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Lami, Fiji is an urban area in Rewa Province, Fiji, north-west of Suva. It was formally incorporated as a Town in 1977, and had a population of 20,529 at the most recent census in 2007. The municipal boundaries enclose an area of 680 square kilometers.

The original itaukei inhabitants of Suva was forced to moved to Suvavou ("New Suva") by the British colonial powers in 1882 to make room for the new capital of Suva [1].

Located on the outskirts of Lami is the Bilo Battery, which was a key defense built during World War II, built to help guard the main passage in the reef leading into Suva[2].

Lami is governed by a Town Council of 12-members, elected for three-year terms, who elect a Mayor from among themselves. The Mayor's term is for one year, but may be extended indefinitely. The last municipal election, held on 22 October 2005, the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) won 11 of the 12 seats, ending 20 years of rule by the Ratepayers Association. The new council chose Tevita Vuatalevu as its Mayor.

Following the military coup of 2006, the regime dismissed all local government authorities. Marica Rokovada-Hallacy was appointed Administrator of Lami, as well as the nearby capital city of Suva. In 2010, she was replaced in both capacities by Chandu Umaria, a former Mayor of Suva.[3]

In 2016, a claim was made that local Ballantine Memorial School was haunted by demons or evil spirits.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fijian History - Origins of Suva". fijianhistory.com. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  2. ^ webmedia (2016-08-04). "Bilo Battery Historical Site". The Republic of Fiji Military Forces. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  3. ^ "NEW SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR SUVA/LAMI". The Fijian Government. Fiji Government Online Portal. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ Ministry to Probe Alleged Haunted School: Reddy

Coordinates: 18°7′S 178°25′E / 18.117°S 178.417°E / -18.117; 178.417