10 Oct 2016

Traditional Fiji leadership roles declining

9:18 am on 10 October 2016

Fiji's government is worried about the decline of traditional leadership roles in the country.

During the opening of the Bua Provincial Council, the head of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs said a revival of culture and traditions would ensure that traditional leadership roles remained intact.

The Fiji Times reports Naipote Katonitabua spoke to local chiefs in Bua and said his ministry was concerned with the decline of traditional leadership roles.

Mr Katonitabua said the ministry is encouraging the revival of iTaukei culture and traditions.

He said Fiji is facing a lot of changes through development, technology, business and changes in religion.

Considering these changes, the permanent secretary said the iTaukei people needed to decide which parts of their culture needed to be changed and which ones needed to address the changes taking place in the world.

Assuring chiefs of Bua, Mr Katonitabua said their culture and rights were well protected under the 2013 Constitution.

In 2012 Frank Banimarama's interim-military regime abolished the 136 year old Great Council of Chiefs and earlier this year parliament voted out a petition seeking to reinstate it.