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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yatu Lau Class A Shareholders and NBF loans

A Special Report by VICTOR LAL 

In 2005 the present CEO of Yatu Lau Company Ltd, Michael Makasiale, boasted a long list of 743 shareholders comprising individuals, islands, mataqali, villages, youth groups, companies and families to name a few, who held shares in company.

He did not disclose the identities of the Class A shareholders nor did any one bother or tried to obtain one, presumably fearful of the powerful Mara-Ganilau dynasty which claimed to be the hereditary repositories’ of the interests of the i-taukei Fijians in the country.

The principal activities of the company, as it informed the Registrar of Companies, were that of owners and administrators of properties, equity investments, hotel operations and property developments and sales. In its Annual Report for 2008, Koila Mara Nailatikau, as chairperson of the company, informed the ROC on 19 August 2009 that effective 1 December 2008, ‘the company amalgamated all its existing lending with Fiji Development Bank to one loan account (account number 1155418) at the rate of 6% per annum fixed for 24 months. The interest rate after the expiry of the fixed term will be reviewed and determined based on the market rates’.

ROC was informed that the net profit after income tax of Yatu Lau for 2008 was $2,0008,043 (2007: $1,594,071). The consolidated net profit after income tax attributable to the members of the company for the financial year was $2,001,043 (2007: $1,590,612). During 2008, final dividends of $305,889 for 2007 was declared and paid out of profits for the year ended 31 December 2007 and interim dividend of $305,888 was declared and paid for 2008. 

The directors, ROC, was informed, and were not aware of any circumstances, which would render the amount written off for bad debts, or the allowance for doubtful debts in the company and the group, inadequate to any substantial extent.

A further search into Yatu Lau also reveals that Koila Nailatikau, as director of the company also entered Yatu Lau into a mortgage on 16 June 2010 with Fiji Development Bank, P O Box 104, Suva. The amount secured by the mortgage or charge reads as follows: ‘$7,695,358.79 (Seven million six hundred ninety five thousand three hundred fifty eight dollars and seventy nine cents) and all further loans and advances in the absolute discretion of the mortgagee.’

A month earlier, on 26 May 2010, Nailatikau and Makasiale had signed with the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd an increase in mortgage lending of $6,000,000 (Six Million Dollars) on 4 February 2009 for another $4,606,000 (Four Million Six Hundred and Six Thousand Dollars) making a total of $10,606,000 (Ten Million and Six Hundred and Six Thousand Dollars and further advances.

According to the Fiji Development Bank, its Board of Directors was as follows: John Prasad, chairman and controversial New Zealander now permanent secretary with Fiji’s Finance Ministry, Jitoko Tikolevu, CEO, FIRCA, Josefa Serulagilagi, chairman of the Tailevu Provincial Council; Ilaisa Cavu, CEO, Agricultural Marketing Authority, and Manasa Vaniqi, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Provincial Development & Multi Ethnic Affairs.

Josefa Serulagilagi and National Bank of Fiji: $12,000

As a side note, the above is listed in the 1996 Debtors List as owing $12,064.71 to the collapsed National Bank of Fiji. Serulagilagi, a strong apologist for Banimarama’s 2006 coup, is also the chairman of the Public Service Commission. In early 2009, he was initially named to replace Rishi Ram as PSC chairman but the 1997 Constitution of Fiji stood in his way, for any person holding inter-alia a public office three years immediately prior to a proposed appointment to an independent service commission was disqualified. 

Serulagilagi was the Tailevu Provincial Council chairman for seven years until December 2008. With the abrogation of the Constitution appointments have come flowing in his way. 

What about the list of Class A shareholders? 

