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NLC: Government has no say in traditional appointments

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, August 07, 2014

THE appointment of clan heads and landowning unit leaders is the business of the vanua, says former Native Land Commission chairman Ratu Viliame Tagivetaua.

Responding to suggestions from the Tui Vuya, Ratu Amenatave Rabona, that the Bose Vanua of Bua take charge of the installation of these leaders, Ratu Viliame said the government had no jurisdiction over their selection.

Ratu Viliame told members of the meeting the selection criteria of leaders rested solely on the vanua.

He told chiefs at yesterday's meeting that in situations where the vanua could not reach a decision, they could then consult the district head or the bose vanua for advice.

Ratu Viliame said this would ensure members of a village reached a solution through consultation.

He said in some cases, those holding such leadership roles were often in urban centres over long periods while villagers continued to perform their tasks.

In such instances, he advised that members of the vanua consult with the rightful title holders to appoint a person who resided in the village and was directly involved with the day to day business of the village.





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