9 May 2006

Reaction to Māori Fishing Bill Proposals

From the collecton Treaty of Waitangi

Reporter Alison Bartley describes what the Fisheries Bill means for the Māori people and how it will affect them. Richard Prebble speaks about the transfer of quotas and race relations while Opposition leader Jim Bolger gives his point of view of the solution and says it has nothing to do with the Treaty of Waitangi. Muriwhenua spokesman Matiu Rata says that this Bill is the first attempt to put something right from the Treaty of Waitangi. Reporter Gyles Beckford reports that fishing industry representatives such as Bob Martin (Federation of Commercial Fishermen) and Ray Dobson (Fishing Industry Board) condemn the settlement of fishing claims by the government. Reporter Debbie Gee explains the advantages and disadvantages of the government's proposals over the fishing claims. Maanu Paul, the New Zealand Maori Council fishing committee chairman, voices his disapproval of, and dissatisfaction with, the government proposals.

(Sound Archives MR880922)