To date, the shareholders remain buried in the Yatu Lau company files. Here, one is reminded of an attempt by the Fiji Development Bank (Fijian Holdings Ltd v Baba [2001] FJHC 170; HBC400.2000 (8 January 2001)) to obtain an injunction from the Fiji High Court following a media release on 14 September 2000 by Tupeni Baba, Adi Kuini Speed and the Peoples Coalition of some 15 pages making allegations against the FDB to the effect that individual Fijians and Fijian family companies had acquired shares irregularly from the FDB and particularly:

(i) That the government gave a $20 million loan to the Plaintiff (FDB) for the benefit of individual Fijians and Fijian family companies;

(ii) That the Fijian Affairs Board condoned the alleged share allotment;

(iii) The Interim Prime Minister Mr. Qarase was Managing Director of the Fiji Development Bank and a member of the Board of the Plaintiff during a period which saw a dramatic increase in Fijian Holdings shares issued to individuals and companies funded by the Fiji Development Bank;

(iv) An initiative that was intended to help ordinary Fijians through their Provincial Councils was allowed ‘to be hijacked by individuals and family companies who were close to the SVT Government’.

The Media Release demanded a full and independent inquiry into these allegations. The FDB said the publication complained of was deliberately false in certain material particulars and that unless restrained from further publication would cause further irreparable damage to the FDB’s reputation as a successful undertaking. 

Baba, Adi Kuini and Peoples Coalition alleged in their Release that an announcement made by the Interim Prime Minister shortly before 14 September 2000 to convert the $20 million loan to a grant and to give each Province one million shares in FDB would result in the Provinces who were to be issued with ‘B’ Class shares receiving a much lower dividend than Class ‘A’ shares held by the family company. The trio said that as a result the Fijian people were being short changed.

The application to the High Court alleged breach of confidence. It also alleged that the trio, particularly Adi Kuini, had a duty not to take unfair advantage of their knowledge of FDB, which they had gained through public and other sources.
The motive of the trio was said to be to destroy certain members and officers of the FDB. This, it is claimed, if successful, would destroy the reputation of the FDB and punish unfairly members of the Company who had bought shares in good faith and who faced financial risk for borrowings to fund their share purchase.

Early in its submission, the FDB acknowledged that it was a listed Company and much of the content of the Media Release was public knowledge. The FDB, Justice John Byrne noted, that nowhere was it suggested that the allegations made in the Release were of confidential information nor in his judgment could they be for the following reasons:

‘The Plaintiff (FDB) is a public listed company. Like all companies, it is required to keep a share register (s.114 of the Companies Act) and, if it has more than 50 members, an index of members (s.115). Both are open to inspection from members and others (s.117). It is required to file an annual return (s.127), which includes details of members as required in the Sixth Schedule. In short, the membership of the Plaintiff is not confidential information. 

Indeed, the law requires that the company itself put the information in the public domain - namely the Companies Registry - from which the media release makes clear the information was sourced (the other stated source was the Plaintiff's own annual report).

To the extent that there is reference in the media release to the debt financing of shareholders, this too is ascertainable from public records (s.127). Of course, any information on the indebtedness of shareholders, even if it was confidential, would belong to the shareholders, not the Plaintiff. In paragraph 8 of the affidavit of Jaoji Koroi, the Secretary of the Plaintiff, complaint is made that the Release of the ‘information’ by the Defendants was not authorised by the Plaintiff. I ask, why should it have been? What need is there for any authority relating to information put into the public domain in compliance with the Companies Act? The answer must be none.’ 

In Byrne’s judgment the motion by the FDB was nothing more than a clumsy attempt to gag discussion of a legitimate topic of public interest, namely the use of $20 million of public money in a Company dominated by private shareholders. The FDB made no attempt to assert any of the necessary elements of breach of confidence. 

Byrne quoted a voice from the past: ‘I disagree completely with what you say but shall defend to the death your right to say it.’
He added a footnote: ‘So said Voltaire nearly three centuries ago but it would seem from the evidence and submissions presented by the Plaintiff (FDB) in this application for Interim Injunction that the Plaintiff, at least in the circumstances of this case, does not share the belief so passionately held by the French Philosopher.’ Consequently Byrne found there were no grounds for granting an Injunction. 

