Read the Bill before you hikoi says Turia (link to Takutai Moana Bill)

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(Source | Waatea News) Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia says Maori should read the Marine And Coastal Areas (Takutai Moana) Bill before they march against it.

The Auckland District Maori Council is threatening another hikoi to protest the bill, which is expected to have its second reading in the next couple of weeks.

Mrs Turia says the bill the Maori Party has contributed to is significantly different to the 2004 Act which sparked the first hikoi.

We have to decide why we are marching this time alongside of the ACT Party, the Coastal Coalition and the CAN group from Hawkes Bay. Im quite confused and sad I think because people havent understood the legislation, she says.

Mrs Turia says while the new Bill doesn’t go as far as the Maori Party wanted, it is an improvement on the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson people taking court action under the Maori and Coastal Areas Bill will be able to seek funding from a special fund administered by the Minister of Maori Affairs, rather than being eligible for legal aid.

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