Cooks land use rules to be enforced
Avarua: The Cook Islands Land Court is to tighten up on the application of land occupation conditions, with landowners facing a stricter rule to use it or lose it. An automatic lapsing clause, introduced in the early 1980s, is to be applied more rigourously. The justice secretary Tingika Elikana said failure to comply with the conditions meant the occupation right would lapse automatically.
Under the clause, successful applicants for occupation rights to build residential homes must have started construction within five years of the Land Court approval date and have completed building within seven years.