He, accordingly, dismissed the Motion and ordered the FDB to pay the trio costs of $350. Likewise, many tikinas, yasanas, individuals and companies own or have been cajoled into owning Class A shares (open only to Lauans and flying in the face of the dictator’s slogan of a race-free Fiji) in Yatu Lau, headed by the Mara clan. 

Class A Shareholders: Who’s Who!

Let us begin with the Fijian chiefly Adis’: 
Adi Koila Nailatikau, chairperson, Yatu Lau Company Ltd, 29,763 shares;
Adi Litia Cakobau Nailatikau (daughter of the Nailatikaus) 2,333;
Adi Ateca Ganilau, 9,000;
Adi Elenoa Mara, 9000;
Adi Kakua Mara, 9000;
Adi Litia Dugdale, 9000;
Adi Taraivini Rasolo, 161;
Adi Wasabalavu Saulekaleka, 300;
Adi Sai Tuivanuavou, 161 shares. 
Adi Sai Tuivanuavou was listed as owing $209,572 to the collapsed NBF; half-sister of Ratu Mara and coup apologist Ratu Cokanauto’s present wife.

In May of this year, Cokanauto and other chiefs from Tailevu (home to my maternal family), assured the dictator and self-appointed Prime Minister Bainimarama of the province’s support for his leadership and to his illegal government, with Cokanauto urging his illegal visitor to be strong, and reminding him that Rome was not built in a day. 

Like the building of Rome, the National Bank of Fiji was not built in a day but reckless borrowing and the failure to pay up their debts saw the bank reduced to rubble, and to date we do not know if Adi Sai repaid her own debt of over $200,000 to the collapsed bank. The highly secretive Aidney-Dickson Report cites her as owing nearly $300,000. 

A Commission of Inquiry is urgently needed to establish whether many of the NBF debtors, including Adi Sai and the likes, borrowed taxpayers money from the bank to purchase shares in Yatu Lau. 

The chiefly Ratus and Yatu Lau Class A Shareholders

Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, chairman of Lau Provincial Council, director of Yatu Lau, 9000 shares;
Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara Jnr, 375;
Ratu Finau Mara, 9000;
Ratu Kamisese Vuna Nailatikau (son of the Nailatikaus), 2,334;
Ratu Sir KKT Mara Scholarship Fund, 100,000;
Ratu Alifereti Ledua &Atunaisa Gucake, 150;
Ratu Aseri Qoro Latiana, 150;
Ratu Jale Uluilakeba, 129;
Ratu Jone Baravilavila, 300. 

Tevita Loga and Family, 175 Class A Shares

The Toga family have been very close to the Mara family. Tevita Loga was Ratu Mara’s Mata ni Vanua. On 21 December 1993, Tevita Loga, along with Selai Toga and Sunia Sokobalavu Loga registered with the Registrar of Companies (ROC) the Cakaunika Shipping Company Ltd to service the Lauan islands. 

Cakaunika Shipping Company owed $908, 209 to NBF

In 1996, however, the shipping company was listed as owing to the collapsed NBF a staggering $908,209. Curiously, hardly any legal paper trail exists in the ROC on the company. However, some highly reliable sources within the Lauan community allege that a vast amount of the sum from the collapsed Cakaunika Shipping was diverted to a high-ranking Lauan to start another business enterprise (Editor’s Note: We will reveal the identity of that high-ranking person and the evidence we have on us one of these days). 

MV Lau Trader

Meanwhile, in January 2009, a new multi-million dollar vessel MV Lau Trader made its trial voyage to Lakeba, Nayau, Cicia, Tuvuca, Kabara, Yacata and Vanua Balavu. Ratu Mara’s sister, Adi Taraivini (who owns 161 shares in Yatu Lau) was one of the first passengers to travel on the MV Lau Trader. In November 2009, Tevita Uluilakeba Mara, chairman of Lau Provincial Council, had declined to provide any details to the media and referred all questions to Yatu Lau Company Limited CEO Michael Makasiale. 

In an earlier interview, Makasiale had said the new ship would be worth more than $1million. He had said that newly formed Lau Shipping Company Limited through its three shareholders - Lau Provincial Council, the district of Lakeba and Ika Vuka Enterprises, bought the boat, measuring 51 metres in length with a capacity for 300 passengers. The boat was bought from a Dunedin-based company in New Zealand.

In January 2010, Makasiale disclosed that Lau Shipping Company Ltd, the owners and managers of MV Lau Trader, were all set to implement its plan of a floating supermarket on board the vessel. He said this was one affordable way of getting goods to villagers on the islands who could only buy in bulk so there was no competition created with existing traders there. ‘We are hoping to have the supermarket on board the vessel by this Friday when Lau Traders makes its fourth voyage,’ Makasiale said. 

What is intriguing is in what capacity was Makasiale speaking about the MV Trader? Yatu Lau is not involved, at least from public pronouncements, in the so-called ‘partnership’ to provide shipping services. 

Lakeba Tikina has 171,691 shares in Yatu Lau

The Tikina ko Lakeba own 117,691 Class A shares in Yatu Lau Company Ltd (Yatu Lau) and what about Ika Vuka Enterprises Ltd? There are no official records on the so-called newly formed Lau Shipping Company Ltd! In passing, Lakeba is the island in which the village of Nayau is situated and Ratu Mara was ‘sili/bathed’ or ‘crowned’ as Tui Nayau and never as Tui Lau. 

Some Lauan acquaintances of mine, who hold no shares or cant afford to own any, were even wondering where did the Lakeba Tikina get the money from in these difficult economic times to invest in MV Lau Trader, for since the events of 5 December 2006 even businesses are finding it hard to make ends meet. 

Ika Vuka Enterprises and Cross Ownership – Mara-Ganilau Venture

Since the NBF series began, I have been repeatedly questioning that pig headed lawyer and illegal and treasonous Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, (not a day passes with his picture in the front page of the Fiji Sun) to explain why he is practising double standards by demanding that there should be no cross media ownership and yet is allowing the Mara-Ganilau dynasty and other regime supporters to own and profit from cross ownerships. 

We have already revealed that the Mara-Ganilau siblings are directors and shareholders in Yatu Lau, Lomaloma Resort Ltd etc etc. And I can now reveal that those behind the Ika Vuka are none other than the Mara-Ganilau clan.

The Ika Vuka was registered on 21 September 2007. The registered office of the company is situated at Narain Wharf, Walu Bay, Suva. On 14 September, Tevita Uluilakeba Mara (c/- P O Box 12482, Suva), Commanding Officer of the RFMF’s Third Infantry Regiment, and his sister Ateca Ganilau (c/- P O Box 1482, Suva), the wife of the illegal Minister of Defence and former army commander Epeli Ganilau, were presented as directors of Ika Vuka. 

The object of the company is to provide inter alia inter-island shipping services. Uluilakeba Mara signed off the documents. He used his trademark signature of Tevita Mara (a signature he has used before in the arrest, torture and detention of the dictator Bainimarama’s opponents). 

Shareholders and Number of Shares 

Adi Ateca Ganilau    14%
Adi Koila Nailatikau   14%
Adi Asenaca Kakau Mara  14%
Adi Litia Cakobau Mara  14%
Adi Elenoa Mara   14%
Ratu Alifereti Finau Mara  14%
Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara 16% 

Lau Provincial Council 

In launching the MV Trader, Uluilakeba Mara stated that it was a partnership venture that included the Lau Provincial Council (LPC). As we have noted above, the Lau Provincial Council hold a massive 477,131 shares in Yatu Lau whose directors and shareholders include the Mara-Ganilau siblings. 

Uluilakeba is the present chairman of the LPC, the position to which he was elected for three years in June 2008 following the LPC’s meeting held at the Police Academy in Nasova, Suva. At that meeting the LPC also predictably endorsed Bainimarama’s illegal regime. 

