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Fijian Native Land - A Mataqali Owned Canoe sailed by a Foreign Crew.

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dc.contributor.author Baledrokadroka, Joeli
dc.date.accessioned 2023-01-06T15:05:39Z
dc.date.available 2023-01-06T15:05:39Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10882
dc.description.abstract "The mataqali is recognised as the landowning unit under the Land Laws of Fiji. What is the legal effect of a mataqali owning native land in Fiji? By the Deed of Cession Treaty 1874, Fiji became a British Colony. It became an Independent Sovereign Democratic State in 1970 and a Sovereign Democratic Republic in 1988 when it relinquished all ties to the Queen of England. Yet the mataqali has been adopted since Sir Arthur Gordon the first Resident Governor stopped all land sales and set up the first Royal Commission to investigate Fijian land ownership in 1876. The vesting of control of native land in the Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) creates a statutory trust relationship between the Board as trustees and the native owners as beneficiaries. While Customary Law and Traditional Rights are recognised and entrenched in the Fijian Constitution to protect the Mataqali the writer believes that this operates to the disadvantage of the very people it was designed to protect. In addition, they do not have a voice nor do they participate in the decision-making processes made by the NLTB in the administration of their resource. This paper examines the Laws of Fiji that leaves the Mataqali Landowner a 'Landowner' on paper and by name only while the NLTB continues to steer the destiny of its canoe fraudulently in the 21st century. And why it is opportune under the current Government's Blueprint policy to reform Fijian land laws to enable the Mataqali to be the master of its own canoe." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject customary law en_US
dc.subject legislation en_US
dc.subject sovereignty en_US
dc.subject colonisation en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject landowners en_US
dc.subject.classification Law en_US
dc.title Fijian Native Land - A Mataqali Owned Canoe sailed by a Foreign Crew. en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries School of Law, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand; School of Law, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand en_US
dc.type.thesistype Masters Thesis en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country Fiji en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US

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