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Copeland extracts confirmation of property rights

Media Statement
For immediate release

Tuesday, 7 October 2003

Copeland extracts confirmation of private property rights from Minister

United Future MP Gordon Copeland today expressed his delight that in answer to his question in the House, the Attorney General gave a categorical assurance that existing owners of private title to the foreshore will not have their rights disturbed without full and just compensation.

Mr Copeland said he was aware that private owners of such title, including farmers and Maori, had expressed concerns that Government might try to force them to give access to the public without compensation.

“Hopefully such owners’ concerns may have been allayed by the Attorney General’s renewed commitment to the principle that private property rights cannot be disturbed unless full and just compensation is paid,” said Gordon Copeland.

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