Crown and iwi sign first foreshore agreement

The Government and Ngati Porou have signed an agreement recognising the iwi’s relationship with the East Cape coast.

It is the first heads of agreement to be reached under the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

Attorney General Michael Cullen said the historic agreement struck a balance between preserving the public foreshore and seabed and recognising customary interests.

When the agreement is finalised, it will require legal recognition of Ngati Porou’s territorial customary rights.

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