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Written by Peter de Graaf, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011
Karikari Peninsula

A small Far North iwi has defeated a US billionaire in a David-and-Goliath battle over plans to build holiday homes on top of an ancient burial cave.

For more than a decade Ngati Kahu has been fighting plans by investment banker Paul Kelly to build homes overlooking undeveloped Karikari Beach, on Doubtless Bay's Karikari Peninsula, on top of a cave where they say the bones of Taite and other ancestors were laid.

Iwi members had mortgaged their homes and the runanga spent much of its budget in the ongoing legal battle, which suffered a setback last year when the court refused to halt work at the site.

Last week, however, the High Court sided with the iwi and quashed Far North District Council consents allowing the land to be subdivided and built on.

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