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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.

Source: CIA World Factbook

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Legislation
January, 2013
Vanuatu

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; function

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Constitution
December, 1980
Vanuatu

The constitution was drafted by Constitutional Planning Committee and finalised by a constitutional conference. It was ratified by the British and French governments.

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An Ordinance to restrict the alienation of non-native land.

Legislation
December, 1974
Oceania, Kiribati

Non-native land shall not be alienated, whether by sale, gift, lease or otherwise, unless at least 6 weeks before the alienation notice thereof has been served on the Minister, who may inform the intended vendor that the Crown wishes to acquire the interest intended to be alienated.. Where the Minister and the vendor are unable to agree on terms of transfer the land in question shall be deemed for the purposes of the Crown Acquisition of Lands Ordinance to be required for a public purpose.

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Legislation
January, 1956
Kiribati

An Ordinance to provide for title and registration of rights in native land. Subject to the provisions of this Ordinance native land shall not be alienated, whether by sale, gift, lease or otherwise, to a person who is not a native. The Chief Lands Officer shall appoint a native lands Registrar for every register of native lands. No lease or sub-lease of any native land shall be valid until it has been approved and registered according with the provisions of this Ordinance. The Ordinance provides also for the survey of lands.

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Legislation
Vanuatu, Oceania

The Schedule to the Land Leases Act is further amended by the repeal of subparagraph (b) of paragraph 3 and the substitution therefore of the following paragraph:"(b) The Government, any Local Government Council, any Municipal Council and the National Housing Corporation shall be exempted from payment of any fees under this Act."

Amends: Land Leases Act (Cap. 163). (1988)

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Legislation
Vanuatu, Oceania

A new section is inserted which prescribes that it shall be implied in every registered lease created prior to a specified date or created on or after the relevant date an agreement between the lessee and the lessor to the effect that lessee shall not dispose of the leased land or part thereof or interest comprised therewith without the previous written consent of the lessor, and the lessor shall not withhold such consent by the unreasonably.

Amends: Land Leases Act (Cap. 163). (1988)

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Legislation
Vanuatu, Oceania

This Act amends the Strata Titles Act by inserting two new sections: section 1A provides that provisions of the Strata Titles Act that relate to a strata plan that contains a subdivision of land, apply only to a strata plan that contains a subdivision of land which was registered before the commencement of the Strata Titles (Amendment) Act 2013; section 1B prohibits a strata plan from containing any subdivision of land and prohibits registration of a strata plan that contains a subdivision.

Amends: Strata Titles Act (Cap. 266). (2006)

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Legislation
Vanuatu, Oceania

Sections 10, 11, 12 and 13 of the principal Act are repealed by this Act. The repeal of sections 10, 11, 12 and 13 of the principal Act shall not affect: (a) any declaration, order, or rule made, certificate authority or permit granted, registration effected or other thing done; or (b) any right, privilege, obligation or liability acquired, accrued or incurred. Section 9 is amended accordingly.

Amends: Land Reform Act (Cap. 123). (1988)

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Legislation
Vanuatu, Oceania

An Act to provide for matters relating to land within urban areas or urban communities declared by Order of the Minister in accordance with sections 2 and 3. The leases on land situated within urban communities are transferable freely between natural persons and/or bodies corporate subject to the following provisions: (a) all applications for the transfer of leases shall continue to be submitted to the Ministry of Lands for approval with copies given to the custom owners or their legal representative, or to the Municipality in the case of public land.

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