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All Kiwis deserve a say on seabed

All Kiwis deserve a say on seabed

"It's not just iwi that are anxious about the prospect of Labour's in-house legislation surrounding our beaches and seabed," says National Party Leader Bill English.

"All Kiwis deserve to have their voices heard on this important issue and Labour cannot be so arrogant as to present the country with its own take-it or leave it proposition.

"Labour doesn't give New Zealanders any credit for their strong convictions and fair mindedness.

"It has worked hard to exclude the public from debating Treaty issues by conducting negotiations in secret.

"Now the Government is starting a campaign saying it's considering 'guardianship' for Maori," Mr English says.

"The concise Oxford dictionary defines a 'guardian' as 'one having custody of person or property (or both)'.

"There is only one way to put a permanent end to the confusion - legislate to create exclusive Crown title over the beaches and seabed.

"But after Helen Clark's latest comments that is further away than ever.

'We don't want to provide exclusive title of the foreshore and seabed and nor do I think that's what the court intended,' she told the Southland Times.

"The Government is poised to execute a back down of significant proportions and all New Zealanders must continue to question the agenda," Mr English says.

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