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January 1956
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LEX-FAOC035345
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An Ordinance to provide for title and registration of rights in native land. Subject to the provisions of this Ordinance native land shall not be alienated, whether by sale, gift, lease or otherwise, to a person who is not a native. The Chief Lands Officer shall appoint a native lands Registrar for every register of native lands. No lease or sub-lease of any native land shall be valid until it has been approved and registered according with the provisions of this Ordinance. The Ordinance provides also for the survey of lands.

Amended by: Native Lands (Amendment) Act 1983. (1983-08-12)
Amended by: Native Lands (Amendment)(No. 2) Act 1983. (1983-08-12)
Amended by: Native Lands (Amendment) Act 2000 (No. 1 of 2000). (2000-07-09)
Amended by: Native Lands (Amendment) (No 1) Act (No. 14 of 1983). (1983-08-12)
Amended by: Native Lands (Amendment) Act 2010 (No. 8 of 2010). (2010)
Amended by: Native Lands (Amendment) Act 2011 (No. 1 of 2011). (2011-09-04)

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Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted.

Vanuatu is a parliamentary republic.

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