Wednesday, May 26, 2010
It is important that indigenous people confirm with their chiefs if development in the rural areas are to progress as required by the present Government.
This was the message given to the people of Cakaudrove by Assistant Permanent Secretary in the Indigenous Ministry, Col Apakuki Kurusiga when opening the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting at Yaro Village in Nasavusavu this morning.
Col Kurusiga told the delegates at the meeting that this is an issue not only Cakaudrove is falling behind in, but it is the whole of Fiji.
He said the issue will involve meetings of village people, the Native Land Commission and the Ministry if those that were chosen were confirmed by Government.
Col Kurusiga said that out of the 1,233 Yavusa Heads only 653 have been confirmed and of the 4324 Mataqali heads only half have been confirmed.
In the Province of Cakaudrove, Col Kurusiga said only 42 of the 98 heads of Yavusas have been confirmed by Government and only 133 of the 358 Mataqali heads have been confirmed.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
An expert on indigenous affairs in Fiji, Dr Paul Geraghty, says there is considerable support within the Fijian community for a reintroduction of village laws.
The bylaws being proposed are intended to curb what is seen a growing trend of poor behaviour.
The planned provisions are said to control dress in the village, including the banning of shorts and trousers for women and curfews for students.
Dr Geraghty, who is the head of Language and Linguistics at the University of the South Pacific, says this is not the first time efforts have been made to bring the rules back:
“A lot of people, including a lot of Fijians themselves, felt the abolition of such rules was too soon and it has resulted in a lot laxness among Fijians, too much consumption of kava, children not being well nourished and also in the loss of a lot of traditional arts for example house building, farming and fishing and this kind of thing.”
Dr Geraghty says previous attempts to re-introduce the regulations have failed because of the feeling there should be one law for all the people of Fiji.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Fiji Village News - 24 May 2010
The Namosi provincial Council has begun week long consultations relating to the proposed village by-laws.
Roko Tui Namosi, Sakiusa Karavaki confirmed that their officials will visit the five Tikinas namely Naqarawai, Wainikoroluve, Veinuqa, Namosi and Veivatuloa to gather their submissions.
Karavaki highlighted that one of the submissions that was raised at their meeting which has been taken on board is the liqour drinking in the villages.
Another submission is the approval from the Health Ministry on how the houses in the villages are constructed which should be strong enough when cyclone strikes.
Last week the Roko Tui and assistant Roko Tui of Namosi and Serua met and discussed about the proposed village by-laws.
Meanwhile the Proposed Village By-laws are expected to feature prominently in the two day Cakaudrove provincial council meeting.
Chairman of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council, Emitai Boladuadua said that with the deadline set for the end of next month, all the tikina heads from around the province are expected to debate the proposed by-laws.
The Cakaudrove Provincial Meeting was supposed to be held in Somosomo Village in Taveuni but as a result of the impact of Hurricane Tomas, the two day meeting was shifted to Savusavu.
Meanwhile, the hosting village of Yaroi revealed that they will be catering for a total of 70 people for the two day meeting which will be held this Wednesday and Thursday.