A lawyer by profession, Kini had started his career as a journalist with the Fiji Times before leaving to work as a High school teacher in Suva and Taveuni during which time he served as branch President of the Fijian Teachers Association in Taveuni and later the Suva East Branch.
He left Fiji following the 1987 coups, to take up legal studies in the UK, graduating with an LLB from the University of Southhampton in 1992. He returned to Fiji and served as legal officer in the Attorney General’s Chambers until 1999 when he left to take up private practice.
Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said Kini would be sorely missed by the Party. He hailed from a chiefly clan in Cakaudrove but never used his traditional title.
“He was noted for his humility and amiable personality and mixed readily with people from all walks of life.
“Kini was a liberal thinker with a deep commitment to democracy, the rule of law and social justice. Despite not being in good health for the past two years, he participated actively and constructively in the affairs of the Party,” Mr Chaudhry said.
Kini Marawai is a former board member of the Fiji Broadcasting Commission (2003-2006) and was a board member of the Land Transport Authority 2005-2006. In 2008, he was appointed a member of the Local Government Review-Reform Committee, serving with two other appointees from New Zealand and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Reguregu for Kini will be held at his residence in Nakasi, Nasinu on Wednesday and Thursday. His body will then be taken to Taveuni by boat on Friday for burial at the Somosomo Village on Saturday.