18 May 2009

Panel likely to recommend repeal of foreshore act

10:15 am on 18 May 2009

The panel reviewing the Foreshore and Seabed Act looks likely to recommend the Government repeal the law, with most submitters calling for the act to be thrown out.

The Ministerial Review Panel has held 19 hui and public meetings from Bluff to Northland to review the 2004 Act, with two more to come.

It has also met sector groups and government departments with foreshore and seabed interests, and specialist lawyers and academics.

Taranaki and Whanganui Maori were unanimous at this weekend's two hui that the act should be scrapped.

Panel member Hana O'Regan says 94% of submitters favour repeal.

Iwi and hapu want to work with the Crown on what happens next, but Ms O'Regan says sector groups are wary of delays, and want certainty in dealing with coastal resources.

Whanganui iwi have called for a task force to govern the region's foreshore and seabed.

Whanganui River Maori Trust Board manager, Nancy Tuaine, says the river tribes want a fifty-fifty partnership with regional and local councils, in which local solutions can be determined.

Ms Tuaine says there wasn't time for full dialogue before the Foreshore and Seabed Act became law.