THE decision by members of another landowning unit in Bua to have their land mined for bauxite has been labelled "reservedly exciting" by former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka.
Mr Rabuka said while the issue was a dated and resource-exhausting operation limited by the minerals available, it was hoped the revenue paid to landowners would be there for the future generations.
These future generations, he said, would again be able to use their land for the purposes that their forefathers had used it in generations gone by.
Last week, the chiefs of Bua reiterated that they would not interfere with their peoples' decision to agree to bauxite mining.
The chiefs' spokesman, Ratu Orisi Baleitavea, said the decision was solely made by the landowners.
"They will decide what they want to do with their land and we hope that they also consider the plight of their future generation," Ratu Orisi said.
"Development is good but it is important that whatever decisions landowners make, they will consider their future generation."
The mataqali Naita from the Votua Village in the district of Lekutu has consented to bauxite mining.
The mataqali land is about 500 metres away from the existing mining area at Nawailevu.