Maori threaten to block access to Shipwreck Bay
Tue, 28 Sep 2010 6:10p.m.
By Patrick Gower
A group of Maori are threatening to block access to an iconic Northland surf spot.
Shipwreck Bay, at the foot of 90 Mile Beach, could be off-limits - unless commercial operators, like tourism companies, begin paying them to use it.
The dispute is seen as a forerunner to other cases, with Maori claiming “customary title” under the Government’s seabed and foreshore legislation.
Shipwreck Bay is one of New Zealand’s finest beaches, and while Patau Tepania of the Te Kohanga Trust is keeping the gate open – that could all be about to change.
“The fact is, people are trespassing,” he says.
Mr Tepania says his people aren’t sick of the public – just those who use the beach to make money.
“How would people like it if businesses were crossing over their front drive or front lawn,” he says.
“They wouldn’t like it at all.”
Grant Hall’s bike tours have been crossing Shipwreck Bay for a decade, even taking wealthy tourists like Bill Gates.
But now, until Mr Hall’s tours pay a fee of around $4000 per year, they’re blocked.
“I’m really having to wonder what public access means,” Mr Hall says.
“It’s obviously got different connotations for commercial users.”
That access is through Maori-owned land, which gives them control. Control that will extend onto the beach and up to 20km out to sea if they get “customary title” under the Government’s new foreshore law.
Mr Tepania says that is a given.
“We know we’ve got customary title to this beach,” he says.
Similar claims are expected all around the coastline and could lead to similar disputes.
“What we’ll see is the owners, once they’ve got customary title, is they’ll run it in a manner similar to a marina,” says Labour MP Shane Jones.
“You don’t have open access to a marina, you’ve got to pay a fee to the proprietors.”
“In relation to customary title they have certain rights,” says Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson.
“Whether or not that extends to charging fees remains to be seen.”
Mr Tepania says they only want commercial users to pay – but everyone could lose out if they don’t.
“If worse comes to worse, we’re going to put a gate up on the road,” he says.
“That’s it. Full stop. It’s gonna stop, until people actually start listening and understand that this is private land.”
This case is just about one beach, but the Government could end up handing customary title to Maori for entire stretches of coastline.
While the Government says public access is guaranteed, it looks as if some of the rules on the ground will start to change.
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13/12/2011 1:12:53 p.m.
Mori hori is not a known fact that they were here in New Zealand before Maori's! It hasn't scientifically been proven, it is only a theory! The only conclusion we have is that Mori Hori is a Iwi with in Maori! e.g: (Nga Puhi, Ngati Kahu, Tu Hoe , etc) Excuse me not all Maori people are on the benefit. And how could you say Maori people should go back to the "PI'S"?? People aint even sure where Maori's came from (apparentlu ASIA too) Gosh, thers more too things than meets the public eye or newspapers perspective! shessh.. thers different points and angles on everything!! And if your ashamed of been Maori why bother saying your maori than or (part maori) whatever you want too call it!! Yeah thers some dickheads out ther!! But thers a hundred, thousands of worst people out ther in the world!! Stop been soo square minded!! gosh!!
13/12/2010 4:34:43 p.m.
Tell me. What exactly did the Maori do to the Mori Ori. Perhaps the Maori should go back to the PI's where they originally came from.Who are the thieves and hypocrites really? I for one am getting really tired of you pulling the racial card when it suits you.As Paul Henry put it - 'get off the benefit and go get a job'... stop bludging off the pakeha and every other culture here. A tourist operator sounds like a good job for you all, then you can pay yourselves for the 'privilege' of visiting "your own land". Or does that only apply only to the pakeha tourist operatorsI am part Maori but alot of the time I'm embarassed and ashamed of it. I for one am sick of the radical and racist bullshit.
10/12/2010 12:50:43 a.m.
Rueben from Ahipara wrote:
Greg Hall and Carla Yates are telling lies whanau.
Greg Hall has been asked to communicate with the Trustees for over 15 years, but has never acknowledged the Trust once until Sam Te Paa and Patau Te Pania stood up to his racist white arrogance. Greg has the attitude that maori should just work for the white man, never dare to try and manage our own possessions, because Greg Hall and Carla Yates really just want the last of maoriland left to us. At least the Asians work for their success. Asians should come up to Ahipara and hang with us, then we see about 'majority'
Same with Carla Yates who is a property owner just wanting to build mansions in Ahipara so she can be rich on stealing land from maori. She is not a part of our hapu or trust like she sez unless theres money in it. I never seen her at a hui in my life.
You should ALL come to Ahipara into Te Kohanga bay and see how peaceful it is since maori started taking care of things down there.
Now my kids can actually play down there and enjoy the beach with the entire community from Ahipara including the majority of pakeha in Ahipara who are pretty decent guys who respect the work we are trying to do, to fix up the mess down there.
Before then all the jaffas and yobbos would come tearing thru there on their bikes doing wheel stands, including the commercial bike operators too, i have photo evidence
The Law is for everybody in this country not just for red necks like Paul Henry (haha good job),
My wife and i brought $400,000 into Te Hiku last year, none of it stolen or drugs, we have never been on the dole for more then 16 weeks and guess what? theres heaps of maori like us up here who are doing well cause we know our LEGAL RIGHTS (get it?. My whanau employ over 16 people fulltime in this area, another 16 part time over summer, as do many maori whanau up here
a good example of stolen land is the land that Carla Yates has built her house on, land confisated by Mangonui Council when they were putting their silly little bridge in.
aori are going to run things now, cause the govt has done a crap job to date. Come up here and have a look before you make comment about stuff you dont know about. Patrick Gower gives you a 3 minute korero to get you angry, cause thats his job and his little raho makes him insecure.
The Law protects us too, and thats the end of the matter, cause we're educated, we're beautiful,and we in Te Hiku dont scare easy.
Funny how pakeha can talk about going to war with maori, and they get away with it. If my cuzzies in Tuhoe go for a walk in the bush, they get stripped searched and house invaded.
6/11/2010 2:36:30 p.m.
watching NZ wrote:
You pakeha s are playing the same game,as your ancestors,did way back in time,yet you have the cheek to tell maori,to get over it,again-everything you are doing today is exactly what, your ancestors did to maori and the systems,you ses pakeha have created today,is failing you,,but you are to stupid to see that...maybe the problem is not maori,but you stupid pakeha
3/11/2010 9:33:49 a.m.
Reverse racism. Stop holding on to 1000 year grudges and MOVE ON! How can we move forward as a country when people (Maori and others) keep dividing it up. Get over yourselves! ALL beaches should be open for public access. Claiming people should pay to use them, even if they are making a little money is ridiculous!! We dont charge people for busking on the streets of Auckland do we? So why do the Maori have to cause drama when its not called for? Stopping the annual regatta is spiteful and unnecessary, When I watched the interview they could not even look at the camera and had no logical reason for stopping it. GET OVER YOURSELVES.
27/10/2010 6:48:29 p.m.
People can go in and use the beach, theres no problem there. Its just the commercial buisnesses making money off land they dont own. Thats fair good on the man.
27/10/2010 8:13:47 a.m.
ray taylor wrote:
Judging by the poor grammar, bad spelling and all-round incoherency, those criticizing Maori are of the poor English stock that settled this country in the late 1890's.
God Defend New Zealand - I know she will.
24/10/2010 10:49:37 p.m.
Kiatiaki Whenua. wrote:
A comment for you Paul Henry if you are a member of the public those of us "ass lazy Maori" will still be welcoming you your family, friends, and general public across our land "FREE" as our TUPUNA(ancestors) have for years gone by. It seems you have forgotten that businesses have been benefiting financially by crossing our land for years and not one has thought to offer something back to the land owner.So to say for us to be leeching off the commercial businesses and that this is all about money you are so wrong its not funny! I myself am a businessman and so are the rest of us who have started this kaupapa off so, we have got jobs and we're not on the benefit and we are all professionals.Every body seems to forget this is private maori land if you want to confirm this call the Kaitaia Police, Sgn Keven Andersons latest findings will confirm this. Remember it is again the kind generocity of the land owners like our TUPUNA in the past to still allow you and others to use the private access road to TE Kohanga bay to share in the benefit of our coast line with us or with out us its up to you? So If someone is benefiting finacialy by crossing our land then we the land owner should be entiled to some of that benefit as well which i must say goes back into the land not to the people. Racism and name calling is kind of childish one would think?
21/10/2010 7:16:00 p.m.
here we go .. first of many actions like this to come.. why was this pandoras box ever opened ??? why can most NZers see the outcome and the govt cant ?
19/10/2010 2:53:52 a.m.
Paul Henry: For centuries,it has been all about money for the pakeha and pakeha are saying we are all equal,but soon as maori take step to acknowledge this precious equality shoved down their throats by the pakeha,pakeha have a hissy fit and start suppressing maori the need to have a say or even participate in creating rewards for themselves....Now what is wrong with this picture Mr Pakeha
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