Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Mike Butler: Tribe slams no ownershipLabels: Activists, foreshore and seabed, Maori, Mike Butler
Finlayson said the government’s “public domain/takiwa iwi whanui” proposal balanced the interests of all New Zealanders, affirmed public access, and recognized customary rights and interests. The Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 would be repealed, thus ending Crown ownership.
Jackson argued that the proposal “offered Maori a constrained property right, in contrast one presumes to the unconstrained freehold title Pakeha are able to hold in the foreshore and seabed.”
No discussion of tribal veto powers or other Crown examples of its elegance can disguise the prejudice, he said.
The non-ownership concept was nonsense and dishonest, he said. The most obvious precedent for no-ownership was the terra nullius “empty land” doctrine used to justify colonial appropriation of indigenous land in Australia, he said.
Tipuna (ancestor) Title would ensure public access and prohibit sale, Jackson said.
Jackson graduated in law and criminology, and after a short period in practise took up teaching Maori language. He undertook further study in the United States before returning to New Zealand to conduct research for the then Justice Department report on the Maori and the criminal justice system, that was published in 1988.
Jackson has worked extensively overseas on international indigenous issues, particularly the drafting of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that the Key government signed up to yesterday.
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