customary land

Establish facts before buying land: PPC

Provincial police commander, Superintendent Albert Beli, made this remark after police arrested a Mussau Island man for tricking a couple into giving him K20,000 for a piece of block.

The 35-year-old Mussau man was apprehended by Konos police on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023.

Supt Beli said people should reason things out; and establish facts before attempting to purchase a commodity as rare as land.

“No individual owns traditional land in Papua New Guinea; a clan does,” he stated.

Paper on Customary Land Bankability released

In Papua New Guinea (PNG), the full economic potential of land is not being realised because majority of the land is customarily owned and difficult to access due to complications surrounding customary land tenure such as ongoing and recurring disputes over boundaries and ownership. Apart from this, customary land titles (leases) are not considered as adequate for security (collateral) for banks to extend credit. This is a barrier to investment, income-earning opportunities, and furthermore, socioeconomic development.

Clans in Madang sign Conservation Deed

A Conservation Deed (CD) was signed by two clans from Sumgilbar Local Level Government area in the Sumkar District of Madang Province to protect their land and natural resources.

Differences were put aside on August 2, 2023, when Ameng and Munuiguwin clans from Simbukanam village agreed to work together to protect their land and natural resources.

The Bismark Ramu Group (BRG) has initially been supporting them through conservation awareness, resulting in the development and signing of an initial Conservation Deed.

New customary land campaign launched

This is to help address the urgent need for better information at all levels of society about customary land, its values and threats.

Customary land is the most valuable asset to most Papua New Guineans buts its role and importance are often misunderstood, especially by outsiders.

VIDEO: Three hidden values of customary land

If the landowners have a case they can successfully sue the government and be compensated accordingly.

A report was presented by Dr Anderson of the University of Sydney, in Port Moresby today.

Dr Anderson stressed that the framework for assessing compensation is not a pricing formula, but to assist landholders look at the variation in damages and lost production values that SABLs have caused.


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No customary land to be bought: Maru

That is the guarantee from Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Richard Maru.

Maru is the local Member for Yangoru-Saussia Electorate, the location of the SEZ Project in East Sepik Province.

He said the project will start at Kanuki, which is a State land.

“Government is not interested in buying your land; we want to empower you to engage in business opportunities,” Maru said.

He appealed to his people not to believe rumours on social media that the government will take all their land.  

Pastor’s false pretense case dismissed

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika in dismissing the case said it was a waste of the court’s time as Pastor Nou Mase, from Pari village had legal title as the owner of the customary land.

A trial was conducted today with the complainant, William Gari and his wife, Louisa giving evidence in court against Mase.

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Police apprehend suspect in Gr 10 student killing

A quick response by Lae Police has seen the apprehension of the main suspect involved in the killing of a student at Bumayong Lutheran Secondary School last Friday.


PM O’Neill: It is not wise to sell customary land

PM O’Neill: It is not wise to sell customary land

The Prime Minister made the comments when officiating at the opening of Madang Resort’s new Wenong AB accommodation wing last week.

“Don’t sell customary land, you should register it to maintain continued ownership for our future generations,” advised the PM.

“If you start selling land, the future of our kids is not there anymore.

“Landowners are better served by leasing their land to collect rent that will have more beneficial long-term value and keeps the land for the people.

Woodlark islanders to reclaim customary land

The whole Woodlark Island is an alienated land which means it is State land.

Woodlark Island has a population of over 6,000 people from eight different clans.

Minister for Lands and Physical Planning Benny Allan said the people have been living on State land and they belong to that island.

In 2014, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill directed the Department through Minister Allan to work on the Woodlark land and solve the issue and try to return the land back to the people.