Peo­ple alerted to stan­dover tac­tics

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from North­land and po­lice said he was known to them for in­tim­i­dat­ing peo­ple.

The Mata­mata Chron­i­cle was ap­proached by Mr For­rester late last week. He claimed to have the power to sue lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties un­der a Wai­tangi Tri­bunal claim.

He asked about the de­vel­op­ment of a com­mer­cial prop­erty in Mata­mata that is on the mar­ket.

While talk­ing about sup­posed ne­go­ti­a­tions with Pro­gres­sive Foods about the pos­si­ble es­tab­lish­ment of a larger Count­down su­per­mar­ket, he be­came ag­i­tated and ag­gres­sive.

Mr For­rester also al­legedly drove onto Wa­haroa Air­field and de­manded that flight in­struc­tors teach four young Maori from the Mata­mata area how to fly.

When that re­quest was de­clined, Mr For­rester said he would meet with Mata­mata-pi­ako Mayor Hugh Ver­coe about the gif- ting of the air­field land back to him and the peo­ple of Ngati Haua.

Mr Ver­coe said Mr For­rester told him he wanted to de­velop a shop­ping cen­tre akin to Tainui’s flag­ship Hamil­ton de­vel­op­ment The Base, on the air­field.

Although the land is coun­cilowned it is sub­ject to a Wai­tangi Tri­bunal Claim and Mr Ver­coe said it was not in his power to de­cide the claim.

‘‘I’ve had calls from a num­ber of Mata­mata peo­ple ask­ing if this guy is for real. I un­der­stand he has been to Tau­ranga and tried to do the same thing there,’’ Mr Ver­coe said.

‘‘ Peo­ple need to be warned about this man. He may try to use his tac­tics in other ar­eas in the Waikato.’’

Ngati Haua kau­matua Butch Tuhakaraina said Mr For­rester did not speak on be­half of the iwi. He had heard of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in North­land in­volv­ing the man.

‘‘Ap­par­ently he’s mar­ried to a woman who is of Ngati Haua de­scent. I wouldn’t lis­ten to a word he says,’’ Mr Tuhakaraina said.

‘‘He does not speak on be­half of Ngati Haua and has def­i­nitely not been com­mis­sioned by us to take care of any of our busi­ness in­ter­ests.’’

Mr For­rester is of Maori and Pa­cific Is­land de­scent, has brown eyes and short hair and is about 185 cen­time­tres tall.

Mata­mata Po­lice would wel­come any in­for­ma­tion on Mr For­rester and where he may be liv­ing. Please phone 888 7117.

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