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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 4, 1999 - PACNEWS)---The city fathers of Fiji's capital plan to give Suva a major facelift this year in preparation for the country's millennium celebrations.

The Suva City Council will spend F$ 1.3 million (US$ 700,000) in capital works projects, to upgrade the capital to New Zealand civic standards.

Suva's Mayor, Councilor Dhansuklal Bhika, said the council has decided to model the city's new look along New Zealand standards because Suva has a lot in common with New Zealand and because New Zealand is geographically closer to Fiji than other developed countries.

Work will focus on improving existing facilities such as footpaths, roads, street lighting and parks.

Councilor Bhika said it is time Suva changes its entire look, especially when it is expected to play a key part in worldwide millennium celebrations during late 1999 and early 2000.

Bhika said he hopes taxpayers share the council's enthusiasm for the millennium project.

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