week.

Mr Tappoo said he was delighted to have yet another international franchise come to Fiji and be part of their popular shopping malls.

Ms White said she was thrilled to have an opportunity to open in the iconic TappooCity in Suva next month and later in their magnificent new complex in Lautoka.

“Donut King is a quality product and will fit in well the high standards of the TappooCity malls,” she said.

“I have been to see the progress of the Lautoka site. It is so exciting. A great location. We can’t wait to open there!”

Mr Tappoo recognised Donut King as a very strong brand name, renowned for its quality and taste.

“Employing over 4600 staff and serving 30 million donuts to Australians every year, Donut King is set to become a house-hold name in Fiji,” he said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 8th August 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/08/07/mahendra-tappoo-tenancy-interest-for-tappoocity-lautoka-very-high/

Kia Takes Top Spot In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

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Kia Takes Top Spot In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

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JD Power has recognised Kia brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study out of all 33 makes in the US the past week.

Marking the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings, Kia’s rise to the top was driven by segment-leading performances from the Sportage and Soul.

This is while Sorento, Rio and Cerato, all ranked in the top three of their respective categories.

The Korean automaker supplanted Porsche at the top of the list.

Kia Motors America chief operating officer and EVP, Michael Sprague, said: “Ranked highest in the entire industry for initial quality is the result of Kia’s decade-long focus on craftsmanship and continuous improvement.

“It reflects the voice of our customers, which is the ultimate affirmation. As the highest ranked brand in the industry, there is no doubt Kia is a world-class automaker.”

As Kia’s US sales have consistently grown over the last four years to surpass the 600,000 annual unit mark, so too has the brand’s performance in JD Power’s Initial Quality Study.

After entering the overall top 10 for the first time in 2013, Kia placed second in the industry and led all non-premium makes in IQS in 2015.

Now in its 30th year, the annual JD Power IQS analyses responses from vehicle owners in 26 segments.

IQS is determined by vehicle owners evaluating the driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a broad range of quality-related problems within the first 90 days of ownership.

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In Fiji, Kia sales is also ranked amongst the top 3 brands in the new passenger vehicle segment and  is exclusively distributed by Kia Motors Fiji, a Tappoo Group Company.

Tappoo Group chief executive and executive director, Madhu Tappoo, said they were  extremely delighted and overwhelmed.

This was with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the Auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal.

“We are honoured to represent Kia and its design lead and multi award winning vehicles in Fiji,” he said.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best amongst the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise.”

Kia’s hi-tech, design lead, award winning vehicles are available in Fiji from Kia Motors Fiji Showrooms located at the corner of Grantham Road and Carpenter Street, Garden City, Raiwai Suva, and on the Main Street in Nadi town.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 2nd July 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/07/02/kia-takes-top-spot-in-2016-jd-power-initial-quality-study/

Kia Takes Top Spot In 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study

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JD Power has recognised Kia brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study out of all 33 makes in the US the past week.

Marking the first time in 27 years that a non-premium brand has topped the rankings, Kia’s rise to the top was driven by segment-leading performances from the Sportage and Soul.

This is while Sorento, Rio and Cerato, all ranked in the top three of their respective categories.

The Korean automaker supplanted Porsche at the top of the list.

Kia Motors America chief operating officer and EVP, Michael Sprague, said: “Ranked highest in the entire industry for initial quality is the result of Kia’s decade-long focus on craftsmanship and continuous improvement.

“It reflects the voice of our customers, which is the ultimate affirmation. As the highest ranked brand in the industry, there is no doubt Kia is a world-class automaker.”

As Kia’s US sales have consistently grown over the last four years to surpass the 600,000 annual unit mark, so too has the brand’s performance in JD Power’s Initial Quality Study.

After entering the overall top 10 for the first time in 2013, Kia placed second in the industry and led all non-premium makes in IQS in 2015.

Now in its 30th year, the annual JD Power IQS analyses responses from vehicle owners in 26 segments.

IQS is determined by vehicle owners evaluating the driving experience, engine and transmission performance, and a broad range of quality-related problems within the first 90 days of ownership.

Distributor here

In Fiji, Kia sales is also ranked amongst the top 3 brands in the new passenger vehicle segment and  is exclusively distributed by Kia Motors Fiji, a Tappoo Group Company.

Tappoo Group chief executive and executive director, Madhu Tappoo, said they were  extremely delighted and overwhelmed.

