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Controversial Installation Of Taveuni Chief Deferred

The controversial planned installation Of the Navunisa na Tui Taveuni, Adi Ana Qereitoga, at Welagi Village today has been deferred to next year. This was after the four mataqali heads
22 Jul 2017 12:43
Controversial Installation Of Taveuni Chief Deferred
Navunisa Na Tui Taveuni Adi Ana Qereitoga at her home in Welagi Village in Taveuni in July, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago

The controversial planned installation

Of the Navunisa na Tui Taveuni, Adi Ana Qereitoga, at Welagi Village today has been deferred to next year.

This was after the four mataqali heads in Welagi, and Adi Ana met and made the decision in the interest of everyone in the village.

This was confirmed by Adi Ana’s legal representative, Naco Chambers law firm.

The village had been split over Adi Ana’s installation. She wanted a religious ordination instead of the traditional yaqona ceremony because it was her religious belief.

About 500 people from the different Vanuas on the island sharing traditional links to Welagi met at the village last night and decided that instead of the installation, they would have a celebration today.

“Because of the decision to defer the traditional installation, the Vanua of Nasuva has decided that tomorrow (today) will be an event where all the Vanuas that have gathered here will celebrate coming together as a family,” Naco Chambers said.

“And even the chief has invited other mataqali heads that were against her decision to be annointed today to be part of this family gathering.”

It was also revealed that a team of more than 20 officers from the Fiji Police Force, the National Fire Authority and the Fiji Corrections Service had dismantled more than six sheds and the podium erected for the installation.

They had acted citing an order from higher authority to stop the installation and had carried out the acts without a warrant or a written documentation confirming their claim, Naco Chambers said.

“This was even after a written request from Adi Ana for the provision of written proof that the higher authority had authorised them to stop the operation.

“The iTaukei Land and Fisheries Commission has officially recognised Adi Ana as the rightful holder of the Navunisa Na Tui Taveuni title,” Naco Chambers said.

It has also been confirmed that a majority of Welagi Villagers were a part of the Lion of Judah prayer group.

“We would like to clear the air that the prayer group has no part in the installation at all but rather it was the will of the majority members of the Yavusa Nasuva for the installation to occur.

“It was the chiefly wisdom of Adi Ana in her capacity as the leader of her people to defer the traditional installation to a later date as this was also the request of the other mataqali heads,” Naco Chambers said.

The Vanua ko Nasuva now looks forward to the installation next year.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said: “We have withdrawn our services because they had reached an agreement to defer the installation to next year.”

“We had been there because we understood that there were some tension so we were there to ensure the peace.”

Ms Naisoro said she could not comment on alleged claims by the Police officers that they were under orders from higher authority to dismantle the sheds.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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