A three-year court battle is finally over for an activist who was charged with trespassing on tribal land, after the Crown unexpectedly dropped its case.
According to Stuff, Police first brought the trespass charge against Philip Taueki in 2015 after he was found in the Lake Horowhenua rowing club on the land of his iwi, Muaūpoko.
An ardent activist for Lake Horowhenua's preservation, Taueki has sparked numerous court proceedings and routinely frustrates the Horowhenua Domain Board and local authorities.
Taueki was unimpressed and unapologetic when approached by Stuff, calling police "idiots" for pursuing the matter.
Taueki says they want him out of there so they can continue abusing our lake.
The trespass charge was withdrawn at Levin District Court on Friday. A court staffer confirmed the Crown offered no evidence at the hearing.
The proceedings cost Taueki about $30,000, which he will apply to the court to reclaim.