Waitara leasehold land plan still far from a done deal

Thursday 1 April 2004

Crown involvement in the Waitara leasehold land proposal is far from a done deal.

By The Landlord

Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Margaret Wilson made that position clear yesterday after the New Plymouth District Council vote on Tuesday night.

The council resolved to sell the 146ha of land to the Government, which in turn would add it to its Treaty settlement with Te Atiawa.

Mayor Peter Tennent said there had been plenty of dialogue between the council and the Government, including Prime Minister Helen Clark and he was confident the proposal would go ahead.

But that plan ran into several snags yesterday.

It started with Ms Wilson saying there were issues still to be worked through between the Crown and the council.

Then New Plymouth lawyer Dennis King filed a statement of claim in the High Court against the NPDC on behalf of the Waitara Leaseholders Association.

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