Threats dis­turb­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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