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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.


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