Te Ohu Kaimoana to resume legal battle over Māori fishing rights

Te Ohu Kaimoana to resume legal battle over Māori fishing rights


The battle to retain Maori fishing
rights in the Kermadecs continues after negotiations
with the Government failed. As it prepares to head
back to court, Te Ohu Kaimoana says the case could eclipse
the foreshore and seabed issue in terms of
eradicating Maori rights. Irena Smith has the story. It’s gone from bad to worse. The Government made decision
in the first place and they are pressing on
with their plans for the Kermadecs. However, the leader of the ACT Party
supports iwi Maori. The Maori Party are challenging
their partners. Today TOKM announced
that regardless of the cost, they will fight
for Maori fishing rights. The great challenge
before the Maori Party is taking a hard line stance
on this issue. It is now in the hands of the Maori Party
and the Government. Irena Smith, Te Karere. And in the last hour, the government announced
it will delay passing legislation that sets up
the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary while it holds fresh talks
with the Maori Party. PM John Key says
he’s disappointed talks with TOKM broke down
and he’s decided to restart discussions with the Maori Party
to see if a solution can be reached.

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