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Vote2018: Meet A Provisional Candidate – Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua

Vote2018: Meet A Provisional Candidate – Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua
Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua. Photo: Wati Talebula
September 03
10:54 2018

Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua was one of the 42 names announced during the SODELPA dinner as their provisional candidates.

The 56-year-old hails from Vunamoli village in Nadi and has maternal links to Qereqere in Nadroga and spent most of her childhood in England.

She is listed by SODELPA as their Ba West Rural Candidate.

Adi Meretui had served in the Ministry of Fijian Affairs Department of Heritage and Culture and was the director of the Fiji Museum before she retired in 2017.

She hopes to highlight on the issues of culture, iTaukei heritage and environment.

“We don’t have a national culture policy. We must ensure that there is transmission of traditional knowledge from the elders to the youths and getting more youths involved in heritage and language,” Adi Meretui said.

“I would like to safeguard cultural institutions through appropriate policies and legislations would be my area of focus if I get elected into Parliament.”

Adi Meretui said she joined SODELPA for a purpose.

“For me SODELPA is the only party that really looks after iTaukei interest. We are a minority in the world but we are majority in Fiji,” she said.

“I have finished my term in Government. I know the ins and outs of the Government the processes and what has worked and what hasn’t worked.”

About Adi Meretui:

– She is married with six children and six grandchildren.

– Completed Bachelor of Arts in Design Advertising at Victoria University. She did her Diploma in Teaching at the then Fiji Institute of Technology (Now Fiji National University).

– She was a civil servant for over 10 years with the Ministry of Fijian Affairs, Department of Heritage and Culture.

-Prior to her posting to the Museum she was seconded from the Government to The University of the South Pacific for three years to establish the Pacific Heritage Hub as its manager for UNESCO World Heritage activities in the Pacific.

– She was the director of the Fiji Museum before she retired in 2017.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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