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Tui Lawa Passes Away At 57

Tributes to the late Tui Lawa Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu have come from resort representatives in the Mamanucas. Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu passed away after a short illness on Wednesday at the
10 Nov 2017 10:48
Tui Lawa Passes Away At 57
The late Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu (right), with President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote. Photo: DEPTFO News

Tributes to the late Tui Lawa Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu have come from resort representatives in the Mamanucas.

Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu passed away after a short illness on Wednesday at the Lautoka Hospital, confirmed chief spokesperson Tevita Sadrata.

Mr Sadrata did not wish to comment further until after the traditional protocol was conducted.

Ratu Sevanaia was 57-years-old.

He was chief of the Malolo Group and Mamanucas, Fiji’s island resort hub.

Some of the resorts in the group include Castaway Island Resort, Vomo Island Resort, Mana Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Malolo Island Fiji, Nomotu Island Resort, Tavurua Island Resort, Navini Island Resort, and Tokoriki Island Resort.

Castaway Island Resort general manger Steven Andrews said, it was a sad day for them.

Tavarua Island Resort managing director Rick Isbell said Ratu Sevanaia had a strong understanding of sustainability where he implemented fishing bans in some areas.

He was installed as the Tui Lawa on November 18, 2008 at the chiefly village of Solevu.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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