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TUI NAYAU (Title)


Island: Fiji (Lau) Title: Tui Nayau Dynasty: Navuanirewa
Present Title Holder: Ratu Finau Mara is considered a likely successor; he has been invited by elders from the village of Tubou (the seat of the chiefdom) to assume the office, but to date there has been no word as to whether or not he has accepted the invitation.
Predecessors and Short History: Tui Nayau is the title held by the Paramount Chief of the Lau Islands in Fiji. Prior to being installed as Tui Nayau, the claimant must first be installed as High Chief upon the decision of the noble households making up the Vuanirewa clan. Not every High Chief has been installed as Tui Nayau. Title Holders were...
  • Roko Jepesa Niumataiwalu, 1st Roko Sau of the Lau Islands; founder of the Vuanirewa dynasty of the Lau Islands, son of Roko Delainavuqalei, Tui Nayau. He killed his uncle Roko Qoma, Tui Lakeba, and his sons, in retribution for the murder of his own parents and siblings, thus establishing himself overlord of both these islands, and became the first high chief or Roko Sau of the Lau Islands, married 1stly, Adi Tarau of Tovu Totoya, married 2ndly, Adi Uma of Nukunuku, married 3rdly, Adi (name unknown) of Cakaudrove, and had issue. He died at Ono-i-Lau.
    • Adi Sivoki Volitilakeba (by Adi Tarau), married 1stly, Roko Komaibatiniwai from Cakaudrove, married 2ndly, a chief from the island of Vanua Balavu; and had issue, one son.
      • Roko Radravu (by 1st marriage) adopted into one of the noble households, Vatuwaqa.
    • Roko Tevita Uluilakeba II (by Adi Tarau) (qv)
    • Roko Rasolo (by Adi Tarau) (qv)
    • Adi Mokoiwaqa (by Adi Tarau)
    • Roko Matawalu (by Adi Uma) (qv)
    • Roko Lubati Lakeba (by 3rd marriage) (qv)
  • Roko Tevita Uluilakeba II, 2nd Roko Sau of the Lau Islands; ancestor of the senior and eldest of the four noble households in the Vuanirewa clan called Naivi, his reign was unstable as a result of internal conflicts as well as the ambitions of  Bau, he married and had issue. He was killed in battle against the Bauan forces.
    • Roko Dranivia (qv)
    • Roko Nayacatabu, regent in the absence of Roko Matawalu.
  • Roko Rasolo, 3rd Roko Sau of the Lau Islands and first installed holder of the title Tui Nayau, ancestor of both the noble households, Matailakeba through his elder son Malani, and Vatuwaqa, through his younger son, Taltiai Tupou, he expelled the occupying Bauan forces and re-established his family's rule; he married 1stly, Adi Laufitu from Tonga, 1st Radini Nayau, daughter of the Chief of Totoya, and his wife, and a Tongan woman of the Ha’a Gatatupu of Vava'u; married 2ndly, a lady of the Narewadamu, one of the original noble houses of Lakeba, married 3rdly, Adi Radavu [Tuidravuwalu] of Totoya, another daughter of the Chief of Totoya, and his wife, and a Tongan woman of the Ha’a Gatatupu of Vava'u, as well as a descendent of the royal Tu'i Tonga and Tu'i Kanokupolu lines of Tonga, and had issue, four sons.
    • Roko Malani (by Adi Laufitu) (qv)
    • Roko Soroaqali (by 2nd marriage), he was considered Vasu i Taukei, by virtue of his mother' rank; he opposed the introduction of Christianity with the arrival of missionaries to Fiji.
    • Roko Taliai Tupou (by Adi Radavu) (qv)
    • Adi SEnirewa
  • Roko Matawalu, 4th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands, went into self-imposed exile on Bau; married Adi Siri of Waitabu, and had issue, the Koroicumu branch of the Vuanirewa clan. He was killed in a fight with the forces of his nephew, Malani.
