Parliament

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

 

Labour Fuels Treaty Grievance Industry

Labour Fuels Treaty Grievance Industry

Monday 15 Dec 2003
Ken Shirley
Press Releases -- Treaty of Waitangi & Maori Affairs


ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley today accused the Labour Government of duplicity and inconsistency over the transfer of ownership of 14 Rotorua lakes and foreshores from the Crown to local iwi.

"On one hand, Labour heralds the importance of public domain as the main status for foreshore and seabed, and yet passes ownership of these iconic lakes - and their foreshore - to local iwi, who can control development and charge for all commercial uses of these important recreational lakes," Mr Shirley said.

"A full and final settlement was negotiated and legislated for in 1922 - with the lakebeds and foreshore vested in the Crown, and annual payments made to Te Arawa. Now, 81 years later, the Labour Government is overturning this full and final settlement, and passing ownership to the Te Arawa.

"The 1992 Tuwharetoa settlement for Lake Taupo has been given by the Crown as a precedent. This is not a good example, as the condition assuring full public access for all recreational pursuits and scientific activity without fee has not been upheld.

"The Crown represents us all. By overturning earlier final settlements, the Labour Government is cynically feeding the Treaty grievance industry, creating a climate for further tensions and social conflict," Mr Shirley said.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election