December 07, 2018
Call for hapū to get on board Porou foreshore deal
New Zealand First has voted for the second reading of a bill confirming the customary rights of East Coast iwi Ngāti Porou in the marine and coastal area.
Its treaty settlements spokesperson Shane Jones says Ngā Rohe Moana o Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Porou Bill does not vest ownership, public access is largely unaffected, and there will be ministerial oversight of bylaws posed by Ngāti Porou in relation to the area.
The party believes the basis for Ngāti Porou’s claim to customary rights has been through a sound process.
However, he was disappointed not all hapū have committed to the deal – something New Zealand First wants rectified before the legislation can be passed into law.
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