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Tui Tabanivono Passes Away

The vanua Tabanivono of Nadroga/Navosa is mourning the loss of their chief Ratu Jone Ulunisau. Naduri village headman (turaga-ni-koro) Penieli Uluinasau confirmed the death of Ratu Jone, on Christmas Day.
03 Jan 2015 10:38
Tui Tabanivono Passes Away

The vanua Tabanivono of Nadroga/Navosa is mourning the loss of their chief Ratu Jone Ulunisau.

Naduri village headman (turaga-ni-koro) Penieli Uluinasau confirmed the death of Ratu Jone, on Christmas Day.

“He died on Christmas day at around 8am at his chiefly residence after a short illness,” said Mr Uluinasau.

Out of respect, the Sigatoka Town Council cancelled their New Year street party.

According to Mr Uluinasau the late chief took over the reign in 1972 after Ratu Jone’s father Ratu Ilisoni Vetawa passed away in 1971.

The late Ratu Jone was one of the longest serving members of the Nadroga/Navosa provincial council. He spent more than 30 years serving the provincial council.

Notable Roko Tui (iTaukei Administrator) who served with him in the province included Ratu Kini Vosailagi, Seru Raidaveta, Inoke Kadalevu, Lote Naikasova and the current Viliame Bureivalu.

He was part of the board of the iTaukei Native Land Trust Board (iTLTB), and the abolished Great Council of Chiefs (GCC)

The villages governed by his jurisdiction include Naduri, Lawai, Nawai, Kabisi, Nakabuta, Togovere, Tilivalevu, Vunatovau and Nakalavo.

The funeral church service will be held on January 8 starting at 10am in the chiefly village of Naduri.

He is survived by his wife Adi Salote Uluinasau, six children and grandchildren.

Meanwhile, Sigatoka Town Council chief executive officer Tulsi Ram commended Ratu Jone for his years of service to the province.

“It is sad news for the vanua and the province of Nadroga/Navosa,” said Mr Ram.

“Everything was put in place for the street party but since passing away we have to show respect.”

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