September 22, 2016
Fisheries settlement before sanctuary
Labour is today meeting with Te Ohu Kaimoana to hear its concerns about the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.
Leader Andrew Little says the Government totally mishandled the initiative because he was keen to grab glory in the international stage.
Te Ohu Kaimoana says the sanctuary confiscates assets and rights confirmed in the 1992 Maori fisheries settlement.
Mr Little says Labour learned at its cost in the foreshore and seabed about legislating away treaty rights.
"We've said and indeed the Maori Party to their credit have said the Government has to do this property, they have to resolve this issue with Te Ohu Kaimoana before we pass legislation for the sanctuary. Labour's position is of course we want to support the sanctuary but we can't be in a position where we stand by and see a settled treaty claim being treated in this way, that's wrong," he says.
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