Fiji Time: 8:39 AM on Wednesday 23 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Tuwai's wife passes away

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE woman who has been a source of inspiration to one of the country's most prolific sevens players has succumbed to an illness that kept her bedridden for some time.

Irinieta, the wife of Fiji sevens star Pio Tuwai, passed away on Tuesday night leaving behind her husband and their two daughters, Makirina, 3, and four-month-old Joyce.

News of the late nurse's death spread quickly and family have started gathering at their Waiyavi home.

The Fiji Times had been following the heartbreaking journey the Tuwai family endured, particularly her insistence that he heed the "national call of duty" and participate in the IRB 2013/2014 Sevens World Series. She cheered on her husband from her bed and he responded to her public support and show of affection by calling her the love of his life. The mother of two was always vocal and urged him to join the national team when he earned himself a spot after injury marred his playing career.

In an earlier interview with The Fiji Times, she said Tuwai's sacrifices and commitment had been a source of strength for her family and her own daily battles.

She also said her husband and their two children were always a beacon of hope for her recovery.

During his stint in the 2013/2014 IRB series, Tuwai also told his dilemma of wanting to represent his country and being by his wife's side.

He said his marriage vows to be with her in times of "good health or in sickness" were always on his mind.

The pair married in December, 2010.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62920.6102
JPY 55.219452.2194
GBP 0.38690.3789
EUR 0.42400.4120
NZD 0.69060.6576
AUD 0.63430.6093
USD 0.50280.4858

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 22nd, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Rape claim
  2. People just like Vani
  3. Blaze destroys centre
  4. Man missing at sea
  5. Tuiwainikai: The family unit is falling apart
  6. Father to know fate
  7. Chetty: Rain a blessing
  8. Tabakaucoro sets sevens target
  9. No drink driving, warns police
  10. Commission working on assault claims

Top Stories this Week

  1. A farmer becomes King Sunday (20 Aug)
  2. Hope in the darkest hour Thursday (17 Aug)
  3. Rape claim Tuesday (22 Aug)
  4. Man stabs duo Wednesday (16 Aug)
  5. Fatal Nadi accident Sunday (20 Aug)
  6. Retirement age, salary on agenda Wednesday (16 Aug)
  7. Surprise hailstorm Thursday (17 Aug)
  8. Thank you Fiji Monday (21 Aug)
  9. The RFMF Band Thursday (17 Aug)
  10. New rules for schools Friday (18 Aug)