"Stop moanin' bro! Ya got beach access AND a place to swim! Heh, heh!" 5 July 2009

"Stop moanin' bro! Ya got beach access AND a place to swim! Heh, heh!" 5 July 2009

A huge sewer pipe opens onto a beach and a group of people walk through it to the stretch of beach beyond it. On top of the pipe a group of Maori stand; one of them tells the pakeha on the beach to stop moaning as they have beach access and a place to swim. Refers to the likelihood that the government will decide in deference to the Maori Party to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act that was legislated by the Labour government in 2005. People are afraid that access to beaches will be limited. A ministerial review panel suggests the Government should replace the act with legislation acknowledging that Maori with traditional interests in the coastal area have some form of customary title to it and that the public has a legitimate interest in access and navigation. The ministerial review panel has agreed with most submissions it received that the act failed to recognise Maori property rights and advanced the general interest at their expense. It nullified a ruling that iwi had successfully sought from what was then the country's highest domestic court, and denied them the due process of applications to the Maori Land Court for customary ownership of areas of foreshore and seabed to be recognised with a freehold title.

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