Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson has told a Maori protest group in the Northland town of Taipa they can "go to hell".
Hone, from Stuff
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira said he was disappointed Mr Finlayson had spoken "so disparagingly" about the protesters.
"They are simply seeking the return of lands clearly identified by the Waitangi tribunal as having been improperly taken in the past," he said.
"They have been very respectful even when being abused themselves."The group has re-occupied land in Taipa, a week after they were moved on from a previous occupation on a section next door. The taking over of ancestorial land and building whare is an effective resistance tool as we are seeing up in Taipa. I support this action and this example is a showing lessons that we can all take on board.
From Radio NZ
Protesters moved back on to Taipa Point on Tuesday and are setting up camp on private land, next to the council reserve they were evicted from last week.
And Margaret Mutu states,
Ngati Kahu negotiator Margaret Mutu said on the iwi's website in March that she told a hui "the current settlement cannot be full and final because it does not return all our lands".
Prof Mutu said a 1997 Waitangi Tribunal report agreed that Ngati Kahu's title to the Taipa Point land had never been extinguished.It is pretty clear that this is their land - give it back as i state in this post.
Far North District Council spokeswoman Alison Lees said the land was given to the council in parts in 1928 and 1963.
Give this land back. And as for finlayson - grow up and start treating people with a bit of respect.