Roko Tui Dreketi

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The Roko Tui Dreketi is the Paramount Chief of Fiji's Rewa Province and of the Burebasaga Confederacy, to which Rewa belongs.

Details on the title[edit]

This title is considered the second most senior in Fiji's House of Chiefs. The dynasty holding the title is the Tuisawau family. Unlike many other chiefly titles, this one is not reserved for males,as it had become a common occurrence among many other parts of Fiji.

Recent history[edit]

The present Roko Tui Dreketi is Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Tuisawau-Kepa, who was the Minister for Education in the Qarase government. She succeeded her late sister Ro Lady Lala Mara, Fiji's former First Lady, in 2004.

Title holders[edit]

  • Note that the table below contains incomplete information. The period from 1839 through 1845 was a time of confusion, with rival claims to the title.
Order Roko Tui Dreketi Reigned Lived
1. Ro Rawalai
2. Roko Tabaivalu 1825 - 1839 ? - 1839
3. Koroitamana 1839 ? - 1839
4. Bativuaka 1839 ? - 1839
5. Macanavai 1839 ? - 1839
6. Cokanauto 1839 - 1841 1810 - 1851
7. Qaraniqio 1839 - 1840 ? - 26 January 1855
8. Banuve 1839 - 1845 ? - December 1845
. Cokanauto 1845 - 1851 (s.a.)
. Qaraniqio 1851 - 1855 (s.a.)
9. B.V. Rabici 1855 - 1874 ? - ?
10. Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua 1874 - 1888 1847 - 1888
11. unknown unknown unknown
12. Ratu Lutunauga Tuisawau ? - 1936 ? - 1945
13. Ro Emori Bikavanua Logavatu 1920-1936 ? - 1924
14. Ratu George Cokanauto Tuisawau 1936 - 1961 1901 - 1961
15. Ro Lady Lala Tuisawau-Mara 1957 - 2004 3 January 1931 - 20 July 2004
15. Ro Teimumu Tuisawau-Kepa 2004 - present b. 1945

References[edit]

  • Elites: Choice, Leadership and succession, Chapter 6 Making the Chief – Page 116, By Antonia Pedroso de Lima, Joao de Pina-Cabral, Published first in 2000 by Berg Editorial Offices, Oxford, U.K

1. Ro Rawalai 2. Ro banuve Bativuaka Lutunauga

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