Marine & Coastal Area Act

This act has resulted in over 580 applications for customary marine title over 10 million hectares of our foreshore and seabed

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    Free Speech - Bruce Moon speaks out in Nelson

    Bruce Moon, a retired physicist and avid historian, was invited by the Nelson Institute to give a talk at Nelson’s Elma Turner Library, on 8th April. He chose to speak on New Zealand's "fake history" related to Treaty of Waitangi issues, billed as “Twisting the Treaty and other fake history”.But, four days before he was due to present, the talk was unexpectedly cancelled. It was reported that this action had been taken because the Nelson Council and library had been contacted in such a threatening manner that it was considered a “health and safety matter” if the talk were to proceed.Two months later, a venue was finally found. Bruce made his presentation at the Hearing Associations rooms on 7th July, Reports from attendees say that the room was packed, and his presentation well received. Well done Bruce.
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    Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas should resign

    Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas should resign over her decision to cancel a talk by Dr Don Brash scheduled for tomorrow. It should always be possible to debate Treaty of Waitangi issues on our university campuses – including whether it is justified to introduce Maori wards into local government. 
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    Click here to sign our petition opposing Hamilton City Council's plan to undermine democracy with unelected, racially-determined committee appointees.
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    Councillor Mike Lee speaks out on democratic governance of the Hauraki Gulf

    Councillor Lee comments on the high stakes power play over ownership and control of the Hauraki Gulf.
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    Winston Peters' calls for a referendum on Māori seats

    We welcome Winston Peters’ call for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.
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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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