The amendments to the Foreshore And Seabed Act are ready for signing-off, but they won't get Hone Harawira's support...because of one teeny-weeny word that the ACT Party was able to add. That word is FREE: the law will spell out that access to NZ beaches will be free for all.
The Maori Party says the word is not needed, because the legislation makes it clear that access is free. The Prime Minister also accepts that the word adds nothing. So why is Hone Harawira spitting the dummy? He's refused to speak to "white" journalists today (what a blessing!) - and refused to speak in English at all. On a maori radio station however, he said: "We've had a gutsful of this shit."
Precisely what is he referring to? Is it the same "shit" that the majority of NZers (of all colours and races) have had a gutsful of? The excessive bending-over by "the establishment" to favour one small ethnic political partner at the expense of the majority of the country?
|It's everyone's beach...|
And please don't call me a racist for those illustrations...because you know as well as I do that this has happened. It wasn't too long ago either that the road to Cape Reinga was blockaded, to solicit right-of-passage koha from tourists.
So now - even though it's being legislated thus - we all understand that everyone has free access to our beaches, without any hassles. Free is the way it always should be. Free helps to appease worries, and enhance enjoyment. Free assists in the growth of one happy nation, and it surely must also ease racial tension.
So again I ask: what is Hone Harawira bitching about now?