22 Apr 2010

Ngai Tahu against foreshore and seabed draft

8:38 am on 22 April 2010

Ngai Tahu has voiced its disapproval of the Government's draft replacement of the Foreshore and Seabed Act, saying it does not go far enough for Maori.

Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is speaking at hui and meetings around the country as part of a consultation process about the proposed repeal of the 2004 Act.

It was Canterbury's turn on Wednesday to hear from Mr Finlayson about the proposed repeal.

The Government favours a system in which no-one would own the foreshore and seabed, instead of it being owned by the Crown.

In Onuku, near Akaroa, Ngai Tahu responded with its disapproval.

Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon told the minister that a repeal was a welcome stepping stone, but the proposed replacement law did nothing to recognise the tribe's inherited mana.

Mr Solomon says the Government should take its time to ensure the right solution is found.

He said he hopes there will be continued dialogue until a mutually agreed upon approach can be found.