The chairman of Te Papa museum is threatening defamation action over protests outside the museum against his 864-hectare waterfront development, near Okura Marine Reserve.
Weiti Bay developer Evan Williams confirmed letters had been sent by his lawyer to the protest group, the Evan C. Williams Removal Committee which had been outside Te Papa in the past few weeks. group spokesman Geoff Reid, and Friends of Okura Bush (FOOB).
Dr Maj De Poorter of FOOB said the group had also received a letter from William’s lawyer, simply for sharing posts from Reid’s Facebook page, commenting it was a “sad day”.
“Freedom of speech and community participation and discussion are fundamental kiwi values, and we feel a need to uphold them.”