Namara houses being dismantled for the shift to the new land.
In October 2013 the long awaited resettlement of the landless community in Namara finally begun. The families have been moved to a temporary site while the sale of the new land come through, and upgrades start on their old land. As with many resettlement projects in developing countries, the place that communities have called home since birth, is now no more. The move to the new land should be completed by the end of 2016. A new journey has begun for the Namara Community.
The Namara Story
Many years ago the Namara people were given a section of land to utilise by the traditional landowners through the vakavanua systems (verbal agreements between forefathers). Now the land has been purchased by Housing Authority and is being subdivided for development.
The 10 families (about 50 people) remained on the land after the sale hoping to be able to stay there, however it soon became apparent they would need to relocate.
The sale & purchase of 82 lots in the neighbouring Tacirua East subdivision has been completed. However due to continuing adverse weather conditions experienced in the area, upgrading works and landscaping in parts of the allotted area has been delayed.
Currently, developers have been working around the clock using heavy duty machinery to complete development and subdivide the Tacirua/Namara area by 2013. The final relocation is expected to take a few years.
This is the 5th year of this project, but Namara still requires your support to enable the relocation of the families.
Photo: Jone Kaimai standing at the new site for the ten households in the Tacirua Subdivision. Jone has been residing in Mara since birth (51 years). The continuous rattling sounds of the heavy machines developing the new sites late at night have been creating a nightmare. Sooner or later he will be forced to leave his present home. He is thankful to the Anglican Church for the assistance to enable him to acquire a block of land in order for him to build a permanent house for his family so that he can call it home for the rest of his life.
In 2004 the Housing Authority were given the lease to the Namara land by the Native Land Trust Board to develop the land and plan to create a thousand lots with sealed roads, water, sewer and power. Provision has also been made for a number of churches and community places in the development. An area was identified for the Anglican families which would be close to one of the designated church sites. While this is a potentially wonderful opportunity for the families this development comes at a cost. Negotiations have been held with the Housing Authority with the aim of purchasing lots for the families who are living below the poverty line. While development continues the families are able to remain living there. However once the development is completed (expected by June 2012) the families must either purchase a lot or face eviction.
Photos of Namara