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Labour plans for flood of claims on foreshore

Gerry Brownlee MP National Party Maori Affairs Spokesman

14 June 2005

Labour plans for flood of claims on foreshore

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says it's clear from answers in Parliament today that Labour is at sixes and sevens on Maori policy.

"In Parliament today Michael Cullen has admitted the Maori Land Court is in the process of appointing six new judges to deal with claims lodged under the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

"New Zealanders will be worried.

"Labour is signalling that it expects a flood of claims over the foreshore and seabed.

"Just how secure is the foreshore and seabed under Labour's so-called 'crown' ownership?

"Dr Cullen has also admitted that passing the Foreshore and Seabed Act has not cut down at all the amount of court cases that were expected to take place even if Labour had done nothing after the Court of Appeal decision.

"Labour's legislation is falling apart before their eyes.

"Also in Parliament today, Jim Sutton claimed to have the support of all his colleagues for land access legislation.

"That statement flies in the face of John Tamihere's comments during the weekend when he said that any 'drongo' could see it will leave Labour in a no win situation when it comes to Maori.

"National opposes the land access legislation and supports property rights for all New Zealanders, both Maori and non-Maori," says Mr Brownlee.


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