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A NEW wholly-owned subsidiary company of the Tappoo Group will open a showroom in Nakasi soon with plans to import and distribute one of India’s leading utility vehicles in Fiji.

In a statement on Friday, Tappoo Group CEO Madhu Tappoo said the company, CarCity, would distribute the Mahindra range of vehicles.

“We are absolutely delighted to bring in Mahindra’s new range of world class vehicles to Fiji,” Mr Tappoo said.

“The vehicles are already a big hit in India, South Africa and many other countries including Australia.

“We are glad the Fiji consumers will now be able to see for themselves its rugged built and luxury features at very affordable prices.”

He said the Mahindra Group was a $US16.2billion ($F30.13b) company that employed 155,000 people worldwide.

Hailed as one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies, Mr Tappoo said the Mahindra Group was on Forbes Global 2000 listing.

“They are the world’s number one maker of tractors, and India’s leading utility vehicle makers. They are a diversified company that is involved in many fields, from information technology, aerospace and car manufacturing,” he said.

Mr Tappoo said all Mahindra vehicles would be backed in Fiji by a three-year warranty up to 100,000 kilometers.

Source: Fiji Times
By: Geraldine Panapasa
Monday, September 30, 2013

A NEW wholly-owned subsidiary company of the Tappoo Group will open a showroom in Nakasi soon with plans to import and distribute one of India’s leading utility vehicles in Fiji.

In a statement on Friday, Tappoo Group CEO Madhu Tappoo said the company, CarCity, would distribute the Mahindra range of vehicles.

“We are absolutely delighted to bring in Mahindra’s new range of world class vehicles to Fiji,” Mr Tappoo said.

“The vehicles are already a big hit in India, South Africa and many other countries including Australia.

“We are glad the Fiji consumers will now be able to see for themselves its rugged built and luxury features at very affordable prices.”

He said the Mahindra Group was a $US16.2billion ($F30.13b) company that employed 155,000 people worldwide.

Hailed as one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies, Mr Tappoo said the Mahindra Group was on Forbes Global 2000 listing.

“They are the world’s number one maker of tractors, and India’s leading utility vehicle makers. They are a diversified company that is involved in many fields, from information technology, aerospace and car manufacturing,” he said.

Mr Tappoo said all Mahindra vehicles would be backed in Fiji by a three-year warranty up to 100,000 kilometers.

Source: Fiji Times
By: Geraldine Panapasa
Monday, September 30, 2013

Tappoo Brings Mahindra Range of Vehicles

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Tappoo Group is getting ready to officially open its new wholly-owned subsidiary, CarCity, which will distribute the Mahindra range of vehicles in the country.

Mahindra, a US$16.2 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, has been hailed as one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies.

CarCity’s new showroom will open in the growing Nakasi area at 25 Kings Road (opposite GMR and before the Tebara Plaza Complex).

Tappoo Group chief executive and executive director, Madhu Tappoo, said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring in Mahindra’s new range of world class vehicles to Fiji.

“Already a big hit in India, South Africa and many other countries including now in Australia, we are glad the Fijian consumers will now be able to see for themselves its rugged built and luxury features, at very affordable prices.”

Mr Tappoo said all Mahindra vehicles will be backed in Fiji by a three-year warranty up to 100,000 kilometers.

Mahindra is recognised as world’s number one maker of tractors, and India’s leading utility vehicle makers.

They are a diversified company that is involved in many fields, from information technology (IT) to aerospace to car manufacturing.

Tappoo Group through its subsidiary Kia Motors, is the dealer for the Kia range of vehicles in Fiji as well.

Source: Fiji Sun

By: RACHNA LAL

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tappoo Group is getting ready to officially open its new wholly-owned subsidiary, CarCity, which will distribute the Mahindra range of vehicles in the country.

Mahindra, a US$16.2 billion multinational group based in Mumbai, India, has been hailed as one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies.

CarCity’s new showroom will open in the growing Nakasi area at 25 Kings Road (opposite GMR and before the Tebara Plaza Complex).

Tappoo Group chief executive and executive director, Madhu Tappoo, said: “We are absolutely delighted to bring in Mahindra’s new range of world class vehicles to Fiji.

“Already a big hit in India, South Africa and many other countries including now in Australia, we are glad the Fijian consumers will now be able to see for themselves its rugged built and luxury features, at very affordable prices.”

