Feature Articles 2017

19/05/2017 09:57:52 Vehicle Buying Blunder

Buying a vehicle is no longer a farfetched dream.

11/05/2017 15:37:27 Water Bill Shock

How often do you check your water meter for any possible leakages?

03/05/2017 15:12:38 Timber Specifications

The high costs associated with timber is no secret given that it is an essential product for the construction of houses and buildings. It is imperative for consumers to practice vigilance and pay attention to details prior to confirming their order and also taking the delivery of the timber products.

27/04/2017 16:41:51 Condition of Rented Spaces

Owning a home is not everybody’s cup of tea, particularly given the price of real-estate in Fiji. The reality for many is to settle for a rental property by scouting through local dailies and social media, or knocking on doorsteps of property owners, requesting for a rental space. A place they can call home, at the expense of monthly rent payments.

21/04/2017 09:46:08 Exclusions and Restrictions

We all agree that there is a role for health insurance in the Fijian health care system, provided it delivers tangible value to consumers. It is crucial that consumers have the trust and confidence that their policies will give them access to treatment when the need arises.

13/04/2017 10:53:58 Health Insurance Issues

Health insurance is a critical component of the Fijian health care system that can take pressure away from the public health system

06/04/2017 10:34:18 Unsolicited Roaming Services

These days it has become quite significant to be able to travel to any part of the world, whether for business or leisure, and still be able to use your mobile phone and local SIM card to make calls and use data services. This service which lets your local SIM connect to the rest of the world, from anywhere in the world, is known as roaming.

01/04/2017 12:19:13 Moneylending – A Concern for Fijian Consumers

We all need quick loans at one point or another. This is given the rising demands of living a decent and comfortable life in this day and age. There are times when we run real broke and we decide to take loan to remain afloat. And, many a times, we go for the easy and a quick way to secure loan. That is when money lenders come to our minds.

25/03/2017 11:45:11 WINNING SOLUTION

We understand consumers need money to survive but how to use money has become an important issue. Failing to prioritize needs has resulted in many consumers falling into the vicious cycle of debt.

18/03/2017 12:13:38 DIGITAL AGE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

We live in an era of easy plastic. We like the flexibility of buying online. And some of us like to purchase goods and services from telemarketers, as well. Consumers also like the fact that they can access money more easily than in the past. We certainly reap benefits from rapid technological advances to our appliances, vehicles, and computers. Computers are also responsible for expanding our circle of interactions in ways that would have been unimaginable years ago.

18/03/2017 12:02:05 Top 10 ways to stay safe online

The internet provides us with a huge range of opportunity and choice. We can connect easily and communicate with friends and family around the world, do our weekly shopping and organise our bills and payments all at the touch of a button, saving time and effort. All these activities use our personal information in some way – our bank details to make a payment, our photos and comments, or our address for deliveries. With more data about us online, risks of things like identity theft, hacking, ransomware, scams and fraud increase

11/03/2017 11:55:11 Online Security: Consumer Rights and Responsibility

Today, in this globalized and interconnected world, we need to work together to protect our Digital Rights. While some sectors, such as finance, have tightened up security, many are not implementing basic measures, and there is often low awareness among consumers about how to secure a device or keep information safe.

04/03/2017 12:10:12 Building a Digital World Consumers Can Trust

On 15th March, Consumer Council of Fiji will be celebrating World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD). This will be part of a global campaign to build a better Digital World that promotes access, participation and innovation that is good for consumers, the economy and society.

23/02/2017 12:22:50 Buying or Building Your First Home

Buying a plot of land and building a house on it is a dream for many of us. While the Housing Authority of Fiji is mandated to provide affordable housing for the working class in Fiji, the demand far exceeds supply by as much as 4 times. This leads to home and land buyers searching outside and ending up with private developers who are more likely to charge very high prices.

17/02/2017 12:25:42 Electricity Subsidy

Electricity is an essential energy source that plays a critical role in growth and development of Fiji. It is one of the greatest technological innovations of mankind. Electricity has become an integral part of our homes & businesses. One cannot imagine life without power.

16/02/2017 12:30:26 Stop the Crash

Safety features in new cars should be universal. This simple measure would save thousands of lives every year.

24/01/2017 21:42:26 Counterfeit Trade

The spread of counterfeit products has increased globally in recent years. Counterfeiting is everywhere - it can affect what we eat, what we watch, what medicines we take and what we wear. Counterfeiting and piracy is also seen in Fiji whether its electronic goods, spare parts, cosmetics, clothes, shoes, alcohol, chemicals, bags, movies or music.

09/01/2017 12:45:00 Landlord and Tenancy: A Concern That Needs Immediate Attention

Over the years the State has focused on improving the socio-economic status of all Fijians. This is especially true for those on the margins of our society, so as to ensure that all consumers have access to affordable and quality housing.