Nata: iTaukei land is secure

Itaukei land is 100 per cent secure in Fiji, says ITaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) deputy general manager operations, research and development, Solomoni Nata.

While speaking at the recent Third National Real Estate Conference 2021 at the Warwick Fiji on the Coral Coast, Mr Nata highlighted the importance of the security of land and said the TLTB managed about 91 per cent of land in the country.

He said native land in Fiji was safe and it was important to maintain confidence in the land.

“Uncertainty brought about by some people and there is a lot of uncertainty in the real estate market,” Mr Nata said.

He said he had seen some social media posts that iTaukei land had been sold.

He said this was impossible under the current law. He said the iTaukei people could not sell their land to somebody else.

“From last year and previous years, TLTB had received comments on social media that land was insecure.”

He said the land was very secure and it was also safeguarded in the Constitution, iTaukei Lands Act and iTaukei Lands Trust Act.

He said the TLTB managed 147,000 leases covering an area of about 422,000 hectares.

He added of the total land in Fiji consisting of about 1.8 million hectares, 1.5 million hectares was iTaukei land while 400,000 hectares had been leased.

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