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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

PRESS RELEASE

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

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