  • Roko Dranivia, 5th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands; he was the last member of the noble household, Naivi, to hold the title Roko Sau of the Lau Islands, possibly because he was an usurper, who seized the throne without the consent of the clan; Matawalu returned from exile and defeated him in a battle after which he fled with his supporters to Nayau and there established the village of Liku; married and had issue, the Naivi branch of the Vuanirewa clan, who do not have the right to contest for the Tui Nayau title.
  • Roko Lubati Lakeba, 6th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands
  • Roko Malani, 7th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands, 2nd Tui Nayau, Ciri of Taqalevu -/1833; married and had issue.
    • Roko Viliame Vuetasu, born about 1820, Heir to the Tui Nayau title 1833/1857; he was instrumental in strengthening the hold of Christianity in Lakeba, and thereafter the rest of Lau; married (amongst others), Adi Malolo, and had issue, the Matailakeba branch of the Vuanirewa clan. He drowned in 1857.
      • Adi Sivoki
      • Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba III (qv)
      • Roko J. R. Malani, [?married and had issue.
        • Roko R. J. Liwaki
        • Roko Melaia Lutu, she had issue by Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna (see Roko Tui Bau).
      • Roko M. Wilisoni
    • Roko Jone Vaubula, became a convert and preacher, married Tule, a Tongan lady of the Tu'iha'angana family, and had issue.
      • Ana Vaubula
      • W. Pasoni
      • Tuiketei
    • Adi Pasepa Mere Tapeso, married  Likusuasua Pupunu, and had issue (see 'Ulukalala - Tonga).
    • Adi Lalaciwa
  • Roko Taliai Tupou, 3rd Tui Nayau 1833/1875; his reign marked the growth of Christianity in Lau and the slow expansion of Tongan ambitions in Fiji; accepted the Christian faith in 1849;in 1865, he concluded a Treaty of Friendship between the Kingdom of Lakeba and the Kingdom of Tonga; married about 1837, Adi Qativi, daughter of Ratu Tui'ila'ila Lalabalavu Baleinamatau, Tui Cakau, and had issue, the Vatuwaqa branch of the Vuanirewa clan. He died 1875.
    • Roko Vuru Matuku
    • Ratu Kilai
    • Ratu Seruvatu
    • Adi Tagici
    • Roko Eroni Loganimoce (qv)
    • Adi Fuefue'olakeba, married in Tonga.
    • Lajipa
    • Tuidravuwalu
    • Tui Mereke
  • Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba III, Roko Sau of the Lau Islands 1874/1876, married 1863, Adi Asenaca Kakua Vuikaba, daughter of Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau, Tui Viti, Vunivalu of Bau, and his wife, Adi Litia Samanunu, and had issue. He died 1876.
    • Adi Litiana Maopa (by Adi Asenaca), born 1864, married 1886 in Suva, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, born 1859, died 1920, and had issue. She died May 1933.
    • Ratu Alifereti Finau Ulugalala (by Adi Asenaca) (qv)
    • Adi Asenaca Kuila, married Ratu Sivuta.
  • Roko Eroni Loganimoce, 4th Tui Nayau 1876/1898; married and had issue. He died 1898.
    • Ratu Salesi Kinikinilau
  • Ratu Alifereti Finau Ulugalala, 11th Roko Sau of the Lau Islands and 5th Tui Nayau 1898/1934, he is noted for encouraging education amongst his people; he founded the first school, Lau Provincial School in Tubou, Lakeba in 1908; married Adi Ateca Moceiwaqa, daughter of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Vunivalu of Bau, and had issue. He died 3rd April 1934 at Tubou, Lakeba.
    • Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba IV (qv)
  • Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba IV, 6th Tui Nayau and 12th Paramount Chief of Lau (Sau Ni Vanua of the Lau Islands) 1934/1966, born 4th October 1898, married 1stly, Roko Oseni Senivaivai of Tokatoka Naivi (married 2ndly, Tutu Vuniwai Samisoni Fotu), married 2ndly, Silipa Raikoro, married 3rdly, Adi Teresia Vuikaba of Bau, she died sp. Ratu Tevita also had a number of children by secondary wives, including (a), Roko Unaisi Biu Miqawalu, (b), Lusiana Qolikoro, (c), Mere Waqalerua of Levuka, (d), Lakalaka of Taqalevu, (e), 1934, Adi Mereoni Veisa of Tokatoka Vatuwaqa, (f), Adi Mereseini Radinivuna of Tokatoka Vatuwaqa, (g), Eseta Waji of Oneata, Lau, and had issue. He died 4th October 1966 in Lautoka.
    • Rt. Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara (eldest child, by Lusiana Qolikoro) (qv)
    • Ratu Jone Ukelele Uluilakeba (by Roko Unaisi Biu Miqawalu), born 1922.
    • Ratu Salesi Kinikinilau Uluilakeba (by Roko Unaisi Biu Miqawalu), born 1924.
    • Ratu Jone Liwaki Uluilakeba (by Roko Unaisi Biu Miqawalu), born 11th September 1926.
    • Ratu Tevita Vakacereivalu Uluilakeba (by Mere Waqalerua), born 26th July 1927, married Adi Ilisapeci Wati, died 2006, and had issue. He died 1998.
      • Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba, married Adi Karalaini Walawalawa Vakaloloma, and has issue.
        • Ratu Sireli Uluilakeba
        • Ratu George Laifone
        • Adi Lola Elizabeth Uluilakeba
        • Adi Sofia-joy Tu ‘ihalafatai
        • Ratu Tevita William Uluilakeba
    • Adi Atelaite Eci Uluilakeba (by Roko Oseni Senivaivai), born 25th February 1930, died October 2007.
    • Adi Neomai Vititoga Uluilakeba (by Mere Waqalerua), born 1931.
    • Ratu Viliame Vueta'asau Uluilakeba (by Lakalaka), born 30th October 1933.
    • Ratu Jioji Laifone Uluilakeba (by Mereoni Veisa), born 4th January 1935 in Lakeba, Lau, died 1983.
    • Ratu Etuate Wainiu Uluilakeba (by Roko Oseni Senivaivai), born 12th November 1937.
    • Adi Taraivini Lubatilakeba Uluilakeba (by Silipa Raikoro), born 1938, married and has issue.
      • Ofa Wainiqolo
    • Adi Arieta Koila Uluilakeba (by Lakalaka), born 15th October 1939.
    • Adi Keresi Sekasekanimunia Uluilakeba (by Adi Mereseini Radinivuna), born 19th June 1942.
    • Adi Asilina Davila Uluilakeba (by Silipa Raikoro), born 19th July 1943, a Fijian academic and businesswoman, educated at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia (B.Ed. and M.Ed.), she was appointed to the board of the Fiji Times Ltd. on 7th January 2006; married Ratu David Brown Toganivalu (see Roko Tui Bua).
    • Adi Sainimili Rokolewasau Uluilakeba (by Silipa Raikoro), born 28th January 1946, married Ratu Etuate Kikau Tuivanuavou, and has issue.
      • Adi Lusiana Paluvavau Qolikoro, 5th December 1998, Joni Madraiwiwi, Roko Tui Bau.
    • Adi Lola Po'fa Uluilakeba (by Eseta Waji), born 22nd August 1947.
    • Adi Asenaca Saurogo Lalakoverata Gonelevu Uluilakeba (by Lakalaka), born 20th February 1948, married and had issue. She died 20th February 2009.
