January 27, 2013
Fire attack on Matauri rescue plan
Attempts to salvage the fortunes of a far north land incorporation have been set back by arson.
A building used as a sales office on a Matauri Bay development was burned to the ground in a suspicious fire early on Saturday morning.
The Matauri X Incorporation is trying to find buyer for beachfront sections so it can clear a runaway debt incurred when a previous management committee borrowed money to invest in a water bottling scheme which failed.
Resident and former MP Dover Samuels believes the fire was the work of a faction opposed to the development.
Kua tahuna ā Matauri ki te kāpura
Kua raruraru te hiahia o tētahi Uepū ō te rohe ō Matauri ki te whakaora i a rātou anō, i te ringa tahu ahi ō te nanakia. Nō te ata ō te Rāhoroi nei i wera ai te tari o te Uepū ō Matauri X i te ahi, me te aha, ko te heitara i tēnei wā, nā te nanakia i tahu.
E pūnganangana ana te Uepū ō Matauri X ki te kimi kaihoko i ngā whenua taha moana o te rohe, kia tāea ai e ia ana taurewa maha ō roto i ngā tau te patu.
Hei taa Dover Samuels, kaitōrangapū ō mua, kainoho hoki ki Matauri, e whakapae ana ia, nā tētahi tangata e whakahē ana i te hokotanga ō ngā whenua nei, te ahi i tahu.
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