April 30, 2014
SOE switch leaves iwi in cold
The chair of Northland iwi Ngati Wai sees Mighty River Power’s proposal to sell land at Marsden Point as a betrayal of years of consultation and negotiation.
Haydn Edmond say local iwi Ngati Wai and Patu Harakeke were disposed of land in the Ruakaka area, and the land the company is now declaring surplus is one of the few crown blocks that could be available under the treaty settlement process.
He says the shift of Mighty River Power from a state owned enterprise to the new mixed ownership model means the board and ministers now seem to feel they can rip up treaty protections and pursue the top dollar, leaving iwi behind once more.
"The new extended footprint of the Whangarei region is heading for the port and so there’s a huge subdivision down there targeted as the Marsden city and it’s right there in Patu Harakeke, Ngati Wai’s area so we do have concerns that dialogue ceased," Mr Edmonds says.
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