Jan 25, 2021

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Volume of Foreshore submissions creates pressure for Maori Party

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(Source | Waatea News) Maori academic Rawiri Taonui says the Maori Party could yet regret its support for the replacement to the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

The Maori Affairs select committee has received more than 4000 submissions on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill, with more than 500 people wanting to be heard.

Mr Taonui says that’s likely to highlight the depth of Maori opposition to aspects of the bill, such as the stringent standard of the tests needed to prove customary ownership.

There is a question mark over how the Maori Party is going to handle that. Theyre probably not going to be able to support it through Parliament. Unwittingly theyve placed themselves in the same position as Nanaia Mahuta, John Tamihere, Parekura Horomia, and the other (Maori) Labour MPs were in 2003, 2004 where they were trying to cut a good deal for Maori but they crossed a bridge over a river of compromise that was a beachhead too far, Mr Taonui says.

He expects the Maori Party to go quiet on foreshore and seabed reform and instead highlight other policy wins like whanau ora and the Maori flag.

1 thought on “Volume of Foreshore submissions creates pressure for Maori Party

  1. Maori should combine their claims as one, 4000 seems alot but it isnt, compared to 3 and a half million people. United stands a better chance than alone. United is something Maori are famous for.

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