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Nataro, Passionate About Youth Empowerment

Nataro, Passionate About Youth Empowerment
2017 Vodafone Hibiscus Queen contestant 2017 Miss Fiji Sun Ivamere Nataro. Photo: Ronald Kumar
June 04
10:09 2017

Meet Fiji Sun’s very own 2017 Vodafone Hibiscus contestant, Ivamere Nataro.

The Business Editor’s advocacy message for this year is ‘Youth Empowerment’.

Ms Nataro chose this because she has always been passionate about youth issues.

“The youths in Fiji make up about more than half of Fiji’s population and I believe that together youths can make a difference,” Ms Nataro said.

She will use the festival as a platform to challenge her fellow young people to choose what is right.

“Most times youths feel they are neglected from contributing to society through maybe a decision–making process or they feel a wrong they’ve done cannot be rectified,” she said.

She said she was here to tell her fellow young people that it was never too late to change, make a change and be the change.

“We must look beyond and try to see ourselves in the future,” she said.

 

Know your contestant:

Compiled by Mere Satakala

WHO IS IVAMERE NATARO?

Ivamere or Iva is originally from Namuamua, Namosi, with maternal links to Nalalawa in Ra.

She grew up with her parents and is an only child but was brought up with her cousins.

She attended St Agnes Primary School and later St Joseph’s Secondary School.

Iva holds a degree in History and Politics and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy. She currently holds the post of Business Editor at the Fiji Sun.

ON BEING APPROCHED TO BE MISS FIJI SUN?

I was super excited and nervous as well because of the last minute preparation for the launch but it is an honour to be representing my employer, Fiji Sun.

BRIEFLY EXPLAIN ABOUT FIJI SUN, THE MEDIA ORGANISATION THAT SOME PEOPLE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT?

My employer, Fiji Sun is Fiji’s largest print media and largest in the Pacific region. It was established In September, 1999 and the first edition was printed on September 23, 1999.

The company was initiated through the vision of just one man, the late Sundip Patel who transformed the old C J Patel bulk building at 12 Amra Street in Walu Bay, Suva, to a newsroom. This site now houses Fiji’s most up to date production centre and soon a modern integrated newsroom for both print and digital journalism.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN YOUR LINE OF WORK?

Meeting deadlines, supervising a department where you’re friends with those who answer to you. Trying to ensure reports and grammar are accurate, ensuring sentence structures, headlines, and newspaper designs are well presented.  Waking up at 3am on Fridays to work on the Saturday business liftout.

HAS IT EVER CROSSED YOUR MIND GROWING UP AND WATCHING THE FESTIVAL THAT ONE DAY YOU’LL BE A PART OF IT?

To be honest, yes so many times I would even pretend being crowned and delivering my winning speech.

WHO IS/ARE BY FAR YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION?

My parents as they have always been by my side and I would never exchange anything in the world for them.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS YEAR’S VODAFONE HIBISCUS FESTIVAL?

Self-confidence and a feeling of contentment, knowing I have used the festival to deliver my advocacy to the youths of Fiji, and maybe the crown.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: mere.satakala@fijisun.com.fj

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