Celebrating 25 Years of Scoop
Special: Up To 25% Off Scoop Pro Learn More

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

 

Women Call for the Repeal of the Foreshore Act

2 October 2006

PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE

Women Call for the Repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act

On Saturday, the National Council of Women of New Zealand passed two new resolutions; a call for Government to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act, and a call for the Government to increase funding to Residential Homes and Hospitals for the care of older persons, to enable sustainable service provision, and to ensure that this funding is applied according to the designated purpose.

Matters raised during the debate on the Foreshore and Seabed included the importance of people not stepping back from such an issue, because it was considered too complex or controversial. Some indicated that they felt the Government had blatantly ignored feedback from the community during the initial consultation on the Foreshore and Seabed. It was also felt that the urgency with which the Government had wanted to resolve this issue increased divisiveness and negated any possible facilitation for education that might have allayed the publics misgivings about the legislation and its implications.

Delegates indicated that all New Zealanders feel a special connection with the land. The Conference recognised the discrimination against the human rights of Maori and that there was an obligation to uphold human rights for all.

Working with Maori to resolve this issue will be critical. Modelling derived from existing precedence, where multiple interests (customary rights and public access – Canadian Law) have been accommodated, was suggested.

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.

NCWNZ will be lobbying Government for the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

The final resolution passed by the conference centred around funding for the care of older persons.

Currently, it appeared to the Conference that although money has been allocated to the Rest Homes, in many cases, this money had not yet been received from the DHB. The Conference emphasised the importance of money tagged for specific purposes, being passed on to the service providers in a timely manner.

Pay parity for community services, e.g. Rest Homes and Hospice nurses, has not been forthcoming, which adds further pressure and on recruitment and retention of appropriately trained staff.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

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.