The village of Sawani in Bua has resolved to sever ties with the tikina of Nadi, a move that could shake the traditional structure of the province.
The village is frustrated about poaching of marine resources in its traditional fishing ground.
The vanua of Sawani has made its intentions clear to the Native Land Commission in a letter.
The Turaga Ni Vanua of Sawani Emosi Tovuto says, they have made a traditional request to the Bulinavere who is the head of the tikina of Nadi, of their return to the tikina of Solevu.
According to elders, the vanua of Sawani was originally part of the Nabukebuke clan in Makolei, Solevu and traditional links still exist today.
This move by the village of Sawani is expected to create ripples across the province of Bua.
Villagers feel the respect for traditional rights just is not there anymore, eroding the once strong relations.
The Turaga ni Vanua of Sawani says, the vanua of Sawani relies on its marine resources to fund development projects.
Tovuto says his people are questioning the issuance of fishing licenses that has led to the alleged abuse of their fishing ground.
He says, approvals for licenses must be given first by the Sawani village Council, the tikina of Nadi Council and the Bulinavere.
The alleged poachers are after beach-de-mer and other sea cucmbers.
The Fisheries Officer In Nabouwalu Tomasi Cama has confirmed that twenty fishing licences have been issued so far this year to individuals of the tikina of Nadi with many more applications pending.
No applications have been received from Sawani village as yet.
An urgent meeting of the elders from the tikina of Nadi and relevant government agencies is scheduled to take place this week where its hoped the vanua of Sawani will have a change of heart.