20 Dec 2010

Past injustice perpetuated in marine bill - Flavell

8:01 pm on 20 December 2010

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell says submitters to the Maori Affairs select committee have highlighted how the injustice of past land confiscation is continued in the Marine and Coastal Areas Bill.

Mr Flavell says Tauranga Moana iwi in particular submitted how the raupatu or land confiscations prevented the tribe having continuous use of the foreshore and seabed - a key test in the bill.

He told Waatea News a rewrite is likely.

Mr Flavell says the continuous-use test has been at the centre of much of the Maori opposition to the bill.