Petitions & Polls


The Marine and Coastal Area Act repealed Crown ownership of the foreshore and seabed and allows tribal groups to claim customary title to the coast. Hundreds of claims have now been lodged for all areas of New Zealand’s coastline and Territorial Sea.

We have examined the claims and here is what we found: In addition to claims for “the entire foreshore and territorial waters of New Zealand”, there are multiple, overlapping applications, that not only cover the coastline out to the 12 nautical mile territorial limit – including all “islands, reefs, tidal rivers, tributaries, estuaries, springs, wet lands” and the “airspace” above – but also extend to the edge of the “200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone”.

Some claimants are planning on “taking” “dolphins, whales, penguins, and seals”.

Many intend ‘taking’ “seabirds” – and their eggs.

All species of “fish” – including “deep sea” varieties – are being targeted, as are all “shellfish, oysters, snails, kina, paua and crayfish”.

Some are claiming protected islands like the Poor Knights – home to the endangered tuatara – with plans for “recreational uses” and the “gathering of natural resources”, while others want “the right to derive commercial benefit” from their areas.

Many claims prioritise “mineral extraction” – the mining of “sand, peat, shingle, aggregate, rocks, stone, and ochre”.

Others specify control of the “landing, launching, anchoring and mooring” of vessels, all “boatsheds”, and all “aquaculture” developments.

Many claimants state they intend imposing “rahui” – to ban others from fishing – and most are planning to declare “wahi tapu” to prohibit public access to the coast, especially sand dunes: “all the sand dunes of our foreshore are wahi tapu…”

You can read the claims here.

National’s Petition
In 2004, the National Party MP for Nelson, Nick Smith helped organise a petition to Parliament, supported by 17,654 people, requesting Crown title of New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed be retained.

That was before National teamed up with the Maori Party and embarked on its present path of appeasement.

Crown Ownership of the Foreshore and Seabed
If you are opposed to tribal claims and believe that New Zealand’s foreshore and seabed belongs to us all, then please sign the petition – and help us exceed Nick Smith’s total.

Sign the Petition to Demonstrate Your Opposition to the Tribal Resource Grab
We hope this petition will be widely supported by New Zealanders who want to demonstrate their opposition to this resource grab – strong support for the petition would help to strengthen the case against tribal claims.

And please distribute this petition widely so other New Zealanders can sign.



Kiwi Frontline followers please consider signing this petition asking Peter Dunne to conduct a forensic investigation of the Port Waikato treaty documents.

It is from these documents in 1975 the Freeman text gained prominent status as a English translation of the Treaty giving rise to the grievance industry and dividing NZ into two camps maori and non maori.


PETITION opposing a Land War commemoration day

If you share concerns that the official recognition of those who died in the land wars will trigger a new round of claims for compensation by their ancestors, as well as locking us in the past, then please demonstrate your opposition by signing the NZCPR petition.


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Petitioning Winston Peters

Lets celebrate New Zealand Day

LET’S HAVE A “NEW ZEALAND DAY” I’d like to see Winston Peters put up a Private Member’s Bill to provide for statutory recognition of 3 May as “New Zealand Day” for the reasons set out below.

The Treaty of Waitangi was no more than a simple, moral and practical way of allowing Britain to obtain sovereignty over all the Islands of New Zealand, to unite all the people of New Zealand (which included the Europeans already here as well as the settlers to come) under one flag and one law, and to ensure the survival of Tangata Maori and the preservation of their lands.

Once the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, all Maori (including the chiefs) became British subjects, rendering it analogous to a used table napkin after a meal, and other than as a historical artefact, about as important.

As Governor Hobson unequivocally stated as he shook the hand of each chief on the lawn at Waitangi: “He iwi tahi tatou” (“Now we are one people”).

Britain obtained sovereignty over the North Island by Treaty and over the South Island by Proclamation of Discovery on 21 May 1840. The Proclamation made New Zealand a dependency of New South Wales as an interim measure.

Five months after Britain declared sovereignty over all the Islands of New Zealand, Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated 16 November 1840 superseded the Treaty and the Proclamation, and was enacted into law on 3 May 1841. The Royal Charter/Letters Patent was Our True Founding Document and First Constitution.

This separated New Zealand from New South Wales, turned New Zealand into a stand-alone British Colony with its own Governor and Constitution, and empowered a legal government to make laws with courts and judges to enforce those laws, all under the watchful eye of Great Britain. In 1947 we became a Sovereign Nation when we adopted the Statute of Westminster.

It is not the Treaty of Waitangi, but Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent, that is our First Constitution and True Founding Document. It lies in the Constitution Room at Archives New Zealand in Wellington gathering dust.

Forget Waitangi Day, that’s not our day. Real New Zealanders of all races will instead have the alternative statutory holiday of “New Zealand Day,” 3 May, to celebrate as our true national day.



Water is being targeted by corporate iwi as the next public resource to control. They say it is their right under the Treaty of Waitangi. But it is just another money grab and our political leaders are allowing them to get away with it.

As Ngapuhi leader David Rankin says, “Prior to the arrival of Europeans in New Zealand, Maori never owned water. There is no cultural basis or historical precedent for the claim. Neither is it a Treaty right. This is just a case of opportunism, and on the basis of the foreshore and seabed issue, Maori have learned that if we keep pushing for the right to something, eventually, a weak Government will give in and hand it over to us.”

If you believe that water is a public good resource that must not be “owned” by anyone, then please sign our petition and call on others to sign as well. We need to send the government a strong message that water belongs to ALL New Zealanders and all claims by iwi or anyone else for rights akin to ownership must be rejected.

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Maori Seat Petition

This is a petition calling for the abolition of the Maori seats.

If you support the abolition of the Maori seats please sign the petition and call on others to support this campaign too.

The 1986 Royal Commission on the Electoral System recommended abolishing the Maori seats if MMP was introduced. The MMP legislation was drafted with no provisions for the Maori seats but as a result of strong lobbying by Maori leaders, the seats were re-instated.

The Royal Commission’s recommendation from their report says:

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  There’s a public expectation that the Maori seats will be removed once Treaty settlements are completed. With South Island claims now settled, and the remainder scheduled over the next three years, Election 2017 could be the first election in almost 150 years where all New Zealanders are on the same electoral roll.

In the run-up to the 2011 election the National Party promised: “At the conclusion of the settlement of historic Treaty claims, National will begin a constitutional process to abolish the Maori seats. National wishes to see all New Zealanders on the same electoral roll.”

National should be encouraged to campaign on this same policy in the lead up to the 2014 election. Other parties should be encouraged to adopt similar policies. If enough New Zealanders believe it is time for the Maori seats to be abolished, politicians will listen.

If you support the abolition of the Maori seats please sign the petition and call on others to support this campaign too.

Petition can be signed HERE