Cakaudrove is one of fourteen provinces of Fiji, and one of three
based principally on the northern island of Vanua Levu, occupying the
south-eastern third of the island and including the nearby islands of
Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, and numerous other islands in the Vanua Levu
Group. It has a total land area of 2,816 square kilometers, with a
population of 49,344 at the most recent census in 2007, making it the
sixth most populous province. The only major town is Savusavu, with a
population of 3,372 in 2007.
Cakaudrove has proved to be one of Fiji's most influential provinces.
Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, Fiji's last Governor-General and first
President, held the chiefly title of Tui Cakau, with Cakaudrove as his
traditional fiefdom. Former Prime Minister
Sitiveni Rabuka is also
from Cakaudrove. The present Tui Cakau,
Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, is a
Cabinet Minister and leader of the Conservative Alliance (CAMV), a
nationalist political party with considerable support in Cakaudrove.
The CAMV politicians
Rakuita Vakalalabure and
Manasa Tugia also
hail from Cakaudrove.
Ratu Epeli Ganilau, a son of
Ratu Sir Penaia
Ganilau leads another significant political party, the National
Ratu Jone Yavala Kubuabola is Fiji's Minister for
Finance, a position he has held since 2000. He also represents the
South West Urban Fijian Communal constituencies in the House of
Representatives, to which he was elected as a candidate of the
Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) in 2001. He was also a former
Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji.
Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is a Fijian
politician who served as Leader of the Opposition in 1999 and 2000. He
became leader of the
Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei
Soqosoqo ni Vakavulewa ni Taukei (SVT) following
its defeat in the 1999 election and the subsequent resignation of its
leader, the defeated Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, from
Parliament.The Kubuabola family is a branch of the
Ai Sokula clan, to
which the present
Tui Cakau and former Cabinet Minister
Lalabalavu also belongs.
Cakaudrove is governed by the Cakaudrove Provincial Council.
Political divisions of Fiji
Coordinates: 16°40′S 179°25′E / 16.667°S 179.417°E /