You will be aware of the illegal occupation of privately owned freehold land at Taipa by relatives of Hone Harawiri and I was encouraged by the Prime Minister's unequivocal condemnation of the occupation at his Post-Cabinet News Conference earlier this week.
One has to wonder why the legal owner did not immediately move to have the protesters ejected from the site. The longer they are allowed to stay the more entrenched they will become.
That aside, I am particularly concerned that Professor Margaret Mutu has given her tacit endorsement to the occupation.
Professor Mutu is of course the Chief Negotiator for Ngati Kahu in their Treaty Claim which is in an advanced stage with the Crown due to sign an 'Agreement in Principal' at Ahipara tomorrow (Saturday).
Privately owned freehold land is sacrosanct and if the signatories to any agreement are not prepared to acknowledge and accept that then you (we) are left with nothing.
If Professor Mutu is not prepared to disassociate herself from the illegal occupation than you should call off the ceremony.
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