This was with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the Auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal.

“We are honoured to represent Kia and its design lead and multi award winning vehicles in Fiji,” he said.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best amongst the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise.”

Kia’s hi-tech, design lead, award winning vehicles are available in Fiji from Kia Motors Fiji Showrooms located at the corner of Grantham Road and Carpenter Street, Garden City, Raiwai Suva, and on the Main Street in Nadi town.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: 2nd July 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/07/02/kia-takes-top-spot-in-2016-jd-power-initial-quality-study/

Kia cars ranked among the best

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Kia cars ranked among the best

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The sale of Kia brand vehicles is ranked among the top three brands in Fiji and the recognition from JD Power has added more stars to the brand name.

Distributed exclusively in Fiji by Kia Motors Fiji, which is a Tappoo Group company, Kia is one of the top three brands in the new passenger vehicle segment.

“We are extremely delighted and overwhelmed with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal,” said Tappoo Group CEO and executive director Madhu Tappoo.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best among the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise,” Mr Tappoo added.

A statement from the company yesterday stated Kia Motors reached historic heights when JD Power recognised the brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study (IQS) out of all 33 makes in the US last week.

Wikipedia describes JD Power as an American-based global marketing information services firm that conducts surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality, and buyer behaviour for industries ranging from cars to marketing and advertising firms.

It said they were best known for its customer satisfaction research on new-car quality and long-term dependability.

Source: The Fiji Times

Date: 1st July 2016

URL: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=360460

Kia cars ranked among the best

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The sale of Kia brand vehicles is ranked among the top three brands in Fiji and the recognition from JD Power has added more stars to the brand name.

Distributed exclusively in Fiji by Kia Motors Fiji, which is a Tappoo Group company, Kia is one of the top three brands in the new passenger vehicle segment.

“We are extremely delighted and overwhelmed with Kia’s endless achievements and accolades in the auto industry over the recent years, and being ranked highest against the odds is just phenomenal,” said Tappoo Group CEO and executive director Madhu Tappoo.

“Kia has been known as one of the ‘world’s fastest growing automotive brands’ and now being recognised as the best among the 33 automotive makes in the USA speaks a lot about the brand. Surely Kia has the powers to surprise,” Mr Tappoo added.

A statement from the company yesterday stated Kia Motors reached historic heights when JD Power recognised the brand as the highest scoring nameplate in its 2016 Initial Quality Study (IQS) out of all 33 makes in the US last week.

Wikipedia describes JD Power as an American-based global marketing information services firm that conducts surveys of customer satisfaction, product quality, and buyer behaviour for industries ranging from cars to marketing and advertising firms.

It said they were best known for its customer satisfaction research on new-car quality and long-term dependability.

Source: The Fiji Times

Date: 1st July 2016

URL: http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=360460

Donated Vehicles Boosts Agriculture Sector

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Donated Vehicles Boosts Agriculture Sector

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The government of India donated two Mahindra vehicles and two tractors worth over $200,000 to the Agriculture sector at the Koronivia Research Station in Nausori yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu says he is thankful to the government of India for their technical assistance to Fiji.

“I thank and acknowledge the government of India’s support to Fiji under the bilateral development co-operation that was signed in 2006 and has been further extended for another three years.

“We are very pleased with this co-operation to further develop a strong partnership between the two countries through the technical assistance programme,” he said.

“Today I am happy to see the new vehicles added to our fleet which we have waited patiently for.

“The two vehicles will be used solely for the sheep breeding programme under the Animal Health Production Division and the Fiji Agriculture Statistics Unit that are undertaking our statistical survey in order to establish the Ministry’s much needed agriculture statistics.”

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said he was happy to be a part of the development process in the agricultural sector of Fiji.

“The machinery handed over today is to help the economy to rise in agriculture sector as Fiji imports and exports various food items and vegetables.

“Agriculture sector in Fiji is a vital part of the economy and when this type of revolutions comes, naturally the production of goods get high which will generate better revenue and grow our economy,” Mr Sapkal said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: June 29 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/29/donated-vehicles-boosts-agriculture-sector/

Donated Vehicles Boosts Agriculture Sector

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The government of India donated two Mahindra vehicles and two tractors worth over $200,000 to the Agriculture sector at the Koronivia Research Station in Nausori yesterday.

Minister for Agriculture, Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu says he is thankful to the government of India for their technical assistance to Fiji.