Mr Tappoo said all Mahindra vehicles will be backed in Fiji by a three-year warranty up to 100,000 kilometers.

Mahindra is recognised as world’s number one maker of tractors, and India’s leading utility vehicle makers.

They are a diversified company that is involved in many fields, from information technology (IT) to aerospace to car manufacturing.

Tappoo Group through its subsidiary Kia Motors, is the dealer for the Kia range of vehicles in Fiji as well.

Source: Fiji Sun

By: RACHNA LAL

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mahindra Vehicles Enter Local Market

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Mahindra Vehicles Enter Local Market

Mahindra range of vehicles will soon be entering the Fijian market.

Car City, a brand new wholly owned subsidiary company of the Tappoo Group will be distributing the vehicles in its soon to open showroom in Nakasi, Nasinu.

Chief executive and executive director of Tappoo Group, Madhu Tappoo said they are delighted to bring in Mahindra’s new range of world class vehicles to Fiji which already is a big hit in India, South Africa, & many other countries including Australia.

He said Fiji consumers will now be able to see for themselves its rugged built and luxury features at very affordable prices.

Mahindra Group, a US$16.2 billion company has been hailed as one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies.

It was also listed on Forbes Global 2000 listing.

They are the world’s #1 maker of tractors, and India’s leading utility vehicle makers. They are a diversified company that is involved in many fields, from IT to aerospace to car manufacturing.

All Mahindra vehicles will be backed in Fiji by a 3 year warranty up to 100,000 kilometers.

Source: Fiji Live

By: Reginald Chandar

Mahindra Vehicles Enter Local Market

Mahindra range of vehicles will soon be entering the Fijian market.

Car City, a brand new wholly owned subsidiary company of the Tappoo Group will be distributing the vehicles in its soon to open showroom in Nakasi, Nasinu.

Chief executive and executive director of Tappoo Group, Madhu Tappoo said they are delighted to bring in Mahindra’s new range of world class vehicles to Fiji which already is a big hit in India, South Africa, & many other countries including Australia.

He said Fiji consumers will now be able to see for themselves its rugged built and luxury features at very affordable prices.

Mahindra Group, a US$16.2 billion company has been hailed as one of the world’s top 50 most innovative companies.

It was also listed on Forbes Global 2000 listing.

They are the world’s #1 maker of tractors, and India’s leading utility vehicle makers. They are a diversified company that is involved in many fields, from IT to aerospace to car manufacturing.

All Mahindra vehicles will be backed in Fiji by a 3 year warranty up to 100,000 kilometers.

Source: Fiji Live

By: Reginald Chandar

Group launches ‘arise to the world

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Kia Motors Fiji, a subsidiary of the Tappoo Group of Companies, officially launched its newest showroom in Garden City, Suva on Saturday night. It was opened by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Kia Motors is the second largest automobile manufacturer in the Republic of Korea following the Hyundai Motor Company that partly owns Kia Motors. Kia, in Korean means “to arise to the world from Asia”.

The opening was attended by the company’s existing and potential customers; the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Hae-Wook Cheong; and co-ordinating director of Kia Motors in New Zealand and the Pacific region, Yong Hee Lee.

Mr Hae-Wook wished Kia and the Tappoo Group every success in their alliance to lead the automotive market in Fiji.

He also hoped for Kia’s success locally to serve as a trip wire to expand business partnerships between the two countries.

Tappoo Group executive director Madhu Tappoo said the company’s extensive fleet of vehicles had been frustrated with the poor quality of after sale services.

He said many of the things expected of after sales services for renowned car brands in Fiji like cheap and affordable spare parts, maintenance, and good quality service people “was just simply not up there”.

With the idea of supplying Fiji with fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices, Tappoos sought out a top brand in line with it’s brand selection policy, one with a potential to be a market leader.

“Kia was an excellent no brainer,” Mr Tappoo said.

He said the back-up services and training support offered by Kia was unparalleled both locally and overseas.

Source: Fiji Times
Date: September

Kia Motors Fiji, a subsidiary of the Tappoo Group of Companies, officially launched its newest showroom in Garden City, Suva on Saturday night. It was opened by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Kia Motors is the second largest automobile manufacturer in the Republic of Korea following the Hyundai Motor Company that partly owns Kia Motors. Kia, in Korean means “to arise to the world from Asia”.

The opening was attended by the company’s existing and potential customers; the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Hae-Wook Cheong; and co-ordinating director of Kia Motors in New Zealand and the Pacific region, Yong Hee Lee.

Mr Hae-Wook wished Kia and the Tappoo Group every success in their alliance to lead the automotive market in Fiji.

He also hoped for Kia’s success locally to serve as a trip wire to expand business partnerships between the two countries.

Tappoo Group executive director Madhu Tappoo said the company’s extensive fleet of vehicles had been frustrated with the poor quality of after sale services.

He said many of the things expected of after sales services for renowned car brands in Fiji like cheap and affordable spare parts, maintenance, and good quality service people “was just simply not up there”.

With the idea of supplying Fiji with fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices, Tappoos sought out a top brand in line with it’s brand selection policy, one with a potential to be a market leader.

“Kia was an excellent no brainer,” Mr Tappoo said.

He said the back-up services and training support offered by Kia was unparalleled both locally and overseas.

Source: Fiji Times
Date: September

Group launches ‘arise to the world’

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Kia Motors Fiji, a subsidiary of the Tappoo Group of Companies, officially launched its newest showroom in Garden City, Suva on Saturday night. It was opened by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Kia Motors is the second largest automobile manufacturer in the Republic of Korea following the Hyundai Motor Company that partly owns Kia Motors. Kia, in Korean means “to arise to the world from Asia”.

The opening was attended by the company’s existing and potential customers; the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Hae-Wook Cheong; and co-ordinating director of Kia Motors in New Zealand and the Pacific region, Yong Hee Lee.

Mr Hae-Wook wished Kia and the Tappoo Group every success in their alliance to lead the automotive market in Fiji.

He also hoped for Kia’s success locally to serve as a trip wire to expand business partnerships between the two countries.

Tappoo Group executive director Madhu Tappoo said the company’s extensive fleet of vehicles had been frustrated with the poor quality of after sale services.

He said many of the things expected of after sales services for renowned car brands in Fiji like cheap and affordable spare parts, maintenance, and good quality service people “was just simply not up there”.

With the idea of supplying Fiji with fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices, Tappoos sought out a top brand in line with it’s brand selection policy, one with a potential to be a market leader.

“Kia was an excellent no brainer,” Mr Tappoo said.

He said the back-up services and training support offered by Kia was unparalleled both locally and overseas.

Source: Fiji Times
Date: September

Kia Motors Fiji, a subsidiary of the Tappoo Group of Companies, officially launched its newest showroom in Garden City, Suva on Saturday night. It was opened by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Kia Motors is the second largest automobile manufacturer in the Republic of Korea following the Hyundai Motor Company that partly owns Kia Motors. Kia, in Korean means “to arise to the world from Asia”.

The opening was attended by the company’s existing and potential customers; the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Hae-Wook Cheong; and co-ordinating director of Kia Motors in New Zealand and the Pacific region, Yong Hee Lee.

Mr Hae-Wook wished Kia and the Tappoo Group every success in their alliance to lead the automotive market in Fiji.

He also hoped for Kia’s success locally to serve as a trip wire to expand business partnerships between the two countries.

Tappoo Group executive director Madhu Tappoo said the company’s extensive fleet of vehicles had been frustrated with the poor quality of after sale services.

He said many of the things expected of after sales services for renowned car brands in Fiji like cheap and affordable spare parts, maintenance, and good quality service people “was just simply not up there”.

With the idea of supplying Fiji with fuel-efficient vehicles at affordable prices, Tappoos sought out a top brand in line with it’s brand selection policy, one with a potential to be a market leader.

“Kia was an excellent no brainer,” Mr Tappoo said.

He said the back-up services and training support offered by Kia was unparalleled both locally and overseas.

Source: Fiji Times
Date: September

Attorney General opens showroom

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The introduction of motor vehicles that are fuel efficient and less dependent on fossil fuel is welcome in this day and age.

It will also bring about advancement in the economy and competition in the automotive industry allowing quality and value for money, says Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

While he acknowledged the Tappoo Group of Companies for launching its Kia Motors showroom, he said fuel-efficient vehicles would promote energy saving policy’s being practised by the Government.

