Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Foreshore access birthright of all NZers

Foreshore access birthright of all NZers

The Appeal Court decision delivered yesterday regarding the Maori claim to the foreshore and seabed is a very narrow decision, Associate Maori Affairs Minister John Tamihere says.

It finds that:

- The Maori Land Court has jurisdiction to hear applications to foreshore and seabed.
- It may be that any common law right that Maori had prior to the Treaty may have been extinguished by laws enacted afterwards.
- It will not determine whether the common law right of Maori has been extinguished. This is a matter to be heard at first instance by the Maori Land Court.

"Access to and use of the foreshore and seabed is a birthright to be enjoyed by all Kiwis," Mr Tamihere said.

"There may be existing and underlying rights retained by Maori. The nature and status of those rights has not been determined.

Mr Tamihere said that under no circumstances will land held in private hands with rights to the foreshore be open to contest.

"The Government will be considering the implications of the Court of Appeal decision in the national interest."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“The BPS and the Treasury’s Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update show we can deliver our promises while running sustainable surpluses and paying down debt...

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>


Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>





Featured InfoPages