Parliament

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

 

Foreshore agreement a disgrace - Greens

5 February 2008

Foreshore agreement a disgrace - Greens

The Green Party has received today's announcement of the Government's foreshore and seabed deal with Ngati Porou with great sadness.

The Government and representatives for Te Runanga o Ngati Porou signed a Heads of Agreement establishing Ngati Porou's relationship with the foreshore and seabed. It is the first such agreement to be reached under the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004.

"The Foreshore and Seabed Act was a confiscation and the legal elimination of the lawful rights of a group of New Zealand citizens," Maori Affairs Spokesperson Metiria Turei says.

"The Court of Appeal said that Maori were legally entitled to investigate whether their customary rights in the foreshore and seabed still existed. But the Government, who fought against the case, legislated to strip away that legal right. It was a calculated act of discrimination and confiscation, of the kind seen in the 19th and 20th centuries.

"The Green Party strongly opposed the foreshore and seabed legislation because it discriminates against Maori on the basis of race, fails to protect the ecological values of the coastal marine area, extinguishes common law customary title without consent and ignores rights guaranteed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

"To announce this agreement to coincide with Waitangi Day celebrations is a further affront. As we consider the signing of the Treaty between two sovereign nations and the abuses that have interfered with its development, this announcement simply reminds us of the 21st century confiscation that took place.

"The Minister of Maori Affairs is fooling himself if he believes that today's Heads of Agreement is a major step towards protecting Maori ancestral associations with the foreshore and seabed. This signing signals the extent to which this Government will fight any attempt by Maori to have their customary rights acknowledged in law. The Minister once agreed that Maori should not have their lands confiscated - now he participates in that confiscation.

"Ngati Porou has little to celebrate either. The leadership failed to support the campaign to retain Maori legal and customary rights and have now reaped the reward for their acquiescence. This simply proves that divide and rule tactics, used for over a century against Maori, continue to succeed."

The Green Party is committed to the repeal of the seabed and foreshore legislation and supports Tariana Turia's member's bill, which seeks to do just that, Mrs Turei says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog