27 Jul 2010

Crafar family fights to stay on farms

2:26 pm on 27 July 2010

The Crafar family is taking a new tack in its fight to stay on the farms it has been ordered to leave.

The receivers of the Crafar farming operation have taken legal action to evict Allan Crafar and other family members from three houses on two of the 16 farms that have been put up for sale.

Mr Crafar has now told a judge at the High Court in Rotorua that the family has tenancy agreements with its companies, which are in receivership, to stay on the land for a peppercorn rental.

One of the receivers, Michael Stiassny, says they had not heard of the agreements until last week.

He says the court has given Mr Crafar until August the sixth to produce the tenancy agreements.

The documents will then be examined by police forensic experts.