Northern News : December 15th 2010
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Phone 0800 920 029 PRE-SEASON SUPER RUGBY 5PM FRIDAY 4 FEB 2011 KERIKERI DOMAIN v HURRICANES Email email@example.com GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT Iwi should pay rates -- mayor By RICHARD EDMONDSON LAND returned to Muriwhenua tribes as part of Treaty of Waitangi settle- ment packages should be liable for rates, Far North mayor Wayne Brown says. Chief Crown negotiator for treaty settlements Pat Sned- den told councillors last week that five iwi will gain the 22,000-hectare Aupouri State Forest under an agreement signed with the Crown. Other commercial redress measures included in the agreement likely to be settled next year include the transfer of seven Landcorp farms with a combined size of 14,648 hectares. Mr Brown told Mr Snedden that the council struggled to collect rates on Maori land, especially where there were hundreds of owners. Maori were also putting land under ownership arrangements that did not allow the council to levy rates. Our staff are guiding Maori into non-rateable models of ownership.'' He was concerned that Muriwhenua iwi would use similar tactics to avoid pay- ing rates on the forest and Landcorp farms which were successful commercial enterprises. Those farms and forests are major producers of truck volumes and most of our money goes on roads.'' Maori needed to accept their responsibilities as citizens and ratepayers if they wanted to be fully involved in governing the dis- trict,'' he said. They want to be around this table. Nobody comes and sits at this forum if they're not pay- ing their way.'' Mr Snedden said transfer- ring ownership of the forest and farms from Crown to iwi would not in itself change their rating status. He understood iwi would run the businesses as corpor- ate entities, posing a lower rates default risk to the coun- cil.He was prepared to facili- tate talks between the council and iwi about rating issues, but was confident they would be more willing to pay rates when the Crown had settled historic grievances. They get a whole different view post treaty settlement.'' Mr Snedden acknowledged that recent land protests at Taipa and Kaimaumau had damaged goodwill towards treaty claimants and reduced community consensus around settlement agreements. Such protests weren't uncommon in the final stages of the settlement process, he said. People have to give up the idea there's going to be more. That's a difficult place to be.'' Motorhome advantage Branding itself as a motorhome- friendly town, could boost Kaikohe's economy. Haruru Falls motorhome owner Rob Gorton told Far North district council- lors last week that businesses were leaving Queensland town Home Hill until it began catering for motor- homes. Providing fresh water, overnight parking areas and septic tank facilities helped attract visitors to the town which has a population of about 3000 and is 98 km south of Townsville. They put a sign at each end of the town saying, we welcome motor homes'.'' Businesses benefited from the growth in visitors, so showers and kitchens were provided for travellers without self-contained camper vans. Today, the town is popular with motorhome owners and backpackers looking for casual work in the sugarcane industry. Mr Gorton could see Kaikohe's econ- omy benefiting from a similar approach. The town already has motorhome septic tank facilities, but lacks a camping ground. Furious over theft of firewood Wood theft: RSA member Garry Newton with what's left of the oak firewood after last week's robbery. The theft of oak firewood from the Kaikohe RSA last week has left its manager furious and appealing for information about the robbery. RSA member John Beazley spent hours on Monday splitting logs from an old oak tree the association felled on its grounds about a month ago. The association was going to use the firewood, estimated at one or two truckloads, to heat its clubrooms next winter. It also planned to give some of the firewood to elderly widows. But the wood had disappeared when RSA staff came to work last Tuesday. Manager Linda Aarsen is angry over the theft after John gave up his time to split the logs unpaid. You can't publish what I would like to say to the person.'' She is also frustrated that the RSA, which is run by volunteers, has been a victim of crime again. We get broken into I don't know how many times a year. We've had to put security screens over the bar because all they want is alcohol.'' She asks anyone with infor- mation about the theft to call the RSA on 401-2368 or call the Kaikohe police on 405-2960.
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