What is the role of TLTB in developing Fiji?
The iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) as administrator of the largest tract of landmass in Fiji plays an important and essential role in the development of Fiji. It is required to make available native/iTaukei land that is outside reserve for development. However, in doing this, the TLTB is statutorily required to satisfy itself that the land to be opened up for development will not be required by its iTaukei owners during the currency of the lease or license. The Board is required to collect land rentals and distribute them to landowning units according to a formula prescribed by law under the iTaukei Land Trust (Leases and Licenses) (Amendment) Regulations 2010. TLTB is an indigenous institution that links investors to landowning units who own the land earmarked for any type of development and it is therefore important for investors to contact the Board if they intend to use iTaukei land for development purposes.
How much land is iTaukei land?
iTaukei land comprises 87 percent or 1.5 million hectares of the landmass in Fiji. State land is nine percent or 145,000 hectares. Freehold land comprises eight percent or 142,000 hectares.
How is land owned in Fiji?
There are three types of land tenure in Fiji. These are Freehold, State land and iTaukei land. The freeholder exclusively and privately owns the freehold title. He may dispose of it as he pleases. State land comprises Schedule A, Schedule B, State Freehold, State Foreshore and State land without Title. Schedule A and Schedule B land are held by the State in trust for indigenous landowners. iTaukei communal units commonly referred to as landowning units’ own iTaukei land. These may be in the form of a Yavusa (tribe), Mataqali (clan), Tokatoka (family unit), the chief in his titular position or descendants of a chief or a lady.
Why should TLTB be retained?
The importance of the TLTB stems from the tasks it has been assigned to carry out under the iTaukei Land Trust Act. Principal among these is the requirement to administer iTaukei land for the benefit of the Fijian owner. As native land continues to be opened up for development, it would be cumbersome and irrational to expect a potential investor to visit every single member of the landowning unit for assent to lease. Another problem that may arise is the irregularity of lease conditions. The Board has all the expertise needed by the indigenous landowner to effectively manage his land.
How does the decision making process within the operation of the Board is made?
No, TLTB is an independent organisation established primarily to administer and control native land for the indigenous iTaukei owners. Although it always seen as an implementer of government policies but above all else the ownership of landowners are protected and secured.
What is the relationship of TLTB and iTaukei Affairs Board or TAB (formerly known as the FAB) in developing the iTaukei people?
TLTB is responsible for developing land and land-based resources for the indigenous Fijian while the Department of iTaukei Affairs is responsible for the development of the indigenous people.
What is the advantage of having NLTA supersede ALTA as legislation governing agricultural leases over native land?
To the tenant, the term of the lease is not limiting, as there is facility within NLTA to institute rolling leases so long as the landowners do not require the land. Under ALTA the term is rigid at 30 years. On land rentals, NLTA provides for a rental system based on the market value of the land. Under ALTA, rental is based on six percent (6%) of the unimproved capital value of the land. The extent of items eligible for compensation under ALTA is limited to those listed in Schedules I and II of that Act. Further to that, the tenant is required to obtain prior written consent from the landlord before he qualifies for such compensation. Under TLTB improvement may be compensated if they had been expressly approved by the Board.
Why should Schedule A and B land be returned to landowning units?
The State holds these two types of land in trust for the indigenous landowner. Schedule A is land that once belonged to a landowning unit that has become extinct. Schedule B is land that was not claimed during the initial sittings of the iTaukei Land & Fisheries Commission (TLFC) in the early part of the 1900s. Under s.18 of the iTaukei Land Trust Act, the Reserves Commissioner is empowered to allocate these types of state owned land to indigenous landowners who genuinely need more land. The recognition by government and legislation to the reversionary rights of the indigenous landowner to these types of state land is evidence of government’s trusteeship role in holding such land for the indigenous owner.
How can landowners maximize the value of their land and how they can lease it?
iTaukei land is managed by TLTB and our expertise is in locating, accepting and awarding leases based on critical criteria in regards to land value, use, payments and ecological impact. And if they are considering leasing their property, simply contact the TLTB and will help you with all the requirements that are needed.
Can we download Mortgage, Transfer, Sublet Forms?
Our dealings forms (Mortgage, Transfer and Sublet) are in print forms only as they will need to be submitted in the same format. We do not accept photocopied, scanned, faxed copies of Consent forms for processing. Tenants will need to obtain original copies of these documents from any of our regional offices
What do we need to have to apply for Renewal of Lease?
Our Expiry procedure states that once a lease expires or about to expire, leaseholder may apply to any TLTB office by submitting the official lease application form. With the form they should attach further details like;
Farm Report – if lease type is Agricultural
Furthermore Rental should be paid up to date or up to expiry date.
Application fees is $57.50.