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Manus Islanders threaten to block asylum centre

21 Sep 2012

A group of landowners on Manus Island off Papua New Guinea are threatening to block the construction of an asylum seeker processing centre there.

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Community does not want to see land surveyed on Aniwa

20 Sep 2012

Chiefs of the three biggest villages on Aniwa, namely, Imale, Itagutu and Ikaokao and 90 percent of their people have described the action carried out by Nalwang Lorry as a “daylight robbery” in their eyes.

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Vanuatu the Pacific's 'happy place'

18 Sep 2012

The Pacific Islands are always a popular holiday destination but Vanuatu is one with a bit of a difference. A three-hour flight from Auckland, Vanuatu's culture, French influence and powder white beaches are among the many things enticing Kiwis there. Julia Paley from House of Travel told TV ONE's Breakfast she thinks New Zealanders are attracted to Vanuatu because it offers beautiful beaches, lush tropical environment and beautiful culture - all on a scale that's “quite compact, quite boutique in a way”.

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Vanuatu leaders defying the rules amid ongoing corrupt land deals

18 Sep 2012

Corrupt land deals in Vanuatu appear to be continuing at the highest levels. In the latest case, the Minister of Lands, Steven Kalsakau, is accused of allowing the sale of public land at discount rates to Lands Department staff. Any such sale would be in breach of a 2010 Council of Ministers resolution which suspended the sale of state land.

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Namosi Joint Venture given green light in Fiji

18 Sep 2012

The Fijian Government has given the green light to the Namosi Joint Venture to recommence all activities relating to special Prospecting License.

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Vanuatu leaders defying the rules amid ongoing corrupt land deals

14 Sep 2012

Corrupt land deals in Vanuatu appear to be continuing at the highest levels.

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World Bank policies "enabling" African land grab

14 Sep 2012

New research accuses the World Bank Group's policies of facilitating land grabs in Africa and favouring the interests of financial markets over food security and environmental protection.

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Minister instructs Director to allocate state land for staff

13 Sep 2012

Staff at the Department of Lands could pay for state land in Port Vila and Luganville according to a letter from the caretaker Minister of Lands, Steven Kalsakau, to the Acting Director of Lands, Survey and Registry, Mr Peter Pata.

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The Great Land Rush

13 Sep 2012

Land means different things to different people. While an economist might define land as the totality of natural resources in a given area, a lawyer might focus on boundaries and the mineral rights therein. But a farmer’s answer is likely to be simpler: land is the farmer’s capital. Land is the soil and water utilized in the production of crops for the local or global market. In the context of an increasingly globalized world, land rights are paramount – particularly in the Global South (Asia, South America, Africa and Australia). And as governments and multinational corporations buy up land, small farmers and indigenous groups are finding themselves edged out.

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“Well-being for Melanesia”

11 Sep 2012

Surveys and reports are not generally riveting reading. Here is an exception. “Alternative Indicators for Well-being for Melanesia” - a Vanuatu Pilot Study - is compulsive reading. It proves a lot of things we have suspected all along.

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