Hugh Barr

Mahia Peninsula Grab Public Meeting.

At a 7.00pm meeting on 2 February, approximately 100 people turned out to hear Dr Hugh Barr speak about the claim for the entire Mahia peninsula, under the Marine & Coastal Area Act [MCA] drafted by Chris Finlayson, favoured friend to iwis, arch enemy of kiwis. Information about the meeting was in an earlier blog post, here.

Somewhat surprisingly, the local paper turned out a reporter and photographer.  See that article here – and comment while you can. In that article, note the assertion by Ms Tangiora that the claim was to provide for the protection of burial grounds.

Who’s kidding who? Since when did part-Maori start interring bodies below the mean high water mark? Or at sea, over the side of a waka hearse? The MCA only allows for claims for foreshore and seabed areas from the high tide mark, out to sea.

Ms Tangiora spoke briefly to the meeting, but was unable or unwilling to say how she or the claimant group would prove or be able to prove that they had: exclusively used and occupied it from 1840 to the present day without substantial interruption.

58 Customary marine title
(1) Customary marine title exists in a specified area . . . if the applicant group—
(b) has, in relation to the specified area,—
(i) exclusively used and occupied it from 1840 to the present day without substantial interruption;

As one observer put it:

as proving exclusive largely uninterrupted use was virtually impossible, why bother? What’s the real purpose here? What are we [second class kiwis] not being told about the actual intention?


Later News

In his Waitangi Day HB Today editorial comment, Doug Laing promotes again the apartheid way – something his editor has gained a reputation for, despite being an ex-pat South African.

Obviously brainwashed, Laing trots out the canard of ‘historical grievances,’ implying that such relate to the Rongomaiwahine claim, despite the Mahia Peninsula claim having absolutely nothing to do with such alleged and unspecified grievances.  Read the editorial text for yourself:

Editorial: We must all help resolve grievances

By Doug Laing
6 Feb 2015

Those claiming Waitangi Day is being hijacked by radical Maori groups for political purposes may ponder the antics of an outdoor recreation group which is opposing customary rights applications being made under the Marine and Coastal Area Act.

The Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations, or more particularly spokesman Hugh Barr, staged a meeting at Mahia over the Christmas holidays and another last Monday, claiming, “Prime Minister John Key gave away public ownership of the coastal area”.

Mr Barr has claimed bach owners, fishing enthusiasts, surfers and boaties face losing access to the coast, or at least may have to pay heaps for it, if the applications are granted.

This may also be seen as politically highjacking the agenda, for it moves to pre-empt a process which is yet to be undertaken. The tone of this opposition – “echo of apartheid”, really? – and claiming the process to be secretive is both unhelpfully emotive and mischievous in the context of the ground on which we stand today.

Waitangi Day is, indeed, a day on which we should all be thinking about how we can all contribute to a process of resolving historical grievances and issues, which in some cases can only ever be modestly addressed.

Thus, rather than to seek to deprive anyone of any of the rights they currently have, the foremost desire of iwi making applications under the act, and claimants, is to ensure beaches and such resources are available to and accessible by all, and hopefully in better nick than they may be at this point in time.

It is not an exclusive concept at all, and seeks to protect resources for all of us, and all of those who shall come after us, our children, and grandchildren, our tamariki and mokopuna, the next generations.

– Hawke’s Bay Today

One thought on “Mahia Peninsula Grab Public Meeting

  1. One would assume that the date of 1840 to prove continual use, would tie in with the time that Maori acquired a written language with which to enable a method of recording. However, I still find it difficult to believe that the small populations of mainly coastal dwelling, savage inhabitants, who hitherto relied completely on generational word of mouth could so accurately stake their claims to such large swathes of the country of which most was then largely inaccessible.
    Similarly, the seas, rivers and lakes are features of the Earth, evolving over billions of years and which are dependent upon the many scientific combinations coming together in their creation.
    In this respect, how is it even remotely possible for a select group of impostors to claim or even be considered as owners – or even guardians – of these geological features? Do they now regard themselves as Gods?

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