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

 

Coastal Coalition launches Citizens Referendum


15 July 2011

Media Release

Coastal Coalition launches Citizens Referendum to Repeal Marine Act

The Coastal Coalition has launched a Citizens Initiated Referendum (CIR) asking Parliament to repeal the recently passed Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011, and replace it with legislation that restores Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed. The Coastal Coalition campaigned strongly against this controversial Act which passed in April with a slim majority.

"We are taking this action because the foreshore and seabed is regarded as commonly owned by all New Zealanders equally since 1840, and because Maori traditions have never supported private ownership of the area either" Coastal Coalition Spokesman Dr Hugh Barr said today.

"The Marine and Coastal Area Minister Christopher Finlayson and the National Government ignored the widespread opposition of non-iwi New Zealanders when they passed the new law. By enabling Maori tribal groups to gain private ownership of the coastal area, which has always been a public commons in New Zealand, deep racial division within our society will be created over time", Dr Barr said.

"The National government has significantly lowered the qualifying criteria for tribal claims, over those in the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act, which recognised iwi mana but only for groups who could genuinely prove their claim in the High Court. The new law not only gives ownership and title instead of mana, but it allows the claims to be settled by secret negotiations with the Minister (from which all other interest groups are excluded) instead of having to be proved in the High Court. This secret settlement will then be rubber stamped, by an Act of Parliament."

"The weakened process is already opening the floodgates for claims for the coast, with iwi groups now queuing up to make claims for popular areas like 90 Mile Beach and the Kaipara Harbour, rather than the remote areas we were led to believe."

"And free public access is not guaranteed, as any area where a tribal group gains customary title can be declared a wahi tapu area, which excludes the general public, and allows patrolling by tribal wardens, and individual fines of up to $5,000."

"We are hoping the public gets behind the petition and that together we can show the National government that they had no right to railroad this atrocious law change through, against the wishes of the New Zealand public, and that we want it repealed so the foreshore and seabed can be returned to Crown ownership - where it belongs", Dr Barr said.

Copies of the Petition and full instructions of how to help are available from the Coastal Coalition website at www.CoastalCoalition.co.nz. The Coastal Coalition now has a year in which to collect the signatures of 10 percent (400,000) of registered voters in order to require the government to hold a nation-wide referendum.

The CIR announcement is in the New Zealand Gazette today: http://www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/NZGZT/NZGazette105Jul11.pdf/$file/NZGazette105Jul11.pdf

NZ Gazette of 14 July 2011, Page 3059, Office of the Clerk of the House
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Coronavirus: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees, And A Possible Future For RNZ Concert

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban extending until next Monday at least, presumably dependent to some extent on what Morrison decides to do later this week.
Our universities are now asking for an exemption to the travel ban for their Chinese students, who would still, the universities assure us, be subjected to strict quarantine procedures upon arrival. Given how the inability of the university system to care for its own students on campus made world news last year, that promise may not do much to reduce the coronavirus fears among the wider New Zealand public. More>>


 

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:

Local Government NZ: New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More>>

ALSO:

“Can Do Better”: Sallies Election Year Report Card

This year’s State of the Nation report by The Salvation Army offers a mixed bag of outcomes, with some significant headline progress - but also an ambitious list of “can do better”. Government action is delivering limited improvements... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Concert Being Bled For RNZ Youth Station

Release the frequencies! If only all political crises could be resolved with such (suspicious) ease. In December, the RNZ board signed off on the idea for a new youth music channel on FM. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels