EIGHTEEN houses have been built at a new village site for people of Vunidogoloa in Cakaudrove.
The villagers are the first in the country to be relocated to new homes in Kenani as a result of rising sea level.
Acting Commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said a total of 30 houses would be built at the new site.
"We want them to complete the houses soon so the villagers can move in to occupy their new homes," he said.
"The carpenters are assisted by volunteers and we have asked them to try and complete building the houses by end of this month.
"We want the villagers to move in soon."
Mr Bolalevu said the 30 houses would be occupied according to traditional groups.
"We will put the villagers together according to their mataqali and tokatoka.
"That is the current pattern in the village where they live and they want to continue with that when they shift to the new site.
"Even with the completed 18 houses, the relocation will wait for all 30 houses to be completed and the villagers move in as one."
The new site sits by the West Coast Rd towards Korotasere in Vaturova.