It’s not too late to find a Minister who won’t buckle on foreshore and seabed demands

April 11, 2010

How about this spot for a hotel, bro?

An Attorney-General and Treaty Negotiations Minister with more backbone is desperately needed. A bloke like Alf.

Fair to say, Alf did volunteer his services to The Boss before the Cabinet was selected after the last election. John Key said the job required a greater knowledge of legal stuff than Alf’s regular viewing a few years back of Rumpole and, more recently, Boston Legal.

Chris Finlayson was his choice.

A dubious one, as things are turning out.

Alf observes that the Government’s proposals to replace the Foreshore and Seabed Act ran into opposition at the very first meeting on the issue.

Mr Finlayson was attending a hui in Picton, the first of 22 meetings to be held throughout the country.

Maori attending the hui at Waikawa Marae raised concerns about having to prove customary rights in the Government’s preferred option.

It seems several iwi representatives said that they should not have to prove their rights and that customary rights should be restored to what they were before the legislation was changed.

So what’s the next thing we learn?

Fasten your seat belts, folks.

TV3 told us last night –

The Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson has made some major concessions tonight on the Government’s proposals on the foreshore and seabed.

One bloody meeting so far with a few stroppy Maori, a few objections raised, and Finlayson is making bloody concessions?

What sort of shape will we be in at the end of the consultation process?

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Hone thinks of quitting – hurrah (but can he give up the pay and the perks?)

November 7, 2009

Well, well, well. Hone Harawira is thinking of quitting as an MP.

Surely not! The bugger has been relishing the nourishment from the public trough for too long and Alf is putting his money on him staying to enjoy the perks for another three years.

More’s the pity.

But if he did quit, would it be because he recognises he has behaved disgracefully and should fall on his sword? Or his spear? Or whatever is sharp enough to pierce his outrageously thick hide?

Nah. The bugger is spitting the dummy because he has a problem governing in coalition with we Nats.

The Dom-Post tells us –

Firebrand Maori Party MP Hone Harawira – under attack for an explosive email – says he could quit at the next election over his party’s support for National.

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Peters pops up – now let’s put him back

July 6, 2009

Alf knew the best-forgotten Winston Peters would be dug up and interviewed on Q&A yesterday. Accordingly he gave the programme a big miss.

But Inventory, at Keeping Stock, found something noteworthy in what the great populist had to say (or was reported to have said):

Repealing the Foreshore and Seabed Act would be a disastrous backward step sending New Zealand towards separatism, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said today.
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It’s no big deal when there’s no beach

March 5, 2009

The missus is chiding Alf for failing to record the Government’s decision to review the Foreshore and Seabed legislation – the stuff that got people hot and bothered a few years back when the Clark Government passed it into law.

A slip-up?

Not necessarily. Alf can’t imagine Eketahuna folk being at all interested, since we have no foreshores or seabeds in our immediate vicinity.

But if constituents are bursting to read all about it, the terms of reference and members of the Government’s ministerial panel to review the Foreshore and Seabed Act were announced yesterday by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson.

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