Ngāti Whātua has confirmed they are seeking clarification through the courts on its right of first refusal over surplus Crown land in Auckland.
The iwi has filed a statement of claim in the Auckland High Court “to seek a ruling to fast-track the resolution of the difference of opinion over the extent of Ngāti Whātua’s Right of First Refusal (RFR)”.
In a statement, iwi spokesperson Ngarimu Blair says:
“Ngāti Whātua is working closely with the government to get more houses built.
“At the same time, achieving clarity over the extent of our 172 year RFR is a fundamental point of principle and economically important.
"Unlike hapū and iwi in many other parts of the country, land in our rohe is extremely scarge and so the integrity of the RFR is vitally important."
The iwi has also decided to proceed without the help of other hapū and iwi such as Waikato-Tainui.