Parliament

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

 

Govt Should Listen To Rotorua Lakes Petitioners

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader Ken Shirley welcomes the petition of 14,000 concerned New Zealand residents urging that the Rotorua Lakes remain in Crown ownership and says the Government must listen to the concerns.

"Treaty Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson and Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia made offers to Te Arawa in May of this year that would vest the surface of the lake beds with Te Arawa and offer a formal role in the strategic management of the lakes. This offer was rejected by Te Arawa who appear to be seeking outright ownership.

"The Government must take a leadership role and end such Maori claims for ownership and control of resources such as air, water, the seabed, sunlight and the electro-magnetic spectrum.

"The Te Arawa ownership claim of the lake beds of 14 Rotorua lakes, together with the rivers and streams flowing into them, is just one of dozens of such claims around the country.

"Successive court decisions have ruled that natural water is vested with and held by the Crown on behalf of all New Zealanders. Despite these rulings Waitangi claims over water continues.

"The Crown reached agreement with Te Arawa on this issue in 1922. The agreement was reflected in the Native Land Claims and Native Land Adjustment Act 1922. Under the Act, the Crown was deemed to own the 14 lakes to which it applied and Te Arawa Maori Trust Board began to receive a fixed annuity of six thousand pounds from the Crown.

"Since the 1922 agreement the annuity has been increased once in 1977 to $18,000.

"If the Crown buckles to this claim then a dangerous precedent will have been set for parallel claims on all natural water bodies throughout the country in addition to the existing claim for Maori ownership of the foreshore and seabed to the outer limits of our coastal territorial waters.

"Local Bay of Plenty residents are concerned that their traditional free access to the Rotorua lakes for recreational purposes will be curtailed by the Crown buckling to this claim.

"I commend the petitioners for bringing this issue to the attention of Parliament" said Mr Shirley.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mayor of Auckland: Alert Level Change Welcome News

Mayor Phil Goff says the government’s decision to move Auckland to Level 2 from 6am on Sunday will be welcome news for all Aucklanders.
“Moving strongly and quickly to contain this outbreak has once again proved effective in stopping the spread of community transmission and I thank all the Aucklanders who have followed the rules of Level 3 over the past week,” he says... More>>


 


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels