Land dispute stalls building of 32 weaving houses in Vava’u

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A drafted design of the weaving houses to be built in Vava'u 16

A dispute over a parcel of land given to build a new weaving house in Ha’alaufuli has delayed a building project which was launched in Vava’u last week.

Two communities from the towns of Ha’alaufuli and Leimātu’a had been picked to kick start the project with two weaving houses to be built in their respective communities.

They were joined by other communities in Vava’u 16 on Friday in a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony to mark the start of work on the project which undertook to build 32 weaving houses in the electorate.

The circumstances surrounding the land dispute were not immediately clear.

However, it is understood it was part of a conflict over land ownership.

The project was initiated by former Vava’u 16 MP ‘Etuate Lavulavu and it was now monitored by his wife MP ‘Akosita Lavulavu.

MP Lavulavu said the project aimed at assisting women’s weaving as it was one of the main sources of income for Vava’u.

The two houses were funded by various sponsors including the Tongan government and some Tongan citizens living overseas, MP Lavulavu has reported on Facebook.

Each house, which was 4.6m wide and 9.14m long, is equipped with toilet and bathroom.

Ms Lavulavu told Kaniva News this evening she was currently in a meeting and she would get back to us as soon as she can.

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  1. Kuo hoko ha fakakikihi ‘i ha konga kelekele ne foaki ke langa ai ha fale lālanga fo’ou ‘i Ha’alaufuli ke tautoloi ha polōseki anga fale fo’ou ne huufi he uike kuo ‘osi ‘i Vava’u.

    Na’e unuhi ha ongo komiunitī ‘e ua mei Ha’alaufuli mo Leimātu’a ke kamata’i ai ‘a e polōseki ni ‘o na taki taha pe fale.

    Ne nau kaungākau fakataha ai mo hona kāinga kehe mei he ngaahi vāhenga ‘o Vava’u 16 hono ma’alali ‘o e polōseki ni ‘a ia kuo tukupā ke ne langa ha fale lālanga fo’ou ‘e 32 he vāhenga fili ni.

    Na’e ‘ikai mahino leva ‘a e ‘ātakai ne tupu ai ‘a e fakakikihi ko ‘eni.

    Ka ko e me’a kuo mahino mai ko e konga ‘eni ‘o ha fekihiaki ‘i he totonu ki hono ma’u ‘o e kelekele.

    Ko e polōseki ko ‘eni ko e kamata’i ia ‘e he Mēmipa Fale Alea ki mu’a ‘o Vava’u 16 ‘Etuate Lavulavu pea na’e hoko’i atu ‘eni ‘e hono hoa ka ko e Mēmipa Fale Alea lolotonga ia ‘o e feitu’uni ko ‘Akosita Lavulavu.

    Ko e ongo fale ko ‘eni kuo fai’aki ‘a hono kamata ‘o e polōseki ni ko e fakapa’anga ia ‘e he kau siponisoa kehekehe pe kau ai ‘a e pule’anga Tonga mo e kakai Tonga nofo muli, ko hano līpooti ia ‘e Mēmipa Fale Alea Lavulavu he Feisipuka.

    ‘Oku fe’unga mo e mita ‘e 4.6 ‘a e fālahi ‘o e fale pea mita ‘e 9.14 ‘a hono lōloa pea fakanaunau ‘aki ha toileti mo ha fale kaukau.