Fiji Time: 6:47 PM on Tuesday 27 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Yaqona restrictions

Serafina Silaitoga
Sunday, January 20, 2013

YAQONA (kava) consumption for a group of women in a few villages of the Northern Division has been limited.

The villages of Visoqo and Lakeba in Namuka District, Macuata and Wainigadru in the district of Tawake, Cakaudrove have included such limits in their by-laws.

Visoqo Village headman Iveri Sadria said women in those villages were not allowed to drink kava unless during traditional functions but permission was to be granted by the chief — na Turaga na Tui Namuka.

Mr Sadria said the village law had been practised for the past decade and women had observed it well. He said women had been allowed to drink kava during village functions under the approval of their chief.

Otherwise, the women don't drink yaqona at all and Mr Sadria said families had seen good changes.

"Their commitment in looking after their families has just been so different. The women are up early preparing the day for their families.

"Women also spend more time at home with their families, they are seen out at sea fishing and weaving mats even teaching their daughters how to weave mats," Mr Sadria said.

In the village of Lakeba, women can drink yaqona but are not allowed to initiate a grog session.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Old market to turn into live fish shop
  2. FRCA terminates officers
  3. New-look bus station plans
  4. Four in custody
  5. Project a success
  6. Bus operators clarify student fares
  7. Spotlight on shipping company
  8. $18m arrears
  9. School to provide the best
  10. PAC seeks answers

Top Stories this Week

  1. Breaking the silence Wednesday (21 Jan)
  2. No payout for police Wednesday (21 Jan)
  3. Opposition challenges PM to walk the talk Friday (23 Jan)
  4. 'No money' in 2004 Wednesday (21 Jan)
  5. Disappointment at late posting of graduate teachers Wednesday (21 Jan)
  6. Ten days time Thursday (22 Jan)
  7. PM's apology to Fiji Saturday (24 Jan)
  8. Ba retains title Monday (26 Jan)
  9. Things you didn't know about Kuridrani Monday (26 Jan)
  10. Best for our players Wednesday (21 Jan)