A member of a Far North Maori business doubts they will be able to clear a $15 million debt.
Matauri X Incorporation is trying to sell some ancestral land in order to pay off debt which was brought about by a failed water bottling venture that attracted crippling interest payments.
But a shareholder in the incorporation, Dover Samuels, says the prospect of selling the coastal subdivisions has been damaged by a suspected arson attack on its sales office over the weekend.
He says more whenua will have to go if the debt is not paid off within two years.
Mr Samuels, a former MP, says it's a pie-in-the-sky idea to think the money will come from somewhere.
He says the cash will only come from selling sections of coastal customary land - but the marketing office blaze has put the pay back plan at risk.