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    The people have spoken

    We are applauding the decision made by citizens to reject the introduction of Maori ward seats.  This highly contentious proposal, and if introduced would have established two classes of citizens.
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    Free speech blocked at Nelson library

    Democracy Action is condemning Nelson City Council and the city library’s decision to withdraw speaking permissions for a public talk on the Treaty of Waitangi by Bruce Moon. The Council’s cancellation of a library meeting for fear that it would ‘disturb the peace’ and pose health and safety risks would be laughable, if it didn’t display such disregard for the democratic role of public libraries.
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    New social campaign to spread the word

    On Friday we went live on Facebook with our video ‘A Tsunami of claims has hit the coast of New Zealand’.  We are asking people to consider standing up for the public interest by becoming involved in the claims process as interested parties, because it is likely that the less public opposition there is to a claim, the greater the chance it will succeed.
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    Marine and Coastal Area Act: Maps of application areas

    Below are the maps of the application areas. Click a map to enlarge.
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    Marine and Coastal Area Act: Encourage others to take action

    In addition to encouraging family, friends, and colleagues to take action, approach other potential interested parties, such as boating clubs, fishing groups, bach owners, community groups, and anyone else with close associations with the coast, suggesting they also file Notices of Appearance;
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    Marine and Coastal Area Act: How to oppose a claim made directly with the Crown

    Under Crown engagement, the general public will be able to object to or support any application as part of a public enquiry process seeking submissions. This process has not yet begun. The sequence and timing for determination of Crown engagement applications are being developed and information about this will be published on the Justice Department website in due course.
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    Marine and Coastal Area Act: How to oppose a claim made to the High Court

    Please note, the deadline to oppose a claim has passed. There will be an opportunity at a later date to submit on the applications received by the crown. To oppose or support a claim, any interested party may appear and be heard on an application for a recognition order if that person has, by the due date, filed a ‘Notice of Appearance’. In due course the interested party will be called on to give evidence. (You can simply state what time periods you have had unrestricted use of that area, and for what purpose).
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