In the 1970s, Tevita Loga of Cakaunika Shipping was a previous chairman of the LPC. Since no records have been found in relation to MV Lau Trader in the ROC, one wonders whether the newly formed company has been taken over from (consolidated with) Cakaunikau Shipping Company, which owed the collapsed NBF nearly $1million.  

To be continued



Anonymous said...

If it was in America, Victor Lal would have won the Pultizer Prize for Investigative Reporting. We salute Lal and C4/5 for exposing the biggest swindlers of all time in Fiji's history - the Mara/Ganilau clan. I am ashamed that they are my chiefs. As a Lauan,I am ashamed of them. What struck me is that Uluivikau (Uluilakeba)formed a company Ika Vuka while commanding the Fiji army - where is FICAC or as Lal describes Kahiyum, the pig-headed lawyer. Corruption is writ large regarding the MV Lau Trader. I will refuse to travel on it - why should I, to only fatten the pockets of my crook Lauan chiefly family. Isa Lei!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Vinaka vakalevu Victor. The situation we have is that the prevelidged class comprising the chiefly families, Govt officials and those linked to power bases are illegally stealing resources from the public for personal enrichment while the majority are becoming poorer. Was happening under so called democratic rules and the situation is no better off or even getting worse under current dictator.

Similar political/economic/social environment historically had given rise to brutal chaotic popular revolutions, upheavals and civil wars which removed or eliminated or curtailed powers of the ruling classes and finally gave way to prosperity and real democracy....as in US, British, French etc..history. We should get rid of the chiefly system in Fiji and the Army. The Ganilau and Mara clans are thick in the quagmire of frauds and corruption because they did enter national seats of power through education etc, putting them in positions of power...giving them the opportunity to rob us. If other chiefs had the same opportunities and brains enabling them to wield similar powers i have no doubt they would be robbing us left and right likewise.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I endorse your remarks first comment person, about Victor's intellectual capacity to nail it neatly together, so that all lays exposed. He is the best out of all Fiji - and including those out of Fiji people trying to palm themselves off as experts. Victor ahead by a mile!

This is the rotten regime behind what Bainimarama is purpotedly trying to portray as good guys out to restore justice and a better Fiji.

Those Melanesian nations together with those of Kiribati, Wallis, East Timor and Tonga are criminal in their warming to this illegal bunch of robbers.

The picture of a better Fiji, certainly cannot be what Bainimarama is trying to portray.He's is an imposter and the front man for the fraudsters.

A superlative expose Victor.He should get the award of Fiji for this piece of work.

I still dream for a Fiji ruled by just laws, where families can happily raise their kids within a vibrant and promising nation.

Anonymous said...

Long Live Victor!!! May you continue to expose those pigs on the gravy train with their snouts in the trough. The trough which belongs to the ordinary, hardworking people of Fiji yet they cant get access to because of the greed of those who think Fiji owes them a living because of their name!!! Disgusting!! Makes me want to pewk when I hear their names!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Victor for unveiling the daylight fraud or robbery that has continued with the current generation of Mara & Ganilau dynasty. This is not new for this dynasty where they have always been state financial dependents. The companies for these dynasties have been funded from state funds for sure. Their previous generation - their fathers - have used a little bit more discretion in using or abusing others as a front but for the same reason - to be financial beneficiaries. The current Mara & Ganilau dynasty have no shame or professional ethics (how can they, when they lack the academic or business stigma)to camouflage their financial daylight 'robbery'. They are either the shareholders, directors, operational managers or the Board of Directors that influence the financial funds that are channeled to these so called independent companies! In the meantime, our normal "Jo Blogg" at village level or earning hard earned wages have no source of incoe, no jobs and yet may have the academic qualification, work experience and professionalism that this dynasty family does not have! You see they cannot succeed overseas......no one would hire them! They would by now be working overseas, but they are not! Overseas requirements go by academic qualification, professional experience and integrity! This dynasty do not come up to scratch! Their illegally acquired "Adi" and "Ratu" title is only recognised in the isles of Lakeba (not even the Lau group); more so - only in Tubou to be specific.....not even in the neighbouring villages within Lakeba - no way hosay! As the saying goes "Like father, like son"; one could also say "Like mother, like daughter! Where do you think this generation of Mara & Ganilau dynasty learnt this from? We all learn from our mothers and fathers.....what our parents did....we will do better (meaning grave and daring)! Shame! Shame! Shame! Mara did it but with discretion and camouflage! Ganilau did it, with Mara's endorsement! Mara was taught deception and fraud by the famous Sukuna! Mara was implementing what Sukuna legalised via the courts - the Native Lands Act! Unfortunately, the whole of Fiji does not endorse this 'wanna be' self endorsed Fiji Royal Family!
Like my kids would say "everyone for themselves!" This is the name, game, fame and shame that they Mara & Ganilau & Nailatikau dynasties have been playing since 'Moses was a cowboy'!
Bainimarama is only doing a 'payback' to Ganilau & Nailatikau for the good old days at the barracks......Frank & the two Epeli(s) now run the country.....but they are not as clever as their counterparts Kahiyam & co, who have already transferred their millions to the Swiss Bank! Good work Victor! Please itemise the assets that this dynasty has - if they have any! Fiji - wake up, daylight robbery is happening right under your nose by your illegally appointed "Adi(s)" and "Ratu(s)"

Katalina Balawanilotu said...

"Lakeba is the island in which the village of Nayau is situated and Ratu Mara was "sili/bathed" or "crowned" as Tui Nayau and never as Tui Lau."

With all due respect to Victor Lal there are 8 villages in Lakeba namely TUBOU, LEVUKA, NASAQALAU, VAKANO, YADRANA, NUKUNUKU, WAITABU, WACIWACI.

NAYAU is an island (closest inhabited to Lakeba) and you got that part correct in that it is traditionally where Tui Nayau is crowned and indeed where the late Turaga was installed Tui Nayau I will however correct you on the matter of the late Turaga not being installed Tui Lau. It was my late father, along with my late uncles (Tevita Loga included) that installed the late Turaga Tui Lau in Tubou. I was witness to that event.

My advise to you is to keep it clean and avoid mixing apples with oranges.

Katalina Balawanilotu said...

I would appreciate it if you would Please stop changing my passwords.

Thank you

Am waiting for you to post my comments to Victor Lal - come on now, be like the Fiji Times and exercise free and fair publishing. We've got enough of the knit picking publish only what suits you legacy from the Fiji Sun to last us a decade.

Anonymous said...

I used to respect Mara when i was young, but later on while in the Ministry of Agriculture with more awareness of whats happening I began to hear and notice the darker side of Mara not many people were willing to discuss publicly. Beranado Vunibobo began to open my eyes and understanding of how this man was so domineering, power hungry, tempestuous towards those who stepped on his toes for whom no stones would be left unturned not to annoy again. Beranado related how Mara would see that his yes men would be promoted and others kept in their subservient place. Mara was corrupt and his followers surrounded him with cloak of personality cult.

Katalina Balawanilotu said...

To have a 'darker side' is to be human and Berenado Vunibobo is certainly no saint or the moral police.

Katalina Balawanilotu said...

Personal opinions of half truths about the late Turaga does not advance our cause.

Try slamming living Fijian chiefs and living Fijian men for their inaction stemming from cowardice in confronting this junta is beneficial and may bring about some positive movements to eradicate the dictatorship rule.

Anonymous said...

Reference Balawanilotu's previous comments - Ratu Mara was installed as Tui Lau in Sawana, Lomaloma at Lotoa the traditional residence of the Tui Lau as the Yavusa Tonga are the traditional people that choose and install the title Tui Lau not to eb confused with the Tui Nayau.

Anonymous said...

