Native Affairs Summer Series 2014 - A Whole Lot of Hōhā

By Native Affairs
  • Northland

You might remember last summer's highly publicised stoush between the Māori owners of an iconic Bay of Island's landmark Motu Kokako and local tourist operators who use it without paying anything.

It seems everyone had an opinion even property tycoon Bob Jones publicly queried the whakapapa of some of the owners and implored them, "If you want money, then work for it, if only out of respect for the traditional cultural values of your respective English ancestors."

Our reporter Adrian Stevanon headed north to speak to those at the centre of the stoush.