playastorm wrote:I hope that we are all not so jaded as to not even allow for the possibility that this is a real offer.
playastorm wrote:Its true there was a coup a few years ago in Fiji - but having spent time there myself - and speaking to many people - all will agree it is one of the safest places on the planet. Fijian soldiers are considered one of the most disciplined soldiers of any army and are used in peacekeeping missions all over the world. You won't see any soldiers or guns at any point in your Fiji trip and definitely not on the island.
playastorm wrote:Regarding the coup - my understanding is that there was beginning to be some resentment of the local Fijians to the Indian population there who were brought over by the British. The Indians own all the stores... and the Nationalist Fijian party in their parliament was trying to pass anti Indian laws which was causing unrest. The military took over to prevent this as they are pro unity and equality for all Fijians. Everyone I met there has a lot of respect for the military and it was a bloodless coup - but I am not here to defend the coup just to say it is a safe place and no one needs to worry about that. It should be considered internal Fijian politics and up to them to decide.
Regarding the offer and my involvement - as I said I am a director of the company that owns the island and the resort and I have been tasked with starting up construction again. As a burner I would prefer to do it with a group of burners who have a great work ethic and are a fun group to hang out with.
I think we offer a fair deal - a trip to Fiji and a chance to spend a month or so on a private island - all expenses paid - along with a stipend in exchange for working on a project for a month or so. Perhaps when done with the month of work people can take the stipend and travel the south pacific or the rest of Fiji.
The Lau Group - where this island is located is one of the most exclusive places anywhere. It costs $5,000 for a permit to sail in the Lau group - with an $800 per day docking fee. So it isn't an easy place to visit and that is the reason it is so unspoiled and the reason this is a good opportunity. The island is across from Mel Gibson's island and just south of the owners of Redbull's island.
We are exploring both options of selling the island or finishing the resort and operating it. Construction stopped 2 years ago as I said. We will start to finish the resort while we try to sell it. We listed the resort with Christies Great Estates by the way.
I have never posted here before so what you saw a few years ago was not from my group.
Can a fellow burner be given a little bit of faith?
Regarding the coup - my understanding is that there was beginning to be some resentment of the local Fijians...
Isotopia wrote:This sounds to good to be true but others mileage may vary.
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cowboyangel wrote:Wow. What a thread! Read all the way down. The promoter has a difficult task and doesn't seem to have any takers...no wonder....too many unknowns. A construction crew is at the mercy of many disparate forces there and the promoter has not done enough to ease fears.
I've been in that part of the world, ( well, nearly, Marshall Islands) It's hard to work in that heat. Very hard. Dear promoter, in order to gain credibility here, you have to run a difficult gauntlet, as you can see. If you posted a close up video of yourself and the owners making their case, that might help. Also posting comments, fair or foul, from past workers would be very helpful. See, we have a borderline financial depression going on here and the construction trades and builders have been hit very hard. We need the very real security of concrete, known projects before signing on to anything so remote and so unknown.
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