Tavua, Fiji

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Tavua is a town in Fiji, 91 kilometres from Nadi and 9 kilometres from the gold mining settlement of Vatukoula. It was formally incorporated as a Town in 1992 with the appointment of its first Mayor Mr Iliesa Vula from Tavualevu. The town covers a land area of 100 square kilometres, and had a population of 2,418 at the 1996 census, the last to date.

Tavua is governed by a 9-member Town Council, elected for a three-year term, who elect a Mayor from among themselves for a one-year term, renewable indefinitely. At the most recent municipal election, held on 22 October 2005, all 9 seats were won by the Tavua Ratepayers, Landowners, and Tenants Association. The new council reelected Chandra Singh, Mayor since 2001, for another term.

Olympic javelin thrower Leslie Copeland was born here. Hong Kong and Bristol Rugby Union player Luke Nabaro was born and raised here.


Coordinates: 18°13′S 178°47′W / 18.217°S 178.783°W / -18.217; -178.783