A WOMAN at the centre of a land dispute at Urenui was devastated to discover all her belongings have perished in a suspicious blaze.http://indymedia.org.nz/newswire/display/72891/index.php
what is passed off as police in New Zealand never ceases to turn my guts, unless it's what's passed off as a judge ofcourse. Late on Sunday afternoon a series of suspicious fires destroyed all of Margaret Eriwata's possessions, including a make-shift house, two caravans and two campervans, leaving her with nothing more than the clothes on her back.
Ms Eriwata (53) has been fighting for almost four years for the right to live on her share of 20ha of farmland on Mataro Rd, Urenui, which was left to her in her grandfather's 1922 will. Police are not investigating the fires. Ms Eriwata says she is devastated by what has happened.Last year Ms Eriwata was evicted from the land after Justice Wild in the New Plymouth High Court said he was satisfied she was in contempt of court orders prohibiting her from staying on the land.
Ten cars were removed from the land and lined up along the road side but were later moved back on to the land. Ms Eriwata had not seen the damage for herself, she spent Sunday night in police custody after being arrested for breaching her totally unreasonable bail conditions by returning to her property only hours before the fires were lit. (by the police) Ms Eriwata, who is vowing to continue her fight to live onher land, says she was tipped off about the fires and tried to stop the police.
She says police did nothing and have not investigated death threats she has received. Waitara police Senior Sergeant Matt Prendergast says police treat all complaints they receive seriously while grinning ear to ear. The fires were being treated as suspicious, he said, with a chuckle.