5 Mar 2004

Fiji Native Lands Trust Board says landowners don't have the capacity to carry out threats

11:18 am on 5 March 2004

The Fiji Native Lands Trust Board, the NLTB, says a group of indigenous landowners doesn't have the capacity to carry out their threat to cut the water supply to an island resort.

The landowners want 120-thousand US dollars for ten years rent for land through which a water pipe travels, to the Sonaisali Island Resort, just off the coast of Nadi.

They are also threatening to bar access to the resort.

A spokesperson for the NLTB, Nimilote Naivalumaira, says his officers have advised the landowners their threatened action is illegal.

"Our officers have been to the place and they have advised the landowners not to do what they intended."

And we are currently looking at their grievances they have placed with us.

A spokesperson for the NLTB, Nimilote Naivalumaira.

The Sonaisali Island Resort manager was unavailable for comment.