Peceli was a little kid the year that Labasa officially started. From a low-lying swampy area with two or three shops, it has developed and now boasts a population of about 10,000 depending upon where you draw the boundaries. Peceli lived then with his family in the place where St Mary's hostel now stands and later his father's land was given away to the Anglicans. Those days they used to fish in the Labasa River and small creeks. It is still low-lying land that periodically floods through the town! Anyway they had a cake and a party to remember that 75 years have passed since Labasa 'started'. Of course before that the action was mainly at Vuo as the sugar mill and the cane industry developed.