‘Public Domain’ Another Step On Path To Republican
‘Public Domain’ Another Step On Path To Republicanism
New Zealand First has criticised the acceptance by some Maori of a concept of ‘public domain’ in relation to our foreshore and seabed.
“The concept of ‘public domain’ creates legal uncertainty over New Zealand’s international rights. It is also open to political manipulation and cronyism,” said New Zealand First Maori affairs spokesperson, Bill Gudgeon.
“Any abandonment of
the term ‘Crown ownership’ in favour of ‘public domain’ is
just another covert step towards Republicanism. Public
domain means nothing more than no exclusive rights to
anyone. Guardianship without ownership is meaningless and
guarantees neither access nor conservation,” said Mr