iTaukei Land Trust Board To Subdivide Landowners Property

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Landowners in Qauia object to move despite TLTB’s authority

By Vuniwaqa Bola-Bari

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, May 21, 2015) – Control of all native land is vested in the TLTB and all such land shall be administered by it for the benefit of the Fijian (iTaukei) owners.

This is contained in the iTaukei Land Trust Act Section 4(1) in the revised edition of 1985 which gives the iTaukei Land Trust Board powers to administer native land.

This empowers the TLTB to subdivide land outside of native reserve, which it plans to do at Qauia contrary to the wishes of landowners there.

About 300 families living in Qauia settlement on the outskirts of Lami Town will be given residential leases after the TLTB subdivides the land and leases them out.

TLTB official Akuila Raibevu told landowners about this plan during a roadshow last week.

Landowners of Qauia, later informed Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) MPs who visited them last Friday of this.

Member of the Naseuvou landowning unit Kolinio Nakarawa said they did not want the land to be subdivided as it was given out by their forefathers.

Mr Nakarawa said despite landowners' opposition to the subdividing of land at Qauia, TLTB officials told them the process would go ahead.

A TLTB official told this newspaper they worked according to the powers vested in the board by the Act.

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