The Vaturisu Council of Chiefs on Efate in Vanuatu says it should have been included in a consultation group on the recently passed land management laws.
But the chairman of the Vaturisu Land Reform Commission, Levy Tarosa, says they are not surprised they have been left out given their opposition last year to the changes initiated by lands minister, Ralph Regenvanu.
Parliament has passed the legislation but gazetting has been put on hold until further consultations is held.
The Vaturisu chiefs have made 21 proposals which have not been taken up.
Mr Tarosa says now they are advocating the reforms be applied in a pilot scheme.
"To pilot the new lease customary land dispute resolution process and the new lease application process in the island community outside of Efate. To actually see the pros and cons of this new legislation and that's when we can argue with some real evidence of the weaknesses or the strength of this new process."
the chairman of the Vaturisu Land Reform Commission, Levy Tarosa,