Story: Land ownership

South Island land protest

South Island land protest

In the early 2000s ownership of, and access to, South Island high country land became controversial. While some objected to foreign ownership of areas of recreational value, some high country farmers took issue with Department of Conservation (DOC) control of newly acquired lands. Here Ōmarama farmer Peter Patterson (second from left) and his fellow protestors are blocking access to the Ahuriri Conservation Park on the morning it was to be opened. They objected to DOC preventing vehicle access to some areas by locking a gate 11 kilometres inside the park.

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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 9 March 2005, p. 1
Photograph by Neal Wallace

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Jim McAloon, 'Land ownership - Foreign ownership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Jim McAloon, published 24 Nov 2008