9 Sep 2010

New foreshore bill worse for Maori - Jones

1:46 pm on 9 September 2010

Labour MP Shane Jones says the new Marine and Coastal Area Bill is worse for Maori than Labour's Foreshore and Seabed Act.

He says the main change is that the Government has taken on board a submission by former Labour Attorney-General Michael Cullen about removing the assumption of Crown ownership.

But he says the bar has been set very high for iwi or hapu to prove their ancestral links to an area so they can get customary title.