Who We Are
Saimone & Victoria Lomaloma
Victoria and Saimone were based in Fiji for two years before moving back to New Zealand in 2017 and now Saimone spends his time split between the farms in Vanua Levu and Wellington. Saimone is half-Fijian and has a business and chartered accountancy background while Victoria is a freelance creative and make-up artist. They both have a passion for adventure and travel and are expecting their first born mid-2020.
Inia lives on our Nabua Farm and is a jack of all trades. He repairs all our farm equipment from chainsaws, generators, weedeaters, woodchipper, water pumps and farm vehicles; such as the quad or dirt bikes to our land cruiser. He's built our own farm dam that supplies water to one of the camps, installed our solar power, CCTV and electrical wiring for the farm houses as well as building along with as all the other boys. He's from Lomaloma Village in Vanuabalavu, Lau but has a maternal link to Nabua Village.
Surumi manages the Buca Farm and is a cousin of Saimone's. He lives in Buca Village and is an integral part of the koro with a wife and two children. He is skilled in milling timber with the chainsaw, as can be seen in the photo above and also farm's his own vegetables and honey.
Timi looks after the Bucalevu Village farm which consists of only one plantation which is alongside the village river and is another cousin of Saimone's. He is the Cheif of Bucalevu Village which is about 15-mins away from the Nabua Farm.
Vati has been working on the Wakanavu Farms since it's inception and lives in Nabua Village with his wife who is Saimone's cousin's-daughter and two children. Vati is also a keen fisherman alongside farming his own yaqona and vegetables.
Viliame grew up in Nabua Village his mother's village, then schooled at RKS and went into the Fiji Police before meeting Saimone's mother who was nursing in Suva at the time. He immigrated to New Zealand 35+ years ago and also had a daughter Rose, who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Viliame provides support with the farming operations when needed and currently works as a bus driver.
Naqete aka 'Nugget' is the OG Wakanavu Dog that spent his puppy day's chilling around Wailoaloa Beach before patrolling our 100 acre farm in Nabua. He's now immigrated to New Zealand and hangs around the streets of Newtown, Wellington.
Other Regular Workers
We have a number of other regular workers who have are just as critical to success of our farming operations but are too many to mention.