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Second Agreement Shows Foreshore and Seabed Fair

Media Release

28 February 2008

Second Agreement Shows Foreshore and Seabed is Fair

New Zealand First Maori Affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone says the signing of the Te Whanau a Apanui Heads of Agreement, a second under the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, is further evidence that the much-maligned Act is working, fair, and does not deserve the criticism that has been thrown at it.

“Many opponents see the Act as a tool by the Government to restrict Maori rights further. Of course, New Zealand First does not share this view as we believe the Act is not discriminatory but, rather, upholds the rights of all New Zealanders,” said Mr Paraone.

“The Te Whanau a Apanui agreement is similar to the Ngati Porou agreement signed earlier this month whereby their customary rights to the foreshore and seabed are being recognised and observed.

“Congratulations to all who have been involved in the negotiations,” said Mr Paraone.


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