Most of the information available here is published in the Yatu Lau Annual Report and details all the various tikinas of Lau that hold shares in this company. These tikinas are the largest shareholders of the company and the tikinas are made up of grass root members of the Lau Province. Sure expose those individuals who hold shares in this company but also owe money to banks - this provincial company remains one of the most profitable of any provinvcial business in Fiji and credit must go to the management team and board of the company to enable it to trade positive for 17 or so consecutive years. This business is thriving because there is no 'driva' going on and the traditional chiefs are not managing it. Keep Roko Ului away from the running of the company and it will continue to succeed.

Its success is due to people like Qarase, Solomone, Sialeni and other well educated people behind its steerage and governance and not the traditional chiefs though they have figure head presence - the company is well managed by a management team and the dividens are going back to the tikina's who desperately need them.

I have studied their company performance and investment decisions and good luck to the grass roots people that they have a profitable company providign dividens to the hard earned soli - I would not invest in it and for you Victor - there are better opportunities elsewhere

Anonymous said...

Ratu Mara was installed Tui Lau in Tubou by my late father and late uncles along with Tui Soso. Don't fault us for having given Ratu Mara a cup of yaqona some place else and called it installation of the Tui Lau obviously a well kept secret since the entire Lau district were present in Tubou when my father,his cousins, Tui Soso installed Ratu Mara. For the next Tui Lau; it will be my brothers and cousins in the presence of all of Lau as in Ratu Mara's case and it will be in Tubou just as it was for Ratu Mara. The old folks didn't sail Ratu Mara someplace outside of Lakeba and back for any kind of installation except to Nayau and back for the Tui Nayau installation. For the Tui Lau we it. We are the traditional King Maker inside our own Mataqali.

Freedom to dream is allowed though as well as Freedom to install in select venues. Key is who else in the district acknowledges installation. If you have a huge following then power to you.

fyi Tui Lau is minute; decorative; an after thought if you will since Sau Ni Vanua trumps all. Tui Nayau is so that the people of Nayau cater to planting, food preparation, tobacco, kava prep upkeep of compound, cleaning quarters. Sau ni Vanua is the big Kahuna - He takes all. Owns the wind, the sun, rainfall, the mountains, valleys; the creeks, rivers, lagoon, ocean and everything that dwells in them; he owns the trees, shrubs, grass; he owns the rocks, stones, pebbles, he owns all the land, soil, forests, insects, four legged animals, reptiles, birds, and anything that fly, he owns air space and the air we breathe, and he owns the people. If it is in Lau the Sau owns it.

Tui Tubou of Niukini/Taqalevu, Vakavanua of Ceiakena, Ramasi of Nasaqalu install the Sau in Tubou at its conclusion he is sailed by the vuanirewas to Nayau several days later returned to a well prepared Lakeba. Last in the sequence of events is my father and his cousins installing him Tui Lau in our own Lotoa which we also call Valelevu.

-Katalina Balawanilotu

Katalina Balawanilotu said...


Anonymous said...

Further to my previous responses to the note on the Tui Lau - the writer's reference to the title as minute and an after thought shows lack of appreciation of the history of modern Lau. Before the advent of Maafu - Lau was essentially in tow parts - Yasayasa Moala and Lakemba with northern Lau being Vanuabalavu and surrounding islands intimately part of Cakaudrove.

It was the 'minute and after thought' power of the Tui Lau [as referred to by the king maker of the Vuanirewa) that combined Yasayasa Moala with islands occupied by the Tongans in the north given to them by Tui Kilakila the Tui Cakau that formed modern Lau and the agreement launching the new chiefdom of Lau with the Tui Lau formerly recognised in May 1869 in Sawana Lomaloma by the Tovata - there is plaque unveilled by Ratu Mara at Lotoa in 1969 to mark the 100 anniverasy of that occassion

It also recognised the installation of the first Tui Lau in Sawana, Lomaloma at Lotoa the official residence of the Tui Lau.