“I thank and acknowledge the government of India’s support to Fiji under the bilateral development co-operation that was signed in 2006 and has been further extended for another three years.

“We are very pleased with this co-operation to further develop a strong partnership between the two countries through the technical assistance programme,” he said.

“Today I am happy to see the new vehicles added to our fleet which we have waited patiently for.

“The two vehicles will be used solely for the sheep breeding programme under the Animal Health Production Division and the Fiji Agriculture Statistics Unit that are undertaking our statistical survey in order to establish the Ministry’s much needed agriculture statistics.”

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal said he was happy to be a part of the development process in the agricultural sector of Fiji.

“The machinery handed over today is to help the economy to rise in agriculture sector as Fiji imports and exports various food items and vegetables.

“Agriculture sector in Fiji is a vital part of the economy and when this type of revolutions comes, naturally the production of goods get high which will generate better revenue and grow our economy,” Mr Sapkal said.

Source: The Fiji Sun

Date: June 29 2016

URL: http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/29/donated-vehicles-boosts-agriculture-sector/

The start of the Tappoo dynasty

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The start of the Tappoo dynasty

SIGATOKA is the cradle of the Tappoo dynasty. It was in the dusty outback of Sigatoka that the Tappoo Group founder, the late Tappoo Kanji, founded the family business.

Years of sacrifice as a child and later as an apprentice with various employers enabled him to rent a small 10ft by 10ft workshop in a small wooden house from where he hand-made his silver jewellery.

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The late Mr. Tappoo Kanji’s first work shop (10ft x 10ft) in Sigatoka in 1941.

This workshop was his first store, founded 75 years ago on 23rd August 1941. This was the first of his many first-time achievements in Sigatoka.

Today Sigatoka remains the base for one of Tappoo’s magnificent retail department stores. The Tappoo signature blue department complex located alongside the Sigatoka river, opposite the old Sigatoka bridge, is a visual artistry in itself.

Further down from the complex is the Tappoo headquarters, a symbol of the Tappoo Group’s commitment to the township it calls home. It is a sentimental decision that recognises and cherishes their humble beginnings. Their ties, fostered almost 75 years ago, were forged beyond the municipal confines of the township.

They extend deep into the exotic wilderness of Sigatoka, into Kavanagasau and the surrounding villages and settlements.

It is Kavanagasau in the interiors of Sigatoka Valley where the Tappoo founder lived as a 14-year-old child when he first came from India to make Fiji his home.

“It has always been our desire, in accordance with the wishes of our founding father, to commit to our community of Sigatoka,” said Kanti Tappoo, the chairman of the Tappoo Group of Companies and the eldest son of the late founder.

“An integral part of his vision was that the company was a vehicle to do good. We find honour in this.”

He added that the town will always have “a special place in our hearts”.

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Mr Tappoo Kanji and Mrs Ladhiben Tappoo standing in front of their first shop. Photo taken 55 years later

“After all, it has been our home for several generations, and it will be the home base for more generations to come,” said Mr Tappoo, who had served as Sigatoka’s mayor for 14 years.

“The family has always been involved in the town’s development — in capacities where we have been asked to contribute, and in capacities where we have taken the lead after being inspired by others or developments elsewhere,” he said.

This year, Tappoo will partner and support several of the council’s major projects. One notable project would be the construction of the River Bank jetty and beautification of the town.

“These projects recently announced by the council are commendable and will undoubtedly add value to Sigatoka town’s reputation as a tourist destination,” Mr Tappoo said.

“With the rest of the township, we are excited and energised to maintain the authenticity and attraction that is uniquely Sigatoka.”

The Tappoo Group of Companies will commemorate 75 years of its existence on August 23.

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Tappoo Sigatoka Shop (Current )

Source: The Fiji Times June 16 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=358327)

The start of the Tappoo dynasty

SIGATOKA is the cradle of the Tappoo dynasty. It was in the dusty outback of Sigatoka that the Tappoo Group founder, the late Tappoo Kanji, founded the family business.

Years of sacrifice as a child and later as an apprentice with various employers enabled him to rent a small 10ft by 10ft workshop in a small wooden house from where he hand-made his silver jewellery.

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The late Mr. Tappoo Kanji’s first work shop (10ft x 10ft) in Sigatoka in 1941.

This workshop was his first store, founded 75 years ago on 23rd August 1941. This was the first of his many first-time achievements in Sigatoka.

