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136 Repatriated ‘Tabua’ Handed from New Zealand to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs

Permanent Secretary for Environment and Waterways Mr Joshua Wycliffe officially handed over a total of 136 repatriated ‘tabua’ (whale’s tooth) from New Zealand to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs today.

Acting Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Mr Meleti Bainimarama said the ‘Tabua’ bears deep cultural and historical meaning for Fiji and the Fijian people.

Acting Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Mr Meleti Bainimarama (L) and
Permanent Secretary for Environment and Waterways Mr Joshua Wycliffe (R)

Mr Wycliffe commended the collaboration and effort between the two ministries in bringing back home the traditional artifact.

A total of 146 ‘tabua’ were received from the New Zealand government, 10 of which will be kept with the ministry of environment for research purposes.

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