With the system of counting every Fiji person in a tribe that leases out part of their land, it means teenagers and children as well, if they each open an account. However the PM reckons children ought to wait until they are 18. Wouldn't the money be useful to pay school fees?
The new system hasn't worked well for some families. Whereas the old system meant more for leaders who needed the money for their leadership obligations, now a child can be reckoned to get the same as their chief - perhaps their grandfather! Lease money now comes in bits of $40 or so instead of $100s or $1000s to be shared by the decisions of the mataqali who met to discuss the need for school fees, boats, housing, etc - a shared decision for the betterment of the family network.
from Fiji Times: