A cute trick by Nick Smith to
hustle some of the HMNZS Tamaki land out of reserve status
has cost the Government Labour's support for advancing the
Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Bill before the election.
local government spokesperson and Auckland Central MP Judith
Tizard announced the decision today.
"I regret that the
Minister has forced us to do this because Labour has put a
great deal of work into the bill and agrees with its central
principle which is to provide a forum for the co-ordinated
management of the Hauraki Gulf.
"But we cannot accept a
late Supplementary Order Paper from the Government which
appears to circumvent the court ruling that the whole HMNZS
Tamaki area at Takapuna Point should be held as
"The SOP maintains reserve status for the coastal
strip and the land the historic buildings are on but seeks
to exclude the rest of the area.
"Labour believes strongly
that the whole area should be held in public ownership as a
reserve and will meet with local supporters of the reserve
to assure them of our support for advancing that after the
election," Judith Tizard
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