Of course they do

No surprises in this story about maori with their hand out in another case of brown-mail:

The iwi that owns Lake Taupo is looking to charge Ironman New Zealand competitors about $56,000 for use of the lake during the swim leg of the endurance triathlon.

The proposed levy by Ngati Tuwharetoa would be about $40 a head for competitors, who have already paid at least $785 each to enter this year’s event, in which about 1450 people will take part next month. 

It is understood Ironman NZ officials will meet iwi trust board members tomorrow to discuss the proposal.

Race officials would not comment specifically on the levy proposal.

“It may be a matter of sitting down with the board and discussing what is required,” a race spokesman said.

Ngati Tuwharetoa spokesman Glen Inwood said the trust board was not in a position to discuss how much was being sought by the iwi.

“There are ongoing discussions with event organisers which are commercially sensitive.”


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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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