A Waikato iwi is warning people to be aware of a man threatening land claims if his demands for freebies and co- operation from businesses are not met.
A number of Matamata businesses and even Matamata-piako Mayor Hugh Vercoe claim to have been the subject of standover tactics from a man going by the name Earl Forrester, who claims to be acting on behalf of Eastern Waikato iwi Ngati Haua.
But tribal bosses said he did not represent them and Matamata Police want to speak to him about his claims.
Mr Forrester, who also goes by the name of Earl Hilton, is understood to have spent the last two weeks in the Matamata area.
Police are warning people to avoid Mr Forrester after he allegedly entered central Matamata businesses demanding owner cooperation over the return of Ngati Haua land in the area.
It is understood Mr Forrester is
The definition of craic is ‘‘fun’’ and there was plenty of that going on for children and adults alike at Redoubt Bar and Eatery’s special St Patrick’s Day celebrations on Saturday. Matamata Primary School children put on a show, blending a bit of Kiwi and Irish culture. Emma Farrelly proudly displays her special face painting to mark St Patrick’s Day. Emma’s dad Derek is a proud Irishman who hails from Dublin.