GOVT TO PROVE OWNERSHIP OF FORESHORE

 MANA Leader Hone Harawira

“Ngati Kahu seem to be always in the news these days, what with their refusal to play ball with government’s rip-off treaty settlement process, and Chris Finlayson trying to blackmail them into getting back into line or have their mandate pulled, but their Marine and Coastal Areas settlement proposal just got a big plug at the MANA AGM” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira.

“Government is running a racist MACA deal where the legislation says government owns the foreshore and seabed and Maori have to prove otherwise, which is straight bullshit of course. The foreshore and seabed was always here, and so were Maori, before Pakeha came and before the string of thieving settler governments we had leading up to the current bunch of crooks on the treasury benches”

“Any respectable legal body outside of this country will tell you that the foreshore and seabed belongs to the first people of the land, in this case Maori”

“Ngati Kahu have simply decided to take that approach and turn government’s racism on its head by declaring the simple truth that Ngati Kahu are the rightful owners of the foreshore and seabed in Ngati Kahu territory and that the Crown has the responsibility of proving otherwise”

“MANA has passed a resolution backing Ngati Kahu’s position and affirming it as the right and proper position to be taken in respect of all lands, forests, fisheries and other treasures that Maori had sovereignty over at the time of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi”

“We wish Ngati Kahu well in their continued stand against the tyranny of the state and in their fight for justice for their forebears and their descendants.

  • liveoak

    “The foreshore and seabed was always here, and so were Maori, before Pakeha came and before the string of thieving settler governments we had leading up to the current bunch of crooks on the treasury benches” . . . . Maybe there needs to be a species-wide reconsideration of what “ownership” really means. At what point in our evolution did it become a matter of words on paper rather than living beings sustaining themselves within and respecting living systems? When are we going to change our belief system to correct that mistake?

    • Tuari Rupene Hetaraka

      …when one decides to grow up and administrate their own affairs, however the first step forward is inward…my thoughts only

    • Tuari Rupene Hetaraka

      …also this was filed in to the court, MEMORANDUM OF NOTICE FOR DROITURAL ACTIONS WITH OPPOSITION to any claim to any “ customary marine title and protected customary rights” filed a few days earlier …this was acknowledged by email

      WellingtonHC
      May 18 (5 days ago)
      to me

      Dear Tuari,

      The Wellington High Court is managing all the Marine & Coastal files, so any documentation can be sent directly to us.

      In regards to your document, it will be printed out and it will be placed on the file.
      Kind regards,

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      Jo Carrell
      Deputy Registrar
      Wellington High Court | Te Kōti Matua o Aotearoa
      Phone: +64 4 466 0495 | Ext 60605
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