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Katonitabua Stresses Upholding Unity

Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Ka­tonitabua stressed the im­portance of upholding unity in a given community while officiat­ing at the Reunion of the Yavusa o Nadi. Around 200 people
30 Jun 2018 11:00
Katonitabua Stresses Upholding Unity
Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua (circled), officiates as chief guest at the Reunion of the Yavusa o Nadi at the Nadi Civic Centre on June 29, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Ka­tonitabua stressed the im­portance of upholding unity in a given community while officiat­ing at the Reunion of the Yavusa o Nadi. Around 200 people gathered for the event at the Nadi Civic Cen­tre yesterday.

According to Mr Katonitabua, the members of Yavusa o Nadi these days have been registered under different Yavusa.

Some reside in Narewa, Dratabu, Vatutu, Naibalebale, Viwa in Ya­sawa, Yanuya in Malolo and Nalu­waki in Waya.

He said: “We must always uphold our unity in traditional cultures and the same time acknowledge the contemporary cultural practices in our current globalised world.”

He also said the pillars for this included having respect, showing unity, being compassionate and demonstrating love and affection.

“I am glad that there is a vivid pic­ture in this gathering that you are in unity despite the different loca­tions you are in.

“Listening to each other’s call, this shows the togetherness in your beliefs where yours elders settled.”

Yavusa spokesperson Tomasi Nau­lumatua said: “This is a historic day as it is the first time to reunite since the colonial days.

“I thank the present Government – without the 2013 Constitution we would not have been able to access our land. We really appreciate the constitution. To all iTaukei, do read the Constitution.

“It protects our interests as far as our identity is concerned.”

Meanwhile, over 50 members of the Yavusa o Nadi joined Wednes­day’s campaign on Keeping Nadi Clean. The group included adults and children picking up rubbish along the Nadi Bay area, which in­cluded the Wailoaloa picnic spot.

“This was a major event for Yavu­sa o Nadi so it was timely to take on this task as the Fijian Government is taking the lead in keeping our en­vironment clean and sustainability for the future,” he said.

The event was supported by the Nadi Town Council which provided the gloves and garbage bags and collected the refuse.

Mr Katonitabua also officiated at Natalau Day in Sabeto.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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