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Mataqali Applaud Partnership

Mataqali Applaud Partnership
Members of the mataqali Naobekwa at Malamala Island Beach Club yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
August 10
11:00 2017

Turaga-ni-Mataqali Naobekwa, Iliaseri Varo applauded the South Sea Cruises beach club investment on Malamala Island.

Malamala Beach Club Fiji is a 25-minutes boat ride from the international award winning Port Denarau.

“This is my eighth year as Turaga-ni-Mataqali, and we are proud to be associated with the investment,” he said.

“Not only will the Mataqali will benefit but our Fijian economy as a whole.”

Mr Varo said the historic project has generated more employment, improvement of households, improvement of village level, education and had also assisted church obligations.

Mr Varo added there were other companies who also proposed similar venture but at the eleventh hour they opted to sub-lease the island to the South Sea Cruises (FHL).

“We are happy with the deal we have penned. The mataqali remains the head lease and we have sub-leased the Island for 25 years.

“If we go hand in hand then we can go further than the current term but there should be a win and win situation. We will not only think about ourselves but how much the company is investing as well,” said Mr Varo.

He added in return, according to the sub lease, 12 people from the mataqali will be employed on the properties.

Members of the Mataqali Naobekwa were hosted at the property yesterday to bless the investment before the soft opening on Monday.

They were treated with lunch and had a sneak preview of the area.

“We are  grateful for  the support from the government, Fijian Holdings Limited, South Sea Cruises and the respective agencies such as i-Taukei Land Trust Board, for making this a reality today,” said Mr Varo.

South Sea Cruises CEO Brad Rutherford said: “This is a culmination of three years relationship between Naobekwa and South Sea Cruises.

“Obviously it is a relationship that is still young and the opening of Malamala is to forge that relation for many more years to come,” said Mr Rutherford.

Edited by: Selita Bolanavanua


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