Native Affairs - Irate

By Iulia Leilua

Imagine you had inherited shares in your family's ancestral Māori land to then discover you have been hit with an unpaid rates bill of $11,500.

Not only that, the council then refers you to Baycorp and when you can’t afford to pay it you end up with a bad credit rating.

To add insult to injury, there are squatters on the land and it’s believed they have been manufacturing P.

It may sound like a nightmare but it’s true and it’s happened to Chrissy Toroa.  Chrissy is one of twenty shareholders in a whānau block, near Te Kuiti.

The problem is, not all the owners can be found and the council has said it's up to her to sort it out.