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Other Coastlines - The Rest
Written by Robyn Janes, Close Up, TV1   
Wednesday, 05 March 2008

It's a small town dispute over the foreshore that's escalated into claims of abuse and violence. On one side a kuia in her sixties who seems to believe she's got a mandate from the queen. On the other, well pretty much the whole town and now it's getting violent. The local mayor claims the kuia's assaulted him and he says someone could get seriously hurt if she's not stopped. So what's going on in the tiny seaside town of Marokopa?

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