You must break an egg to make an omlette – and you must sell a bit of Tainui land to build an inland port

October 8, 2014
This will look splendid when it has been concreted - now I've got to persuade the tribe.

This will look splendid when it has been concreted – now I’ve got to persuade the tribe.

Uh, oh. A grand development plan in the Waikato seems to have been fouled by a few differences among shareholders.

Alf speaks of Tainui Group Holdings’ plans for a multi-billion-dollar Ruakura development.

TGH has been itching for more than five years to get cracking and turn more than 600 hectares of good cow-nourishing pasture into a transport and residential hub.

It was named a project of national significance by the Environmental Protection Authority last year.

This was a clever move by the developers. It allowed them to skip years of council hearings, objections and red tape.

Trouble is, it now has to mollify some members of the tribe.

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