May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Court stops Ngunguru road land grab (Waatea News)

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The Maori Land Court has stymied plans to develop more than 300 sections on Northlands Ngunguru sandspit.

The court has turned down an application by a company owned by the Todd family to declare Maori land a public road.

Ngunguru Coastal Investments Limited, a company run for Todd family interests by former Sky City boss Evan Davies, owns land on the sandspit, with access via a private road across several Maori land blocks.

Without admitting any development plans, NCIL asked the court to recommend it become a public road vested in the Whangarei District Council.

Judge Andrew Spencer dismissed the application because it would alienate Maori land.

He also turned down NCILs bid to cancel a second private road which led to the back of its block.

He says that would remove access to about a dozen Maori blocks, as well as a five acre burial reserve on the sandspit.

Judge Spencer says the Maori Land Courts job is to protect wahi tapu and facilitate the utilisation and development of Maori land and those principles apply to everyone appearing in the court.

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