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Consultation Touches On VKB Registration

Consultation Touches On VKB Registration
Public Consultation at Naila Village in Dravo, Tailevu, on Friday night. Photo: Maika Tauribau
May 03
10:22 2015

An institution charged with the registration of native lands, ownership of such lands and classification of customary roles and migration records of communal units has expressed concerns with some aspects of the Vola ni Kawa Bula – the register of all iTaukei.

One such area of concern is that the names of some iTaukei who have died are still on the register, when they should be deleted.

iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commission chairman Ratu Vananalagi Vesikula revealed this during the iTaukei Institutions Public Consultation at Naila Village in Dravo, Tailevu, on Friday night.

He said it was sad that over the years many people had to come and register the deaths of their relatives only during lease payouts.

He said this was the only time most families came with the death certificates of their relatives so they could be deleted from the Vola-ni-Kawa-Bula records.

Ratu Vananalagi said this was a shame because members who are still living failed to register the deaths of those who had passed on.

He said deaths should be registered as soon as possible to avoid problems creeping up in future.

Government Developments

ITaukei Affairs Board deputy chief executive officer Apakuki Kurusiga reiterated that there was a need for villagers to accept and support developments carried out by Government.

Mr Kurusiga said this was vital for every villager because these developments would improve their livelihood.

Individual lease distribution

With the individual lease sharing set to start with the provinces of Cakaudrove, Ba, Bua and Kadavu in May, the provinces of Tailevu and Serua would be the last two to have lease money distributed under the new policy of the individual lease distribution.

Village Committee meeting

Mr Kurusiga reminded the villagers that they should attend every village meeting because they were living within the boundary of the village.

This, he said was important because it provided a platform where they could all take part and voice their concerns.

iTaukei Lands & Fisheries Commission
– The iTaukei Lands & Fisheries Commission (TLFC) was established in 1880 primarily to register native lands; ownership of such lands; and to classify customary roles and migration records of communal units.
– With most of these tasks completed, the TLFC is now concentrating most on being a custodian of the various registers and complying with regulations covered by the iTAUKEI LANDS ACT CAP 133 and the FISHERIES ACT CAP 158 Section 14-20.

These roles are:
– To ascertain what lands and fishing rights areas are the rightful and hereditary property of iTaukei owners;
– To register the ownership of iTaukei lands and customary fishing rights;
– To adjudicate in disputes on the rightful ownership of iTaukei lands and customary fishing rights;
– To adjudicate in disputes relating to customary headships or title;
– Overall to provide clients with information relating to the iTaukei Lands and Fisheries Commissions’ roles;
– In 1989 Government decided that the TLFC should also look at the proper demarcation of boundaries and set up a Project Unit to:
– Survey the boundaries and register ownership to customary fishing rights;
– To demarcate and set aside sites as village reserves; and
– To survey the unsurveyed iTaukei Land.

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