Government buying Ihumātao land is like "opening Pandora's Box"

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 20 Nov 2019, 12:59PM
Protestor at Ihumātao. (Photo / Getty)

Government buying Ihumātao land is like "opening Pandora's Box"

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 20 Nov 2019, 12:59PM

National Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith joins Kerre McIvor to talk about the Government's consideration of buying back the land at Ihumātao from Fletchers.

National believe a $40 million payment from the Crown to purchase Ihumātao will open up full and final treaty settlements with the relitigating of previous claims.

Construction of nearly five-hundred houses has been halted by protesters occupying the site - which is ancestral land that was confiscated.

National finance spokesman Paul Goldsmith says it's a complete muddle.

"The president that it sends is private land is now no longer secure and full and final settlements can be re-litigated, and that would have very negative consequences."