NLTB assures landowners….of what SV asks?

The SV Team wishes fellow bloggers to brainstorm this article. Qetaki says that the Committee can only recommend to Cabinet unutilised reserved lands, which it deems best for the best interests of the taukei ni qele. We ask, who the hell is this Committee to recommend to this illegal Cabinet, what they think is best for the taukei ni qele!

Furthermore bloggers, when reserved lands are de-reserved and become native lands, NLTB becomes the ‘one stop shop’ and administers the native lands on behalf of the taukei ni qele. In the past, previous Board decision many a times have been at odds with the wishes of its beneficiaries, whose interest it is supposed to protect under section 9 of the NLTB Act.

Of great concern is, that once reserved lands become de-reserved, it turns into native lands, which then can be leased out by the Board, (without requiring over 50% of the signatures of the registered native owners as in reserved lands) as commercial or residential leases, which eventhough it brings high rental returns to the taukei ni qele’s, what they are not told upfront is that their native lands is lost to them forever!

The lease renews itself after each expiry because if the taukei ni qele’s do not wish to renew the commercial or residential lease, then they have to compensate the tenant for the improvements on the land. If they aren’t able to, then the lease by law automatically renews itself.

How many taukei ni qele’s after their reserved lands have been de-reserved and become native lands, which is then re-zoned as commercial or residential leases can actually pay for the improvements on the land at the expiry of the lease? Answer – None.

So what then is the end result? They will continue to enjoy the rents, but no longer their traditional lands. Now when their numbers grow in the future, they will have to look for land elsewhere because their own traditional lands are already permanently utlised.

We at the SV Team propose that full and proper consultations should be carried out between all stakeholders only after a lawful government is returned to power to ensure taukei ni qele’s are not hoodwinked out of their heritage, otherwise the late Ratu Mo’s words will come back to haunt us, when he interpreted NLTB as the acronym for ‘Native Lands No Trust Board.’

Sa dri yani and keep bloging ragone….SV Team.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

 

Taken from / By: Google

The Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) has assured land owners not to worry about their land being de-reserved.

Recommendations on the issue were made to the Interim Government’s Committee for Better Utilisation of Land as part of efforts to help improve the economic well being of the country.

Speaking to Radio Fiji News, NLTB Executive Director, Alipate Qetaki says the committee has no authority to take land that land owners are not using.

Qetaki said that the committee can only recommend to cabinet what it deems best.

However land owners are assured that the law binding de-reservation of land has not changed, which means land can only be de-reserved for leasing purposes on the approval of more than 50% of land owners above the age of 21.

Qetaki said that one of the committee’s primary roles is to discuss with land owners the best way their idle land can be utilized so that land owners will get the best out of those land when utilized or what they will get if those pieces of land are left idle.

Qetaki emphasizes that if land owners do not want their idle land utilized so that they will get the maximum benefit.

CEBUL will also discuss with land owners how best can their idle land can be utilized after members of the committee will have gathered all the information required fo best utilization of land.

Qetaki says the Native Land Trust Board Act is still in place and the Board through this Act will see that whatever is done to Native Land will e the best for land owners today and those that are to come.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation

21 Responses to “NLTB assures landowners….of what SV asks?”

  1. Tim Says:

    Well the first, and most obvious thing is that “NLTB Executive Director, Alipate Qetaki says the committee has no authority to take land that land owners are not using”.
    That is true because the entire machinery of government is acting without authority. It has no greater authority than does anarchy, except for fear of the bullet and the desire by most that anarchy is not that constructive.

    But “The Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) has assured land owners not to worry about their land being de-reserved” is as tenuous a proposition as the sanity of the blubbahead in control of the bullets.

  2. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    The Act maybe in place, but the legal Board isn’t.

    The new Board was appointed after the coup by the illegal government, so what guarantee is there that they are not going to do the bidding of their illegal masters, with Chaudary pulling the strings?

  3. Mark Manning Says:

    I have to repost again , these replies to my comment in September , 2007 in the have your say section of the Fiji Times Online . Fortunately , at the time , I had the the idea that I should copy it for use at relevent times in the future . Again , I think this is one of those times !
    I have not added , removed or changed in any way , any part of this copy from the Times .
    =================================================
    Subject: response to my comment today !

