Native Affairs - Hereheretau

By Renee Kahukura-Iosefa

Last month Native Affairs brought you the story of Northland farmer Alan Titford.

His confrontation with local iwi Te Roroa in the 1980s led the government to prevent Māori from claiming private land as part of their treaty claims.

In our first story, we see how that decision continues to impact on Māori who are trying to reclaim their whenua.

Hereheretau Station near Wairoa is an award winning and profitable farm that's owned by the Māori Soldier's Trust. 

They say it's a legacy born out of the depression that followed World War One.  It was set up to help Māori veterans and their whānau. 

However the Mana Whenua say it's well and truly served its purpose, and now it's time to return the whenua to its rightful owners.