I understand that this is a clause in Te Tiriti O Waitangi, but shouldn't natural resources instead be enshrined in protective legislation by the Govt, that they might be conserved rather than potentially exploited? Outside of having the government control unsold resources, the rest of NZ (like 80% of Kiwis) would have no guarantee that any natural resources placed under the care of an external agency would remain in good nick, regardless of whether that non-Govt agency was Maori or not. Maori access (that their traditions may be upheld in a way that is sustainable for those natural resources) should be a condition of any protective legislations (for example, the tradition of harvesting pingao from the dunes, which is a threatened species but also one of 4 important fibres used in Maori weaving), but surely the government (DoC??) should ultimately be responsible for the stewardship and upkeep of those resources?
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