Thursday, December 08, 2005


The foreshore bill is a bit strange.

It states

"That decision recognised the possibility that Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 would lead to private ownership of the foreshore and seabed"

One owuld think from this that it should not want public ownership of private foreshore. However it excludes "registered under the Land Transfer Act 1952". why? well I guess they jut didnt want to fight that fight right now. But I note that the law basically states that the very idea of private ownership is justification for legislation. It can prevent new ownership or hte converson of ambiguous rights to freehold ownership but to remove freehold ownership would be a tougher political battle.

But the implication is htat hte next stepshould be to confirm that the foreshore is not "ownable" surely?


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