Fiji Loses a Wise Leader in the Passing of the Tui Macuata

The Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Katonivere, paramount chief of the most populous province in the Nortern Division, drowned last week in the waters he had fought so hard to protect. A firm believer in racial equality and a strong supporter of the Bainimarama Governent, he will be sorely  missed by many. 

This is the PM's official message of condolence:

The Government and the people of Fiji join the Vanua of Caumatalevu in the Macuata Province, in mourning the passing of its high chief, Na Turaga Nai Taukei Bolatagane Ratu Aisea Cavunailoa  Katonivere.

Ratu Aisea played a fundamental role in the development of our nation in particular through government’s Northern Development Plan. His genuine concern for climate change saw him strongly advocate environmental concerns at both the community and national level.

Ratu Aisea was a gentlemen in all sense of the word. His chiefly status did not deter him from hearing the views of all Fijians regardless of race, religion or creed. As a chief, these are values that inspire each of us.

His determination to see the development of a unified Fiji is a legacy that each of us will strive to fulfill.

Once again my government offers its sincere sympathies to the people of the Province of Macuata and to the family of Ratu Aisea Cavunailoa Katonivere.

JV Bainimarama


MEDIA RELEASE: FIJIAN PRIME MINISTER TO LEAD DELEGATION TO CHIEFLY FUNERAL 
The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will lead a government delegation this week to pay respects for the Late Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Cavunailoa Katonivere before his funeral this Saturday. 
The Prime Minister, who is also the Minister for I-Taukei Affairs, will present the Fijian Government’s iTaukei traditional condolences known as the i reguregu.
He will be accompanied by senior government officials including the Minister for Rural and Maritime Development Mr Inia Seruiratu. Officials from the Office of the Commissioner Northern will accompany the delegation.
Earlier today the head of government paid tribute to the Late Tui Macuata and highlighted his efforts in promoting rural and national development.
“Ratu Aisea played a fundamental role in the development of our nation in particular through government’s Northern Development Plan. His genuine concern for climate change saw him strongly advocate environmental concerns at both the community and national level,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said.
“Ratu Aisea was a gentlemen in all sense of the word. His chiefly status did not deter him from hearing the views of all Fijians regardless of race, religion or creed. As a chief, these are values that inspire each of us. His determination to see the development of a unified Fiji is a legacy that each of us will strive to fulfil”.
The government delegation will present the i-reguregu on Friday this week before the burial of the late chief on Saturday morning in his village of Caumatalevu in Macuata.

Comments

Joe said…
RIP Ratu Aisea. I am sure your successor will carry forward the good work you have done for your people. Sincere sympathies to your family and villagers.
Anonymous said…
Went to Uni with Ratu Aisea and what a great guy. He was so humble that I had absolutely no idea that he was infact a high chief. RIP and prayers with your beloved wife and five children. Isa Dreus...
Anonymous said…
Isa Ratu I really miss you,may your soul rest in peace
Anonymous said…
ni sa moce na turaga bale kei caumatalevu na tui macuata na taukei Bolatagane
vinaka vakalevu nomuni dau lomani keimami na tu vacakacaka e nomu vanua....
Rip Ratu eda na sota tale ni mataka................
Anonymous said…
@Anonymous (Recent posting)
Can you please refrain from posting sales advertisement on this particular strand? It is absolutely disrespectful to do so. This strand is in memory of someone who has passed on (let alone a High Chief in Fiji) and you decide to exploit the opportunity. I know promotion/sales is about exploiting gaps, but this time it is distasteful and verges on being negligent.

Prof Croz Walsh-Kerekere, are you able to please remove the above post?
Vinaka.
Crosbie Walsh said…
Agree. I removed the ad as soon as I saw it. Most offensive. I don't want ads anyway unless they are promoting a good cause in Fiji.
Anonymous said…
i was waiting for Qarase and his previous government to be blamed for this.
Anonymous said…
I was waiting for the Bainimarama government/muslim conspiracy/draft constitution to be blamed for this

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