Hobsons Pledge reports
NZ’s largest resource grab at a beach near you
Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little and the High Court are poised to grant new property over vast swathes of New Zealand’s coastline to private private trusts. The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 enables one of the biggest race-based claims in living memory.
- National’s Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act (the MACA) opened the way for New Zealanders with Maori ancestors to claim title to the foreshore and seabed
- Hundreds of private tribal trusts have applied for recognition of Customary Rights and for Customary Marine Title over 10 million hectares of beaches and seabed out to 12 nautical miles (22 kilometres), all harbours and estuaries, the airspace above and many of the minerals below
- The area claimed is equivalent to over one third of New Zealand’s total land area.
Customary Marine Title gives major property rights to any tribal group that has “exclusively used and occupied the coastal area from 1840 to the present day, without substantial interruption” Section 58
A Protected Customary Right is a tribal right,such as collecting hangi stones from the beach, selling gravel etc. (without being subject to RMA requirements), which the applicant group has practised according to tikanga since 1840 Section 51
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