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Fiji moves to put handbrake on tabua exports

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 20, 2020
Anyone who plans to take the traditional tabua or whale’s tooth out of Fiji will now be required to seek the government’s consent.
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The ministry of iTaukei Affairs said the restriction is being introduced because of concerns that there are more of the traditional artefact are circulating abroad than in Fiji itself.

Topics: Fiji

The ministry said said over 1000 tabua had been taken out of the country in the past five years and the current annual export quota of 225 has been exhausted.

Curator Marika Tuiwawa said while the reduction in export quota has been effective, there are still many tabua being taken out of the country.

Tuiwawa said a new proposal is to have a licensed tabua shop to ensure all tabua exports are regulated.

This would require buyers to have consent from the government to take the tabua out of Fiji, he said.