The Marine and Coastal Area Bill passed its second reading last week.  This legislation has caught the attention of a number of people who are saying the bill should be dropped.

The Bill guarantees free public access in the common marine and coastal area.

All political parties have one thing in common – that the 2004 Act which extinguished legal redress was wrong.  The Greens and Hone Harawira believe the foreshore and seabed belong to Māori.  ACT wants the courts to sort it out.  Labour has now taken its fifth position since 2004 and believes the courts should sort it out.

National, the Māori Party and Peter Dunne believe the High Court should be a place of redress on this vexed matter, if tests of standing are achieved and the only possible outcome is not a property title but a customary title.