Is there a justification for Richard Prebble’s assault on the Waipareira Trust? Yes, regardless of the final outcome.
His characteristic rough-house, blood-sport style must be distinguished from the deeper issue in this matter.
Waipareira’s money is not a capital sum as Tainui’s is. Tainui’s money came by way of compensation for land taken illegally off the tribe and it is the tribe’s business what it does with the money, whether it uses it wisely or stupidly and which individuals benefit.