Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jan 31, 2017 16:18:57 GMT 12
MĀORI OPPOSE TARANAKI SAND MINING
Māori groups are opposing a second application to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast because of concerns about environmental damage and breaches of their property rights.
The Sealord treaty settlement had established that Māori had property rights in marine resources and this needed to be taken into account in mining applications, he said. "With fisheries at least you've got significant resources now vested in tribes.
"This interest has now been recognised through different legislation. This shows this connection to the coastal marine area is ongoing, it's a significant resource to Māori, and the coastal marine area is subject to property rights that are held by Māori.".....