22 Jun 2018

Dispute with overseas farm owner about public access

From Afternoons, 1:29 pm on 22 June 2018

An argument over access rights to a Wairarapa farm has erupted with the Chinese owner refusing to allow the public to walk across the property to a DOC hut. 

The deadlocked situation is now going to independent mediation for resolution, the first time that's happened where an owner hasn't agreed to the overseas investment office recommendations. 

Chief Executive of the New Zealand Walking Access Commission, Eric Pyle, explains what's been happening on the Kawakawa station at Cape Palliser and the wider issue of public access on private land.

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Photo: Walking Access Commission