He said the Government’s support for this business initiative of the Tappoo Group of Companies stemmed from the fact that it delivered a reduction on a dependence on fossil fuels that had cost Government billions of dollars.

“This will also push to a decrease in importation, and on this note I would like to thank the Tappoo Group for delivering a product that meets the policy of the current Government,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The added incentive will fast forward economic growth which is something that is needed,” he said.

Tappoo Group executive director Madhu Tappoo said the group was optimistic of success despite the fiercely competitive nature of Fiji’s automobile industry.

“We have never been afraid of competition and we have always dealt with leading global brands that we can stake our reputations on,” Mr Tappoo said.

Source: Fiji Times
Date: September 5th 2011

The introduction of motor vehicles that are fuel efficient and less dependent on fossil fuel is welcome in this day and age.

It will also bring about advancement in the economy and competition in the automotive industry allowing quality and value for money, says Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

While he acknowledged the Tappoo Group of Companies for launching its Kia Motors showroom, he said fuel-efficient vehicles would promote energy saving policy’s being practised by the Government.

He said the Government’s support for this business initiative of the Tappoo Group of Companies stemmed from the fact that it delivered a reduction on a dependence on fossil fuels that had cost Government billions of dollars.

“This will also push to a decrease in importation, and on this note I would like to thank the Tappoo Group for delivering a product that meets the policy of the current Government,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“The added incentive will fast forward economic growth which is something that is needed,” he said.

Tappoo Group executive director Madhu Tappoo said the group was optimistic of success despite the fiercely competitive nature of Fiji’s automobile industry.

“We have never been afraid of competition and we have always dealt with leading global brands that we can stake our reputations on,” Mr Tappoo said.

Source: Fiji Times
Date: September 5th 2011

Kia Motors launches showroom

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Kia Motors Fiji, a Tappoo Group company, officially launched its first showroom at Carpenter Street in Raiwai, Suva, last night with the business community in attendance.

Kia Motors headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea’s second largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of more than 1.4 million vehicles in 2010.

The company is partly owned by the Hyundai Motor Group and the word Kia derives from Korean words meaning “to arise to the world from Asia”.

The opening was marked by the presence of the chief guest, the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Korean ambassador Hae -wook Cheong and Kia Motors Co-ordinating Director for New Zealand and the Pacific region Yong Hee Lee.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the night marked the commemoration of the forging of the relationship between the foreign and local investors.

“The significance of tonight’s event will surge advancement in the economy and will also bring about competition in the automotive industry that will allow quality and value for money,” he said.

“Features of the Kia Motor line include that the sleek, attractive and award winning range and features fuel-efficient models which promote the energy-saving policy that is practised by the Bainimarama government.”

“Government has spent close to a billion dollars on fuel alone and if any business initiative delivers a reduction on a dependence on fossil fuels is something we will support.”

“This will also push to a decrease in importation and on this note I would like to thank the Tappoo Group for delivering a product that meets the policy the current government.”

“The added incentive will fast-forward economic growth which is something that is needed. I would like to thank both the Korean ambassador Hae-wook Cheong, Kia Motors co-ordinating director for NZ and the Pacific region Yong Hee Lee for their presence and support at tonight’s event.

“I would also like to congratulate all stakeholders on a successful launch and with regards to the Korean ties this new investment means know that it will have far reaching effects between our two governments.”

Korean ambassador Hae-wook Cheong said he was glad to be part of the event.

“As the Korean ambassador I am happy to witness Kia Motor’s growth. Taking this opportunity I would like to congratulate Tappoo group on their timely decision to become Kia’s partners,” he said.

Tappoo Group chief executive officer and executive director Madhu Tappoo said they were optimistic of their success despite having entered such a fiercely-competitive segment and said the company had never been afraid of competition and “we have always dealt with leading global brands that we can stake our reputations on”.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: September 4th 2011

Kia Motors Fiji, a Tappoo Group company, officially launched its first showroom at Carpenter Street in Raiwai, Suva, last night with the business community in attendance.

Kia Motors headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea’s second largest automobile manufacturer, following the Hyundai Motor Company, with sales of more than 1.4 million vehicles in 2010.

The company is partly owned by the Hyundai Motor Group and the word Kia derives from Korean words meaning “to arise to the world from Asia”.

