Shelly Bay


PHOTO: JOHN NICHOLSON/STUFF Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust chairman Neville Baker says it is for iwi to decide the future of Shelly Bay.

The iwi owners of Shelly Bay argue Sir Peter Jackson has long lost the right to have any say over what happens at the Wellington site.

The Miramar film-maker published a lengthy missive against Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Wellington City Council to his Facebook page, followed by more than 2 million people, on Saturday.

As well as posting a series of emails between himself and Lester, Jackson warned the fight was only going to get “more ugly”.

But to Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST) trustee Neville Baker, the whole argument missed one crucial point – the land in question belonged to iwi and it was up to them to do with it what they wanted.