Hauraki Maori apply for customary rights

Some Hauraki Maori are making claims on coastal and marine titles under the Marine and Coastal Act 2011. File photo.

At least five iwi, hapu and whanau groups have recently applied for coastal and marine titles and customary rights in the Hauraki area.

The groups put their cases to the government and High Court over the last few weeks in response to a final call for applications under the Marine and Coastal Act 2011.

Hauraki District Council communications officer Paula Trubshaw says it’s possible other groups may have applied without notifying the council.

“The council is keen to stay in the loop on developments, so we have registered an interest by serving notices of appearance on all applications relating to the area,” says Paula.

The 2011 act replaces the highly contentious Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004, which was reviewed in 2009, following a strong public reaction from Maori.

Under the new act, groups can apply for protected customary rights and customary marine titles which protect their intrinsic and inherited rights in relation to coastal and marine areas, from the king high tide mark out to the 12-mile territorial limit.

“If granted, a marine title would allow a group to protect wahi tapu, give or decline permission for activities requiring resource consent, and assume ownership of newly found taonga in the area,” says Paula.

“The granting of protected customary rights would ensure legal rights to activities such as gathering kaimoana, launching waka, imposing rahui, the use of resources such as minerals, shingle and peat, and the collection of medicinal and food plants.”

The new act theoretically also safeguards the rights of the general public, who will continue to have legal access to all coastal and marine areas despite their ownership status, and the right to continue to engage in activities in these areas such as boating and fishing.

The five applications the council is aware of involve a number of coastal areas in the district, which they will be keeping tabs on.


Settle down guys

Posted on 10-06-2017 17:54 | By Papamoaner

If my hunting access experience is anything to go by, I would much rather have to get permission from our maori mates to get some pauas and crays, than have to lick up to some obnoxious snuff-sniffing tobacco chewer from Texas. Try hunting Ngamatea to Golden Hills and Boyds hut in the Kaimanawas and see how you get on.


Posted on 09-06-2017 19:54 | By old trucker

have any say in this how can Govt,.allow all this rubbish,you know the saying, SQUEAKY WHEELS GET grease,(AM THINKING)does this woman Paula have a CONFLICT OF INTEREST in this,(not saying it is) BUT, also all the FANCY NAMES etc,really get to me,ME thought we were all one,BUT IM WRONG,there are still a lot of greedy people out there with nothing better to do,like yrs ago when they were given forest back, a guy i know had a BRAND NEW ute and went hunting,the rest is history, when he got back it was bashed beyond repair with a note saying DONT COME BACK.(JEALOUSY REARING ITS UGLY HEAD,All that power when in charge,my dad use to say, never tell those people how to operate machinery,as you wont make it out,and another word, POWER HAPPY, my thoughts only,Sunlive is No1 for News,Thankyou,10-4 out.

@ 1 4 GK

Posted on 09-06-2017 17:01 | By Laurie

OK yes their claim is lawful but the legislation/law allowing them to do this shouldn’t exist - every NZ’er should have the same rights of access & use of the foreshore & seabed!!!

@ 14 GK

Posted on 09-06-2017 16:09 | By Captain Sensible

Oh the irony...Maori rights you can see but non-maoris lack of rights...you must be blind to. Why should any race have special race based rights that are blatantly denied to other kiwis?


Posted on 09-06-2017 12:30 | By dumbkof2

and they say this isnt racial

What's so wrong?

Posted on 09-06-2017 09:49 | By 1 4 GK

Hauraki are merely exercising their right to lodge a claim - the Law allows this.The test will be to see if they meet the requirements of the Act - and I would suggest this is most unlikely.One thing you can rely on in Tauranga; any mention of Maori exercising their rights and all the septics - yes septics - hit the keyboard...Just for the record, I hope the claim - and all the many others lodged - fail. I just don’t see what’s wrong with people exercising their legal right.


Posted on 08-06-2017 19:25 | By Tgaboy

Would they also like the air we breathe?

Wake up

Posted on 08-06-2017 18:32 | By overit

Kiwi’s get on your computers and put in a submission. Its not too late.

This is rubbish

Posted on 08-06-2017 17:40 | By chatter

Seriously - why is the government STILL entertaining this farce.These customary rights are being thrown about willy nilly by a few individuals who consider they have indiginous rights.Yes - protect our waters and surrounding marine life for ALL NEW ZEALANDERS to share & enjoy.PC Crap continues to ensue.

yea right

Posted on 08-06-2017 17:25 | By hapukafin

Rights to the general public will be greated by rude obstructing people who claims its there land you are passing on and to f. off,eg some of the northern and eastern beaches Ive been on and on Farewell Spit.

and again

Posted on 08-06-2017 16:22 | By Captain Sensible

Yep...another race based privilege denied to 85% of kiwis coming your way soon!

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