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

 


A fresh start needed for fisheries settlement

'The next government must take over where the Courts have left off, and move quickly and effectively to amend legislation if necessary so that all Maori benefit from the allocation of the fisheries settlement,' Alliance deputy leader and leader of Mana Motuhake said today.

She was responding to the Court of Appeal's ruling today that urban Maori authorities have no claim on Treaty of Waitangi fishing assets.

Urban authorities were appealing against a former High Court ruling which rejected their claim on the proceeds of the fisheries asset.

'Today's ruling was very close - out of five judges, only three voted against the appeal - which shows that it wasn't an easy ruling to make.

'It isn't the fault of the Courts. Their hands are tied. They cannot rule that urban authorities are Iwi, because they are not. And yet it appears under present legislation, only Iwi can be the direct recipients of the proceeds from allocation.

'I have no doubt that the Courts want to be able to give the go-ahead for a fair allocation model which benefits all Maori, whether living in the cities or in their tribal areas. That is the clear mandate under the Deed of Settlement. But under the present system they simply can't.

'When Justice Patterson ruled last year that urban authorities did not qualify as Iwi, he also went on to say that the Fisheries Commission must come up with a way of allocating resources fairly so that all Maori benefit.

'The Commission has patently failed the Courts in that respect.

'Judge Patterson went on to say that if the government of the day is not satisfied '....that the beneficiaries of the settlement are catered for in an appropriate manner...' then the government can intervene with legislation.

''Obv iously a new Labour Alliance government would have to look at that call from some of the highest judges in our land.

'We cannot go into the next century with urban Maori and Iwi still pitted against one another because the process of allocation, set up by the Crown, is flawed.

'I am committed to going back to the source of the problem and fixing it, so that we can get on with the allocation which has been stalled for too long,' said Sandra Lee.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news