3 Jul 2009

Apology sought from Labour over Foreshore Act

9:02 pm on 3 July 2009

The MP who quit the Labour Party over the Foreshore and Seabed Act wants her former colleagues to admit they were wrong.

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the Ministerial Review panel has exposed the flaws in Labour's approach to Maori customary rights.

The panel recommended the act be repealed and outlined a range of options for recognising the interests of hapu and iwi in the coastal marine environment.

The review was set up as part of the Maori Party's support agreement with National.

While acknowledging that other parties played politics with the Court of Appeal decision that sparked the Act, Mrs Turia says responsibility for the law ultimately lies with the former Government.

She told Waatea News that Labour should apologise to Maori for making a discriminatory law.