14 Oct 2010

PM plays down tensions over foreshore bill

4:16 pm on 14 October 2010

The Prime Minister is playing down tensions between National's support parties over the foreshore and seabed, saying they just have very different points of view.

ACT and the Maori Party are at loggerheads over whether new legislation should specifically prohibit customary title holders from charging public access fees.

The Government has indicated it will add the word "free" to the legislation, in relation to public access, to make it clear that fees cannot be charged.

The Maori Party says ACT's push for that amendment is an insult to Maori, who have already been promised open access.

Prime Minister John Key says that there are always some tensions between those two parties, but that nothing said over this issue has caused him any concern.