    Mark Manning of Sydney,Australia (38 minutes ago)
    It matters not what anyone thinks , this regime decided years ago just exactly what it had in mind and how it would achieve it’s goals . Anyone who believes otherwise , is deluding themselves ! The processes this regime have put into place , are merely a smokescreen to hide their real intent . And one can only assume that that is total dominance over all facets of fijian society . Hasn’t anyone in Fiji understood yet , that Fiji is being sold out to the asians from under your feet , by your own countrymen ?
    ————————————————————-
    Indian of India (29 minutes ago)
    To Mar Manning of Sydney Australia-#34
    These silly Fijians do not know- ha!ha!ha!ha!ha! We are controlling their Military now. We will do it slowly until we destroy all the Fijian Institutions and the their land rights. The silly Fijians including the selfish Ganilau and Bai do not know and do not bother. GENOCIDE is the MISSION. It can achieved politically.
    ————————————————————
    GO INDIA GO.
    Crash Stock Exchange of United States (14 minutes ago)
    To India and Manning
    hahahaha…yeah lets start with crashing the South Pacific Exchange dominated by India and the banks! Maybe the Fijians can start thinking about the 6 billion deal now…hehehehe Take your pick!
    Fijians are lousy merchants anyway because their eyes have always been to big for their stomach(traditionally) thus the need to have a corporate body(GCC new look) to curb the crooks that take advantage of the Natadola projects etc. I say Code of conduct is necessary because no chief should be above the law neither are accountants!
    Your Comment

  4. Keep The Faith Says:

    I think its time for Sireli Fa types to get back in there and remind NLTB (AGAIN) who’s interests they really should be protecting.

  5. Vakatakilai Says:

    This regime definitely is not working for the interest of the Fijians. The sad thing about it is they are doing it so openly and no matter what the Fijian people say, they just go ahead and continue as if no one is protesting.

    The irony of the whole situation is that the Fijian leaders and the military are all blindly being coerced into believing that what they are doing is definitely good for the Fijian landowners. I was speaking to a former military personnel a few weeks ago and he was boasting about the Charter and how it is beneficial for us. I am wondering how come he knew that, when the gist of the document has not been finalised.

    2 things came to my mind; 1 is that he is so stupid and brain washed that he does not realise how stupid he sounded to us who are following closely the development of the charter. 2 he is a typical example of how the military council has been fooled to the extent that they are willing to kill a fellow Fijian if he does not follow so.

    I am begging those landowners who will be affected and whose land has been targetted by the regime to please, seriously consider the consequences of the decision you are about to make.

    Consider how difficult it was for past Fijian controlled govts to negotiate an acceptable leasing formula for the expiring ALTA leases (max of 6% UCV). In todays world they should be co-owners of the projects and lease should be calculated from what is gained from the land usage.

    Also consider, if the govt wants to utilise a piece of land that is owned by an Indian, what negotiating power does he have in comparison to our landowners who first of all are sidelined in all the negotiation and only told to agree to what has been negotiated by two parties who don’t give a damned about how the proceeds from the land benefits the landowner.

    Let’s not give in easily. This fight will not be easy but still we have to stand up and be counted. We are the landowners. We have the right to be heard.

  6. natewaprince Says:

    It all keeps comong back to the land issue.Why can’t they just keep their hands off our land.

    Thsese kulinas keep pushing to get their hands on Fijian land.They will not rest untill they find a way to convince the pig and his leeches that our land should be shared with them.

    The onus is on each and every landowner to protect their land from moves being taken by this illegal regime.Dui qarauna na nona qele.Ke ra saga me ra taura va’kaukauwa,ia me dave na dra.

  7. NobleBannerBlue Says:

    From FJ Times Ltrs to Editor

    Gift for mother

    MY dream Mothers Day gift from Fijis leaders is nothing to difficult to attain, not riches, wealth, stress, turmoil or any material exchange.

    I need your assurance that my children will live in a free Fiji, where leaders are caring, honest, giving and hold values of integrity, humility, respect and equality in deeds and words.

    I yearn for a Fiji that used to speak and does as she says, without compromising values to selfish, and personal gain.

    My children are my assets and their economic, social, religious and cultural wellbeing and formation is more important to me than my life.

    In my dream for Mothers Day, I wish for no gold, silver or gift but that Fijis interim leaders will wake up, that they will come to the table of dialogue in humility and with receptiveness and start on a journey in total honesty, integrity, compassion and nation-building.

    What child would proudly say their parents name, knowing the hardships they affected on Fiji in a time such as this?

