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The Roles and Responsibilities of Absentee Land Owners in the Pacific: A Niue Case Study

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dc.contributor.author Levi, Ahohiva en_US
dc.contributor.author Boydell, Spike en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:44:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:44:34Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-09 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-09 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2335
dc.description.abstract "This paper investigates the conflict created by absentee land owners, who in many cases have become permanent residents in New Zealand, Australia, the US or Canada. From 1900 onwards, New Zealand administered the Pacific Islands of Niue, the Cooks and Tokelau. People within these islands were accorded the status of British nationality and New Zealand citizenship. As a result, many indigenous landowners migrated, in common with islanders from Samoa and Tuvalu. Such migrants retain certain land rights in their absentee capacity, which can be a major impediment to development. "Niue is the smallest self-governing microstate to have emerged from the United Nations promulgated decolonisation programme of the 1950s (current population 1460). It decided to become self-governing in free-assocation with New Zealand in 1974. Colonisation had brought the western approach to freehold title, but under the Niue Land Ordinance (1969) land ownership reverted to native title, on the basis that individualised freehold title was something foreign to Polynesian society. "In Niue, the acquisition of communal rights to land is through custom and traditional practice, largely handed down by birthright from generation to generation. One's obligation to ones family originates from the land its mana. However, indefinite periods of continuous absence as a member of the magafaoa without contributing to its welfare have caused difficulties to those remaining on the land. Using grounded data from a qualitative survey of five percent of the resident population, this paper addresses if silence and non-contribution is acceptable to satisfying traditional obligation." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject conflict en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject migration en_US
dc.title The Roles and Responsibilities of Absentee Land Owners in the Pacific: A Niue Case Study en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country New Zealand en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Traditional Lands in the Pacific Region: Indigenous Common Property Resources in Convulsion or Cohesion en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 7-9, 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Brisbane, Australia en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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