The NZ public is understandably focused on the disastrous earthquake and its aftermath in Christchurch. The media is appropriately focused there, too.
Some important bits of news accordingly might escape public attention.
In the last hour or so, for example, Scoop posted a summary of Māori submissions on the Marine and Coastal Bill was released.
This is a summary of the 72 submissions received by the Māori Affairs Select Committee from marae, hapū, iwi, Māori land owners, organisations and collectives. It does not include those submissions made by Māori individuals. It has been prepared by a collective of concerned people, Kaitiaki o te Takutai, who wanted to know what hapū and iwi said about the Marine and Coastal Bill. It is our hope that their voices will be listened to.
The important thing is that all submitters said they were opposed to the Foreshore Seabed Act 2004 and supported its repeal.