Land Court finds Lands Minister failed to comply with Act in dispute over tax allotment

    Tu'utu'uni e fakamaau kelekele 'o tali e tangi 'a Paula Kava fekau'aki mo 'ene loto ke fakafoki ange hono kelekele ne fakatau 'e Looti Nuku 'i Malapo. Na'e fakatau 'eni 'e he nopele ma'a hono foha ko Faka'osifono fe'unga mo e pa'anga 'e $130,000. Tanaki atu ki he'ena alea ke 'oange 'e Nuku 'a e 'api tukuhau 'i Ha'ateiho pea tanu mo e 'api nofo'anga 'i Tofoa 'o e tokoua 'o Paula. Na'e 'ikai hoko e tanu 'o e 'api 'i Tofoa ne na alea ki ai pea iku toki'ilo hake ko e 'api ia 'i Ha'ateiho ne 'osi lesisita ia he hingoa 'o e taha kehe. Ka koe'uhi foki ne 'osi foaki tohi 'e Paula kia Nuku hono 'api 'i Malapo he 2011, na'e tu'utu'uni leva 'e Nuku ia ke kamata e ta mo fetuku maka mei ai 'a e kautaha Siaina ko e Yan Jian Group Co. Ltd. Na'e tangi leva 'a Paula ke fakafoki mai hono kelekele meia Nuku he kuo 'ikai fakakakato 'ena alea'. Ko Malapo foki ko e tofi'a ia 'o Looti Luani pea na'e iku foki 'o hopo'i 'e Luani 'a Nuku mo e kautaha Siaina 'i he kelekele ko 'eni 'o mo'ua $3 kilu tupu ai 'a Nuku mo e Siaina' ko 'ena maumau'i 'a e kelekele he tata maka ne fai. Ne iku foki 'o ta'ofi 'e Looti Luani 'a e tata maka mei he 'api tukuhau ni pea ne pehe kuo 'osi foki ange 'api ia kiate ia. Kaekehe ne tukuaki'i 'e Fakamaau Laki Niu ne to nounou e Minisita Fonua ko e 'ikai ke ne fakakakato 'a e lao ki hono fanongonongo 'a hono tuku ange 'o e 'api ne fai ai 'a e alea kae lava ke tala 'e Paua. Na'a ne toe tu'utu'uni kia Looti Luani ke ne tuku ange 'a e 'api 'o 'ikai ha'ane toe totonu ki ai pea ke kamata fo'ou 'a e Potungaue Fonua hono fakakakato e fiema'u kae fakafoki e kelekele 'o Paula.

    The Land Court has ruled in favour of the plaintiffs in a long running dispute over a tax allotment that has previously involved a dispute between two Nobles and a Chinese quarry company. Judge Niu’s judgement was based on the Minister for Land’s failure to properly publicise the proposed surrender of the allotment. In January…


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