Land related issues

TLTB general manager Tevita Kuruvakadua, right, and the board's northern manager Josaia Waqairatu address an issue with a tenant. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

TLTB general manager Tevita Kuruvakadua, right, and the board's northern manager Josaia Waqairatu address an issue with a tenant. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

TENANTS with land related issues in Labasa were yesterday reminded of processes that the iTaukei Land Trust Board had in place that needed to be followed before formalisation of leases.

Board general manager Tevita Kuruvakadua told tenants that the consultation being held in the North was important for them.

Mr Kuruvakadua said concerns were based on the expectation of their stakeholders that whenever they lodged an application, it should be dealt with right away.

“With land issues it is quite sensitive and our role as trustees is not only straightforward to protecting the interest of the stakeholders, but it is quite broad that we need to look at the needs of tenants and the development needs of Government,” he said.

“We have to look at the futuristic needs of landowners too. Questions that were raised today (yesterday) concerned those tenants that wanted their leases renewed with the same land area back as soon as their leases expired.

“So say that a tenant leased a land area of 60 acres and then when it expired, they were expecting the full 60 acres to be renewed to them, this cannot happen.

“Right now, there is competing interests and one of the things we are trying to improve nowadays is to ensure that we issue the lease on a particular iTaukei land that suits the purpose of that land and the needs of that area.”

Mr Kuruvakadua said the board now worked on the master land use plan that outlined the structured development that must take place on a particular area of land.

“For each mataqali, we must ensure we have their reserved land that will cater for their future generation.

“We have to ensure that there is enough land for them to use for subsistence purposes and daily use.

“TLTB has a very structured process which carries out its administrative purpose,” he said.

Tenants at a meeting in Batinikama College yesterday proposed to the board’s consultation team for more awareness in future.

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