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Written by Mike Dinsdale, The Northen Advocate   
Thursday, 30 December 2010

Malcolm Pullman (c) from Friends of Matapouri & 9-mth-old Athalia Saunders, being held by grandmother Jenny McMath, celebrate a High Court victory with members of Te Rangiwhakaahu Hapu CharitableTrust Photo / John Stone

It was a Christmas celebration to remember at Matapouri as a High Court victory returned a piece of wahi tapu land to public ownership after 40 years.

And in a bizarre twist to the case, the Crown has already paid a family $3.5 million for the piece of Otito Reserve the High Court has now found it owned all along.

The Crown paid $3.5 million for 0.9ha of the 1.1ha property previously owned by the Ringer family. Friends of Matapouri and Te Whanau o Rangiwhakaahu Hapu Charitable Trust lodged High Court action against the Department of Conservation, Land Information NZ and the then Attorney-General over the land in 2008.

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