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He Was Humble And Kind: Chief’s Son

The late Turaga na Ratu mai Verata, Ratu Ifereimi Baleiwaituitui Ravoka was described as a ‘humble and kind father,’ by his son during the funeral yesterday. The Verata chief passed
04 Jun 2015 10:12
He Was Humble And Kind: Chief’s Son
Family members of the Turaga na Ratu mai Verata during his funeral at Ucunivanua Village yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

The late Turaga na Ratu mai Verata, Ratu Ifereimi Baleiwaituitui Ravoka was described as a ‘humble and kind father,’ by his son during the funeral yesterday. The Verata chief passed away last week after a short illness.

Ratu Kitione Tuibua Ravoka, said the passing away of their mother, Asinate Taufa Taga Ravoka, six months ago, had affected his Ratu (father).

“They were very close and my Ratu still could not recover from her death,” Ratu Kitione said.

Ratu Kitione flew in from Australia, where he lives, to attend the funeral.

The late Verata chief was accorded a funeral deserving of his traditional status yesterday by his people at Ucunivanua Village.

Ratu Kitione said he would always cherish all the good times he spent with his Ratu.

He thanked the Prime Minister, Mr Voreqe Bainmarama, a close friend of his Ratu and Cabinet Ministers who attended the funeral.

Ratu Kitione said he would return to Australia today as his two sons were playing Australian rules football during the weekend.

An elder of the chiefly Sobasoba clan, Amori Duruwaqa, said they would miss Ratu Ifereimi.

He said only those from the Sobasoba clan knew who could become the titleholder.

Mr Duruwaqa said Ratu Ilisoni Qio was the next in line, the younger brother of the late Ratu Ifereimi.

Spokesman stopped

A spokesman of the late Ratu Mai Verata, Sakiusa Rokotakala, was stopped from entering the chiefly funeral ground by the Verata clan.

Mr Duruwaqa said the funeral ground, marked by white ropes, was a very sacred place and no one including the matanivanua could enter.

During the funeral only the Prime Minister, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Ratu llisoni Qio Ravoka and Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu had special seats prepared for them.

Also allowed inside the sautabu (chiefly burial ground)were the students of Queen Victoria School where Ratu Ravoka’s favourite grandson was a student.

Family

Ratu Ravoka had six children – Ratu Tevita Bola Waqairawai, Ratu Penioni Ravoka, Ratu Kitione Tuibua Ravoka, Adi Roseta Likutabua Waqatabu, the late Adi Salote Qolikoro and Ratu Buatavatava Naulumatua Ravoka. He had 20 grand children and two great, grandchildren.

His father was the late Ratu Mai Verata – Ratu Ilisoni Qio Ravoka and mother was Adi Miriama Loatuicama.

He was educated at Nabua Primary School and Ratu Kadavulevu School.

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