About Us

Vision

To be Mary, our Lady of Lura in using her soil to provide joy through the development and empowerment of people, so that the door to a hopeful future is open to them

Mission

“The aim of the Marist Training Centre in Tutu is to provide a place/presence in which the people of Cakaudrove (and some tikina’s of Bua and Macuata) are empowered to become more autonomous and take charge of their lives in a rapidly changing world, It involves a transformation and a reciprocal outreach to the peoples of the Pacific.”

Underlying Principles Guiding Tutu

The charism of Tutu is founded on Marist Spirituality.

Adult learning is a formative process whereby a person in and through community assumes responsibility for his/her growth as a person in the service of the world in which he /she lives; it is a process of liberation by which under a skilled guide a person grows in freeing himself/herself from constraints of a personal disorder and a social or cultural order (Cf annex 1).

The heart of the formation and training is the human person development leading to skill training and management for self employment using the participants own resources, particularly for youth, married couples and single women

Our Board

Fr Aisake Vaisima sm

Fr Aisake Vaisima sm

Chairman

Mr Mathew Abel

Mr Mathew Abel

Assistant Chairman / Finance

Mr Andrew McGregor

Mr Andrew McGregor

Board member

Fr Petero Matairatu sm

Fr Petero Matairatu sm

TRTC Director

Mrs Serenia Madigubuli

Mrs Serenia Madigubuli

Board member

Fr Setefano Mataele

Fr Setefano Mataele

Board member

Fr Michael McVerry sm

Fr Michael McVerry sm

Staff / Resource Person

Fr Isaia Wairoga

Fr Isaia Wairoga

TRTC Representative to Board

Mrs Lanieta Tatini

Mrs Lanieta Tatini

TRTC Accounts & Representative to Board

Our Associates

Mr Sant Kumar

Mr Sant Kumar

Fruit Trees & Vegetables Consultant

Mr Lex Thompson

Mr Lex Thompson

Forestry and Agro-forestry Specialist

Ms Selina Kuruleca

Ms Selina Kuruleca

Community Educator

Mr Andrew McGregor

Mr Andrew McGregor

Agricultural Economist

Mr Inosi Navoto

Mr Inosi Navoto

Small Machineries Consultant

Mr Rayner Page

Mr Rayner Page

Hydro Director / Senior Electrical, Design Engineer

Mr Mike James

Mr Mike James

Finance Consultant

Mr Rohit Lal

Mr Rohit Lal

Agriculture Consultant (MoA)

Departments

Administration

Manage Tutu’s daily administrative operations and information management system   

Hospitality

Ministering the hidden role of Mary at Nazareth.  

Maintenance

Managing all essential services like water, housing, and power

Courses

Develop curriculum of TRTC courses and oversee daily course activities

Hydro

Oversee the daily operation of power using TRTC’s hydro and solar system

Oceania Farm

Restoring and enhancing soil fertility at Tutu and beyond

Food Development Unit

Oversee the value-adding and sales of Tutu produce 

Nursery

Manage the daily operation of planting materials; from the nursery to the fields

A Message from the Director

Bula Vinaka Everyone!

On behalf of the Tutu Rural Training Centre, we would like to say thank you for your support and your generosity to TRTC as a whole. We have come a long the way since the last 51 years of Tutu operation and we salute everyone for your contribution.

The expectations for young people in Fiji are that they grow up with parents, churches, and government telling them that they must go to school and get a job and find formal employment though the reality is that only a very small percentage will find employment and the remainder are left behind. Tutu programs are an effort to respond to people in another way, the way of adult nonformal education for rural self-employment.

The most important thing for Tutu participants is that they have a process that enables them to critically evaluate their culture. This demands a special type of leader for Tutu.

In faith-based organisations and ventures like Tutu, there should be a refounder who can pass on the word on what happened at the time of our original foundation and then the current re-founding of Tutu.

In the re-founding process, there should be a willingness to live and work in the darkness of faith, the ability to articulate inspiringly and in an empowering way, a vision, a collaborative style of management, non-judgemental respect for people even if they reject the ideas and vision and a commitment to hard work. Tutu has been through this refounding period and thanks to Fr Michael McVerry sm for your on-going passion for the Tutu project. You have set the paths for administrative roles that one should have the gift of being able to go to the roots of problems and create imaginative ways to overcome them.

Reviewers have identified the successful management of non-formal adult education rural training center requires a high level of expertise in leadership as well as a proven record of staff based on using their own resources. On the other hand management need to be highly participatory and responsive to the needs of the constituents with a local focus but with an international character

With the introduction of the Tutu board, it will enhance the future sustainability of the Tutu Rural Training Center especially in securing the insecurity of tenure and the insecurity of funding by using the center’s substantial-quality land and other resources for income generation as well as benefactors to make donations to help fund the courses and capital investments.

Once again thank you for this opportunity to write on the recent development of Tutu and its sustainable future

Sincerely,

Fr Petero Matairatu sm
Director TRTC