New Koro Vil­lage Sites s Need Bau Ap­proval

Tu­atua, Nav­aga and Kade have iden­ti­fied their re­lo­ca­tion sites but they will need to have the ap­proval from the chiefly is­land

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Three vil­lages in Koro; Tu­atua, Nav­aga and Kade have iden­ti­fied their re­lo­ca­tion sites but they will need to have the ap­proval from the chiefly is­land of Bau. Ac­cord­ing to the deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for the iTaukei Af­fairs Board Apakuki Ku­rusiga some vil­lages have tra­di­tional links to Bau.

How­ever, he said all the other vil­lages ex­cept for Vat­ulele had their new sites sur­veyed, vil­lage bound­ary de­mar­cated and reg­is­tered. Mr Ku­rusiga had been briefed by Ni­u­maia Gu­cake a Board of­fi­cial who was sent to sur­vey the vil­lage sites in Koro. He said ex­perts had said that the new sites for Nav­aga, Kade and Mudu were right on the earth­quake fault line. Mr Ku­rusiga said for the vil­lages to be re­lo­cated, the iTaukei Af­fairs Board would seek ap­proval from Bau. Now that they had iden­ti­fied the sites, he said a Board del­e­ga­tion would travel to Bau to per­form a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony to re­quest for their ap­proval. “Once the ap­proval is given, a sur­vey team will travel to Koro to sur­vey and de­mar­cate the vil­lage bound­ary,” he said. He said the swear-in cer­e­mony of the new bound­ary would fol­low and later the reg­is­tra­tion.

For the vil­lages sites above the fault line he said they would have to find a new site.

Once the ap­proval is given, a sur­vey team will travel to Koro to sur­vey and de­mar­cate the vil­lage bound­ary

Apakuki Ku­rusiga Deputy Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for the iTaukei Af­fairs Board

A vil­lage in Koro a few days af­ter Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston.

Photo: Aqela Susu

A vil­lage in Koro af­ter of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston hit.

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