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Māori Property Rights and the Foreshore and Seabed: The Last Frontier—Claire Charters and Andrew Erueti (Eds) (2007)

This collection of essays addresses many of the salient issues raised by the Court of Appeal decision of Ngāti Apa. A decision that was one of the most controversial in the modern cases on Māori rights.

Publication details

Charters, C. and A. Erueti (Eds). Māori Property Rights and the Foreshore and Seabed: The Last Frontier. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2007.

About the book

Clair Charters (Ngāti Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Tainui) and Andrew Erueti (Ngā Ruahinerangi and Ngāti Ruanui -Taranaki and Ati Hau -Wanganui). encapsulate within the title of their book, that the foreshore and seabed is the most recent and final frontier on which the indigenous people of New Zealand and the colonising government have clashed over customary land rights.

In Māori Property Rights and the Foreshore and Seabed: The Last Frontier Charters and Erueti bring together a collection of essays that explore the legal issues raised by Ngāti Apa and Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004. Topics covered include the historical origins of Ngāti Apa, how the Foreshore and Seabed Act compares with schemes created in other countries with Indigenous peoples, and how the Act stacks up against international human rights law and environmental law.

The essays are written by leading academics on topics within their area of expertise with each chapter being critical of the Government’s handling of the foreshore and seabed issue, to varying degrees. The chapters contribute towards a deeper understanding of the foreshore debate with the hope of stimulating further discussion about the on-going process of reconciliation in New Zealand.

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This publication is part of the series Te Takarangi: Celebrating Māori publications - a sample list of 150 non-fiction books produced by a partnership between Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.