August 2009

Article in the International Educator magazine (Bianca Schonberg) full article linked here.

Homestays are a way of keeping tourism dollars in villages and communities, while allowing travelers an opportunity to experience Fijian life.

Knowing that my stay contributed to the infrastructure of Namatakula further increased my awareness of responsible travel. I have committed myself to supporting local efforts, communities, and schools wherever my travels may take me. As I departed, the villagers said “Vinaka” meaning thank you. I say, “Vinaka to you, Namatakula,” for giving me the true Fijian experience.

January 2009

Article in City South News, Brisbane regarding "Operation Fiji Feet"... article linked here. More at this link.

June 2008

Fiji-style nuptials a snap.... The Australin Newspaper (7th June 2008)


Back at the village, we find a group of locals decorating the church. With much care, they plait palm leaves around the veranda posts, tie ribbons to the wooden pews and scatter frangipanis over the cement floor of the large, austere building. We have paid for only the minister and the choir, so we are impressed by the effort, though also a little daunted.

Finally the village drums beat for the third time and we are led off by Ben, who operates our camera with one hand and our video camera with the other. Our witnesses, Irena and Vili, follow behind; we are told they've been chosen for the honour as they have the best outfits in the village.

See the article at this link

October 2006

Three page article in Wellbeing magazine liftout "Escape Guide" headed Fijian Family Stay.


The day begins when the cockerel crows from its perch in the nearby mango tree....

Even walking up the village's main street is a pleasure. Children come running to see you and even the adults lean out of their windows or stop chopping their vegetables on the doorstep to say "Bula!"

See the article here: page one, page two, page three

February 2005

Australia's leading travel show "Getaway" with an audience of over two million sing's praises.

"Getaway" covered on the 17th February 2005.

You can read a suummary of their report on their website at this link

September 2004: advertising at Mt Gravatt Bowls Club in Brisbane (image right) - the State's largest indoor bowling green article in the Pacific lsand Trade and Investment Commission Magazine article in Fiji Holidays magazine (circulated around Fiji)

July 2004:

Channel 9 television's "Getaway" travel programme is currently preparing a piece on Fijian Village Homestays - starring Catriona Rowntree. 

The Daily Mail in London (the second largest daily circulating newspaper in the UK) will be publishing an article on in the next three months.