View of  Vatukoula Gold Mine from Smith Street, August 2007.
Photo: Kristian MaynardPhillip Shaft, Vatukoula Gold Mine. Photo: Kristian MaynardChildren at Vatukoula Primary School Compound, July 2007. 
Photo: Kristian MaynardFilmmaker Mary Ackley conducts social survey at Vatukoula in 2007.
Photo: Kristian MaynardChildren in Loloma Village, Vatukoula 2007. 
Photo: Kristian MaynardInside Fiji Water's bottling plant.
Photo: Kristian MaynardView from kitchen in Nademo (Slime Dam) village, Vatukoula, 2007. 
Photo: Kristian MaynardInterview with Lepanoni Naivuqa, Tavua Town Market, July, 2007 Photo: Kristian MaynardPlastic pellets used to make Fiji Water bottles discarded at Vatukoula open waste dump.
August, 2007. Photo: Kristian Maynard
Photo Gallery

News and Screenings
1.9.11 Z Magazine article on Fiji Water and Vatukoula now available for free online at

09.16.10 Don't miss Rock of Gold at the 2010 American Public Health Association Film & Media Festival in Denver, CO, November 8th @12:30pm! More info at:

03.08.10 Thank you to all who attended the screening at the Big Muddy Film Festival!

02.03.10 Rock of Gold has just been accepted into the 32nd Annual Big Muddy Film Festival! Festival dates: February 19 - 28, 2010. More details to follow soon.

11.12.09 Don't miss Rock of Gold at the Bunker Hill Community College "Sustainability and the Planet" festival on December 1, 2009!  Rock of Gold will be shown with several other short environmentally-themed films at this free screening from 6:30-8:30pm. A discussion with the filmmakers will follow, beginning at 8pm.

10.27.09 Mother Jones runs a story on Fiji Water and Rock of Gold!

10.26.09 We've partnered with the Center for Independent Documentary!

9.12.09 Rock of Gold wins the 'El Capitan' award at the 2009 Yosemite International Film Festival!  Festival details are available here
About the Film

This page was last updated: January 9, 2011

The remote Fijian mining town of Vatukoula, which literally means 'rock of gold', happens to be located less than 30 kilometers from the source of one of the world’s most recognized brands of bottled water, Fiji Water. This film tells Vatukoula’s story, exploring the complex connections between industry, community, and the global environment from a local Fijian perspective. The film also offers constructive lessons for communities around the world that are struggling to harness wealth from their natural resources while striving towards sustainable development.

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