I am New Zealand-born 100 per cent Pakeha. I have lived 62 of my 63 years in Mount Maunganui.
My opinion on the proposed vesting of 200ha Panepane Point of Matakana Island back into Maori ownership is 100 per cent supportive.
I see the return of this area to its original owners subsequent to its forced acquisition under Public Works Legislation in 1923 as natural justice.
Land forcibly acquired and subsequently not used for the purpose it was taken for nearly 100 years ago should be returned to its original owners as a matter of course.
If it was your grandparents or parents’ land, farm or house I am sure you would feel the same.
Race should be irrelevant in such a situation, although the similarities reminiscent of Raglan Golf Course, Orakei Bastion Point etc. do come to mind rather too easily for the comfort of my strong sense of equity and justice, bred as it is from a Scottish-Welsh-Irish bloodline.
W Friend, Mount Maunganui.