To Whom it May Concern
Could you please ensure the following Foreshore and Seabed submission is forwarded to Prime Minister Helen Clark, and Cabinet Ministers Michael Cullen and Parekura Horomia.
Foreshore and Seabed submission
I present this submission as an individual to ensure government realises there are a significant number of Pakeha New Zealanders that oppose their proposed legislation on the foreshore and seabed.
If government proceeds to pass this legislation it will be one further breach of the Treaty of Waitangi to add to the already existing long list. In fact this is the government's last opportunity to make a major treaty breach through legislation, and I do not wish to see this happen with my support, as a person who voted for Labour (both party and candidate) in the last election.
I oppose this legislation on the following grounds -
I am a Pakeha Treaty Worker and conduct Treaty of Waitangi workshops for Network Waitangi Whangarei. I find that participants on this workshop gain a new understanding of the Treaty on this workshop and past breaches of this treaty. On our last workshop, participants raised the issue of the the foreshore and seabed ownership, and could readily see that proposed legislation would be yet another breach.
Therefore I would like to propose the following -
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