30 Oct 2009

Foreshore and Seabed repeal bill to go to Cabinet

10:18 pm on 30 October 2009

The Maori Affairs Minister will take a bill repealing the Foreshore and Seabed Act to Cabinet on Monday.

Waatea News says Pita Sharples told an Anglican church hui in Auckland on Friday the Maori Party struggled with some aspects of being in coalition, such as having to vote for tax cuts for the wealthy when it campaigned on lower taxes for poor people.

But he said that was outweighed by the opportunities it offered the party to deliver what it promised supporters.

A ministerial review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act in July recommended the legislation be repealed.

It also raised the prospect of compensation for Maori.

The passing of the 2004 legislation, placing ownership of the foreshore and seabed in the Crown, was the catalyst for the formation of the Maori Party.