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Ratu Vuniyani Desires To Bring People Together

  The new Tui Nadi Ratu Vuniyani said his priority as the head of the people of Nadi would be unity to the vanua. “My plan for the next few
30 Apr 2017 11:00
Ratu Vuniyani Desires To Bring People Together
Isei Saukuru, Sivaniolo Varo, Tui Nadi Ratu Vuniyani Navuniuci, Jope Tuigunu, Mosese Tuitagi, Sevuloni Ravouvou in Nadi, April 29th, 2017. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The new Tui Nadi Ratu Vuniyani said his priority as the head of the people of Nadi would be unity to the vanua.

“My plan for the next few years is to bring the people together as one so that we can do things together,” 62-year-old Ratu Vuniyani said.

“Over the years the vanua was split for almost 19 years before my brother took over and confirmed the vanua.

“There was no leader and he reigned for only three years.

“I will take over from where he left off.”

Ratu Vuniyani pledged to champions tourism and climate change which had a direct effect on his communities just like his elder brother, the late Ratu Sailosi.

The iTaukei Land Commission has selected Ratu Vuniyani Navuniuci to be the new Tui Nadi.

62-year-old Ratu Vuniyani will be installed in replacement of his elder brother Ratu Sailosi Dawai who passed away in July last year.

iTaukei Land Commission chairman Ratu Vanalagi Vesikula said the commission had declared RatuVuniyani’s appointment as the Tui Nadi.

“I can confirm to you that the TLC has appointed Ratu Vuniani as Tui Nadi. He is the younger brother of Ratu Sailosi. He is the one next in line,” said Ratu Vanalagi.

“I would like to support that initiative of climate change as it is very important to me,” he said.

“Tourism is the bread and butter to our people; there are about eight hotels on Denarau and it affects each of the household in the village as one or two are employed there.”

Ratu Vuniyani had a sterling career as a civil servant having worked in the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs for over 20 years including holding the post of Roko Tui Ba and senior positions in Nadroga-Navosa and Kadavu until retirement at the age of 55.

“This is not new to me as all my forefathers were all Tui Nadi and my dad used to tell me to eat and drink from the werelevu (vanua),” he said.

Mr Navuniuci said he would be installed traditionally sometime in August or September.

“In iTaukei we have the confirmation of black and white before we can carry out the vanua and church tradition. As former Roko I have been in touch with iTaukei Land Commission since December and I am aware of the requirements,” he said.

Interestingly Ratu Vuniyani will be the first Tui Nadi to be anointed instead of drinking the chiefly cup of yaqona since he is a staunch Seventh-day Adventist.

“I will be the first Tui Nadi to be anointed as the kings of Israel. I don’t drink grog so there is no need for that (vagunuvi) but focus only on the anointing which is important.”

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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