Coastal claims

Weekend Herald - - VIEWPOINTS - Rex Beer, Whanga­paraoa. Trevor Poul­grain, Beth­le­hem. John V. Sum­ner, Mt Eden.

To hang on to power, the Na­tional Party handed their Maori Party part­ners a “bone” called the Marine and Coastal Area Act. It al­lows grant­ing of cus­tom­ary ti­tle to ar­eas of coastal sea. In such ar­eas the ti­tle hold­ers will be able ex­er­cise pow­ers that non- Maori do not have, in­clud­ing ex­clu­sion of ac­cess to spec­i­fied ar­eas for fish­ing or other recre­ation and power to veto ev­ery de­vel­op­ment.

There are hun­dreds of ap­pli­ca­tions about to be con­sid­ered by the High Court, cov­er­ing all of New Zealand’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters. Wake up, it is not too late to get rid of this highly dis­crim­i­na­tory act. One party, NZ First, is ab­so­lutely op­posed to it. As ex- Auck­lan­ders now liv­ing in Tau­ranga we have been ef­fec­tively dis­en­fran­chised from us­ing our Gold Cards for free non peak- hour trans­port un­less we go “through the hoops” process of ap­ply­ing for and fund­ing a Hop Card — which will then be frozen if we do not tag on for a cou­ple of months. I am sure there will be many oth­ers who may visit Auck­land caught in this sit­u­a­tion.

When we vis­ited Welling­ton to visit the dis­plays re­mem­ber­ing World War I we were able to use our cards on the train with no trou­ble at all. How can an Auck­land en­tity over- ride a Gov­ern­ment pro­vided sys­tem for the use of our Su­per Gold cards? It was de­light­ful to see the Auck­land ladies run­ning out in their tra­di­tional blue and white striped jer­seys. Then the men fol­lowed in a uni­form that was a dis­grace to our proud past of blue and white stripes. A blue “splodge” at the top of the jersey, prob­a­bly de­signed by the twit who wants to change “Auck­land — City of Sails!”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.