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


One way traffic in beaches debate

Hon Bill English MP National Party Leader

03 September 2003

One way traffic in beaches debate

National Party Leader Bill English is warning mainstream New Zealanders that their views are at risk of being drowned out in the din being generated by activists over the Government's beaches and seabed proposal.

"If Kiwis don't speak out loud and clear, the Government's confusing position of 'no-one owns the beach' could face further erosion.

Mr English is commenting on threats of beach occupations and civil disobedience by Maori claiming ownership of the foreshore from Wellington to the Rangitikei River.

"Labour must listen to mainstream New Zealanders and take account of the thousands upon thousands who've signed petitions supporting Crown title to the beaches and seabed," says Mr English.

"It's unfortunate there've been suggestions of media bans at the taxpayer-sponsored hui and even now there are still questions over radio and television's ability to report the 'consultation' meetings.

"The Government is showing its contempt for the opinions of the vast majority of New Zealanders who will not attend the marae talks," Mr English says.

"The media, the public's only means of getting balanced information from those meetings, is facing censorship.

"The National Party has also been fielding calls from members of the public searching for more information about the Government plan, after earlier being told by Michael Cullen's office that no paperwork was available.

"This issue is too important to be locked away from public scrutiny," Mr English says.


(Attached article from Manawatu Evening Standard)

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news