3 Oct 2016

Tonga King and Queen to attend funeral of Ratu Joni

2:56 pm on 3 October 2016

Tonga's King and Queen will attend the funeral of the former Fijian Vice President, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, later this week.

Newly crowned King Tupou VI (left) and Queen Nanasipau'u (right) stand before the delegation at the Centenary Church in Nuku'alofa.

Newly crowned King Tupou VI (left) and Queen Nanasipau'u (right) will attend the funeral of Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi. Photo: AFP

King Tupou VI and Queen Nanisapau'u are expected to arrive in Suva on Wednesday when the official funeral gathering begins.

Ratu Joni died last week after a short illness.

He was Chief Justice of Nauru and a life peer on Tonga's Privy Council.

Nauru Chief Justice Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi (right) swears in President Baron Waqa (left) in July 2016.

Nauru Chief Justice Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi (right) swears in President Baron Waqa (left) in July 2016. Photo: Republic of Nauru Government

Preparations for Ratu Joni's funeral have started on the chiefly island of Bau.

Pacnews reports sources close to the Yavusa Ratu Clan say Ratu Joni will be buried in the chiefly burial ground, or Sau Tabu.

Ratu Joni was a senior chief of the Tailevu and the Kubuna Confederacy.

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