Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill – make your submission

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Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill

Public submissions are now being invited on this bill. You can make your submission online: scroll to the end of this page. If you enter the verification code and the submission form does not appear, please read the guidance “Having trouble making an online submission?” https://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/OnlineSubmission/9/4/2/00WMOnlineSubmissionHelp1-Online-submission-help.htm

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 19 November 2010

This bill repeals the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004. The committee intends to travel widely to hear submissions on the bill, to locations including Invercargill, Christchurch, Blenheim, Wellington, Bay of Plenty, Hamilton, Auckland and Whangarei.

The bill is available for download http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0201/latest/viewpdf.aspx

Print copies can be ordered online from Bennetts Government Bookshops.

The committee requires two copies of each submission if made in writing. Those wishing to include any information of a private or personal nature in a submission should first discuss this with the clerk of the committee, as submissions are usually released to the public by the committee. Those wishing to appear before the committee to speak to their submissions should state this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. To assist with administration please supply your postcode and an email address if you have one.

Further guidance on making a submission can be found from the Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee link [http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/ACB8A16D-D905-416C-AE98-A6BFB07E34B5/103484/makingasubmission2007_1.pdf]

Please make a submission on the public website by clicking the link below.

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  1. Beehive Chat – 2 November 2010

    'Why the Taku Taimoana bill is so important'

    Hon Tariana Turia, MP for Te Tai Hauauru

    The dynamic debate over this past weekend’s Maori Party AGM has been well reported across every media.

    For those of us who have grown up on the marae, we are well used to the theatre of political debate – there’s no better place to ‘have it out’ than in front of all the people.

    It sure beats the secrecy or speculation of backroom discussions – as one of the members said, at least you can see the knives coming!

    Fundamentally we believe that it is vital to get the issues out on the table, debate them vigorously and allow people to express their opinion and then form their own views with all the information before them.

    It is about allowing the debate to go on; to value transparency and integrity; and knowing that when there is disharmony amongst the ranks, even if, as it was in this case, it was only a few individuals that raised issues, it is still important that we take the time to reconcile differences.

    I think the media are always fascinated by our approach. The press gallery is so used to events being carefully stage managed so that the public only see what they want them to see.

    With us it’s always been you see it all, warts and all! And that’s exactly how it should be.

    For me the message from this weekend from our membership was unequivocal – we must be both pragmatic and we must be visionary.

    We must take the members along with us, sharing stories about the way in which the legislation is drawn up, the negotiations progressed.

    But we must also stay steadfast to the aspirations and goals our tupuna fought before us.

    It’s like that saying – how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

    So we left the hui challenged by our members to really explain in clear terms the advantages and disadvantages with voting in support of the Marine and Coastal area (Taku taimoana) Bill.

    No-one is saying they want the 2004 Act to remain in place, well other than Winston Peters – but ultimately, if the decision is taken to vote against the Taku Taimoana Bill, that would be the logical result – the 2004 Bill will remain in place, for our grandchildren to fight another day.

    Koro Waru Allen spoke passionately about his belief that what we were doing, was a step of progress, that moved the debate further ahead and restored rights that the 2004 Act had sacrificed.

    And he called for the movement to have faith, to think of the future generations and to support the progress that he sees is so evident in the 2010 legislation.

    This weekend we also sadly farewelled our President of seven years Professor Whatarangi Winiata.

    His incredible leadership, the breadth of his vision and enduring wisdom has guided us to where we are today.His Presidency has been consistently positive – his presence has always calmed even the most troubled of waters.

    Matua would say his greatest contribution has been that he has maintained a focus on kotahitanga- the unity of purpose that brings us together.

    I would agree – but so much more. Matua Whatarangi has gifted us with such a solid basis for our future.

    I am so proud to be part of a movement, built on the foundations of kaupapa Maori, and inspired into action to ensure the enduring survival of the people.

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