Today Sigatoka remains the base for one of Tappoo’s magnificent retail department stores. The Tappoo signature blue department complex located alongside the Sigatoka river, opposite the old Sigatoka bridge, is a visual artistry in itself.

Further down from the complex is the Tappoo headquarters, a symbol of the Tappoo Group’s commitment to the township it calls home. It is a sentimental decision that recognises and cherishes their humble beginnings. Their ties, fostered almost 75 years ago, were forged beyond the municipal confines of the township.

They extend deep into the exotic wilderness of Sigatoka, into Kavanagasau and the surrounding villages and settlements.

It is Kavanagasau in the interiors of Sigatoka Valley where the Tappoo founder lived as a 14-year-old child when he first came from India to make Fiji his home.

“It has always been our desire, in accordance with the wishes of our founding father, to commit to our community of Sigatoka,” said Kanti Tappoo, the chairman of the Tappoo Group of Companies and the eldest son of the late founder.

“An integral part of his vision was that the company was a vehicle to do good. We find honour in this.”

He added that the town will always have “a special place in our hearts”.

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Mr Tappoo Kanji and Mrs Ladhiben Tappoo standing in front of their first shop. Photo taken 55 years later

“After all, it has been our home for several generations, and it will be the home base for more generations to come,” said Mr Tappoo, who had served as Sigatoka’s mayor for 14 years.

“The family has always been involved in the town’s development — in capacities where we have been asked to contribute, and in capacities where we have taken the lead after being inspired by others or developments elsewhere,” he said.

This year, Tappoo will partner and support several of the council’s major projects. One notable project would be the construction of the River Bank jetty and beautification of the town.

“These projects recently announced by the council are commendable and will undoubtedly add value to Sigatoka town’s reputation as a tourist destination,” Mr Tappoo said.

“With the rest of the township, we are excited and energised to maintain the authenticity and attraction that is uniquely Sigatoka.”

The Tappoo Group of Companies will commemorate 75 years of its existence on August 23.

TAPPOO sigatoka exterior pic, final

Tappoo Sigatoka Shop (Current )

Source: The Fiji Times June 16 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=358327)

Foundation Hands $42,000 For Youth

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Foundation Hands $42,000 For Youth

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Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council Youth cordinator Selita Saula, Sigatoka town council Tulsi Ram, Vodafone Acting Marketing officer Keshwin Prasad, Miss Coral Coast Carnival 2016 Bindya Gounder and Minister for Local Government Praveen Kumar with the cheque last Saturday night.

In a bid to empower youths in the Nadroga/Navosa province, the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation handed a cheque of $42,000 during the Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival in Sigatoka last Saturday.

An improvement from last year when foundation donated $35,800 for 15 community based clubs.

Foundation executive Ambalika Devi said: “As a follow on from last year, the foundation continued to reach Nadroga/Navosa province building capacities of youth and women’s club to access grants for social entrepreneurship and income generation.”

She said the aim of the programme was to share information and knowledge on successes from other provinces.

“As a lead on, we saw an influx of proposals from Nadroga/Navosa province for income generation and empowerment activities for women and youth,” Ms Devi said.

“The board managed to approve another grant of $42,000 for 18 youth and women’s clubs.

“We work closely with Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council and relevant stakeholders to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of projects.

“The support will be pushed towards villages within tikina Nadrau, Draiba, NaKorovou, Komave, Nasikawa and Korolevu-i-wai. We received proposals from these clubs requesting for support. The projects range from canteen, farming, catering, fishing, Internet Cafe, etc.

“Our handover of grants now sees building capacities and connecting clubs to microfinance services too.

“Our network on the ground with charities are forever evolving and complementing our vision for stronger and a connected vanua.”

Since the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation’s inception in 2004, it has contributed over $18 million towards community projects.

Minister for Local Government Praveen Kumar, Sigatoka Town Council and Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council youth Co-ordinator Selita Saula thanked the foundation for the boost.

Source: The Fiji Sun June 7th 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/07/foundation-hands-42000-for-youth/)

Foundation Hands $42,000 For Youth

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Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council Youth cordinator Selita Saula, Sigatoka town council Tulsi Ram, Vodafone Acting Marketing officer Keshwin Prasad, Miss Coral Coast Carnival 2016 Bindya Gounder and Minister for Local Government Praveen Kumar with the cheque last Saturday night.

In a bid to empower youths in the Nadroga/Navosa province, the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation handed a cheque of $42,000 during the Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival in Sigatoka last Saturday.

