8 Oct 2010

Delay in changes to Crown Minerals Act urged

6:06 am on 8 October 2010

Oil and gas claimants from the Ngaaruahine iwi in South Taranaki say the Government should hold off changing the Crown Minerals Act until the Waitangi Tribunal has had a chance to rule on their claims.

Spokesperson Daisy Noble says Crown officials stood at a hearing in April and assured the tribunal that Maori interests were protected by both the Crown Minerals Act and the Conservation Act.

But she says the Government now wants to change those acts to encourage more exploration and extraction.

Mrs Noble says years of work are being thrown away, which is why she's asking the Waitangi Tribunal to ask the Government to wait.

Ms Noble told Waatea News that Ngaaruahine want a Taranaki oil and gas commission set up, including iwi participation, which would give the people of the province some say in how the resource is developed.