The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Submission on the Foreshore and Seabed Review 2009


  • Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand restates its opposition to the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, and believes the Act should be repealed.
  • The Act was a considerable injustice against Maori in 2004, and the greatest Treaty of Waitangi breach by our generation.
  • If Maori are still generous enough to agree to the “longer conversation” proposed by the Waitangi Tribunal in 2004, we believe the best outcome would be negotiated settlements which recognise both customary title and ongoing public access.
  • Respect and recognition of rights under the Treaty of Waitangi and internationally agreed Human Rights norms should be the most important principles considered by the Ministerial Review Panel in making recommendations for future action.

See also the 2004 submission on the Foreshore and Seabed Bill, the 2010 submission on the Foreshore and Seabed Consultation, and the 2010 submission on the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill.

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