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From Loop Pacific (29 January 2021)

New Chief Justice for Nauru sworn in

The Nauru Judiciary today welcomed Daniel Favo'ou Fatiaki as the new Chief Justice for the Republic of Nauru in an oath ceremony in the Office of the President.

President Lionel Alngimea MP then signed the paper and certified the appointment.

Chief Justice Fatiaki, who was accompanied by his wife Martha Fatiaki, is on his second visit to Nauru.

The ceremony was witnessed by Cabinet Ministers and staff of Judiciary.

Justice Fatiaki is from Fiji.

He has served as Chief Justice in Fiji and as a judge on the Supreme Court of Vanuatu.

Dan Fatiaki
Nauru President Lionel Aingimea (left) with the new Chief Justice Daniel Fatiaki and his wife Martha Fatiaki

From Alan & Jan (28 Jan 2021)

We are pleased to announce the availability of our new e-book, entitled Rotuman Life Experiences 1890-1960. It can be downloaded in PDF form for free at ScholarSpace at the University of Hawai'i Library.

The book is based on a compilation of 70 life stories collected on Rotuma in 1960. It is divided into two volumes. Volume 1 consists of the life stories arranged by age and gender, ranging from the oldest people then in their 70s to the youngest ones in their 20s. Volume 2 consists of an analysis of the various life stages, ranging from childhood to old age. It draws on the life stories with additional material from our research to provide historical and ethnographic background for each chapter.  We have written the book primarily for the younger generation of Rotumans in order to convey a better idea of what life was like for earlier generations on the island.

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From Fiji Times (1 January 2021)

Group visit homes to sing, dance and make merry

By Ian Chute

Emeli Mausio’s house was visited by the spirit of love and sharing last night as youths from the seven districts of Rotuma lead by John Taukave of RAKO Pasefika came to Fara.

The festive season in Rotuma is marked by groups from the villages going around the island to sing and dance with members of the other villages in what is called a Fara.

Mr Taukave said they were going around to different houses in Suva to sing, dance and make merry as they would have done if they were in Rotuma for the festive season.

Rako New Year
Members of the RAKO Pasefika and youths of Rotuma in a joyful mood during their New Year celebrations in Kinoya, Nasinu on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU