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Monasavu To Holiday Inn For Gold Basin Geologist – Joni Dagoya

An exploration geologist who lives in the mountains, but loves the sea, prefers to spend time churning profitable returns for locals. Joni Dagoya, of Gold Basin Mining Pty Ltd, leads the exploration team at Balevuto, Ba.
27 Apr 2022 15:30
Monasavu To Holiday Inn For Gold Basin Geologist – Joni Dagoya
Joni Dagoya, the exploration geologist at Gold Basin Mining Pty Ltd, in Tavua and a part of the Monasavu Dam area.

An exploration geologist who lives in the mountains, but loves the sea, prefers to spend time churning profitable returns for locals.

Joni Dagoya, of Gold Basin Mining Pty Ltd, leads the exploration team at Balevuto, Ba.

Gold Basin Mining, an exploration arm and subsidiary of Fiji’s leading gold producer,

 

Vatukoula Gold Mines, holds prospecting licences for Balevuto and Toge.

The licences expire in 2024.

Meanwhile, Mr Dagoya, a Nasiriti native of Naitasiri, is a descendent of the chiefly clan of Nabobuco.

 

“My father is one of the three brothers behind the clan at Nabobuco,” he said.

Mr Dagoya worked for over three years as a geologist for Oak Mines Fiji Limited, a Nadi based operation, with exploration work in Malomalo.

Retired business leader and former minister for Government, Sir James Ah Koy, is the registered agent of the company.

 

Mr Dagoya also worked for Emperor Gold Mines Fiji Ltd, and BOC Gases Fiji.

He worked for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources in Nabua, Suva, for close to five years, as a technical assistant in resource geology, and in mines and quarries.

Mr Dagoya is a certified graduate of the University of the South Pacific’s earth science and marine geology studies.

 

Monasavu forest area, one of the many bird watching locations in Fiji. Source: www.aladdin.st/

Monasavu forest area, one of the many bird watching locations in Fiji. Source: www.aladdin.st/

What is one place in Fiji you would take
friends to?
Monasavu, in the Naitasiri province.

The wildlife and bird watching is spectacular up there.

 

Holiday Inn, Suva.

Holiday Inn, Suva.

What is your favourite spot for a coffee or
pie?
Holiday Inn, Suva.

It is close to the sea, located in the city, and is convenient.

 

An aerial view of Cuvu Beach, in Nadroga.

An aerial view of Cuvu Beach, in Nadroga.

What is your favourite backyard spot?
Anywhere by the sea.

It may seem odd that I am a mountain man, who works in an industry that deals with the underground minerals – but I still love anywhere by the sea.

 

An island in the Lau group.

An island in the Lau group.

What is one place in Fiji on your bucket list?
Yatu Lau group.

The scenic and pristine images I have seen of the place makes the destination ideal.

 

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