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“We applaud the Whakatōhea High Court case that has
now set a precedent for Māori rights and interest in their
foreshore and seabed. It’s an outstanding decision because
the Court recognises all reclaimed lands with significant
and boating traffic” said Debbie
Ngarewa-Packer.

“This is a significant decision,
particularly for Iwi who have suffered significant loss from
muru whenua.

“The court has found that territorial
local authorities providing resource consents to people to
use foreshore and seabed doesn’t extinguish Māori
ownership and rights to the same foreshore and seabed
subject of that resource consent” said
Ngarewa-Packer.

“All land upon which there is
significant traffic by way of fishing and or boating has
been found also to be within Māori rights to ownership”
said Waititi.

“We acknowledge Te Whakatōhea, who
for 30 years have been fighting this fight. They have poured
their blood, sweat and tears into this kaupapa and not once
did they waver. They have seen many of their pakeke pass on
through this process and I’m sure they will all be proud
that their uri have spearheaded this groundbreaking case
that will ultimately benefit all Māori in the future”
said
Waititi.

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