7 Aug 2009

Kaikohe squatter case back in court

7:03 am on 7 August 2009

The dispute over the occupation of a Kaikohe building is now headed for a High Court hearing.

A group calling itself Te Uri o Tupoto has been squatting in the building for several months, claiming native title.

Businessman Glenn Hannah bought the property in a mortgagee sale and was granted the right to evict the group by the Kaikohe District Court.

However, the group went to the High Court and gained a stay of the eviction notice.

Mr Hannah says his solicitor has advised him the group's claims of sovereign rights to the property are nonsensical, but he still has to respond to them.

He says he has been advised to have a lawyer to represent him at the substantive hearing on Monday in Whangarei.