Maori like to be consulted – but who did Tuhoe consult about their ban on Urewera hunting?

October 11, 2014
Nowadays he will need Tuhoe permission.

Nowadays he will need Tuhoe permission.

Alf was never satisfied with the assurances and platitudes from Chris Finlayson, our Attorney-General, about public access to the foreshore and seabed when the issue was being argued a few years ago.

He particularly remembers ACT MP David Garrett being given the brush-off at question time in Parliament.

Finlayson was apt to insist he expected  very little of the foreshore and seabed would end up under Maori customary title through the claims process in the legislation that replaced the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

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If schools start running out of money, maybe they should cut out travel to the Cooks

December 6, 2012

Post-Primary Teachers Association president Robin Duff is bleating (here) about school funding slipping behind inflation and he has gone out to bat for schools in poor areas, which don’t have community funds to draw on.

Secondary Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh similarly says some school boards are struggling with the complexities of running a school, but their biggest problem is lack of money.

Yet the report which triggered those responses shows some school boards are channelling the money they do get into …

Well, overseas trips and “hospitality”, for starters.

And traffic fines.

And shipping clothing and household items overseas.

And a satellite TV subscription.

Alf has been informed of this mis-spending in a report from the
Auditor-General (here).

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A judge, a QC and an IOU – they spell trouble when it comes to public perceptions of our courts

April 19, 2010

Some of the goings-on in the Bill Wilson affair are fortifying Alf’s view that we should have stuck with the Privy Council as our top appeal court. It is British, among its great attributes.

Setting up our own Supreme Court bothered him (and still does) because Alf was not confident we had enough judges supreme enough to sit on it.

His jaundiced view is further jaundiced by a Stuff report today on the Crown’s two top lawyers and their failure to correct a submission to the Supreme Court.

Oops. Probably Alf should refer to their alleged failure to correct the submission (bearing in mind this is legal stuff and lawyers are apt to become uppity about the absence of the word “alleged”).
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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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Maori Council should try tipping the scales with a case

August 27, 2009

Dunno what sorts of dickheads are running loose in the New Zealand Maori Council.

But the buggers are vowing to keep fighting for Maori ownership of water, even though the High Court has refused them leave to take the case to the Supreme Court over the issue.

That means pissing more Maori money – or is it public money? – against the courtroom wall.
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