Missing the gun salutes in Suva, the chief of Rewa, Ro Teimumu, visited Labasa.
Rewa folks up North rekindle ties
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Ro Teimumu Kepa enjoys Rewa Day with Nasea Church minister Reverend Savirio Vuata and his wife Kelera.
KINSHIP ties were renewed and thousand of dollars raised as the people of Rewa living in Vanua Levu gathered yesterday to celebrate Rewa Day. The crowd included people of the Burebasaga Confederacy who came to pay homage to their paramount chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who was visiting her people in Vanua Levu for the first since becoming the Roko Tui Dreketi.
People from Lau were also present because of their close kinship to the chiefly Rewa clan.
Ro Teimumu said the visit was linked to the province's preparations for the Methodist Church conference to be held at Lomanikoro in Rewa next year.
"We are seeking the thoughts of the people on the preparations we need to make and also to relay to them the decisions of the recent bose vanua," Ro Teimumu said.
"We need to prepare because we need the villagers to know who they're hosting because times are really hard nowadays so we need to get ready," she said. She said they were glad that the conference has been reduced to a week.
Day organiser Reverend Savirio Vuata said the money collected would be distributed among the nine tikina in Rewa for the conference. "It's also a day to be together as veiwekani and to value our traditional ties," Mr Vuata said.