Macuata Day funds to benefit people

FUNDS raised from the Macuata Day will be used to benefit the people of the province, says Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere.

The annual event opened on Wednesday at Subrail Park and has attracted a good crowd, particularly women who were at the stalls to buy mats and handicraft.

The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs also had a booth at the park which attracted a crowd following its concerns published in yesterday’s The Fiji Times that 12,000 iTaukei people were not registered with the Vola ni Kawa Bula or native register of landowners.

A long queue was seen at the ministry’s booth as iTaukei people lined up to enquire about their VKB registration records.

Ratu Wiliame said the three-day event would also provide an opportunity for the villagers of the 12 districts to earn an income.

“The women can sell their handicraft and the men can sell produce from their farms,” he said.

“There is no target for this event but the funds raised will be used for development in the different districts and they have their own stalls.

“The Macuata Day has grown over the years and we are glad that it also brings together the people of Caumatalevu to meet up and strengthen their ties.”

Ratu Wiliame said the Macuata Day also provided a platform for the younger generation to upskill their knowledge about the vanua and traditional roles.

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