Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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


Labour plays Kiwis for suckers on seabed law

Gerry Brownlee MP National Party Maori Affairs Spokesman

15 November 2004

Labour plays Kiwis for suckers on seabed law

"The Labour Government is playing New Zealanders for suckers with its cheap and nasty quick-fix law to settle the seabed and foreshore issue," says National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

"We expect to see substantial changes to the legislation when it comes before the House this week - changes that are being rammed through without public discussion.

"It is a further illustration that the Government is not prepared to listen to the views of the public on this matter. Instead, it has been doing a series of cynical back-room deals to take the issue off the agenda.

"Let's be clear - the future Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed is by no means assured.

"Labour has confirmed it is discussing with Maori groups their historic claims to the foreshore and seabed, and those historic claims will be exempt from any law the Government rushes through this week.

"In other words, the Labour-led Government is telling Maori to stay loyal and they will be looked after once the issue is off the front pages and the public is distracted by something else.

"We do not favour a process that will give Maori a greater say than non-Maori in the management of these significant resources.

"Future generations of New Zealanders will be left to deal with the legacy of this short-sighted politically expedient deal, which will undoubtedly signal the start of a whole new Treaty grievance industry.

"National has made its position on this clear right from the start. We believe our beaches and our lakes should belong to all New Zealanders," says Mr Brownlee.


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos

Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.