Fiji's former vice president from 2004-2006 died last Thursday on his birthday and will be buried on the island of Bau this Friday.
Frank Bainimarama has said Roko Tui Bau, or kingmaker, will be afforded 'state honours' and that the government's i-reguregu will be done on Thursday morning.
Just what the 'state honours' will be are yet to be revealed but Bainimarama has described Ratu Joni as a great learned man "who tried to work between me as Commander and then prime minister Laisenia Qarase in the impasse that was in place then."
NFP leader Biman Prasad has also paid tribute saying Ratu Joni was the embodiment of chiefly authority and wisdom "whose humility and care and concern for all our ordinary people and adherence to the rule of law, fundamental rights and freedoms was paramount."
The Labor Party president Lavinia Padrath says Ratu Joni was a high chief with an open mind that led him to readily embrace modern day perspectives outside of traditional construct.
Ratu Joni was Chief Justice of Nauru at the time of his death, a position he had held for two yeas, and that country has said he established integrity and honour to the court.
More coverage of Ratu Joni's passing to follow.