Ihumātao land


PHOTO: ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY/STUFF At the heart of the Ihumātao dispute is a family divide between kaumatua and rangatahi.

Auckland Council could purchase the land at Ihumātao to help resolve a stand-off at the sacred Māori site.

The Government could buy the land too, although experts fear a Crown purchase would set a costly and dangerous precedent.

As the protest at the site grows heated, there are several options on the table for solving the dispute. But all would involve first mending a rift between the mana whenua protesters and their elders.