An improvement from last year when foundation donated $35,800 for 15 community based clubs.

Foundation executive Ambalika Devi said: “As a follow on from last year, the foundation continued to reach Nadroga/Navosa province building capacities of youth and women’s club to access grants for social entrepreneurship and income generation.”

She said the aim of the programme was to share information and knowledge on successes from other provinces.

“As a lead on, we saw an influx of proposals from Nadroga/Navosa province for income generation and empowerment activities for women and youth,” Ms Devi said.

“The board managed to approve another grant of $42,000 for 18 youth and women’s clubs.

“We work closely with Nadroga/Navosa Provincial Council and relevant stakeholders to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation of projects.

“The support will be pushed towards villages within tikina Nadrau, Draiba, NaKorovou, Komave, Nasikawa and Korolevu-i-wai. We received proposals from these clubs requesting for support. The projects range from canteen, farming, catering, fishing, Internet Cafe, etc.

“Our handover of grants now sees building capacities and connecting clubs to microfinance services too.

“Our network on the ground with charities are forever evolving and complementing our vision for stronger and a connected vanua.”

Since the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation’s inception in 2004, it has contributed over $18 million towards community projects.

Minister for Local Government Praveen Kumar, Sigatoka Town Council and Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council youth Co-ordinator Selita Saula thanked the foundation for the boost.

Source: The Fiji Sun June 7th 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/07/foundation-hands-42000-for-youth/)

Gounder Looks Forward To Miss Fiji Pageant

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Gounder Looks Forward To Miss Fiji Pageant

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Miss Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival Queen Bindya Gounder is flanked by family members in Sigatoka last Saturday Night.

Bindya Gounder is looking forward to the Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant 2016 in Suva in November.

The 23-year-old lass defied all odds to be crowned the Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival Queen in Sigatoka Saturday night.

“I did not expect the crown but it is a bonus because there were good challenges during the event,” she said.

“In a nut shell, it is not about winning but about the knowledge you get out of it is the eventual winner.”

She works as the human resource and training officer for Tappoo Group of Companies in Sigatoka.

“I appreciate my sponsor Tappoo’s for having faith in me and not forgetting my parents who have given me the needed push,” she said.

Ms Gounder is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce management with majors in Human Resource and Industrial Relations from Fiji National University and will graduate this December.

“The Pageant will be a different scope all together and I will try to make Sigatoka town win their first ever pageant this year,” the Kulukulu, Sigatoka, winner said.

Her parents Bina Devi and Vinod Gounder were happy for their daughter’s achievement.

“We had only two daughters and grateful for Bindya for achieving this milestone for our family,” her mum, Ms Devi said.

Source: The Fiji Sun June 6th 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/06/gounder-looks-forward-to-miss-fiji-pageant/)

Gounder Looks Forward To Miss Fiji Pageant

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Miss Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival Queen Bindya Gounder is flanked by family members in Sigatoka last Saturday Night.

Bindya Gounder is looking forward to the Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant 2016 in Suva in November.

The 23-year-old lass defied all odds to be crowned the Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival Queen in Sigatoka Saturday night.

“I did not expect the crown but it is a bonus because there were good challenges during the event,” she said.

“In a nut shell, it is not about winning but about the knowledge you get out of it is the eventual winner.”

She works as the human resource and training officer for Tappoo Group of Companies in Sigatoka.

“I appreciate my sponsor Tappoo’s for having faith in me and not forgetting my parents who have given me the needed push,” she said.

Ms Gounder is studying for a Bachelor of Commerce management with majors in Human Resource and Industrial Relations from Fiji National University and will graduate this December.

“The Pageant will be a different scope all together and I will try to make Sigatoka town win their first ever pageant this year,” the Kulukulu, Sigatoka, winner said.

Her parents Bina Devi and Vinod Gounder were happy for their daughter’s achievement.

“We had only two daughters and grateful for Bindya for achieving this milestone for our family,” her mum, Ms Devi said.

Source: The Fiji Sun June 6th 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/06/gounder-looks-forward-to-miss-fiji-pageant/)

Nine Contestants Vie For Carnival Title

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Nine Contestants Vie For Carnival Title

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Nine beauties will be vying for the 2016 Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival crown in Sigatoka that opens this Saturday.

The winner will earn a ticket to represent the township at the 2nd Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant scheduled for later this year.

