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Greens encourage submissions on foreshore bill

7 July, 2004

Greens encourage late submissions on foreshore bill

The Green Party is urging concerned New Zealanders to make submissions on the Government's contentious Foreshore and Seabed Bill before the process closes this Monday [12 July].

"When this bill was first tabled, Helen Clark told the country that the best way for their views to be heard was through the submission process," said Green Party Maori Affairs spokesperson, Metiria Turei. "She clearly wasn't listening when the Hikoi came to Parliament in May so it's vital people use a channel the Government is tuned-in to."

Metiria said the Foreshore and Seabed issue had polarized the country as a result of distortion and exploitation by unscrupulous politicians. She said the submission process gave the opportunity for those whose voice had been ignored so far, to be heard.

"It's a chance for all New Zealanders - whether they support or oppose the Bill - to have their views considered by a parliamentary select committee," said Metiria, who is a member of the committee that will consider the submissions.

The Green MP has been talking to communities around the country about submissions and is stressing the simplicity of the process.

Metiria says the submission can be in the form of a letter. She says it should:

* clearly identify the writer and their contact details; * state the author's views on the legislation; * optionally include your views on specific clauses; * clearly state whether you want to be heard by the committee in your home town; * send 25 copies of your letter/submission to the Fisheries and Other Sea-related Legislation Select Committee c/o Parliament, Wellington.

"Many people think a submission has to be a weighty document written in legalese," said Metiria. "It doesn't. A simple letter is fine. If you feel strongly, just write in today to make sure your views aren't ignored."

ENDS

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