ROKO TUI DREKETI (Chiefly Title)

LOCATION: Fiji (Rewa) AREA: xx acres CREATION: 19th century
TITLE: Roko Tui Dreketi DYNASTY: Tuisawau SEAT: xx


PRESENT TITLE HOLDER:  Ro Adi Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa (née Tuisawau), present Roko Tui Dreketi since 2004.
born 1945, she is a former students' co-ordinator at the University of the South Pacific and principal of Corpus Christi College, she has served in the Fijian Cabinet in 2000, having joined the interim government of Prime Minister Qarase as Minister for Women, Culture, and Social Welfare; appointed Minister for Education in 2001/-, Chairperson of the Rewa Provincial Council in 2005 (May to August); elected to the executive board of UNESCO in October 2005; married Sailosi Wai Kepa of Ono-i-Lau, born 4th November 1938, died 1st March 2004, he was educated at Draiba Fijian School, Lelean Memorial School and Nasinu Teachers College 1959/-, later qualified with a Law degree; he served as the Director of Public Prosecutions, a magistrate, High Commissioner to London, Minister for Justice and Attorney General from 1988 to 1992, when he became a High Court judge; he was appointed the first Chairman of Fiji's Human Rights Commission in 1998; he served as Fiji's Ombudsman 2001/2003; Chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union 1983/1986; Life Member of the Fiji Rugby Union (1994), and has issue, two sons and two daughters.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The Roko Tui Dreketi is the Paramount Chief of Fiji's Rewa Province and of the Burebasaga Confederacy, to which Rewa belongs. This title is considered the second most senior in Fiji's House of Chiefs. The dynasty holding the title is the Tuisawau family. Unlike many other chiefly titles, this one is not reserved for males. Title holders were...
SOURCE: Elites: Choice, Leadership and succession, Chapter 6 Making the Chief – Page 116, By Antonia Pedroso de Lima, Joao de Pina-Cabral, Published first in 2000 by Berg Editorial Offices, Oxford, U.K