24 Feb 2012

Crafar farm protesters 'don't represent whole tribe'

10:44 pm on 24 February 2012

The chairman of a King Country iwi says members of his Maori tribe protesting on one of the Crafar farms do not represent the views of the whole iwi.

Some tribal members of Ngati Rereahu set up camp on the side of the highway north of Benneydale on Monday demanding that the Crown return their ancestral whenua, which they have been arguing for 126 years.

The property is one of the 16 North Island farms offered to Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin.

The High Court on 15 February this year ordered the Overseas Investment Office to reconsider its recommendation that the sale to Shanghai Pengxin be approved.

Ngati Rereahu chairman Phillip Crown says the stance taken by the protesters does not necessarily reflect the rest of the tribe.