Post by Kiwi Frontline on Feb 20, 2019 16:14:35 GMT 12
DOC WANTS OUT OF ITS LAKE LEASE
The Department of Conservation (DoC) is not interested in renewing the Waikaremoana lakebed lease.
Te Uru Taumatua and Te Urewera Board chairman Tamati Kruger said DoC had informed Wairoa Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board and Te Uru Taumatua to this effect.
The 50-year iwi-Crown lakebed lease was due for renewal in July 2017.
The Government held a right of renewal but the lease has still not been renewed.
Instead DoC is managing its activities at Waikaremoana on a month-to-month basis.
“The lakebed is Maori freehold land leased by the Crown from the Tuhoe Charitable Trust (72 percent ownership) and the Wairoa-Waikaremoana Maori Trust Board (28 percent ownership),” said Mervyn English, Department of Conservation spokesman on Tuhoe, Te Urewera and Waikaremoana matters.......