Maori Party makes National its bitch over Kermadecs

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That Northland loss to Winston is costing. Big.

After ruling out compensation for iwi affected by a proposed Kermadec ocean sanctuary, the Government has buckled to pressure and will now consider it.

A Bill to establish the sanctuary unanimously passed its first reading in Parliament yesterday, but a number of iwi are angry about the lack of consultation.

The Maori Party has met with Environment Minister Nick Smith, who agreed to talks with iwi on compensation in return for the Maori Party supporting the Bill.

Dr Smith says Maori with rights to fish in the region haven’t done so for years, and the total fishing take was only around 20 tonnes a year.

It may just be pragmatism to make it all go away. It doesn’t appear to involve a lot of money. But, once again, it sets a precedent that somehow Maori own something that isn’t actually ownable.  Because, if they can own the future value of fish never caught, they can similarly own the future value of land they don’t hold, water they don’t control and other resources they can lay a claim to.

National was returned for a third term with the largest majority ever seen under MMP, yet they are the least effective because their minority coalition partner tails keep wagging the National dog.

 

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