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Billboards designed to scare, not educate

Metiria Turei MP
Metiria Turei MP
metiria [dot] turei [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)

The Coastal Coalition's billboards are divisive, dishonest and not helpful for resolving an important Treaty issue, the Green Party said today.

"John Ansell's bill boards are designed to scare instead of educate," Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said.

John Ansell was behind the iwi/Kiwi National Party billboards that stirred racial tensions in the 2005 election.

"This attempt to re-run the divisive and dishonest campaign from 2005 is sad. New Zealanders have moved on.

"Scaremongering like this is disgraceful. It inflames and creates division between communities as well as utterly distorting the truth.

"The issues surrounding the foreshore and seabed are about the treatment of Maori equitably under the law. The right to access the courts and the right to have customary title recognised and respected.

Mrs Turei said that the foreshore and seabed issue has always been about how lawful customary title can be recognised and respected.

"Beach access is not and has never been the issue—it is about equal treatment under New Zealand law.

"The best approach to this issue is respectful dialogue about te Tiriti and its recognition," Mrs Turei said.

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