21 Mar 2011

Foreshore hikoi nears Wellington

12:04 pm on 21 March 2011

A hikoi protesting against the Marine and Coastal Area Bill is nearing its final destination in Wellington.

The Bill replaces the controversial 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act and restores the right of iwi and hapu to seek customary title through the courts.

The hikoi, which began in Cape Reinga, had reached Otaki by midday on Monday and intended arriving in Porirua by early evening, where participants planned to stay the night at a marae.

Spokesperson hikoi Rueben Taipari says Maori leaders from around the country were gathering on Mondy evening in Porirua before the final stretch to Parliament in Wellington on Tuesday.

He says marchers will meet at Te Papa on Tuesday morning and walk along Lampton Quay to reach the Beehive at about midday.