Nadi, Fiji

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Nadi
Nadi
Coordinates: 17°48′00″S 177°25′00″E / 17.80000°S 177.41667°E / -17.80000; 177.41667Coordinates: 17°48′00″S 177°25′00″E / 17.80000°S 177.41667°E / -17.80000; 177.41667
CountryFijiFiji
IslandViti Levu
DivisionWestern Division
Population (2011)
 • Total42,284
 
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Nadi
Nadi
Coordinates: 17°48′00″S 177°25′00″E / 17.80000°S 177.41667°E / -17.80000; 177.41667Coordinates: 17°48′00″S 177°25′00″E / 17.80000°S 177.41667°E / -17.80000; 177.41667
CountryFijiFiji
IslandViti Levu
DivisionWestern Division
Population (2011)
 • Total42,284

Nadi (pronounced [ˈnandi]) is the third-largest conurbation in Fiji. It is located on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu, and had a population of 42,284 at the most recent census, in 2007. Nadi is multiracial with many of its inhabitants Indian or Fijian, along with a large transient population of foreign tourists. Along with sugar cane production, tourism is a mainstay of the local economy. The Nadi region has a higher concentration of hotels and motels than any other part of Fiji.[citation needed]

With its large Indo-Fijian population, Nadi is a centre for Hinduism and Islam in Fiji. The downtown area is defined by the Nadi River and Viseisei village on the west side, and the beautfiul Sri Siva Subramaniya temple on the east. It is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere, and is a site for pilgrims. Nadi International Airport located 9 kilometers from the town, is the largest airport in Fiji. Thus, Nadi is the principal port of entry for air travelers to Fiji, even though it is on the opposite (western) side of the island of Viti Levu from the nation's capital and largest city, Suva.

History[edit]

Part of Main Street in Nadi

Nadi Township was established in 1947. Around that time Government of Fiji has established its own "Government Station" on the higher grounds of Nadi. It is said that a couple of business set up their business around the "Government Station" to service the Government Station. The other business organization from other parts of Fiji also followed the suit. It is reported that there was a very strong move by some concerned citizens of Nadi to move the town center to Martintar because of the existing center being so prone to flooding. This did not materialize because the move to shift the town center to Martintar came in too late as the Nadi Township had already developed strong roots in the existing location.

The elected system was introduced in 1967. Dr. A.H Sahu Khan was the first elected Chairman of the Nadi Township Board.[1] With the introduction of Local Government Act in 1972 the Board changed its status to Council. Mr H.M Lodhia became the first Mayor of Nadi Town Council in 1972 and remained the Mayor until December 1973. The current Mayor of Nadi is Councillor S. Sami. The population of Nadi Fiji in 2007 was 42,284 now in 2012 its around 50,000 people living there today.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands (CAAFI) head office is at Nadi Airport in Nadi.[2]

Economy[edit]

Air Pacific has its head office at the Air Pacific Maintenance & Administration Centre at Nadi International Airport in Nadi.[3][4] Fiji Airlines Limited, operating as Pacific Sun, is headquartered in the Pacific Sun building in the Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands (CAAFI) compound at Nadi International Airport.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Nadi, Fiji (1961-1990)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)31.6
(88.9)
31.5
(88.7)
31.1
(88)
30.7
(87.3)
29.7
(85.5)
29.2
(84.6)
28.5
(83.3)
28.7
(83.7)
29.4
(84.9)
30.2
(86.4)
30.9
(87.6)
31.4
(88.5)
30.2
(86.4)
Daily mean °C (°F)27.1
(80.8)
27.2
(81)
26.9
(80.4)
26.2
(79.2)
24.9
(76.8)
24.2
(75.6)
23.4
(74.1)
23.6
(74.5)
24.4
(75.9)
25.3
(77.5)
26.2
(79.2)
26.7
(80.1)
25.5
(77.9)
Average low °C (°F)22.7
(72.9)
22.9
(73.2)
22.6
(72.7)
21.7
(71.1)
20.1
(68.2)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
18.4
(65.1)
19.3
(66.7)
20.4
(68.7)
21.5
(70.7)
22.1
(71.8)
20.8
(69.4)
Rainfall mm (inches)299
(11.77)
302
(11.89)
324
(12.76)
163
(6.42)
78
(3.07)
62
(2.44)
46
(1.81)
58
(2.28)
77
(3.03)
103
(4.06)
138
(5.43)
159
(6.26)
1,809
(71.22)
Avg. rainy days181919127655791113131
Source: Hong Kong Observatory [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nadi Town Council - History
  2. ^ "Contact Details." Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands. Retrieved on 13 December 2011. "Postal address Private Mail Bag NAP 0354 Nadi Airport Fiji Islands"
  3. ^ "Air Pacific Annual Report 2008."[dead link] Air Pacific. 44 (44/48). Retrieved on 3 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Membership." International Air Transport Association. Retrieved on 13 December 2011. "Air Pacific Limited Air Pacific Maintenance & Administration Centre, Nasoso Road Nadi Airport, Nadi Fiji"
  5. ^ "Contact Us." Fiji Airlines Limited. Retrieved on 3 October 2009. "Fiji Airlines Limited, trading as Pacific Sun, was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Pacific Limited currently having its main base at the Pacific Sun office, CAAFI Compound, Nadi Airport, Fiji Islands." and "Head Office Pacific Sun PO Box 9270 Nadi International Airport Fiji Islands"
  6. ^ "Climatological Information for Nadi, Fiji". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved on 11 June 2011. 

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