26 Apr 2010

Many issues raised over new foreshore law - Finlayson

6:35 am on 26 April 2010

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says Maori have raised many issues about a proposed new law on the seabed and foreshore, and have done so with class and civility.

Mr Finlayson, who is also the Attorney-General, attended the final consultation hui on the review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 on Saturday at Omapere in Northland.

He says the Nga Puhi hui was vigorous, as expected, and complicated by unresolved Treaty matters in the north.

But he says common concerns have emerged at all the hui over the past fortnight, including what tests there will be for determining customary title.

Mr Finlayson says there will be a chance for further consultation when a bill reaches its select committee stage.