November 30, 2018
Foreshore Act repeal Finlayson highlight
Former Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Christopher Finlayson rates the repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act as his proudest achievement in parliament.
The National Party list MP is quitting parliament in January.
During his nine years as a minister he concluded more than 60 treaty settlements, and found it the most satisfying part of the job.
He says he came into parliament determined to overturn Labour’s foreshore claims legislation.
"I had been repelled by the appalling aftermath of the Court of Appeal's decision in the Ngāti Apa case and I still marvel that in the 21st century legislation was rammed through the House to deny a significant proportion of people the right of access to justice and the right to investigate their property rights," Mr Finlayson says.
He is working on a book on the Crown-Māori relationship, and then he will resume practice as a lawyer.
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