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Written by Tim Donoghue, The Independent / Option4   
Monday, 10 April 2006

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters' Ngati Wai iwi is suing Conservation Minister Chris Carter and the Department of Conservation (DoC) for its handling of consultation issues in Northland about marine reserves and offshore islands.

Peters' brother, Wayne Peters, says Ngati Wai has filed papers in the High Court at Whangarei seeking a judicial review of actions taken by the minister and his department in designating marine reserves.

Among Ngati Wai concerns is the handling by DoC and Carter of the Great Barrier Island marine reserve proposal.

Several Ngati Rehua people, who are part of the Ngati Wai iwi, live on the island.

Wayne Peters said the judicial review application had also precipitated declarations about the Crown actions with other entities, including the Poor Knights Islands.

Ngati Wai elder Hori Te Moanaroa Parata told The Independent there was "a lot of feeling" behind the litigation.

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