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Climate Change Plea: Please Save Our village

Please save our village from the sea. That was a desperate plea from Namata Village headman and former Roko Tui Naitasiri, Peni Sokia. In his submission to the public consultations
22 Jul 2015 16:29
Climate Change Plea: Please Save Our village
The entrance to Namata Village in Tailevu. Photo: Jona Konataci.

Please save our village from the sea.

That was a desperate plea from Namata Village headman and former Roko Tui Naitasiri, Peni Sokia.

In his submission to the public consultations on the proposed Government Development Plans, he appealed for Government help.

The sea eats the village boundary at high tide and seawater now floods part of the village because of climate change.

Mr Sokia said the whole village was under threat and action was needed soon.

His first proposal to the Government consultation team that visited the village yesterday was for Government to help bury and reclaim the affected area.

He said their chief, Turaga Na Roko Tui Namata, Ratu Paula Haleiwalu had given a piece of land for that project.

Mr Sokia pointed at a hill just beside the village that his chief had given. “We just have to cut the hill and use the soil to bury and extend our village boundary. Our request is for Government to work on this project.”

This project he said also included a seawall.

He said this project was to be included in the five-year plan because of its urgency.

Mr Sokia said he was grateful that the Government had to come down to the village level to hear their proposals for the Five-Year and 20-Year Development Plan.

The other proposals are:

  • Village road: This road is to be consructed from the main road right to the village. At the moment, villagers have to walk for about 15 minutes. The Government, Mr Sokia said, had promised them for the construction to start this year. “The latest now is that the work will start next year.”
  • Ablution block: The village needs one and Government help is required.
  • Farm access roads: Mr Sokia said they needed farm access roads, as it would make things easier for them to go their farms. It would also be easier for them to transport their products to the market.

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