Kiingi Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII says land at heart of housing dispute should be given back to indigenous custodians

The Māori king has ruled that the disputed land of Ihumātao should be returned, paving the way for an intervention by the government that could set a precedent in indigenous land disputes across the country.

The Ihumātao site in south Auckland was seized by the Crown in 1863, and sold to private developer Fletcher Building in 2016, which planned to put housing on the land.

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