Gift of boat building

Mr Rokotuira has built 10 boats so far, sold four to villagers at Nakini, three boats sold to villagers at Naganivatu and another three boats are being built to be taken again to Nakini. Picture: ATU RASEA

ANYTHING is possible if the heart is willing, is an adage that rings true for Josaia Rokotuira. The 59-year-old Drekena villager in Rewa is probably the first itaukei boat builder. Despite not belonging to a mataisau (traditional craftsmen) clan in his village, the gift of building wooden boats is something that came naturally for Mr […]

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