- There are some strongly positive elements in the consultation document, including the recognition that the 2004 Act should be repealed, and that access to justice and customary title extinguished by the Act should be restored.
- However, the "public domain" proposal favoured by the government repeats the discrimination of the 2004 Act, by proposing to treat Māori property rights differently to those who already have private title in the foreshore and seabed.
- We are deeply concerned by implications that the government is seeking endorsement of its preferred option rather than genuine dialogue and consultation. The "longer conversation" is still needed to find a resolution, not another imposed solution.
See also the 2004 submission on the Foreshore and Seabed Bill, the 2009 submission on the Foreshore and Seabed Review, and the 2010 submission on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill.
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