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

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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