Tribute to Ratu Joni
Rest in peace, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi. He was an iTaukei chief who did not yield to every impulse and suggestion, but considered things carefully and patiently. He tried to be perfect by not readily believing and spoke no evil of others but saw good in them because he knew that human frailty was prone to evil and was likely to appear in speech. Whether he thought of himself or of his neighbour, he knew that no one leaves here without suffering and the closer he examined himself, the more he grieved.
He did not act rashly or cling obstinately to one opinion. He did not to believe everything people said or spread gossip that he overheard. He was a man of great wisdom. The kindness shown, his humility to all he met during his service to the nation has made his life a peaceful one. He has departed as he hoped on the heavenward path.God’s mercy is his only merit. Ni sa moce na gone turaga na Roko Tui Bau (Translation: Farewell paramount chief of Bau).