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$5m Harvest Plaza In Kinoya Officially Opened By President

$5m Harvest Plaza In Kinoya Officially Opened By President
January 30
10:27 2016

The $5 million three-storey Harvest Plaza complex in Kinoya was officially opened yesterday by the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote. The Harvest Plaza is part of the Christian Mission Fellowship International’s (CMFI) commercial arm.

Construction works began in 2014 and during the 18 months of construction period, more than 300 Church volunteers grabbed the opportunity to assist.

The plaza boasts 25 tenants providing access to services for nearby residents. These include a variety of retail, food, professional services. The plaza itself provides direct employment to 100 people.

Harvest Group of Companies director Michael Makasiale, however, believes the development would have created approximately 1000 jobs.

“When you take into account the persons who will be providing the goods and services to the tenants, we will be looking at a further 850 persons,” he said.

Funding for the plaza was through a crowd funding platform owned by the church members and partially through financial institutions – one being the BRED Bank.

CMFI president and founder, Reverend Suliasi Kurulo, said the Macedonian Global Fund was launched by the Church in 2014 to raise funds through crowd funding platform to finance such projects.

“The opening of the Harvest Plaza marks a significant milestone in the journey of the Christian Mission Fellowship International Church,” he said.

“It is a journey that is market by persistence, resilience and great faith that has taken us as a Church from humble beginning in the Northern Town of Labasa more than 30 years ago to today becoming the landlord of this magnificent complex.”

Mr Konrote said it was a historical occasion for the church, as it brings to fruition the church’s vision and the ability to provide a wide range of services closer to the people of Khalsa Road, Kinoya and the greater Nasinu areas.

“The opening of the Harvest Plaza complex reflects the commitment of CMFI as not just as spiritual ministry, but also as a institution committed to Fiji and her people socially and economically.”

 

Background to development

The property was acquired by CMFI 21 years ago in September 1995.

Mr Makasiale said Reverend Kurulo saw potential in the property and this was evident with the opening of the multi-million-dollar property.

“The decision, to undertake the Harvest Plaza development was finalised in 2013,” he said.

“After much planning, construction works commenced in 2014. Having a budget of approximately $5 million, this development is probably the second major development the Church has undertaken in our short history.”

The first major such investment was the World Harvest Centre which was built at a cost of $6.3 million.

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