Un­for­get­table mo­ment with the Queen

Fi­nal per­for­mance by Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion well ac­knowl­edged by Her Majesty

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - Rosi Do­viver­ata

Joji Ma­rau, head of School of Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity, de­scribed his first visit to Wind­sor Cas­tle to cel­e­brate Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day as “un­for­get­table”. Mr Ma­rau de­signed and built the tra­di­tional iTaukei drua Adi Eta (Twin ca­noe) that was used in the cel­e­bra­tion by the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces.

Un­for­get­table! That was how Joji Ma­rau de­scribed his visit to Wind­sor Cas­tle on the in­vi­ta­tion of Her Majesty, Queen El­iz­a­beth II. Mr Ma­rau is the head of School of Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity. He is also the de­signer and one of the builders of the au­then­tic tra­di­tional iTaukei drua, Adi

Eta which fea­tured dur­ing the Queen’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

“I will never for­get this day for the whole of my life when I and five other mem­bers of the Fiji del­e­ga­tion was part of the tea party with the Royal Fam­ily in the Cas­tle...what an op­por­tu­nity.” Mr Ma­rau posted the comment and pho­tos from Wind­sor Cas­tle on his Face­book ac­count. He was also thrilled about the Queens ac­knowl­edge­ment af­ter their per­for­mance.

“I am glad the Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion per­for­mance in the fi­nal and main event last night at the main arena and in Wind­sor Cas­tle was well ac­knowl­edged by Her Majesty the Queen.” As the mem­bers of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Brass Band make their way home, Adi

Eta will be on her way to Nor­wich. The drua will be shown in the ex­hi­bi­tion “Fiji: Art & Life in the Pa­cific” at the Sains­bury Cen­tre for Vis­ual Arts from Oc­to­ber 15, 2016 to Fe­bru­ary 12, 2017.

Adi Eta will then move to her new home at the Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum in Green­wich, in its new Voy­agers ex­hi­bi­tion gallery – which will open in 2018. The dou­ble hull ca­noe stands at eight me­tres in length and 2.15 me­ters in width and is made from damanu tree from the in­te­rior of Viti Levu in Nako­ro­sule, Naitasiri.

I will never for­get this day for the whole of my life when I and five other mem­bers of the Fiji del­e­ga­tion was part of the tea party with the Royal Fam­ily in the Cas­tle...what an op­por­tu­nity.

Joji Ma­rau

Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity Head of School of Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing

Photo: Royal of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher

PIC­TURED: Joji Ma­rau ac­knowl­edges Queen El­iz­a­beth in the Fi­jian tra­di­tional man­ner at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Photo: Henriette Pleiger

Fiji was among na­tions to fea­ture in a star-stud­ded cel­e­bra­tion of the Queen’s 90th birth­day in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Photo: Kini Waqa

Fi­jian per­form­ers on the Adi Eta in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle, Lon­don.

Photo: Joji Ma­rau Misaele

Se­nior mem­bers of the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces and brass band out­side Wind­sor Cas­tle.

Photo: Henriette Pleiger

Fiji was among na­tions to fea­ture in a star-stud­ded cel­e­bra­tion of the Queen’s 90th birth­day in the grounds of Wind­sor Cas­tle.

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