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Higgins Gives $100K

A New Zealand-based company operating in Fiji donated $100,000 yesterday to the Prime Minister’s Relief and Rehabilitation Fund. The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thanked Higgins (Fiji) Limited
02 Apr 2016 13:50
Higgins Gives $100K
Higgins Manager Fiji Dave Jacques, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum receives the cheque from Higgins Contract manager Ray Edwards while Higgins (Fiji) Limited Contract Manager Patrick Wardlaw looks on during the press conference at Navakai depot, Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

A New Zealand-based company operating in Fiji donated $100,000 yesterday to the Prime Minister’s Relief and Rehabilitation Fund.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thanked Higgins (Fiji) Limited during the press conference at the Navakai Depot in Nadi.

“We would like to thank Higgins for their kind contribution. Higgins has been very much part of the western division and they have done already some good works in Ra,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The A-G praised the company after seeing the destruction and the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston on Higgins staff and their families yet the company had implemented a further response plan to help.

“They also have been involved as an employer providing, maintaining and fixing of the homes of the staff that were damaged by the Cyclone Winston.

“There has been a significant amount of money being set aside in building homes,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“This is setting a good example as a responsible employer and good social responsibility. The company also looks keen in the adopt the school programme being launched by the Prime Minister.

“We want to thank them as it is good to see companies operate in Fiji in particular companies from outside Fiji who take on the responsibility of being a good Fijian corporate citizen.”

Higgins Contract manager Ray Edwards said Higgins was committed to the people of Fiji long term with their motto “here to make a difference” and in this case it means doing everything they could to aid the recovery efforts.

“Higgins sees itself as a part of this community and wishes to help in as many ways as possible,” Mr Edwards said.

“This donation will provide aid to the most important places as decided by the Prime Ministers office.

“Higgins has already donated more than $200,000 in aid to our staff who have suffered damage to homes; this includes new housing and repairs to their existing houses.”

Higgins, one of New Zealand’s largest road and infrastructure companies, is involved in a number of key infrastructure projects in Fiji and has a team of 250 staff on the ground, the majority of whom are locals.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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