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Dunne: Jones moves seabed issue forward

Dunne: Jones moves seabed issue forward

United Future leader Peter Dunne today congratulated Waitangi Fisheries Commission chairman Shane Jones for showing the way forward on the foreshore and seabeds issue.

Mr Jones today said that Maori must accept that public access to the foreshore and seabed is non-negotiable.

"He is absolutely right and the voice of reason - which should be heard loud and clear on all sides," Mr Dunne said.

"In many respects there has been more heat than light on this issue, and there has to be common sense from all sides - and Mr Jones is bringing that to the table.

"We need more of this pragmatism if we are to have a way forward that is acceptable to all New Zealanders - and the emphasis is on all.

"United Future has made it clear to the Government that we will support any legislation that confirms the current status of the foreshore and seabed for all New Zealanders, and makes clear that no additional restrictions will be placed on access to what Kiwis have always regarded as their birthright."

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