    • Ratu Sitiveni Blue Tikoivavalagi Uluilakeba
  • INTERREGNUM 1966/1969
  • Rt. Hon. Ratu Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara, Tui Nayau 1969/2004, Tui Lau (Hereditary Paramount Chief of the Lau Islands) 1973/2004, Tevita Uluilakeba 1966/2004, Chief Minister 1967/1970, 1st Prime Minister 1970/1992, 2nd President 1994/2000, born 13th May 1920, educated in Fiji 1926/1940 and Sacred Heart College, N.Z. 1940/1941, Otago University, NZ 1942/1945, Wadham College, Oxford 1946/1949 (MA), Honorary Fellow 1971, London School of Economics 1961/1962 (Dip. Econ. and Soc. Admin.). Meritorious Service Decoration, Chancellor of the Order of Fiji, Companion of the Order of Fiji, Knight of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jesuralem, Knight Grand Cross of the Pian Order with Star [1995], G.C.M.G. [cr.1983], Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Korea [1978], Grand Master of the Order of the National Lion,Dakar,Senegal [1975], K.B.E. [cr.1969], O.B.E. [cr.1961], P.C. [cr.1973], LL.D. (Hon. Otago) [1973], Administrative Officer, Colonial Services, Fiji 1950; MLC 1953/- and MEC 1959/61; Member for Natural Resources and Leader of Government Business; Chief Minister and Member of Council of Ministers 1967/70; Prime Minister of Fiji 1970/87; Prime Minister (Interim Government) 1987/92, First Acting President, Republic of Fiji 1992/94, President and Commander -in -Chief 1994/2000, Pacific Man of the Century 2000, Lieutenant, Fiji Military Forces 1956, Athletics & Cricket Blue Otago University, NZ and Athletics Blue Oxford University, UK; interests included.. athletics, cricket, rugby, golf and fishing; Author of “The Pacific Way-A Memoir”, Member of the Achilles Club (London), Defence Club (Suva) and United Oxford and Cambridge Universities Club, married September 1950, Ro Adi Lady Lalabalavu Litia Katoafutoga, Roko Tui Dreketi, Paramount Chief of Burebasaga and Rewa, Radini Nayau, and had issue. He died 18th April 2004.
    • Adi Ateca Mara, born 1951, married Ratu Epeli Gavidi Ganilau (see Tui Cakau title).
    • Adi Koila Mara, born 1953, married Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and has issue.(see Vunivalu
    • Adi Asenaca Kakua Margaret Mara, married Epeli Tuikenatabua, and has issue.
    • Ratu Alifereti Finau Mara, born 1960, lawyer, politician and diplomat, educated at Otago University, N.Z. (LL.B. (Law), 1983) and at Cambridge University, U.K. (LL.M. (Law), 1986); served as a Legal Officer in the Attorney General's Chamber from 1984, and later Principal Legal Officer in 1986, Chief Administrative Officer for Foreign Affairs (Fiji) 1987, Charge d'Affaires at the Fijian Embassy in Washington, D.C. 1991, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994,  Cabinet Minister for Fijian Affairs 1997/1999, Chairman of the Native Land Trust Board, he was appointed as Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations in 1999, appointed Roving Ambassador and High Commissioner in 2001, married Vitinia Tualau Buadromo, and has issue.
      • Salesi Kinikinilau Mara 
      • Lawedua Rokolubatilakeba Mara
    • Adi Litia Cakobau Mara, married 1991, Harry Dugdale of Shropshire, England, and has issue, one son and one daughter. 
      • Michael Kamisese Timoci Tavanavanua Mara Dugdale
      • Charlotte Kathryn Maopa Mara Dugdale
    • Ratu Jioji Tuisawau Cokanauto Mara
    • Lt.-Col. Ratu Tevita Kapaiwai Lutunauga Uluilakeba Mara, a career soldier, he joined the Army in 1988, and rose through the ranks to be promoted to Army Chief of Staff on 3rd February 2006, a position he held for several months, before being appointed Commanding Officer of the Third Infantry Regiment.
    • Adi Elenoa Mara, married and has issue.
  • INTERREGNUM 2004/2009
  • (see above)
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