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Written by Dargaville & Districts News   
Monday, 27 April 2009

BATTLEGROUND NORTHLAND: Te Uri O Hau Waiotea Marae representative Mikaera Miru stands on a piece of cleared land at Sandy Beach, Tinopai.

According to Maori the next land war is about to erupt over plans by Carter Holt Harvey to subdivide a 429ha piece of Northland's west coast land at Tinopai into lifestyle blocks.

"We will stop them from building houses, we will stop them from building roads, we will stop them from building anything on the land," says local iwi Te Uri O Hau Waiotea Marae spokesman Mikaera Miru.

The land comprising 12 rural lifestyle lots and one balance lot, located at Kaipara's idyllic Tinopai, is just over two hours north of Auckland.

This area is said to be important to the iwi who say it needs to be protected as it contains 20 million year old fossils and traditional food gathering areas.

The group also have concerns over sedimentation and the ongoing desecration of the land.

Mr Miru says what happened in the Moutoa Gardens (1995 Maori occupation of the gardens) in Wanganui, exactly the same thing will happen here.

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