4/1/10

Annette Sykes : the proposed options for the Seabed Foreshore Act

4 comments:

David said...

Watching that, I didn't get a clear idea of where Annette stood herself.

She's right to say that National's isn't really offering a choice, but from listening to news, it seems that the prefered option - that iwi and hapu can establish customary ownership, but that they can't sell the title - seems to me to be the closest to what Hone Harawira has called for.

She raised concern about foreign developers, it seems to me local, including corporate iwi developers pose the same threats. The question is what to do about that?

Which of the options will give more room to oppose destructive developement?

Marty Mars said...

I think Hone has the right idea. Vest the rights with maori where they have always been and get the crown to argue where they believe customary title is not there. And get the 30% of F&S that is currently privately owned back to maori.

the maori party have achieved bugger all by getting a review - this option 4 will put maori in the same position as today. No rights, no ability to control the taonga of F&S - 2nd class citizens in our own country.

It is time to start looking at the rugby world cup and that bogus corporate event and apply pressure to show the world the real state of the way maori are treated in this country. It is one of the levers that could effect real change.

Anonymous said...

Foreshore ownership formula fiction

A Maori lawyer says the Government's proposal that there be no owner of coastal space is fundamentally dishonest.

Among the options for replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act is to replace the Crown title to land below the high tide mark with a new concept of public domain or takiwa takiwa iwi whanui.

Annette Sykes from Ngati Pikiao says there are at least 42 laws managing the rights around coastal space which assume de facto ownership by the Crown.

She says the Government's position is immediately undermined by the mining licenses it has issued for coastal areas.

“Now if the Crown is saying they don’t own it and Maori don’t own it, when they discover minerals and there is royalties due, who is going to receive the royalties. If the Crown doesn’t own it, then they shouldn’t get it. If Maori don’t own it, we’re not going to get it, so who is going to get those royalties? Is China going to say ‘We have got a licence so we own it,’” Ms Sykes says.

The Government is holding at least 11 consultation hui on the foreshore and seabed proposal, starting in Marlborough on April 9

Ana said...

The FSSB review what a waste of time, the crown can say that nobody owns the foreshore on one hand, but licenses for oil & gas exploration are going through the roof on the other. Destructive developments are happening now, & have no doubt that corporate iwi more worried about their 'bottom' line will want a piece of that at the cost of protecting the ecological integrity of the foreshore & seabed.
@Marty, I agree the Rugby world cup is the ideal platform to protest about the position of Maori in Aotearoa, the vast majority of Maori are suffering under the recession & are about to get hammered with draconian welfare 'reform'. The Maori party rode the back of the anti FSSB alienation by the crown & have failed to deliver any real benefit to Maori, what a waste of time they have turned out to be, a solid reminder that parliamentary reform-ism does NOTHING to advance our peoples & their rights.