to claim land
Manawatū-based iwi Ngāti Kauwhata wants to be an equal partner in decisions about KiwiRail’s proposed rail freight development close to Aorangi Marae.
Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngāti Kauwhata chairman Dennis Emery told the commissioners hearing KiwiRail’s plans to designate 177 hectares for the freight centre there required adequate consultation before plans were approved.
He said iwi did not agree with the site between Palmerston North Airport and Bunnythorpe, and did not want to commit to any conditions that might be attached to a designation yet.
“We will not allow KiwiRail to capture us, [so] that they can just tick the brown box.”
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