The opening was marked by the presence of the chief guest, the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Korean ambassador Hae -wook Cheong and Kia Motors Co-ordinating Director for New Zealand and the Pacific region Yong Hee Lee.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the night marked the commemoration of the forging of the relationship between the foreign and local investors.

“The significance of tonight’s event will surge advancement in the economy and will also bring about competition in the automotive industry that will allow quality and value for money,” he said.

“Features of the Kia Motor line include that the sleek, attractive and award winning range and features fuel-efficient models which promote the energy-saving policy that is practised by the Bainimarama government.”

“Government has spent close to a billion dollars on fuel alone and if any business initiative delivers a reduction on a dependence on fossil fuels is something we will support.”

“This will also push to a decrease in importation and on this note I would like to thank the Tappoo Group for delivering a product that meets the policy the current government.”

“The added incentive will fast-forward economic growth which is something that is needed. I would like to thank both the Korean ambassador Hae-wook Cheong, Kia Motors co-ordinating director for NZ and the Pacific region Yong Hee Lee for their presence and support at tonight’s event.

“I would also like to congratulate all stakeholders on a successful launch and with regards to the Korean ties this new investment means know that it will have far reaching effects between our two governments.”

Korean ambassador Hae-wook Cheong said he was glad to be part of the event.

“As the Korean ambassador I am happy to witness Kia Motor’s growth. Taking this opportunity I would like to congratulate Tappoo group on their timely decision to become Kia’s partners,” he said.

Tappoo Group chief executive officer and executive director Madhu Tappoo said they were optimistic of their success despite having entered such a fiercely-competitive segment and said the company had never been afraid of competition and “we have always dealt with leading global brands that we can stake our reputations on”.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: September 4th 2011

Prayers answered, says car winner

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A jubilant Ranjala Narayan, winner of the Fiji Sun’s “Take Me to Rio” competition was confident that she will take the new car home.

“I knew that I would win as I have been praying a lot for a car and my faith has paid off,” she said.

Mrs Narayan said her family needed a vehicle to attend various church functions.

Her husband who is a carpenter said that if was not for the Fiji Sun they would not have been able to afford such a car. “We have been buying Fiji Sun for years now and entered nearly all the competition run by the paper but this has been our first win,” Mr Narayan said. The family will take the car home next week after all documentation work is completed.

The $37, 000 car is a 2010 model and is retailed by the Tappoo Group of Companies in Fiji.

Kia Motors, sales manager, Micheal Chand said, “We have been selling Kia Rio vehicles for the past two years here. This car has readily available back up service and is very economical.”

A jubilant Ranjala Narayan, winner of the Fiji Sun’s “Take Me to Rio” competition was confident that she will take the new car home.

“I knew that I would win as I have been praying a lot for a car and my faith has paid off,” she said.

Mrs Narayan said her family needed a vehicle to attend various church functions.

Her husband who is a carpenter said that if was not for the Fiji Sun they would not have been able to afford such a car. “We have been buying Fiji Sun for years now and entered nearly all the competition run by the paper but this has been our first win,” Mr Narayan said. The family will take the car home next week after all documentation work is completed.

The $37, 000 car is a 2010 model and is retailed by the Tappoo Group of Companies in Fiji.

Kia Motors, sales manager, Micheal Chand said, “We have been selling Kia Rio vehicles for the past two years here. This car has readily available back up service and is very economical.”

Housewife wins Sun car promotion

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Ranjala Narayan of Dilkusha, Nausori, was announced winner of the Fiji Sun “Take me to Rio” competition yesterday.

Ms Narayan gets to drive away in the new KIA Rio from KIA Motors as her winning prize. When the mother of four was informed of her win, she could not contained her joy “Praise the Lord,” she said.

“I have wanted a car for so long but we just couldn’t afford it, so we decided as a family to enter the competition.”

“I sent in my coupons 50 times and I left the rest to the Lord.”

Ms Narayan has two children and is a stay-at-home mum.

Her husband is farmer and a volunteer worker at the Dilkusha Methodist Church.

“I’m going to learn how to drive and my family is going to use the car,” she said.

“I like to thank Fiji Sun for this promotion; it gives families like ours an opportunity to win something like this.”

Fiji Sun Marketing Manager, Phillip Filipo said the promotion was a huge success.

The competition required readers to send in five coupons for an entry.

