Namena chief, Turaga na Tui Nawainovo Ratu Filimoni Verebalavu yesterday gave a piece of land to the Eastgate family to reaffirm their family ties.
The four acre land called Waileka had been traditionally given to the Eastgate family as a rest place for them.
The Eastgate family, led by Hartley and Tiko Eastgate, were at Namena Village yesterday to make traditional presentation called the “cara sala” to reaffirm their traditional ties with the people of Namena. Their great grandmother hailed from Namena village
Ratu Filimoni told the Fiji Sun at Namena yesterday that they were overwhelmed with the visit especially when the Eastgate family had revisited their Fijian traditional root.
“They’re now free to do whatever development they want on the piece of land for the members of the family to know they they’re part of Namena village,” Ratu Filimoni said.
He said the paper work would be done later but as of yesterday the land belonged to the Eastgate family.
The Eastgate family was accompanied by Bau chief Ratu Tu’akitau Cokanauto and the Tunitoga from Bau.
The connection between the Eastgate family with Ratu Cokanauto began years back when his late father Ratu Edward Tuivanuavou Cakobau attended Levuka Public School.
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