May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Outline of Possible Alternative to the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004

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Engagement with Crown officials on the development of a regime to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 has indicated that the government is currently looking at an approach which is unlikely to satisfy the expectations of Iwi and hapu.

At this stage, rather than critiquing that approach, the Iwi Leaders Group directed that an alternative proposal be developed that has the capacity to both meet Iwi/hapu expectations and the governments political imperatives.

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Comments from Whaea Raewyn Bennett (present member for the Maori constituency of Mauao on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council):

The Department of Justice preparing this paper worked on the negotiations on the Foreshore & Seabed Claim for Te Whanau a Apanui and Ngati Porou. It looks as if they have drawn on material EBOP developed in relation to the Te Whanau a Apanui case. Heoi ano, here is my take on the paper – if anyone is interested. Our people need to get used to saying “We own the forshore and seabed” The word “ownership” is hard but it clearly conveys to them the extent of our rights.

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