6 Nov 2009

Iwi leaders to drive discussion on foreshore alternatives

9:57 pm on 6 November 2009

The Iwi Leaders Forum has called a series of hui to develop a Maori alternative to the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

The Government has told the Maori Party it might repeal the Act, but it wants to be clear on a replacement which will recognise Maori customary interests while protecting public access to the beaches.

The iwi forum - which includes Ngai Tahu, Ngati Toa, Whanganui, Kahungunu, Te Whanau a Apanui, Tainui and Ngapuhi - has called a national hui in Rotorua next Tuesday afternoon, after a morning hui on the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Ngai Tahu chairperson Mark Solomon says there will then be regional hui until Christmas to allow smaller iwi and hapu to have their say.