Land sacred except when we want to sell it to foreigners, Ctd

I have had a clarification on the details I blogged earlier regarding Te Uri o Hau that sold 230 hectares of their 616 hectare forest at Te Arai beach, near Mangawhai, to American financier and golf enthusiast Ric Kayne.

Hi Cameron, just re: your post on Te Uri o Hau and Te Arai, the point about that land was that the hapu wasn’t given the land back in its settlement – it purchased it as part of its settlement.  The key points of that bit of land are:

  • This land was not a ‘cultural asset’ (Treaty settlement jargon, sorry).  The 616 hectares is a low value pine forest which was purchased by Te Uri o Hau as a commercial asset for economic redress in its 2002 Treaty settlement. It was purchased with the explicit intention of developing it and on-selling it.
  • Te Uri o Hau manages all its commercial assets (whatever those assets might be) in a way which delivers the highest economic value back to the hapu and, ultimately, to its beneficiaries.  That is what is happening in terms of its ongoing interests at Te Arai.

That makes much more sense that what was reported by the MSM. In those regards it seems that the Trustees are acting very prudently and in a proper commercial manner, something this blog supports wholeheartedly.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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