Monday, July 16, 2007
Foreshore and Seabed repeal to fail as it should:
The Maori Party says it's disappointed National will not support its bid to repeal seabed and foreshore law; all New Zealanders should be pleased it has failed.
The Maori Party is frustrated it will not have the support of National for its bid to repeal the seabed and foreshore law.
National has reconfirmed its opposition to any repeal of the law, meaning a private member's bill drafted by the Maori Party will fail.
Co-leader Tariana Turia says the Maori Party is incredibly disappointed with the position National has taken, given it was a chance to open the issue to discussion with all New Zealanders. She is disappointed National has not had the courage to provide leadership on the matter.
Mrs Turia says they Maori Party had fully expected National to support the repeal bill because its central issue was property rights, due process and access to justice. She says National has gone around the country talking about one law for all, equal access to justice, yet on this particular issue is prepared to treat Maori differently to other New Zealanders.
Maori have never owned the foreshore and seabed anyway. Quite frankly how can anybody own land belw the high watermark anyway.
This is a good subject for another post in the future.