Fiji’s mahogany furniture impresses Kiwis


<p style="text-align: justify;">When John Fitzgerald took over Mahogany Industries South Pacific Joinery Fiji 18 months ago the company was battling to survive after the recession and poor management by previous owners.</p>
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<div class="mceTemp" style="text-align: left;"><dl id="attachment_1462" class="wp-caption alignright" style="width: 270px;"><dt class="wp-caption-dt"><a href=""><img class="size-full wp-image-1462" title="Mahogany Fiji" src="" alt="" width="260" height="183" /></a></dt><dd class="wp-caption-dd">John Fitzgerald and PT&amp;I Trade Commissioner (NZ), Adam Denniss at the Auckland Home Show</dd></dl></div>
<p style="text-align: justify;">But the fight has been worth it if the company’s participation at the Auckland Home Show (August 31–September 4) is anything to go by. The displayed mahogany outdoors furniture is well crafted and competitively priced compared to the local New Zealand market.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is a joint effort with Peter Gibson of Wood Products International (see <span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Pacific Periscope</strong></span> story on Gibson Guitars -  click <span style="color: #3366ff;"><strong><a title="Fiji’s mahogany feted as one of world’s best" href=""><span style="color: #3366ff;">HERE</span></a></strong></span>) and supported by Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition has already attracted much attention from visitors. The wood is harvested sustainably from mature forests planted in the 1940s by the Fiji Government who sourced the wood from Honduras, South America. The 100,000-hectare forests scattered throughout Fiji are harvested only after coming to full maturity and the forests are then replanted.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Mahogany Industries South Pacific Joineries Fiji employs 60 local workers in Lautoka and exports outdoor timber furniture and joinery to Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. But it’s the local demand from the growing hotel and building industries which has kept the company afloat.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">More at:   <strong><span style="color: #3366ff;"><a title="Mahogany Industries - Fiji" href=""><span style="color: #3366ff;"></span></a></span></strong></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Photo / Pacific Islands Trade &amp; Invest</p>