Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Harry Mikaere Spch - Mäori Fisheries Amendment


SPEECH NOTES

Harry Mikaere
Chairman

Presentation of the Mäori Fisheries Amendment Bill
to all Members of Parliament


Beehive Foyer Midday
Parliament Buildings Tuesday 19 September 2000
Wellington Embargoed Until Delivery

Honourable Parekura Horomia, Minister of Maori Affairs; Honourable Doug Kidd, Opposition Spokesperson on Fisheries; Members of Parliament.

We have come here today from every corner of New Zealand, from Northland to the Bluff, and even from the Chatham Islands. We come here with the support we have gathered after travelling the length and breadth of New Zealand – from Maori and non-Maori alike. We represent large iwi. We represent small iwi. Most importantly, we represent the majority of iwi and the majority of Maori. We represent the Treaty Partner.

Ministers and Members of Parliament: You understand that in a democracy, the majority is supposed to rule. And you understand that in a civilised society, property rights are sacrosanct. Article Two of the Treaty of Waitangi guarantees iwi the ownership of our fisheries. Both Labour-led and National-led Governments have respected that, and contributed to settling the fisheries claim of the 1980s. Maori have then agreed to a compromise model to allocate the “pre-settlement” assets that flowed from the settlements.

As you know, two years ago, after five long years of consultation, 76 percent of iwi representing 63 percent of Maori agreed to support a compromise model for the allocation of our assets – the optimum allocation model. The minority of iwi that did not support the model, did support allocation to iwi. The model was a compromise between “population” and “coastline” iwi. It addressed the needs of the small minority of Maori who are not yet in close contact with their iwi organisations. It was collective decision-making at its best. It saw the overwhelming majority agree. It was an historic compromise that deserved to be implemented immediately.

But the law is flawed, and the compromise model was not implemented. The flaws in the law have prevented iwi from taking ownership of the “pre-settlement” fisheries assets - even though we have won every case in every court that has considered the matter, including the Privy Council in London. That makes a mockery of our property right.

It is preventing us from developing our fishing assets to the fullest – stopping us from developing the seafood industry for the benefit of all New Zealanders. It is destroying $1 million of our people’s wealth every month - $1 million of the country’s wealth every month. We say to all Members of Parliament today: “enough is enough”.

We are not longer prepared to see our people’s wealth destroyed, while politicians pass the buck to the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission. You know that the Commission is impotent. You know it can neither implement the agreed model, nor develop a new one without five years of consultation. That would cost Maori $84 million. You know the Commission can do nothing. Members of this Parliament – and the Government in particular – must now take responsibility for this issue. Members of Parliament must stop passing the buck.

Minister, we are not asking for your charity, or charity from the taxpayer. All we ask is to be treated like any other New Zealand citizen. We ask for our property right to be respected. We ask for the right to develop our fishing industry; to develop our own economies; to close our own gaps. That is why we present this bill to you. To you. We present it to all MPs. To all MPs. It is for your consideration. Your consideration. It is for the consideration of all MPs, across party lines.

The Bill has been written by some of New Zealand’s finest legal minds. It is a simple Bill. It would restore our property right. It would allow us to develop the seafood industry, the country’s 4th biggest export earner. It would stop the destruction of wealth. It would enable us to close our own gaps.

Minister, we ask that you – and all MPs – treat us with the same respect that we treat you and the office that you hold.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>

 
 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels