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Rural Carpenters Training Begins in Vanua Levu

28 April, 2017

SUVA – The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management this week commenced a training programme in Naweni, Cakaudrove for rural carpenters from around Vanua Levu.

While the training will up skill carpenters in rural communities and teach them ‘build back better’ techniques, it will also qualify participants to construct houses under Government’s Rural Housing Assistance Scheme.
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Permanent Secretary for Itaukei Affairs, Naipote Katonitabu, pictured in Naweni Village with participants from all around Vanua Levu on Day 1 of the Rural Carpenters Training

Addressing participants at the launching of the training, Permanent Secretary for Itaukei Affairs, Mr. Naipote Katonitabua said that the training programme is in line with Government’s vision to see rural communities build structures that are able to withstand cyclonic conditions and other extreme weather events brought by climate change.

Speaking in the iTaukei language, Mr. Katonitabua said that the 20 participants were fortunate to be the first group to benefit and that the programme would roll out in the other locations around Fiji.

With much of Fiji’s rural communities having basic knowledge and experience in basic carpentry, the training will address gaps in understanding of national building codes and in knowledge of safer and more durable structures.

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Participants pictured during a practical session. Part of the practical is the construction of a 24x16 cyclone resistant, durable home

Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, said that the practical for the training involves the construction of one house with the use of Government’s Rural Housing 24x16 house plan which has proved cyclone resistant during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

He said the training in Naweni covers the Northern Division and has participants from Cakaudrove, Macuata, and Bua.

Three more trainings will be conducted each in the Eastern, Western, and Central Divisions in the coming weeks.

Government has provided a sum of $231,000 to the Ministry for the training of rural carpenters in the current financial year.


The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management coordinates and implements the Fijian Government’s rural and maritime development initiatives with a mission to empower Fiji’s rural sector. We are also responsible for the national disaster management strategy focusing on building resilient communities. We have offices in each of Fiji’s 14 provinces leading the Fijian Government’s rural development and disaster management operations. For more information about the Ministry and its work visit: www.ruraldev.gov.fj.

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