Update: 2:45PM PRIME Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama has praised the contributions by the Rotuman community to the life of the nation.
He was speaking soon after arriving on the island to begin his first visit to Rotuma since 2008.
As part of a ceremonial welcome, he was carried ashore from his vessel on the shoulders of the men of Juju at the start of a day of celebrations.
In his address, the Prime Minister says there is no doubt that for such a small and isolated place, Rotuma has had a disproportionate influence on Fiji's development.
"We find Rotumans scattered throughout Government, the private sector, the military and other professions," Mr Bainimarama said.
"I'm fond of saying that Fiji generally punches above its weight in the world. But it is also true to say that Rotuma punches above its weight in Fiji."