People alerted to standover tactics
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.