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Former Education Minister Filipe Bole Dies At Age 83

Mr Bole’s last elective position was as Chairman of the Lau Provincial Council, from 12 July 2011 to April 2014, when he was succeeded by the late Dr Jiko Luveni.
21 Jun 2019 09:12
Former Education Minister Filipe Bole Dies At Age 83
The late Filipe Bole.

Tributes began pouring in for the late Filipe Nagera Bole yesterday. He died on Wednesday after an illustrious career in Government service.

Titilia Nagera – wife of Mr Bole’s elder brother, the late Noa Nagera – confirmed that Mr Bole, 83, died at his home at Bureta Street, Samabula, after a long illness.

She said the funeral service would take place at Wesley Church at 9.30am tomorrow.

The late Mr Bole was born on August 23, 1936, and hailed from the village of Mualevu, on the island of Vanua Balavu in Lau.

According to Wikipedia, Mr Bole had a reputation as one of Fiji’s few politicians untainted by scandal, and was noted for his moderate views. In October 2003, he endorsed calls for an end to racially segregated voting, saying that electing all members of the House of Representatives by universal suffrage would make voters and politicians think of the common national good, rather than communal interests.

He was educated at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, and at the Auckland Teachers College. He subsequently worked as a teacher in Fiji, before going into the civil service where he served from 1972 to 1980 in a number of government departments.

He was also a member of the Council of the University of the South Pacific in Suva from 1974 to 1980. He was Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations from 1980 to 1983, when he became a project administrator of the Pacific Islands Development Programme in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he remained till 1986.

Returning to Fiji, he entered politics and served as Minister for Education in 1986 and 1987. Following two coups d’état in 1987, he was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs, holding office till 1988, then served as Minister for Youth and Sports from 1989 to 1992.

Mr Bole was elected to the House of Representatives in the election held to restore democracy in 1992, and was subsequently appointed Foreign Minister again.

Apart from a brief interruption in 1994, he remained in this post until 1997. Mr Bole was also Deputy Prime Minister for a short time in 1993. He transferred from the House of Representatives to the Senate in 1994 but remained in the Cabinet.

Mr Bole’s last elective position was as Chairman of the Lau Provincial Council, from 12 July 2011 to April 2014, when he was succeeded by the late Dr Jiko Luveni.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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