16 May 2012

Officialdom worried about precedent says land campaigner

6:55 pm on 16 May 2012

A Maori woman living in Sydney says she believes officialdom is scared to consider returning a piece of land to Maori and the local Aboriginal people or even discuss it, because they feel it could open a flood-gate of similar claims in Australia.

Jennifer Holt-Alexander is heading a campaign asking the Parramata City Council to return a piece of land she says was gifted to Maori by the Reverend Samuel Marsden 200-years ago.

The Rangihou Reserve is owned by the council which wants to sell it for $25 million.

Ms Holt-Alexander says every time she approaches the council or members of parliament, she just gets stone-walled.

She says this means they are running scared.