Foreshore and Seabed Negotiations
BackgroundIn 2004 the Crown passed the Foreshore and Seabed Act and despite the Ngati Porou position that hapu assert ownership to their respective rohe moana, the Act was passed and the Runanga entered into negotiations to regain what was lost as a result of that Act.
Through its negotiations the Runanga wanted to achieve:
- Recognition of the “Ownership Interests” of hapu
- Recognition of exclusive areas for hapu
- Recognition of the right of hapu to have exclusive areas and
- Appropriate standing for hapu in processes that impact upon the use and occupation of the foreshore and seabed like the Resource Management Act.
A comprehensive package of rights and protections was negotiated and in October 2008 48 Ngati Porou hapu signed the Deed of Agreement with the Crown.
It is currently before Parliament and the Nga Rohe Moana o Nga Hapu o Ngati Porou Bill is awaiting its first reading.