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Granddaughter Tells Of Dr Luveni’s Legacy

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni will al­ways be remembered as someone her granddaughters could talk to about anything. Dr Luveni’s granddaughter Talei Yasa Bryant said her grandmother was someone
29 Dec 2018 12:00
Granddaughter Tells Of Dr Luveni’s Legacy
Talei Yasa Bryant,(right) granddaughter of the late Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni

Speaker of Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni will al­ways be remembered as someone her granddaughters could talk to about anything.

Dr Luveni’s granddaughter Talei Yasa Bryant said her grandmother was someone who had always been there for her.

The 22-year-old was emotional as she described what her grandmother meant to her.

“The last time I saw my grandmother was when I was 13-years-old and she took me on a trip around Savusavu and Rabi. This was when she was giving out sewing machines,” Ms Bryant said.

“I have been talking to her these past years because she has been helping me with political issues and social is­sues in New Zealand. From my grand­mother I have learned to be independ­ent, strong and resilient. I also learned that no matter who you are, you can do whatever you want to do.”

Ms Bryant said her grandmother was someone who was always ready to lis­ten no matter what the topic of conver­sation was about.

“I am going to miss her advice, guid­ance and how she never beat around the bush when she talked. I know that she is with us and she was one of the strongest women I knew even if I hadn’t seen her for years, but we talked all the time,” she said.

“My grandmother was some­one I could trust my life with. She has always been there for me. When I received the news that she was no more it was hard for me to accept it. I will always miss her because she was my role model.”

Dr Luveni passed away last Saturday. The cause of death is unknown, how­ever, it is understood that she died after a short illness.

She was a trailblazer in advocating women’s interests and participation in national affairs and was the first wom­an to be the Speaker of Parliament.

Dr Luveni was a dentist by profession before she entered politics.

She was the Minister for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Alleviation before her appointment as Speaker. Prior to this, she was the Minister for Women in the interim Bainimarama Govern­ment.

The funeral service is today at the Methodist Centenary Church in Suva at 10am before Dr Levuni is laid to rest at the Lovonilase Cemetery.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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