Ngati Tama chairman Fred Te Miha says while the bill allows the opportunity for Maori to obtain customary rights, few iwi will be able to prove uninterrupted occupancy.
One of the submissions caught my eye - is it me or is this a bit weird
The Marlborough Express
Karl Maltesen, a Danish immigrant, who lives in Marlborough, told a hearing in Blenheim yesterday that he opposed the new bill because he believed the foreshore and seabed should belong to all New Zealanders.
If the bill went ahead he would contact the United Nations because it would strip New Zealanders of their birthright, he said.
"If the Government believes this will fade out peacefully they are a deluded bunch."
Panel member Kelvin Davis asked Mr Maltesen whether he thought Maori had been disadvantaged and were denied marine space in the past. Mr Maltesen did not want to comment because he was not informed.Well he finally makes some sense in the end - yes you are very ill-informed. The UN bit is funny but for goodness sake - this is why i think all immigrants should get some free study about the true history of this country and the indigenous place of maori as central to this place, as a prerequisite for building a home here.