"Maori and Crown may share foreshore"

NZ Herald Thursday Jul 02, 2009
By Claire Trevett

Maori tribes may be given legal title to parts of the foreshore and seabed separately or jointly with the Crown if the Government adopts the suggestions of its ministerial review panel.

The panel’s report, issued yesterday, describes the Foreshore and Seabed Act as severely discriminatory to Maori and “the single biggest land nationalisation statute enacted in New Zealand history”.

It recommends immediate repeal of the act and vesting of foreshore ownership “in trust” with the Crown while questions over the extent of iwi rights and how they can be recognised are resolved.

Possibilities include establishing reserves over which hapu would have full control or co-management roles.

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