Here comes the taniwha

Cletus Maanu Paul

The taniwha are about to rampage around the coastlines of New Zealand:

A massive claim for customary rights of New Zealand’s foreshore and sea beds has been lodged in the High Court at Rotorua by a local iwi leader.

The application by New Zealand Maori Council co-chairman Maanu Paul – made on behalf of all Maori – wants recognition of customary marine title and protected customary rights over the New Zealand coast and the entire foreshore and territorial waters of New Zealand.   

“Our position is quite simple, the government has been in charge since 1840. They’ve made a mess of the water, they’ve made a mess of the environment, our clean green image is about to be destroyed and we’re saying we’ve had a guts full of this poor management,” he said.

Under the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011 claims had to be filed within six years – applications closed on Sunday. One-hundred-and-fifty claims for ownership, for thousands of kilometres of New Zealand’s coastline were filed in high courts around the country.

Paul, who lives in Ohope, said it was his duty as a member of the New Zealand Maori Council to protect all Maori.

“By law I am bound to do what I am doing, I have applied just in case Maori who have customary rights failed to apply by the due dates,” he said.

Paul said rights guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi “could have been extinguished” if he didn’t take this action.

Why doesn’t Cletus use his first name?

Te Arawa Lakes Trust chairman Sir Toby Curtis said when Maori made claims like this it was easy to think they were “silly buggers” but he agreed with Paul.

“The Maori want to be part of the environment – the care, maintenance and protection of it,” he said.

Sir Toby said there was a difference between a Pakeha and Maori sense of ownership.

“It’s not so much an ownership, it’s more custodial,” he said.

“New Zealand is a resource to pass on to the next generation, not just sell on.”

And…how did that work out for Moa?

This is nothing other than a shake down from Maori, yet again.

Watch Winston cash in electorally, because you can be assured that Bill English won’t handle this well.


– NZ Herald

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