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Owners Leave A Legacy At Viwa

Owners Leave A Legacy At Viwa
Preschool students enjoy their new Matakavou Kindergarten facility at Naibalebale village on Viwa Island, Yasawa on May 28, 2018. Photo: Maraia Vula
May 30
11:13 2018

Viwa Island Resort will have a change of management by June 1.

The current management led by own­ers and directors Roy Halliday and Sheung Dawson, director Louise Boyd, and the resort general manager Akuila Kula are leaving to pursue other interests.

They are planning to travel the world after three and half years of managing the resort.

Meanwhile, $4.5million was used to refur­bish the resort after it was hit badly by cy­clone Winston in February, 2016.

Ms Dawson said: “We came to Viwa, three and half years ago and we were welcomed with open arms.”

She said their big hearts and warm Fijian hospitality overwhelmed them and they fell in love with Fiji and the beautiful people of Viwa.

“We are honoured and privileged to be here as guests in your country.


“We have done what we wanted for the re­sort but its time to travel the world now but we will certainly miss this resort.

“The staff will remain but an overseas man­agement company will come in to manage the resort.

“We will still remain as shareholders.”

Meanwhile, the Viwa Island Resort opened two projects to the vanua of Viwa.

These projects include the school Mataka­vou kindergarten and the Viwa District School’ Namawala Library which were solely funded by the staff, management and guests of the resort.

“With such generosity of spirit, we felt com­pelled to give something back to the commu­nity.

“We truly believe that children are our fu­ture and the children here are the future of Viwa.

“We believe that all children should be giv­en every opportunity to learn – to enjoy the benefits of a good education to and appreci­ate the joy of reading.

“Every child should be encouraged to be cu­rious, so they can become the best they can be.

“And this is why we have extended the school library and built the new kindergar­ten so the children on Viwa can be given the best start to their young lives.

“Our deepest gratitude to all our wonderful guests who have contributed so generously to these projects and thank you to Luke and his team for realizing the dream.

“We love you all and we shall miss you.”

The resort also launched its band the Mudre ni cagi kei Nasiriva sixth Album called Ma­takavou (Dawn of a new era) which they have also named the library after.

Also the vanua of Viwa’s only primary school, Naibalebale District School had its prefects induction yesterday.

A total of $36,628.50 was raised for the kin­dergarten project while $16,487.00 was raised for the library refurbishment.

Both projects were designed and supervised by Luke Muavere.


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