This Act amends the Land Reform Act by addition of provisions (replacing sections 6,7 and 8) concerning, among other things; the certification of negotiator of land rights or land disputes of custom land owners; the identification of custom owners or disputing groups by the National Coordinator; consultation with the custom owners; procedures of the negotiation process including a custom owners’ consultation report; consent to a negotiated lease; notification of intention to register lease instrument; appointment of the Land Ombudsman; lodging of complaints with the Land Ombudsman; functions and investigative powers of the Land Ombudsman; application for a rural subdivision or change of lease type; Ministerial consent to a rural subdivision or change of lease type; establishment of the Land Management Planning Committee. An agreement, lease or any other transaction relating to custom land is void and of no legal effect unless it has been: (a) approved by the Minister in accordance with the process specified in section 6; and (b) registered in the Land Records Office.This Act also inserts a new part on the lease of State land and declaration of the Minister of State land as a World Heritage Site and land as a public reserve. Public reserves may be, among other things: (a) a nature reserve; (b) a special purpose reserve; (c) the protection of a water supply; (h) a river. The Act places restrictions on the lease of public reserves.
Amends: Land Reform Act (Cap. 123). (1988)
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Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.
Vanuatu is a parliamentary republic.