The carnival begins on May 28 until June 4, which will coincide with the 80th anniversary of the birth of Sigatoka Town which falls on June 1.

Event co-ordinator Loraine Vereivalu said the charity raised from the event would be handed over to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to assists Fijians who have been affected during Cyclone Winston which hit on February 20.

“We have nine contestants in total with respective sponsors from the respective businesshouses,” Ms Vereivalu said.

Ms Vereivalu also said the committee was overwhelmed with the support from businesshouses as most of the contestants were sponsored by the businesses in Sigatoka Town.

“The girls are very excited for the event. They are here to chip in for the carnival and the charity raised will go into the Prime Minister’s Cyclone Appeal,” she said.

“We would like to invite the people of Nadroga/Navosa to support whoever is going to be crowned as Miss Sigatoka as we will be taking her to the Miss Fiji Pageant at the end of the year.”

She said this year also marks the carnival being staged at the Sigatoka Town Council ground.

Last year Miss Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Adele Lingam was crowned Miss 2015 Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival queen.

Meanwhile, the contestants for the first time were introduced to the public during the Skipper Cup provincial rugby competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka last Saturday.

Source: The Fiji Sun May 23rd 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/05/23/nine-contestants-vie-for-carnival-title/)

Nine Contestants Vie For Carnival Title

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Nine beauties will be vying for the 2016 Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival crown in Sigatoka that opens this Saturday.

The winner will earn a ticket to represent the township at the 2nd Telecom Miss Fiji Pageant scheduled for later this year.

The carnival begins on May 28 until June 4, which will coincide with the 80th anniversary of the birth of Sigatoka Town which falls on June 1.

Event co-ordinator Loraine Vereivalu said the charity raised from the event would be handed over to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to assists Fijians who have been affected during Cyclone Winston which hit on February 20.

“We have nine contestants in total with respective sponsors from the respective businesshouses,” Ms Vereivalu said.

Ms Vereivalu also said the committee was overwhelmed with the support from businesshouses as most of the contestants were sponsored by the businesses in Sigatoka Town.

“The girls are very excited for the event. They are here to chip in for the carnival and the charity raised will go into the Prime Minister’s Cyclone Appeal,” she said.

“We would like to invite the people of Nadroga/Navosa to support whoever is going to be crowned as Miss Sigatoka as we will be taking her to the Miss Fiji Pageant at the end of the year.”

She said this year also marks the carnival being staged at the Sigatoka Town Council ground.

Last year Miss Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Adele Lingam was crowned Miss 2015 Vodafone Coral Coast Carnival queen.

Meanwhile, the contestants for the first time were introduced to the public during the Skipper Cup provincial rugby competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka last Saturday.

Source: The Fiji Sun May 23rd 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/05/23/nine-contestants-vie-for-carnival-title/)

Cosmetic Potential

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Cosmetic Potential

Local make-up artists will have a chance to get tips from internationally renowned brand MAC representatives if they confirm dates to hold training workshops in Fiji.

MAC senior artist Gisel Calvillo is in the country with her team to raise awareness on the make-up brand in Fiji.

At a press conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Thursday, Ms Calvillo said Fiji was an important market for their cosmetic brand and they were considering returning and holding training workshops for local make-up artists.

Ms Gisel said they travelled all around the world raising awareness on the company and the products. She added this allowed them to take notice of the needs of the different countries.

She said the MAC team recently held a workshop for bridal make-up and also showcased what they had to offer in the area.

Tappoo executive director Harnish Tappoo said since opening MAC at TappooCity Suva in September last year and at the Nadi International Airport in November, they were pleased with the sales and positive feedback from customers.

“We have nine highly trained make-up artists who are fully geared up to offer the best service and advice to customers.

“They have already gone through many weeks of training by MAC trainers. Our artists have also attended MAC seminars organised overseas,” Mr Tappoo said.

He said the group carried top international brands and were proud to have been able to bring the MAC brand to Fiji.

Source: The Fiji Times May 21st 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=354596)

Cosmetic Potential

Local make-up artists will have a chance to get tips from internationally renowned brand MAC representatives if they confirm dates to hold training workshops in Fiji.

MAC senior artist Gisel Calvillo is in the country with her team to raise awareness on the make-up brand in Fiji.

At a press conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Thursday, Ms Calvillo said Fiji was an important market for their cosmetic brand and they were considering returning and holding training workshops for local make-up artists.

