Repeal one step closer to a reality

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Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act is one step closer to a reality.

We welcome the Government’s commitment to repeal the act hopefully this will bring an end to the mamae, hurt and injustices our people have had to endure, she said.

Today our people and this nation begin a new process as we consider options the Government sees as the way forward.

I encourage our people, who might be struggling with those proposals, to seek guidance from their hapu, to return home to those hapu who have for generation after generation cared for te takutai moana on behalf of us all.

Mrs Turia said the Governments discussion document released today laid out two issues restoration of property rights and access to justice that sit behind the partys commitment for repeal.

This issue was never about stopping public access to beaches, it was about an act that denied Maori, who never relinquished their kaitiakitanga and rangatiratanga over the foreshore and seabed, access to justice the right to go to court to have their claims heard.

Our priority is repeal we promised our people wed get it so thats our main objective. Beyond repeal is to get the best deal for our mokopuna, Mrs Turia said.

2 COMMENTS

  1. What concerns me, is that if the government forces through their favoured 4th option, then Maori will have to waste a large proportion of the compensation gained from the government over the historical rip-off and theft of lands through bullying and manipulation, on legal costs to fight for their seabed and foreshore rights through the courts with no guarantee of success or with success at huge cost. Plus the 4th option denies or ignores and fails to enshrine the first nation status of Maori and their right to guardianship of their land including the foreshore and seabed. Dispossessed peoples will never recover while they become minoritised and marginalised by Pakeha majority governments and their policies aimed at non-Maori rights over Maori (first nation), rights.

    This is at the heart of Tino Rangatiratanga, though I would prefer Rangatiratanga Atoa. There definitely needs to be an upper house in Parliament for Tangata Whenua and this would be the ideal vehicle for Rangatiratanga o te Motu Atoa. Having an upper house for Maori would enable Maori to veto or vote on bills as it effects their lands and their status as first nation people.

    Maybe this could be a model for other first nation peoples in other countries to regain their mana and status as tangata whenua in their countries.

    Gerard.

  2. The foreshore and seabed beongs to tangata whenua by whakapapa. Ka pari te tae ka timu te tai, ka whai nga wairua katoa ki te ia o te moana tae noa ki te rerenga wairua. Ina kore i pare te tae, kore i taea.

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