Master Tamani passes on

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Long­time lead­ing ed­u­ca­tor, sports coach and ad­min­is­tra­tor Ru­peni Ta­manikai­yaroi col­lapsed and died in Suva yes­ter­day. The for­mer head teacher, pop­u­larly known as Master Tamani, was most re­cently man­ager of Marist schools. He was known for his ded­i­ca­tion to teach­ing in the class­room and sports field, and school and sports ad­min­is­tra­tion. Ratu Semi Seru­vakula the pres­i­dent of the Fi­jian Re­tired Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, de­scribed him as a very car­ing man. He said Mr Tamani was some­one who cared for all and trea­sured his re­la­tion­ships with oth­ers. For­mer na­tional rugby star, coach and ad­min­is­tra­tor Ratu Ilaitia Tuis­ese de­scribed Master Tamani as a “one man army” in sports. He said in rugby meet­ings he usu­ally turned up as lone rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Matuku Rugby Union. “This man is very spe­cial es­pe­cially when he hailed from Buro­tukula,” he said. He said Mr Tamani was some­one who had spe­cial in­ter­ests in the devel­op­ment of rugby in Fiji.

Ratu Ilaitia said he was a spe­cial­ist in skill works. Marist Brothers High School act­ing prin­ci­pal Ben Sala­cakau said while he was in Form 3 at Marist Brothers High School, Mr Tamani was in Form Five. He later went on to the Nas­inu Teach­ers Col­lege and near 40 years teach­ing at and head­ing schools. Mr Sala­cakau said they met most re­cently as man­ager of Marist Schools and on Mon­day Master Tamani chaired a Marist schools meet­ing. He said Master Tamani was a good ad­min­is­tra­tor and he would be sorely missed. Mean­while, the Ta­manikai­yaroi fam­ily met at his res­i­dence in Vatuwaqa yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the fu­neral ar­range­ment.

Ta­manikai­yaroi.

The late Ru­peni Ta­manikai­yaroi (mid­dle), with el­der brother Jese (left), and younger brother Uate

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