27 Feb 2018

Samoa customary lands safe says Law Reform Commission

7:57 am on 27 February 2018

The chief executive of Samoa's Law Reform Commission has dismissed claims that customary lands are being alienated by a 2008 law.

Telei'ai Lagipoiva Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo Seumanutafa said the Lands and Titles Registration Act 2008 states the alienation of customary land is prohibited.

She said the Customary Land Lease Registry shows that in 80 percent of Samoa's customary land, only 1-point-5 percent is under a customary lease.

Telei'ai recently raised the subject at a conference held in New Zealand recently.