Monday, July 13, 2009
The foreshore and seabed belong to all New Zealanders. Maori and Pakeha should continue to have their unfettered right of access to the foreshore and seabed, for leisure or for the taking of seafood,fishing, gathering seaweed and driftwood etc.
Ownership doesn't come into it. Freehold title should not even be considered. Stop making political capital out of Kiwis rights.
While Maori are technically indigenous to New Zealand because they were the first migrants to these shores, it hardly stacks up to the Australian Aboriginals 50,000 years in Australia, does it?
We need to sort out all outstanding the problems before we start considering turning NZ into a republic. It will come when the Aussies start debating the matter. It will come when Queen Elizabeth 11 dies; because there is no way that pommy fool, Prince Charles, will ever be the monarch and King of New Zealand - we have a Maori King and he is more credible than that pommy twit back in Buckingham Palace.
I don't believe Prince William would be even more acceptable, either! History is shortly to be made, whether in a few years or more. However, the Treaty of Waitangi will become a casualty of a change to a republic. Who knows, we may be asked to consider joining an Australasian Republic as we were when an Australasian Commonwealth was being considered in 1901. We declined then, and an Australian Commonwealth was formed instead. NZ went on to become a Dominion of New Zealand.