March 10, 2013
No malice in Top Gear blunder
Far North iwi have now been drawn into the filming of a high speed car on Ninety Mile Beach.
Te Rūnanga ō Te Rarawa Chair says Far North District Council has apologised to the region’s iwi for failing to consult them on a request from the BBC’s Top Gear programme to do the filming.
He says the iwi are now part of the planning for making the beach safe during the shoot, which started this morning and goes through the week.
He says the failure to consult was either ineptitude or incompetence, but there was no malice in it.
The beach, Te Oneroa ā Tohe, is also called Ara Wairua, the path of the spirits.
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