May 29, 2013
Land grab not terminal for river trust
The trust that looks after Te Arawa interests in the Waikato River is sticking by chair Roger Pikia, despite his departure from the tribe’s commercial arm.
Mr Pikia stood down as Chief Executive of Te Arawa Group Holdings last month after a High Court judge found he had taken land from his grandmother without her consent.
Te Arawa River Iwi Trust Acting General Manager Wally Lee says the trust had considered Mr Pikia’s position and decided he would remain chairman.
Mr Pikia's aunt brought the High Court action as administrator of his grandmother’s estate after finding he had transferred two blocks at Reporoa into his own name in 1999 without the grandmother's knowledge or consent.
The court ordered him to return the properties to the estate and pay it any rental income he had collected.
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