As night follows day, Maori have rights over the Kermadecs they want to enforce…watch the brownmail ramp up.
Plans to set up one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world breach Treaty of Waitangi obligations and extremely late-notice consultation was cynical, the Maori Fisheries Trust says.
The strong criticism comes after Labour said the Government’s “care free” approach to establishing the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary could lead to legal challenges from iwi.
Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith dismissed that, saying consultation had been adequate and the idea well-received.
However, today the Maori Fisheries Trust, Te Ohu Kaimoana (TOK), has issued a statement slamming the Government’s “cynical” consultation on the project.
“To inform Te Ohu Kaimoana (as the agent of the Treaty partners) a mere 10 hours before the Prime Minister’s announcement at the United Nations and call it consultation is cynical,” the joint statement from TOK chairman Matiu Rei and chief executive Peter Douglas said. Read more »