Ihumātao land should be returned
Well I never. When Cindy made her stupid decision to stop any development of private land to give the Maoris a chance to talk about what they want, who would have thought they would come back with this decision.
We want the land back but do not want to pay for it. They have said mana whenua agree the return of land was “outside of the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process” and called for an “innovative and modern solution that does not financially disadvantage iwi”.
Never mind about the taxpayer who they expect to stump up with the cash to recompense Fletchers, the rightful owners.
And then we have Winston, back from the dead, saying this
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters responded by saying the Government welcomed the statement.
“We thank Kingi Tūheitia for his work on this, the intention of the Prime Minister in seeking for the work on the land to stop was for the Kingitanga to play a facilitative role,” he said.
Peters said the Government was happy to join the discussions on the future of the land.
“As we go through the process we are mindful of heritage claims, precedent issues and the commercial interests in the site.
“We look forward to discussions that involve all parties to find a resolution to these matters.”
Since when is it anything to do with the taxpayer? Fletchers are the rightful owners. If the Maori want it back, stump up with the cash yourselves and leave the taxpayers alone.