And just like that December is here and another year passes us by!
We haven't taken our foot off the pedal just yet – here’s another newsletter updating the issues, with suggestions of actions you can take to help. This includes a reminder of the fast approaching deadline to make a submission on the bill to entrench the Maori seats – Friday 14th December. Please see below for more information.
Since the public is largely unaware that their local beaches have been claimed, in some cases several times over, it would be of great value if you would help to raise awareness by telling others what's going on under the disastrous Marine and Coastal Area Act. The Act is flawed in several respects, including its failure to define a critical legal test. Muriel Newman explains in an article published on the NZCPR earlier this year, see HERE.
Compounding this issue is the confusion over of the role and status of the Attorney General in the proceedings, which begs the question, “will the Government be proactively defending the public interest in the marine and coastal area, or not?” See below for more details.
At the end of the newsletter you will find a list of interesting reading. These cover a variety of topics relating to the issues we cover. I do hope you will find the time to read them over the holiday break.
The final meeting of the year is to be held 7pm Monday 10th December at 21 O’Rorke Rd, Penrose. You are welcome to join us.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing, safe and happy holiday season.
Christmas message from Democracy Action Chair, Lee Short:
"Thank you so much for your interest and support over the year. I wish all members, volunteers, donors and other supporters a safe, peaceful, and joyous Christmas. I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday break with your loved ones, and I look forward to working with you in 2019”.