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


Foreshore Legislation Hardens Iwi Opposition

Foreshore Legislation Hardens Iwi Opposition.

The proposed government legislation on the foreshore and seabed has strengthened the opposition of one of the country’s largest iwi. A spokesperson for Ngati Kahungunu, Dr. Pita Sharples, has said that the detail in the legislation merely confirms the Iwi’s worst fears about the proposed confiscation of the foreshore and seabed.

“For some time now Ngati Kahungunu has been planning a hikoi to Parliament on May 5 to object to the proposals of the government and most other political parties. This legislation merely hardens our resolve to be there on that day to express our opposition in the strongest possible way”.

Doctor Sharples noted that the legislation extinguishes rights long protected in both the Treaty of Waitangi and the common law and replaces it with a newly invented set of “customary territorial rights” that are effectively meaningless. The legislation has unfortunate similarities with 19th century confiscation laws and is equally unjust.

“Ngati Kahungunu has one of the longest Iwi coastlines in the country and the hikoi is just one of several actions being planned to voice our opposition,” he said. “We have been heartened by the support from other Iwi and Maori organisations and see it as one way of our people expressing the grassroots and widespread opposition to what the government is doing”.

Dr. Sharples also stated that although a hikoi was a new venture for Ngati Kahungunu it illustrated the depth of concern felt by the Iwi and other Maori. “We are determined to follow through on the hikoi and are pursuing various other national and international strategies”.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news