The Great Council of Chiefs, Waikava, Vanua Levu. The Great Council of Chiefs meeting at Waikava was opened by Governor Gordon on 20 November 1876 and lasted nearly 3 weeks. Gordon outlined his plans for indirect rule and established procedures for future meetings. Numerous resolutions were adopted and at the end of the meeting a letter to Queen Victoria was signed by the principal chiefs. Various people came to the climax of the meeting which included a feast, dancing and a solevu. Partly butchered turtles presented before a chief’s house.