Former Tauranga MP Bob Clarkson is pushing for a Commission of Inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and the government’s new Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill.
He believes the only people benefiting from the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process are Maori elite.
“It is not doing the average Maori any good,” says Bob.
“All the money goes to the heads of the Maori groups and they run around in their Lexus and their Mercedes.
“And the poor old Maori in the middle of the road is not getting any advantage at all.”
Bob is trying to organise a petition to get the inquiry launched.
He has also written letters to Prime Minister John Key expressing his opposition to the Marine and Coastal (Takutai Moana) Area Bill.
“(We are) asking for the answers of why he is doing this foreshore thing.”