    My dream for Mothers Day is for the interim leaders to wake up, take ownership of mistakes and dealings and get Fiji on a better platform for our children.

    They deserve a better, coup-less and less selfish Fiji.

    Seruwaia Bula
    Nadi

  8. Tim Says:

    @Noble Banner Blue: Ain’t that the truth! Call me cynical but after 18 months it isn’t going to happen with the involvement of any of the existing crew. The best she can hope for is for Frank to proclaim “Seruwaia, I grant you your wish”, all to the tune (and in Voreqe’s dreams) of Sinatra and “I did it MY way” (conducted by Major L).
    Hopefully she can console herself that she obviously has more bravery and principle than the lot of them put together and that better times are to come.

  9. Ablaze Says:

    Tim I’m like you: It ain’t going to happen. The people of Fiji need to be given a choice. The letter: “Gift for Mother” is what all mothers deserve but sad to say these selfish opportunists are there for themselves.

    I say this because of the behaviour of Bainimarama and his goons. The latest being his trip to Vanuatu, saying the things he wants those at the meeting to hear.

    Bainivuka’s proclamation at the Melanesian Spearhead meeting in Vanuatu was a very powerful concoction of arrognance, presumption, self-assertion and ignorance. Unfortunately, all these traits go hand in hand.

    Who gave him the right to decide what is best for the nation? He presumes that he and his team has reasonable evidence to break the vicious cycle of elections followed by coups. This is an aggressive promotion of his team and their views.

    Instead of resisting the coup culture he chose to stage one and under his influence, lies have become truth, wrong becomes right, freedom becomes dictatorship and justice becomes unlawful.

    The Lunatic and his Ulukaus need to rid all these traits, allow the people the empowerment to decide and choose for themselves.

  10. Mark Manning Says:

    It must be so difficult for you all not to turn on the Indian Fijians at this point in Fiji’s history , but I hope it doesn’t come to that . God Bless Fiji and her people , because they need all the help they can get .

  11. Tim Says:

    @MM: Agree totally. And maybe the reason that it hasn’t erupted is that people realise it is only the undignified and the opportunists that are responsible.
    The Indo-Fijians (one within my own extended family) I encounter are all opposed to this coup. What’s even more interesting is that when I encounter the “Indo-Fijian” diaspora in NZ, there is often more of an appreciation for indigenous rights and the Fijian diaspora in toto get along famously.
    Not sure exactly what that means but what is clear is that this “coup to end all coups” is nothing of the sort and nor could it ever have been. I keep saying that just because many Indo-Fijians might feel aggrieved, there is no solution in attempting to shit on others. If they want to attribute blame – which is a pointless exercise anyway – it keeps getting directed in the wrong place.

  12. mediatracker Says:

    Sorry folks – our own animal farm: rajendra had recalled the evidience to support the deportation of Hunetr and Evans but here is the truth from Zambia

    Justice prevails in Zambia. The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a government attempt to deport the British writer Roy “Kalaki” Clarke for allegedly insulting the president.

    Kalaki with children and grandchildren from http://www.bbc.co.uk

    In 2004 Kalaki was ordered to leave the country after he compared the President, Levy Mwanawasa to a “foolish elephant” and two ministers were compared to baboons in his very popular newspaper column in the most popular daily newspaper, the Post. The article was based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Clarke depicted the Zambian leadership as animals in a game park. In a thinly veiled reference to President Levy Mwanawasa, Clarke described the one in charge of the park as an elephant named “Mawelewele,” or “fool” in the local Nyanja dialect. Other government members were described as baboons, a giraffe, a crocodile, and a snake.
    Kalaki won a legal challenge but the government appealed. The case has been seen as a test case of the right of journalists to lampoon Zambia’s leaders. The wife of Kalaki is a Zambian women’s rights activist and he has permanent residency. His children and grandchildren have Zambian nationality.
    In Zambia, foreigners with a permanent residency can be deported if convicted of a crime and after the article was published the Home Affairs Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha gave Kalaki 24 hours to leave the country. Judge Philip Musonda revoked the deportation order and said it was unconstitutional and that the author had a right to write satirical stories. Shikapwasha said, however, that the state would not recognize the High Court order because Clarke’s permanent residence had been revoked. The High Court upheld Clarke’s status as a permanent resident and the journalist came out of the hiding he had been in to avoid detention the following day. A few months later the Lusaka High Court annulled the deportation order against Clarke. Judge Philip Musonda said the deportation order was unconstitutional and “unreasonable.” President Mwanawasa then challenged the High Court ruling in the Supreme Court and finally yesterday the ruling came that the Supreme Court rejected the deportation. This really gives some credit to the judiciary system in this country I must say.
    Roy Clarke was born in Northampton 65 years ago. He is a former teacher and metallurgist and now a very famous columnist in the Post newspaper. He has lived more than 40 years in Zambia.

