Category Archives: Customary Land

15 years on, Siwatibau’s wisdom on land tenure in his SPLTC Symposium welcome address remains as valid as ever.

Transforming Land Conflict – FAO/USP/RICS Foundation South Pacific Land Conflict Symposium Welcome Address by the late Savenaca Siwatibau, Vice Chancellor, University of the South Pacific – 10 April 2002.

The video can also be viewed in YouTube at  https://youtu.be/gvjpFG9mCK0

Caveat: this was recorded live in Fiji in 2002 on VHS – the video aspect is 4:3 and there has been some deterioration in the magnetic tape so please be patient with screen flickers.

The full transcript is available Savenaca Siwatibau – Welcome Address – SPLTC Symposium – Full Transcript (opens PDF).

The Symposium ‘Declaration and Resolutions’ is available her SPLTC Symposium – Official Declaration and Resolutions (opens PDF).

CASLE / UTS: APCCRPR / IAAPLPR Pacific Regional Symposium a huge success

Over 50 delegates participated in the CASLE / UTS: APCCRPR / IAAPLPR Pacific Regional Symposium on Land and Property Rights in the South Pacific in Honiara, Solomon Islands, last week (5-7 August 2014).  Hosted by the Solomon Islands Government Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey, and with a £6,500 grant from the Commonwealth Foundation, the symposium was facilitated by four members of the UTS: Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights: Prof. Spike Boydell, Prof. John Sheehan, Ulai Baya and Mike McDermott.

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Deputy PM, the Hon Manasseh Maelanga MP, opens the Symposium on 5 August.
L-R: Mike McDermott, Prof John Sheehan, Stanley Waleanisia, Hon Manasseh Maelanga, Prof Spike Boydell, Ulai Baya, Buddley Ronnie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqNOo0ARGEI

There was heated debate about Climate Change and land issues in the Pacific Region, Land Resource Compensation, Using Property Trusts and Leases to support Customary Landowners, and Carbon Property Rights. Each session had a workshop component (see photos below) and there were two comprehensive case studies on Land Compensation (Tina Hydro team) and Land Policy Intervention (Vanuatu Land Program team).

For more video, images and the delegate resource pack, please click on the CASLE / UTS: APCCRPR / IAAPLPR Symposium page (tab above).

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Fiji parties urged to outline land policy ahead of poll – ABC News 24

 

Following on from his 7th June editorial in the Fiji Times, Professor Spike Boydell has been interviewed by ABC correspondent Sean Dorney for this item on ABC News 24 ‘The World’, which first aired on 24 June 2014. It also includes comments from the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayad-Khaiyum and Prof Satish Chand.  The link to the piece on the ABC website is available here.

Boydell ABC with logo“What people want is stability and land is central to that stability.” (Spike Boydell)

 

Call for Land Policies ahead of Fiji Elections – ABC Pacific Beat

Professor Spike Boydell has been interviewed on ABC Radio Australia about the need for political parties in Fiji to explain their land policies ahead of the elections.  A transcript of the interview is available here.  The full piece on ABC Radio Australia – Pacific Beat – first aired on 24 June 2013 is available here.

Why land is central to Fiji’s future stability

FT 'Time Bomb' imageWith 100 days to go to the Fiji elections in September, none of the political parties have yet explained in their manifesto’s how they will deal with land (indeed, where are the manifesto’s?).  In his feature editorial in the Fiji Times on Saturday 7th June, Spike Boydell highlights that being clear on land issues, having equitable leases that are fit for purpose at market rents, and respecting the paramountcy of iTaukei land – the vanua – is central to long term economic and political stability in Fiji.

Read the full article here.

Pacific Regional Symposium – Land and Property Rights in the South Pacific – Honiara 5-7 August 2014

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CLS members Spike Boydell, Ulai Baya and John Sheehan are co-facilitating the Pacific Regional Symposium – Land and Property Rights in the South Pacific – Honiara 5-7 August 2014 (flyer & registration form) with Mike McDermott.

This Symposium is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE), the University of Technology, Sydney: Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights (UTS: APCCRPR) and the International Academic Association for Planning Law and Property Rights (IAAPLPR). It is being hosted by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Lands, Housing and Surveys.  It has been made possible through a small grant from the Commonwealth Foundation and the support of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Surveys.

This is the second regional Land and Property Rights symposium co-facilitated by the UTS: APCCRPR and the IAAPLPR.

Please click on the highlighted text above, or the image on the left for more information.

The CLS site will be the digital repository for the symposium resources and video record of the event.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to be notified when the resources are online, please complete the following contact form:

Managing customary land in Fiji – Ulai Baya and Spike Boydell ask ‘is the current trust structure fit for purpose?’

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Speaking at the Fiji Institute of Valuation and Estate Management Conference on 30 November 2013, Ulai Baya presented a paper that questioned if the current trust structure is fit for purpose in managing customary land in Fiji.  Drawing on research that Ulai conducted with Spike Boydell, he highlighted that the good governance of customary land remains central to all aspects of life in contemporary Fiji.  Fiji has recorded genealogies since the 1880s and is arguably better placed than its Melanesian neighbours to deal with external influences seeking access to customary land for commercial gain (including mineral exploration, forestry, palm oil, agriculture and tourism).  Commercially, Fiji has benefited from the establishment of the Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) in the 1940s as a quasi-governmental body that has administered all customary land in Fiji on behalf of indigenous groups and changed its name to the iTaukei Land Trust Board (iTLTB) in 2011.

The iTLTB has demonstrated in Fiji that leasing is an instrument that can render the freedom of doing business on customary owned land.  Our research identifies that there is a need to review the lease management functions of the iTLTB to align it to contemporary land based development in Fiji.  There is a need to balance the land based economic drivers of the national economy on one hand with the needs and aspirations of registered landowning units on the other.

This paper critically examines the progressive approach towards the administration and control of customary land in Fiji given the “all and inclusive” sui generis nature of customary property.  After discussion how iTLTB is adapting to operational changes we proffer recommendations for the reform of lease terms, management and ownership of improvements on customary land, the rental basis and valuation models, to ensure that it remains a viable institution to protect customary interests into the future.

A PDF copy of the presentation is available here.