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Protesting iwi occupy Crafar farm

Published: 6:47AM Tuesday February 21, 2012 Source: ONE News

A group of King Country Maori have occupied one of the 16 Crafar farms in protest of their sale to Chinese investors.

Half a dozen Maori from the rere-ahu iwi have set up camp on the farm just outside of Benneydale, to the west of Taupo.

The group says they are one of the iwi connected to rival bidders Crafar Farms Purchase Group, led by Sir Michael Fay.

Protesters claim the farms are their ancestral land and they should be returned to the rereahu iwi.

Chinese bidder Shanghai Pengxin had been given Government approval to buy the 16 farms for a reported $210 million last month.

But, the High Court in Wellington has ordered a review of the decision after a challenge was made Fay, local farmers and iwi groups.