Vanuatu's supreme court has ordered a traditional taboo to be removed from local government headquarters in Malampa Province, after it caused several days of disruption.
A landowning family placed namele or taboo palm tree branches on the offices' doors last Thursday, as part of an ongoing land compensation dispute.
No-one would enter the buildings while the branches were in place.
The dispute hinges on the status of land that the province's public buildings are on - some of which is public and some private.
The branches have now been removed from the departments of public works, agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
But a dispute remains with one family over the land that the local court and police station are on.
Vanuatu's Minister of Lands Maxime Carlot Korman says he's about to negotiate a lease agreement with them, and he's confident of success.
"Everything will be settled in 24 hours, it's the only problem I think is we need a little bit of discussion between the Department of Land and the family."
Vanuatu's Minister of Lands Maxime Carlot Korman.