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Meeting Returns to Bau Island

After more than a decade, the chiefly island of Bau in Tailevu, will host the two-day Tailevu Provincial Council meeting. Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said he looked forward to
26 Apr 2017 12:13
Meeting Returns to Bau Island
Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau in Bau Island as Bose Ni Yasana Ko Tailevu (Tailevu Provincial Council meeting). Photo: Ronald Kumar

After more than a decade, the chiefly island of Bau in Tailevu, will host the two-day Tailevu Provincial Council meeting.

Bau chief Ratu Epenisa Cakobau said he looked forward to the big meeting today and hopes the weather would be favourable.

Roko Tui Tailevu Iliesa Delasau said the last council meeting held on the island was in 2004. He said the meeting today would bring together the province of Tailevu to the island. The first Tailevu Provincial Office was based on the island, Mr Delasau revealed.

“This is the beginning for Tailevu and its development and today it brings together the chiefs and tikina (district) representatives, it gives them time to talk and discuss issues related to the people,” Mr Delasau said.

He said past provincial meetings held in the town areas never gave time for chiefs and district representatives to discuss issues well.

He also said the meeting on the island would benefit the respective chiefs and people because it would help strengthen traditional ties.

“Bringing the chiefs together and accommodating themselves with respective relatives gives them more time to discuss such issues,” Mr Delasau said.

Mata Ni Tikina o Bau Ratu Sake Matailevuka said the island of Bau welcomed Government representatives and the chiefs of Tailevu.

Ratu Matailevuka said: “For the province of Tailevu to have this meeting, has definitely brought the different districts of the province together and build on our relationship and work together.”

He said the meeting would also talk about development projects for the districts of the province.

“We are expecting government representatives to give answers and advice on the developments,” he said.

Ratu Sake was thankful and pleased that the meeting was hosted by the chiefly island and this would bring to life issues which the vanua and the people needed to voice.

Some issues that the province will talk about concerns those in Corrections centres and new religious denominations coming in.

Commissioner Central Setareki Tale will open the two-day meeting.

Arrival

Yesterday, representatives from the various Tailevu districts and Government officials began arriving and took part in a workshop co-ordinated by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs.

Mr Delasau said a programme was held for the chiefs and another for the district representatives about leadership roles.

“It is more about their traditional roles. It strengthens their roles and in return when they return to their various villages they are able to implement they have learnt,” he said.

The meeting will also see a mini roadshow organised by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and free health screening for the three villages on the island and the district of Bau.

The two-day meeting ends tomorrow.  Edited by Naisa Koroi

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