Before this event - Lau was in two very broken parts with Lau Group centered at Lakemba home to the Tui Nayau and the Yasayasa Moala separate and not a union.

Modern Lau was formed by the first Tui Lau in Maafu and his ultimate recognistion in modern Fiji was his signatory to the ceeding of Fiji to Britain representing modern Lau - and not the Tui Nayau - not bad for a 'minute and after thought' title >>

Where was the all conquering all powerful God Like Creature the Sau - Taliai at the time? Why was his signature not included in the ceeding of Fiji to Britain - or was it a secret?

Ratu Mara combined the two titles together which made him more powerful and infuencianl that any before him as in the past we had Maafu as Tui Lau and Taliai as Tui Nayau, then Ratu Sukuna as Tui Lau and Ratu Tevita as Tui Nayau and on Ratu Sukuna's passing it was Ratu Mara as Tui Lau while his father was still alive as Tui Nayau. Ratu Mara was later installed as Tui Nayau and Sau as the two can go together but he was already the third Tui Lau - just made him more influential

I would also like to remind the so called king maker that you can only make your king within your area of influence as northern Lau originally part of Cakaudrove became part of greater Lau only by the formation of the Tui Lau in Maafu.

The lineage of the 'Fruit of Rewa'or the Vuanirewa is well written in history of middle Lau Group but Yasayasa Moala Group and the Somosomo Group covering Vanuabalavu, Naitauba, Kanacea, Katafanga, Tuvica, Mago, Vatuvara etc are also well known in our history.

So we are not minute and an after thought but resposible for the formation of modern Lau that combined the 3 groups under one leader and the first Head of the Tovata Confederate in their second meeting in Sawana Lomaloma in 1869.

And just as a conclusion - the Sau does not own any of the stuff you ahve listed in your comments - as he is not God and you and your clan are not creators of God.

Please go and read your history and dont make things up as you go.

Katalina Balawanilotu said...

I lived it

You read of it

The Sau Ni Vanua existed long before the Tui Lau came into being and indeed the Sau owns everything in Lau including the people - always have (that is history) and always will

Anonymous said...

Victor - my apologies for where these exchanges have gone - away from the thrust of your site to expose corruption in Fiji often perpertrated by the very people that should be protecting the interests of the people.

It is fueled by the type of atitude displayed above that a person created by another person now called a Sau owns everything including people.

These people used to also eat their people ...

Thank god for civilisation that rid Fiji of these backward people and it is time that modern Fiji stand up and tell the so called Sau and Chiefs together with their makers to bugger off

Thank you for the opportunity to indulge - god bless what is left of Fiji

Anonymous said...

It may have existed but there was a saying 'Tagi na toa mai nomudou - sega ni rogo mai neitou' - Lau that existed pre Tui Lau days was a small group of islands surrounding Lakemba only - a very weak group of people at the call of Bau - no power and relied on support of the Tongans - so no need to big noting oneself. Better to be humble or the truth will be thrown at you ...

Anonymous said...

Simplest things that the author tripped on would not have gotten even as much as a nod for nomination re: 1ST poster's suggestion for the pulitzer prize.

Katalina Balawanilotu said...


Methinks Fiji stands a better chance eradicating corruption when its people who claim dislike for it begin practicing what they preach. Can't fight corruption with more lies and corruption.

Katalina Balawanilotu said...

So this was all about the Tongans? tsk tsk well Victor may not be hoodwinked again for a long time to come. Thank God.

Am on the longest record against this coup and supporters that a contrary portrayal is a hard sell.

What I am against here is the outright bold faced lie about Ratu Mara not being installed Tui Lau. Just as I am never going to stand for this coup regardless of my links to the perpetrators.

Unknown said...

I read this comments and i just shake my head. Ke a sega na Tui Nayau ke sa kawa boko makawa na Sau mai Lakeba. Try and read your history. Nii dau cavuti na Turaga edau cavuti Na Turaga Tui Nayau, Sau ni Vanua ko Lau, Tui Lau.

Tubou kiddo.

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