Matuku Island

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Matuku
Burotukula
Island
Matuku is located in Fiji
Matuku
Matuku
Location in Fiji
Coordinates: 19°10′S 179°46′E / 19.167°S 179.767°E / -19.167; 179.767Coordinates: 19°10′S 179°46′E / 19.167°S 179.767°E / -19.167; 179.767
Country Fiji
Island group Lau Islands
Sub group Yasayasa Moala
Area
 • Total 57 km2 (22 sq mi)
Elevation 385 m (1,263 ft)

Matuku is a volcanic island in the Moala subgroup of Fiji's Lau archipelago. Located at 19.18° South and 179.75° East, Matuku covers an area of 57 square kilometers. It has a maximum elevation of 385 meters. Matuku is part of a group of islands known as Yasayasa Moala.

There are altogether seven villages in Matuku namely Yaroi, Natokalau, Qalikarua, Levuka i daku, Makadru, Raviravi and Lomati.

Matuku was the only island in the Lau Group that was not conquered by Enele Ma'afu, who swept through the islands in the 1800s. This is why people of Matuku do not wear the tawala as a symbol of bravery on formal occasions, unlike other Lauans.

Matuku has produced a number of people who have contributed to the development and progress of Fiji and have held public office during their time. The late Reverend Setareki Tuilovoni hailed from Natokaloau, to be the first local President of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma since it became an independent entity, and Reveremd Setareki Rika and his family who have either served as Church Ministers, Doctors or Teachers. Dr Macu Salato hailed from Qalikarua who became the Lord Mayor of Suva, Dr Peni Rika hailed from Makadru, along with numerous medical practitioners, teachers, and clergymen. The late Setareki Tuinaceva, who held office with the Fiji Rugby Union for a number of years, hailed from Lomati. Sir Timoci Tuivaga, who served as Fiji's first native-born Chief Justice from 1974 to 2002, was also from Matuku. Savenaca Tuivaga was the Fiji Police Contingent leader to the Solomon Islands and other international assignments. Joeli Veitayaki, former Fiji 15s rugby captain was also a native of the island.