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Let’s Go Local: Yasawas, Tea Totoka for Our Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro

The South Pacific sprint king, Banuve Tabakaucoro, has seen much of the world but is yet to see the rest of Fiji. Not that he does not wish to do so. On the contrary, like countless Fijians, he would jump at the opportunity.
17 Mar 2022 14:00
Let’s Go Local: Yasawas, Tea Totoka for Our Sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro
Banuve Tabakaucoro. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The South Pacific sprint king, Banuve Tabakaucoro, has seen much of the world but is yet to see the rest of Fiji.

Not that he does not wish to do so.

On the contrary, like countless Fijians, he would jump at the opportunity.

 

His training schedule and overseas travels are what really take up much of his time.

Added to that, his love for his family and other commitments has kept him from travelling locally.

Mr Tabakaucoro is a father to two boys, aged five and six; and shares the same birthday with his wife and Beyonce, a fact that he proudly shared.

 

True to the Virgo personality, this Koro man is humble, self-effacing, industrious, practical, is a perfectionist, meticulous and single-minded in his pursuit of improvement.

And if he had to choose a sport, aside from athletics, which he would have excelled in, he would have made it far in volleyball.

Mr Tabakaucoro is the brand ambassador for FMF Foods Limited.

 

Below is an excerpt interview with Mr Tabakaucoro.
Places you’ve visited in Fiji?
I haven’t travelled much of Fiji but I’ve been to places like Labasa.

I’d love to see more of Fiji.

I think I have travelled the world more than my own country which is a bit shameful.

I just haven’t had the time.

But when I do I’d travel all over Fiji and take detours.

 

A local passenger vessel is birthed at a jetty on Koro Island.

A local passenger vessel is birthed at a jetty on Koro Island.

What is one place in Fiji you’d take visitors to and why?
Our family estate is on Koro Island.

I love going there because it’s so detached from the world.

Also this is where I get to spend time with my family, go fishing and farming.

 

Mana Coffee

Mana Coffee

Favourite spot for coffee/tea?
Tea Totoka at Kasabia Arcade.

I find myself there sometimes in the mornings when it’s not so busy.

I also go to Gloria Jeans once in a while and Mana Coffee at Selbourne Street.

 

What are your other favourite sports?
I love playing volleyball and touch rugby with the boys.

 

Blue Lagoon Cruises offers trips to the Mamanucas and Yasawas.

Blue Lagoon Cruises offers trips to the Mamanucas and Yasawas.

What is one place in Fiji that remains on your bucket list and why?
The Yasawas.

I’ve heard a lot about it.

I have a few friends from there.

They’ve been inviting me, but I’ve haven’t gotten the chance to get there.

Most of the postcards that you see overseas of Fiji are from there.

 

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