His Majesty The King has been pleased to elevate Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi to the Life Peerage with the Noble Title of Lord Madraiwiwi Tangatatonga.
His Lordship is a former Vice President of Fiji and a former Judge of the High Court and is presently engaged in the Solomon Islands as one of the two International Commissioners with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Lord Madraiwiwi is a distinguished aristocrat and son of the late Dr. Ratu Dovi who, with his brother the late Sir Lala Sukuna, were the sons of Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi who married Adi Litiana Maopa, the eldest daughter of Tui Nayau. Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi was the son of Ratu Kamisese Mara Kapaiwai who fought at Kaba and later died in Bau during the Reign of Ratu Seru Cakobau.
The Investiture ceremony took place at the Royal Palace today and Lord Madraiwiwi Tangatatonga was also awarded the honour of a Grand Gross of the Royal Order of Queen Salote. In attendance at the ceremony were the Lord Prime Minister, Baron Fielakepa, Lord Dalgety, Lord Tupou, the Lord Chief Justice and, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice.
4th January 2010