Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jul 30, 2020 4:39:05 GMT 12
'HUGE STEP FORWARD' - HAPU WELCOME PROPOSAL TO RETURN MATAKANA ISLAND LAND TAKEN BY CROWN
A proposal to return 172 hectares of land on Matakana Island has been mostly applauded in the Bay of Plenty.
Under the proposal, 172 hectares of land would be returned to five hapu of Matakana, seven hectares would become a council-owned reserve and the beach would still be accessible to the public.
Lawyer and former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister, Chris Finlayson, welcomed the proposal.
“Well I think that's actually not a bad idea, the council have a lot of land, much of it is surplus, much of it may be sites that are of great significance to iwi and hapu and so to the extent that there's a precedent, maybe it could see other councils to take a fresh look at some of this stuff and act in a creative way while at all time preserving public access,” Mr Finlayson said.......