Desecration in the Pacific
Burgeoning Chinese tourism industry eyes Fiji for development
An illegal Chinese tourist development threatens natural habitats on Fiji’s Malolo Island. This shocking report from Newsroom NZ follows landowners and locals as they fight to halt the project.
"How can this happen?" asks dismayed Australian landowner Navrin Fox. “How can a company just come in from any part of the world and do this?” When Fox purchased his plot of land Malolo was a place of extreme natural beauty, but drone footage reveals the scale of damage done by Freesoul Real Estate: illegal reclamation of beachfront, the destruction of an estimated 5,000 square meters of reef, mangrove deforestation and inadequate sewage management. "Where they put their toilet is right on the mangroves where the ladies go and catch crabs," says a Fijian native, mourning the loss of a traditional way of life. A stunning report that culminates in detention of the journalists and a confrontation with Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.FULL SYNOPSIS