Tui Nayau Vote: Ratu Finau Gets Nod

Ratu Finau Mara has been chosen as the next Tui Nayau, paramount chief of Lau. The eldest son of the former holder, the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, was voted
02 Oct 2015 10:54
Tui Nayau Vote: Ratu Finau Gets Nod
The next Tui Nayau... Ratu Finau Mara.

Ratu Finau Mara has been chosen as the next Tui Nayau, paramount chief of Lau.

The eldest son of the former holder, the late Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, was voted unanimously by the chiefly clan, Vuanirewa, in Tubou, Lakeba, Lau.

Lau Provincial Council chairman and clan member, Ilisoni Taoba, confirmed the decision yesterday.

He said a clan delegation had visited Ratu Finau to relay the message but the reply from him was for them to wait.

“We have visited him three times, but he told us to wait,” Mr Taoba said.

He said they had now agreed that the chiefly position had to be occupied and it would be done in 2017.

Nayau people traditionally install the Tui Nayau.

Nayau delegate to the provincial council, Mataiasi Tawake, said it was their responsibility to conduct the installation.

He said they had approached Ratu Finau but were waiting for his response when it would be done.

Ratu Sir Kamisese, was installed in 1969 and died in 2004.  He was also Fiji’s  longest serving PM from Independence to 1987 when his ruling Alliance Party government was defeated in the April general election by the Dr Timoci Bavadra-led coalition of the Fiji Labor Party and the National Federation Party.

Late Ratu Sir Kamisese belongs to the noble household Matailakeba.

When Ratu Finau is installed, the ceremony will take place in Maumi, on a mountain called Delaiwawa on the island of Nayau.

The ceremony is performed by the Master of Ceremonies and the leaders from the three villages in Nayau. After the ceremony, the chief has a special area to bath for four days.

The place is called Muaituraga, located close to the village of Narocivo.

There are many chiefly titles throughout Fiji that are still vacant, some for a long time.

Government is concerned and wants them filled to strengthen leadership in the rural areas.

One of the high profile vacant titles is the Vunivalu of  Bau.

Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau (Junior) had earlier confirmed to the Fiji Sun that he was the rightful holder of the Vunivalu.

The other claimant is Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, but Ratu George said in an earlier interview that –  “I am older than him and his time has not yet arrived.

As of today, I am the rightful holder of the chiefly Vunivalu title and he knows it.”

The last holder was Ratu Sir George Cakobau. He was installed as Vunivalu in 1959. He died in 1989.

Ratu Sir George was first married to Adi Veniana Gavoka, Radini Levuka, daughter of Ratu Inoke Mara, Roko Tui Namata.

From his first marriage, he had three children – Adi Samanunu Cakobau-Talakuli, Adi Litia Cakobau and Ratu George Kadavulevu Cakobau (Junior).

From Ratu Sir George’s second marriage to Lady Adi Lelea Seruwaia Balekiwai, he had four children Adi Salote Kaunilotuma Cakobau, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Ratu Josefa Celua Cakobau and Ratu Tanoa Visawaqa Cakobau.




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