Te Rongo applied to Hastings District Council on July 9, to subdivide the land in order to create the park, which would cover about 50ha.

The application was subsequently returned because council said there was missing information.

The missing information included accurate proposed subdivision boundaries, an assessment of environmental effects, a full description of land use, what earthworks will be done, and no details under 'the section' consultation'.

Stuff reported that Graham said the fact the iwi was a partner in the trust should have shown that tangata whenua had been consulted, but he had asked Tomoana to ensure all hapu were in agreement prior to re-submitting the application.

"I can't see how they [the district council] could think there hasn't been consultation when the iwi is the partner. The iwi represents all tangata whenua in Kahungunu," he said.

If the application to subdivide was not granted the purchase would not proceed and the park would not be created, Graham told Stuff.

Ngati Kahungunu representative Ngaio Tiuki declined to comment.