Ms Gisel said they travelled all around the world raising awareness on the company and the products. She added this allowed them to take notice of the needs of the different countries.

She said the MAC team recently held a workshop for bridal make-up and also showcased what they had to offer in the area.

Tappoo executive director Harnish Tappoo said since opening MAC at TappooCity Suva in September last year and at the Nadi International Airport in November, they were pleased with the sales and positive feedback from customers.

“We have nine highly trained make-up artists who are fully geared up to offer the best service and advice to customers.

“They have already gone through many weeks of training by MAC trainers. Our artists have also attended MAC seminars organised overseas,” Mr Tappoo said.

He said the group carried top international brands and were proud to have been able to bring the MAC brand to Fiji.

Source: The Fiji Times May 21st 2016 (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=354596)

Tappoo Receives Positive Feedback On MAC Products

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Tappoo Receives Positive Feedback On MAC Products

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Popular cosmetic brand M.A.C has received positive feedback from the public from when it was first introduced by Tappoo last year.

Tappoo Executive Director  Harnish Tappoo said: “We are extremely pleased with the sales and positive feedback from customers.”

He said they have nine highly trained Makeup artists who are available to offer service and advice to customers.

Mr Tappoo said these artists have gone through a series of trainings by MAC trainers and also attended seminars overseas organised by MAC.

MAC Senior Artist Gisel Calvillo said there was a lot of potential in Fiji in terms of having makeup artist to show you what matches your skin tone with the right foundation colors.

Future Plans

She said: “In the future we would love to have someone to come in and conduct a class for makeup or interactive workshop in Fiji.”

“This includes waterproof, colors, weather, to cater for every skin type and color.”

“We just hosted a workshop for bridal so that’s something that we could make it work in Fiji in terms of destinations weddings that are held in the country.

Tips for women

“During the Naomi Campbell days, there was no foundation for deeper skin tone, that was one of the major reasons MAC started,” she said.

“We wanted to have all shades, a wider range of products to match the skin tone despite the skin color.”

She recommends SPF Mineral moisturizer for places where there is a lot of sun like Fiji.

“Also, to match up to the chest, shoulder and forehead.

Those are the four points that you have to look at to match it up,” she said.

“Our make up artist at the counter will help you find a color that matches your skin tone.”

“Due to the wide range of products, we know that not every skin tone is one shade therefore we will help find a foundation and power that right.

Ms Calvillo said tutorial are also available on their website www.maccosmetics.com/ to help the everyday women with makeup tips and tricks.

Source: The Fiji Sun May 20th 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/05/20/tappoo-receives-positive-feedback-on-mac-products/)

Tappoo Receives Positive Feedback On MAC Products

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Popular cosmetic brand M.A.C has received positive feedback from the public from when it was first introduced by Tappoo last year.

Tappoo Executive Director  Harnish Tappoo said: “We are extremely pleased with the sales and positive feedback from customers.”

He said they have nine highly trained Makeup artists who are available to offer service and advice to customers.

Mr Tappoo said these artists have gone through a series of trainings by MAC trainers and also attended seminars overseas organised by MAC.

MAC Senior Artist Gisel Calvillo said there was a lot of potential in Fiji in terms of having makeup artist to show you what matches your skin tone with the right foundation colors.

Future Plans

She said: “In the future we would love to have someone to come in and conduct a class for makeup or interactive workshop in Fiji.”

“This includes waterproof, colors, weather, to cater for every skin type and color.”

“We just hosted a workshop for bridal so that’s something that we could make it work in Fiji in terms of destinations weddings that are held in the country.

Tips for women

“During the Naomi Campbell days, there was no foundation for deeper skin tone, that was one of the major reasons MAC started,” she said.

“We wanted to have all shades, a wider range of products to match the skin tone despite the skin color.”

She recommends SPF Mineral moisturizer for places where there is a lot of sun like Fiji.

“Also, to match up to the chest, shoulder and forehead.

Those are the four points that you have to look at to match it up,” she said.

“Our make up artist at the counter will help you find a color that matches your skin tone.”

“Due to the wide range of products, we know that not every skin tone is one shade therefore we will help find a foundation and power that right.

Ms Calvillo said tutorial are also available on their website www.maccosmetics.com/ to help the everyday women with makeup tips and tricks.

Source: The Fiji Sun May 20th 2016 (http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/05/20/tappoo-receives-positive-feedback-on-mac-products/)

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