A former South Taranaki mayoral candidate who tried to buy the Crafar farms for $16 has been banned from the properties and may face possible arrest.
Elizabeth Lambert, who ran for mayor in 2010 and also served on the Patea Community Board, appeared in the High Court last week regarding her actions around the Crafar farms.
Lambert is known in Taranaki for her maverick ways after making headlines for removing 10 tonnes of stones from Patea's Garden of Tutunui sculpture to protest against the South Taranaki District Council's plan to take them out of Patea.
Her idea was to sell the stones on Trade Me as "freedom rocks" and put the money back into the community.
However, she surrendered the stones after talking to police and council staff.
Last August, it was revealed Lambert had struck a deal with the Crafars to buy their 8000hectare farming empire for $1 per farm.
She filed caveats on some of the farms and tried to file changes of ownership, to which receivers KordaMentha filed claims in the High Court at Hamilton seeking to have the sale ruled void and Lambert arrested for failing to abide by an interim injunction.
Lambert could not be contacted by the Taranaki Daily News for comment yesterday.
In a judgment issued this week, Justice Rodney Hansen said "the distinctions which she seeks to draw are novel and, as far as I am aware, unknown to the law of real property of New Zealand".
Justice Hansen ruled that caveats placed by Lambert were to be removed and he barred her from visiting any of the 16 farms or making any further attempts to impede their sale to Chinese firm Shanghai Pengxin.
KordaMentha put its application to have her arrested on hold. Now a Huntly resident, Lambert was also declared bankrupt on May 31.
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