Customary title claims hit confiscation hurdle
By Yvonne Tahana
Bay of Plenty iwi say land confiscations in the 1860s could scuttle any chance of gaining customary title to tracts of the foreshore in their area.
Mr Palmer said it was a “double standard” that if iwi did gain customary title public access was guaranteed, but private land owners who already had title to the foreshore were not subject to the same conditions.
The whole repeal process had left a sour taste. “You know, I think it’s abhorrent that the thief determines what the conditions are for the return of the land.”