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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Foreshore & Seabed review panel

Maori Television's Te Kaea (and also Te Karere on TVNZ who speculated on the membership) are reporting that the Maori Party-National policy of reviewing the Foreshore & Seabed confiscation law has had the details set - both the terms of reference (understood to be as broad as the wording in the Mational coalition agreement) and the panel:

Judge Eddie Durie (a well-known judge and chair of the Waitangi Tribunal) will probably chair it, with the two likely other members being Hana O'Regan and Richard Boast. I can't see why the panel will be any larger than those three. I note here that Durie and Boast have literally been on the same page about some issues (Maori cusom law) - see image.

Boast is a Vic law professor who has written a book on the Foreshore and Seabed in December 2005.
O'Regan is into poetry as well as other literary and academic activity.
Shane Jones, the Great Waha of the North, says that although there will be experts in tikanga Maori on the panel the government will not listen to them. Jones' own party not only didn't listen but slapped Maori across the face - so anything he has to say on the issue is a joke. And yet he says:As do I.

5 Comments:

At 26/2/09 1:14 pm, Blogger Bomber said...

Shane would like us to express our concerns? Well Shane, I was really fucking concerned that you passed legislation that was an effective confiscation of land with a law that was out and out racist and that bypassed due process.

I'm also a bit concerned that you seem to have forgotten your own disgusting little role in that confiscation Mr Jones.

 
At 26/2/09 4:00 pm, Blogger Brewerstroupe said...

I think you're being a bit hard on Jonesy. He didn't enter Parliament until 2005. The Foreshore and Seabed Act was 2004. As it happens, I have come to know him and quite well in the past six months and as far as I can tell, he is that rarest of beasts, an open and honest politician.

 
At 26/2/09 5:15 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

YMBJ

 
At 26/2/09 6:04 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best argument against giving land to iwi is Tamaki Intermediate in Glen Innes. For about 15 years the land has been desolate FFS.

 
At 27/2/09 12:56 pm, Blogger Jon said...

So? No one said they had to maximise it's use! If I want to leave my 10 acre block and let it turn into a wilderness, I can. People might not like it, but tough! It's theirs, to do with as they will (within the boundaries of the law)

 

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