    Clarke’s Post column that almost threw him out of Zambia picked from the Post:

    He lumbered out of the state lodge, staggered towards the massive wooden chair that had been made ready for him, and fell backwards into it. His dishevelled safari suit was unbuttoned, and his huge belly hung over his trousers. In front of him sat all assembled animals of Mfuwe, waiting for the Great Elephant Muwelewele to begin his Christmas Message.

    “Distinguished elephants, mischievous monkeys, hypocritical hippos, parasitic politicians, bureaucratic buffaloes, and other anonymous animals,” he began, “My message to you is that the last year has been a resounding economic success, and Mfuwe has never been more prosperous!”

    “Ee ee eeyee,” squealed the monkeys, dancing around in circles, and waggling their bottoms, each painted with a picture of the Great Elephant.

    “When I was elected,” continued Muwelewele, “I promised that only those constituencies that voted for me would see development. That is why Mfuwe is the only constituency that has seen development.”

    “Iwe wakhonza!” shouted the crowd.

    “All the humans in the rest of this country refused to vote for me, so they have had no share in our marvellous development! It was only you, my friends from the game park, who went out there and brought in 29% of the vote. The snakes of the Shushushu slithered into the ballot boxes and stuffed them with votes. The horrible hyenas were the party cadres who chased away the opposition voters. Our reliable rhinos moved the polling stations to unknown places in the forest. And our merry monkeys played hide and seek with the voters cards!’

    “The law of the jungle!” laughed the crowd.

    “So now the MMD is the Movement for Mfuwe Development. All my development programmes are located in Mfuwe, and all my appointments have been from amongst you. The previous government would not put you in government, saying you were just monkeys and crocodiles, who shouldn’t be given the vote. But I have changed all that. I have nominated hippos to parliament, and made them my ministers! I have appointed jackals as my district administrators, and put the long-fingered baboons in charge of the treasury. I have put the knock-kneed giraffe in charge of agriculture, the hungry crocodile in charge of child welfare, and the red-lipped snake in charge of legal reform. And best of all, all the pythons are now fully employed, squeezing the taxpayers!

    “Our beloved Mfuwe,” said Muwelewele solemnly, “is now a state within the state. We control everything in the rest of the country. Everything is now run for our benefit. I am pleased to report that the past year has been the best ever. Just as the others are becoming thinner, so we in the game park are becoming fatter. As hospitals fall down in the rest of the country, so we are building veterinary clinics all over Mfuwe.”

    “Education is another of our great success stories,” continued Muwelewele. “The heartless humans built schools and universities for themselves, but provided absolutely nothing for the animals in Mfuwe. By closing these schools we now have the funds to send our monkeys abroad to Harvard. They are studying for MBAs, degrees in Manipulating Budget Allocations.

    “Just as employment is falling rapidly amongst the humans, so it is increasing rapidly here in Mfuwe. Just as factories are closing in the remainder of the country, so they are increasing here. I have declared Mfuwe a tax-free zone, and our new manufacturing industry will soon be exporting directly to South Africa.”

    “Our Saviour,” shouted the crowd. “A new Saviour is born! A New Deal! A New Direction! Let’s roast a few street kids, and have a real feast!”

    The jumbo glided to a halt at Lusaka International Airport. Out came the Great Leader Muwelewele, lumbering down the steps like an elephant. A reporter managed to thrust a microphone in front of him.

    “Your Divine Majesty, how did you enjoy your holiday in Mfuwe?”

    “What!” exploded the Great Leader, his face turning purple with rage. “I was not on holiday! This was a very busy working trip, to look at current economic developments in Mfuwe, which has been privatised. Shoprite has already bought the place, and is busy putting in an abattoir and meat-processing factory. We will soon be exporting game meat to South Africa!”

  13. FijiGirl Says:

    Isn’t FBC headed up by Yippee Aiyay’s baby bro? Hmmm, compromised their integrity and professional neutrality there.

    Do you feel a march coming on?

