Nick Smith could undermine this Government with his refusal to consult with stakeholders


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.

The government had overridden Maori interests without any consultation – and if it could do that to the fisheries settlement it could to it to any Treaty settlement, party co-leader Marama Fox told the programme.

Maori were not getting rich off Treaty settlements, which had only returned less than 1 per cent of what was taken through colonisation, she said.

With the Kermadec sanctuary they had been offered the chance to gift more rights back to the government.

“The government have simply not learnt through the bad example of the Labour government,” Mrs Fox said.

It is somewhat gobsmacking that in a climate where Maori have been taken for granted by Labour, and Maori are working hard to create their own political powerhouse, that Nick Smith would be so dense as to simply take their fishing rights without even sitting down to tell them.

Under what scenario is anyone going to react well to having something that belongs to them taken away?

Worse, there are signs the Government is digging in on this issue.


– NZN via Yahoo! News

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