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More civil marriage celebrants appointed to meet growing demand

Two more civil marriage celebrants have been appointed to meet the demand from international visitors wanting to get married in Fiji and from Fijian couples wanting to get married outside traditional settings. Alipate Bolavatonaki and Kalesi Senikavika join seven other celebrants who have already been appointed after they received their certificates yesterday from the Attorney-General and […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 21, 2016 7:45 am

Two more civil marriage celebrants have been appointed to meet the demand from international visitors wanting to get married in Fiji and from Fijian couples wanting to get married outside traditional settings.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum presents certificates to Civil Marriage Celebrants - Kalesi Senikavika and Alipate Vatonaki. (Office of the Attorney General)
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum presents certificates to Civil Marriage Celebrants – Kalesi Senikavika and Alipate Vatonaki. (Office of the Attorney General)

Alipate Bolavatonaki and Kalesi Senikavika join seven other celebrants who have already been appointed after they received their certificates yesterday from the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The certificates allow them to conduct civil marriages anywhere in Fiji at any time.

The Attorney General said that Fiji has become a top wedding destination for international visitors and it is critical to have an adequate number of celebrants available at resorts and hotels around the country to meet the growing demand.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “More and more foreigners are wanting to get married in Fiji because of the romantic setting, the friendliness of our people and the increasing number of specialist services being provided for the wedding market. It is becoming an increasingly important sector of our tourism industry and we need to do everything we can to cater for it. More Fijians are also choosing to marry at home or in other settings and we want to provide them with alternative options as well.”

Both the new appointments thanked the Attorney General for the opportunity to become celebrants. Bolavatonaki described it as an honour and a privilege to be able to marry couples visiting the Mamanucas.

BOLAVATONAKI: “I am based at Plantation island so this will allow me to conduct marriages on the island for the increasing number of people wanting to get married there.”

Kalesi Senikavika said becoming a civil marriage celebrant was enabling her to continue to be of service to others after her retirement from the Civil Service.

SENIKAVIKA: “Marriage is a very important and happy event in people’s lives and I am very much looking forward to my new role.”

Civil marriage celebrants pay a $3000 application fee and are subject to background and criminal checks before they can be issued a license to serve for a term of three years.

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