Andrea Fox at Stuff reports:
Maori are promising the “biggest hikoi New Zealand has ever seen” following the Government’s second green light for a sale of the 8000-hectare Crafar dairy farming estate to Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin.
I do wish the term “Maori” would not be used when talking about presumably one person or Iwi.
Meanwhile, central North Island iwi who are part of Sir Michael Fay’s court action against the sale have confirmed they are talking to Pengxin in the hope of buying three of the 16 farms from the company.
As one can see, there is far from a common view.
Nigel Baker – who represents a group within the Taupo region’s Ngati Tuwharetoa iwi, which is part of Fay’s group and has met Pengxin twice seeking to buy the 1700-hectare Tauhara Crafar farm – considered ancestral land, said there would be a “very strong” Maori backlash against the latest land sale to foreigners.
But details of the protest action, which would be against the wider sovereignty issue of the sale of land to foreigners, were still secret, he said.
“This is an issue for all New Zealanders. It will be the biggest hikoi this country has ever seen.”
What a wonderful idea. A hikoi to allow Sir Michael Fay to buy up farms on the cheap.Tags: Crafar, foreign investment