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Ra Province

Ra is one of the fourteen provinces of Fiji. Occupying the northern area of Viti Levu, the largest island, it is one of eight Viti Levu-based Provinces. With a land area of 1341 square kilometers, it had a population of 29,464 at the 2007 census, the last to date. The main urban centre is at Vaileka, with a population of 3,361 in 1996.

The province includes the districts of Saivou, Nakorotubu, Rakiraki, and Nalawa. These four districts have their own paramount chiefs unlike other provinces where there is paramount chief governing the whole province.The four paramount chiefs are the : Gone Turaga na Vunivalu na Tui Nalawa, Gone Turaga na Tui Navitilevu, Gone Marama na Ratu ni Natauiya and Turaga na Gonesau.

Ra Province has 19 tikina makawa and has 86 village.

Ra is governed by a Provincial Council, currently chaired by Mr Simione Naikarua who was a former Board Secretary of Airport Fiji Limited and former Chief Executive Officer of the Nasinu Town Council.Mr Simione Naikarua hails from Burenitu village in the district of Nalawa in Ra.

The Ra dialect of Fijian is distinctive in that the consonant /t/, pronounced elsewhere in Fiji, is pronounced as a glottal stop.

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