Chief executive Dion Tuuta says Dr Smith has handled the whole process poorly with a lack of consultation.
On a matter of principle the Kermadec proposal was worse than the foreshore and seabed scrap of the early 2000s, which was about right to go to court to test ownership rights, he told TV3’s The Nation on Saturday.
“This is actually taking away a property right that actually exists.
“We haven’t fished there but our Treaty right also includes the right to develop into the future. So the decision about whether we fish there today, tomorrow or a hundred years from now, that’s is our decision.”
Dr Smith has said any fishing exemptions would undermine any sanctuary’s integrity.
The Maori Party, which is a government ally and wants to bridge the gap between the two parties, is also critical. Read more »