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


Seabed Issue Rocks Maori MPs Foreshore

NOTE: Scoop is publishing the following for informational purposes. The release was issued via a ISP in the United States. According to the press secretary for the Minister of Maori Affairs the offices of Maharoa Okeroa and Georgina Beyer were both attacked last night with rocks thrown through their windows. It is not yet known whether other MP's electorate offices were also attacked.

Seabed Issue Rocks Maori MPs Foreshore


As the final campaign week countdown began to the 2005 election, a 'beacon of remembrance' was left at a number of Maori electorate Member of Parliament offices. This is a sign that the tangata whenua, those required to elect them into office again, will not forget those that sold out over the Seabed and Foreshore fiasco last year.

A nationally coordinated attack on the offices saw every MP who sat in a Maori Electorate that voted for the Seabed and Foreshore Act

A nationally coordinated attack on the offices saw every MP who sat in a Maori Electorate that voted for the Seabed and Foreshore Act received the same message delivered through their front windows (while the windows were closed), stating 'sell out, we have not forgotten'.

An unidentified spokesperson declared "Over 30,000 people gathered at Parliament in May to protest to the passing of the Seabed and Foreshore Act. That Act extinguished any form of customary title and allowed for the Crown to acquire our lands.

"Those that represent tangata whenua in Parliament have more than just a duty, but an obligation to be the voice of those that they represent.

"As tangata whenua we have a responsibility to protect this whenua. How can we do that when those that purport to represent us in Parliament refuse to acknowledge first, that the whenua is an extension of ourselves and our commitment is to protect Papatuanuku; and secondly, such a cession of sovereignty will carry detrimental consequences for many a generation to come.

"This act today was a nationally coordinated attack; it was a reminder to those that we will not forget their betrayal to us as tangata whenua by siding with the political majority.

"This act today was to let the sell-out MP's know that they can not ride into Parliament this election on the crude comparison of being a lesser of two evils, by stating that another party is going to treat tangata whenua worse then them.

Speculation as to whether this seemingly small act of terrorism was to coincide with September 11th remains a mystery.

- The Homer Simpsons


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them.

Finally, yesterday’s announcement by the Ardern government that a new state agency will be set up to assess and plan the manned re-entry to the mine (on a set timetable) goes a long way to meeting the families’ remaining request: that they be enabled, if at all possible, to bury their loved ones. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election