    God bless Fiji

  14. FijiGirl Says:

    The fact is that this illegal regime has NO mandate to negotiate anything on behalf of the people of Fiji.

    They shouldn’t even be talking about bus timetables, let alone land issues.

    The only thing this illegal regime should be doing is preparing for fresh, free and fair elections under the existing Constitution.

    Nothing more!

    They have no mandate. They are illegitimate. They must move on!

    Leave the big issues to the big boys (and girls) with the votes.

    God bless Fiji

  15. Mark Manning Says:

    Tim , your right and i’m pleased some of you , probably many , have reconciled and or found common ground . I also agree with you , that only a handful of opportunists , greedy for power and money , are responsible and they should always remain the targets of your anger etc.
    Mediatracker , on Zambia , you couldn’t possibly compare Frank or any others in the I.G. with baboons !
    That’s just too insulting to the baboons !
    I doubt the I.G. could run a BBQ at a profit .

  16. Jese Waqalekaleka Says:

    @ MM, you generalise, too much.

    Many innocent people may get hurt.

  17. George of Sydney Says:

    Why the rush? I just can hear Mahen & Aiarse advising Frank, “Hey boy, We need more land available to Indian farmers so they can make it more productive. Lets plant more sugar and rice and put this industries back to its feet so the economy can improve (Well who messed it up in the first place?). I do agree with top comments that it would be difficult to reclaim back reserved land once dereserve especially if the cost of any form of development done on the land have to be compensated to the tenant. In the constitution it is clearly stated that any ammendments to any Acts in anything that concerns the rights and interest of the native fijians must be approved by a majority in parliament and all nominees of the GCC in the senate. I dont know how they are going to achieve this after the humiliating and disrespectful attitude they have been showing our chief. Sometimes I am just confused if the Commander is a real native fijian or not. Also Ganilau and Nailatikau if they are from a chiefly family and chiefly upbringing. Baleta na yaca e tiko vei rau e yaca vakaturaga ia na nodrau i tovo kei nai vakarau e vakaisi. E rau sarasara tu ga era sa vakamaduataki ka vakalolomataki na noda turaga bale kei na nodra matabose vakaturaga. Sa ratou vakatara me ra sa vosa mai ena veika me baleta noda qele na vulagi vakabibi na Idia. I am very worried that they are just again, going to follow their usual VEIVAKAYAGATAKI TACTIC by taking advantage of the ailing situation of the President to promolugate new land laws such as the dereservation of Native lands. As someone mentioned above, once Mahen, Aiarse and Frank’s Act for deresrevation is enacted we fijians can wave to our most dear asset and valuable and say “MOCE JO”.
    Why cant the IG wait for after the election under the existing constitution and the elected government will formulate the charter, consider and propose in parliament the changes that the Interim Government wants (if it wishes). To Frank and his bunch of Puppets, dou kua ni veivakatotogani tiko. Native Land issues are very sensitive and decisions regarding its enactment and ammendment should only be legally endorsed if the majority of Fijians in both houses (including GCC nominees in the Senate) approves it.
    ME RA NANUMI NODA KAWA NI MATAKA
    O VITI E I SOLISOLI NI KALOU VEI KEDA NA KAWA I TAUKEI

  18. qaraniyau Says:

    This de-reservation program was rife under Qarase leadership. Look at the prime example of Yaqara. Under the regulations 50% of landowners must give their approval but, under the Native Lands Act amendment it gives the NLTB full authority to seize land from extinct mataqali instead of returning it to the larger group Yavusa, despite the protests from mataqali members.

    So, under the connivance of the SDL appointed NLTB GM Kalivati Bakani, and the a board member Keni Dakuidreketi, Yaqara land was deemed to have no living descendants and thus giving NLTB the clearance to develop the land a’ la Fiji Water, Studio City projects. Dakuidreketi, also involved with Natadola as a developer while still a NLTB director.

    Landowners query board loyalty
    Fiji Times Monday, July 24, 2006

    THE Native Lands Trust Board was last week required to provide landowners of one of the country’s largest tourism developments the reassurance that they are committed to protecting landowners’ interests.

    NLTB’s Deputy General Manager Operations, Semi Tabakanalagi was swamped with concerns regarding the loyalty of the board during a meeting with landowners from Sanasana Village in Sigatoka.

    Seven landowning units from the village own the land on which the Natadola Marine Resort project is currently being developed. A delegation led by Mr Tabakanalagi traveled to the village on Thursday to address grievances raised by landowners.

    However, during the meeting Mr Tabakanalagi and his team were bombarded with claims that the board was working more with the project developers and either ignoring or sacrificing landowners’ interests.

    Landowners’ spokesman, former cabinet minister and senator, Apisai Tora said the four units he was representing were concerned about their rights and interests being sacrificed to ensure the project continued.

    Mr Tora said a major concern of landowners was Keni Dakuidreketi’s position with NLTB while being the main developer for the project.

    “This is a clear case of conflict of interest and this has raised a lot of eyebrows within the landowning units of Sanasana.”

    “Since Mr Dakuidreketi is the main developer, we are concerned that all decisions made by the board would be made to see that the project went ahead regardless of whether our rights were sacrificed,” he said.

    “Even though NLTB is our trustee, it seems that it is pushing the company’s interests,” said Mr Tora.

    “We have some grievances with several works that the developers are carrying out so how do you expect us to trust that the board will address our concerns when the developer is sitting on the board,” Mr Tora asked.

    Attempts to contact Mr Dakuidreketi yesterday were unsuccessful.

    But Mr Tabakanalagi said there was nothing to worry about because the board always fought for the rights and interests of landowners. He promised that no decision would be made in favor of the developers because Mr Dakuidreketi was a member of the board.

    “You do not have to worry about Mr Dakuidreketi because that is our job to see that he carries out his duties properly. NLTB is always for the landowners and your rights and interests are always our priority,” Mr Tabakanalagi said.

    Now the extinct mataqali trust funds are being investigated by FICAC because they were illegally invested into Vanua Developments Corp (VDC). VDC also involved with Pacific Connex for database.

    Vanua Development Corporation Limited – The Board approved the establishment of this investment Company with immediate effect. The Board also approved the appointment of the Directors for the Board:

    1. Mr Keni Dakuidreketi, NLTB Board – Chairman
    2. Mr Nalin Patel, G Lal & Co – Director
    3. Mr Daniel Whippy, Carpenters Fiji Ltd – Director
    4. Mr Isoa Kaloumaira, Fijian Trust Fund – Director
    5. Mr Kalivati Bakani, NLTB GM – Director

    The Company is expected to commence operations from early 2004, following Government’s approval of an interest-free loan of $1m to finance the Company. Other current investments of NLTB will be transferred to the Company. Initially the NLTB will be the sole shareholder. It is envisaged that this will be opened up to landowners in future. The primary objective of the Company is to invest in viable, profitable ventures, generating additional revenue for the Board. Over time this may lead to a reduction in poundage increasing distributable funds to landowners.

  19. Mark Manning Says:

    Why don’t the Fijian land owners become part owners of the resorts rather than lease their land , then it would surely benefit all as Fijians would be employed there and learn the tourism trade throughout . This knowledge and the knowledge of running a large enterprise such as a resort , could be passed onto the next generation while ensuring a stable income , education and business . it would also effectively take it out of the hands of the Government of the day , so no matter who was in power , it just wouldn’t be their business to interfere . Fijians seem to keep putting themselves on the out ring !

  20. Budhau Says:

    Manning – even if they become part owners – the problem is who will be in charge of the profits, and do you seriously believe that grass root landowner types will benefit either way.

    I would have suggested that why be part owners – when you can become owners – you already own the land, get the capital to own the building and then get a brand name Hotel chain to run the hotel.

    The whole mindset has to change – have get involved in the business – just expecting a lease money check or a dividend check ain’t gonna do it. Secondly, the money has to reach the landowners – with the money they are receiving, no wonder they are pissed off and some are refusing to lease their land.

    Do you see all that land developed in Nadi and sold to Australian and Kiwis – who makes a killing on those deals – have you seen those $5million homes at the Cove at Denarau, and they don’t even pay capital gains tax on the profits they make when those speculators make huge profits.

  21. qaraniyau Says:

    If it is a problem with capital, then perhaps mataqali landowners should lease the land to themselves, and opening up the legalities for loans based on the right business model.

    Furthermore the aspect of the interior provinces who usually depend on the Govt to build roads, perhaps using the right mechanisms (private partnerships)they can get funding to build it themselves and charge users as user pay. It does not have to be tar sealed 2 lane affair, maybe a track where mountain bikers can cruise village to village and even have bed and breakfast type of stops, where the villagers are catering and hosting.

    For security, have a village escort type service . Village A escort hands over tourist to the Village B escort at the certain intervals.

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