Fiji’s Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli Passes Away

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Fiji’s Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli Passes Away Former Fijian affairs minister, cabinet minister died at home

By Farzana Nisha

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 13, 2012) – In Fiji, Adi Samanunu Cakobau Talakuli’s death is a great loss, says her cousin Adi Finau Tabakaucoro.

Adi Samanunu, the eldest daughter of the late Ratu Sir George Cakobau, died at her Nakelo home on Monday. Adi Finau said Adi Samanunu, 72, was a role model for "most of us."

Adi Finau said her cousin never used her status and class. "She was beautiful and gracious and when she needed to make a tough decision, she did it with courtesy," said an emotional Adi Finau. "Adi Samanunu has been sick for a while and last month when I spoke to her she said the doctor told her that she has some liver problems."

She was Minister for Fijian Affairs in 1994 and 1995, and was considered as a candidate for the Vice-Presidency in 1997.

She became Fiji's High Commissioner to Malaysia and Ambassador to Thailand and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in 1999.

She was appointed to the Fijian Senate in June 2006 as one of nine nominees of the Fijian government, Talakuli was also appointed to the Cabinet as a Minister without portfolio.

As the eldest child of the last Vunivalu of Bau, she was considered the senior-most chief of the Kubuna Confederacy, however she was not a member of the Bose Levu Vakaturaga.

Adi Samanunu’s siblings include Ratu George Cakobau Jr., Adi Litia Qalirea Cakobau, and Ratu Epenisa Seru Cakobau. She is survived by her husband Manasa Talakuli, who was the first Fijian to be commissioned into the British Army and her only son. Her funeral is expected to be held next Friday.

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