May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Harawira disappointed with Foreshore & Seabed outcome

1 min read

Unrest is growing at the Maori Party’s decision to affirm new legislation which will repeal the current Seabed & Foreshore Act. MP Hone Harawira released a statement last week saying he too was disappointed but not surprised with the fact that Pakeha will get their public access and no sale, but Maori will not receive the same rights, saying:

One of the lessons weve learnt is that if government says it wants public domain, then we need to know whether thats negotiable or not. Because if its not and clearly public domain wasnt, we could have closed this all up 3 months ago, and saved Maori all the anguish and heightened expectation that has been created by this bullshit consultation process.

Mr Harawira’s goal is to continue to fight toget Maori title to the seabed and forshore, which he says is not justcustomary title either, but formal, legislative recognition of Maori rights to the foreshore and seabed, as guaranteed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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