December 10, 2020
$2 million Shelly Bay case in doubt
A group occupying a former defense base on Wellington harbour says it has been left stranded by the withdrawal of its allies from its high Court challenge.
Mau Whenua spokesperson Catherine Love says lawyers for the allied parties filed a memorandum this morning notifying the Court they would stop funding the case on December 18.
The case, challenging Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust’s sale of land at Shelly Bay to developer Ian Cassels, is due to be heard in March.
Mau Whenua has been supported by Miramar business interests and filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson.
Dr Love says she acknowledged the effects of COVID on the film industry and the difficult decisions Mau Whenua allies and supporters have been forced to make.
She says Mau Whenua is exploring alternative options for raising the estimated $2.2m required to continue the case.
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