General Manager Ahara Khan said, “the Take me to Rio promotion was beyond what the company had expected.”

Fiji Sun also launched a txt promotion with Pepsi yesterday.

The main distributor for Pepsi drinks in Fiji, Tappoo Group, will give away a blue KIA Rio for this promotion.

Competition will end on December 4.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: October 10, 2010
URL: http://www.sun.com.fj/main_page/view.asp?id=47479

Ranjala Narayan of Dilkusha, Nausori, was announced winner of the Fiji Sun “Take me to Rio” competition yesterday.

Ms Narayan gets to drive away in the new KIA Rio from KIA Motors as her winning prize. When the mother of four was informed of her win, she could not contained her joy “Praise the Lord,” she said.

“I have wanted a car for so long but we just couldn’t afford it, so we decided as a family to enter the competition.”

“I sent in my coupons 50 times and I left the rest to the Lord.”

Ms Narayan has two children and is a stay-at-home mum.

Her husband is farmer and a volunteer worker at the Dilkusha Methodist Church.

“I’m going to learn how to drive and my family is going to use the car,” she said.

“I like to thank Fiji Sun for this promotion; it gives families like ours an opportunity to win something like this.”

Fiji Sun Marketing Manager, Phillip Filipo said the promotion was a huge success.

The competition required readers to send in five coupons for an entry.

General Manager Ahara Khan said, “the Take me to Rio promotion was beyond what the company had expected.”

Fiji Sun also launched a txt promotion with Pepsi yesterday.

The main distributor for Pepsi drinks in Fiji, Tappoo Group, will give away a blue KIA Rio for this promotion.

Competition will end on December 4.

Source: Fiji Sun
Date: October 10, 2010
URL: http://www.sun.com.fj/main_page/view.asp?id=47479

Text promotion rewards mother with son’s perfect present

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Aliti Mata broke down when she first set sight on her prize – a $65,000 Kia Cerrato – at the TappooCity complex in Suva.

Mrs Mata, who has lived at Nadonumai Settlement in Lami with her husband and four children, won the Vodafone txt and win promotion that was run in conjunction with the Tappoo Group of Companies and Kia Motors.

“I did not know what to think when Vodafone representatives called me this morning to tell me to come to Suva,” she told the Fiji Times after the presentation.

“I thought I was going to receive a gift or some cash but a niece hinted earlier that it could be a car.

“This is the perfect present for my youngest son, who is playing for Ratu Kadavulevu School in the Deans competition this Saturday. We had always wanted a car but could not afford it.”

The Nasama, Nadroga native said her husband, Staff Sergeant Sitiveni Mata, bought her a new phone and took part in the promotion.

“I don’t know how much he used but I thank him and the Vodafone staff for making this day memorable for me and my family,” Mrs Mata said.

There are no plans yet for the car but Mrs Mata said the family would have to first discuss what they will do with it.

Vodafone’s chief marketing officer Raj Reddy said the mobile phone network operator and Tappoo did not want to ruin the surprise and did not tell Mrs Mata of her win until she turned up at the TappooCity complex.

Aliti Mata broke down when she first set sight on her prize – a $65,000 Kia Cerrato – at the TappooCity complex in Suva.

Mrs Mata, who has lived at Nadonumai Settlement in Lami with her husband and four children, won the Vodafone txt and win promotion that was run in conjunction with the Tappoo Group of Companies and Kia Motors.

“I did not know what to think when Vodafone representatives called me this morning to tell me to come to Suva,” she told the Fiji Times after the presentation.

“I thought I was going to receive a gift or some cash but a niece hinted earlier that it could be a car.

“This is the perfect present for my youngest son, who is playing for Ratu Kadavulevu School in the Deans competition this Saturday. We had always wanted a car but could not afford it.”

The Nasama, Nadroga native said her husband, Staff Sergeant Sitiveni Mata, bought her a new phone and took part in the promotion.

“I don’t know how much he used but I thank him and the Vodafone staff for making this day memorable for me and my family,” Mrs Mata said.

There are no plans yet for the car but Mrs Mata said the family would have to first discuss what they will do with it.

Vodafone’s chief marketing officer Raj Reddy said the mobile phone network operator and Tappoo did not want to ruin the surprise and did not tell Mrs Mata of her win until she turned up at the TappooCity complex.

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