This week's poll asks:
Should our beaches and Territorial Sea be owned by the Crown?
*Of course they should - but although I support the Coastal coalition's CIR on the subject, I believe that even if the referendum goes ahead and the outcome is favorable, nothing will change.
We have already had a referendum on the number of MPs and this was ignored.
On the MMP review the peasants are allowed opinions on the minor issues but not on the number of MPs or maori seats.
Something is deeply rotten in our democracy! John
*About the only thing Helen Clark got right! John
*The midget minds who made the change will have to GO. Malcolm
*National Politicans should be ashamed of themselves. Colin
*Yes, the Crown must own all of our beaches to protect them for the benefit of ALL citizens in New Zealand. To think that the National Party and John Key will stoop so low to preserve their position in power by giving OUR beaches to part-Maori is beyond belief. I call on all concerned citizens to protest and make every effort to kick Key out of Parliament. Ernest
*The beaches and the territorial waters should be owned directly by the people of New Zealand. That's all of us. Politicians cannot be trusted with anything. K
*Should not be up for private ownership. Robin
*Waste of time, the greedy damn nats will trade off our coast for moari seats,,,and you know it!...Nats policies are a REAL danger during a global recession Period!! Rick
*All kiwis should be able to access NZ coast. Briar
*One country, one people, not race based policies. Gareth
*These should be owned and accessible by all New Zealanders and not by a chosen few Maori. Desmond
*Will New Zealanders and their elected politicians ever get real and start to consider ALL Citizens and not just a minority of Maori. John
*Yes, they must be owned by the Crown with no exceptions. This means that all reparian rights should be abolished too. That will be fair and unarguable for all. Peter
*Absolutely, no group should ever be allowed ownership of the coast. Clark
*NZ for ALL NZers. Neil
*Most definately to be owned by everyone. Harry
*Maori have no more rite to the foreshore & seabed than any other citizen. why are we in NZ runningseperate sweet deals for 15% of the population who are only part Maori. Ian
*Definitely and in perpetuity. Ineke
*We are only on this Earth for a short period of time, no one owns the land, we are just borrowing it for a while. Graham
*In my book Finlayson is the most dangerous man walking this earth. It raises the question who is allowing him this unbridled power? Interesting. Vern
*Any other option is untenable. Sheila
*The beaches and foreshore should remain in crown ownership in actual fact it should never have got this far, our Maori brethren are just using the pakeha system to there own advantage. There will be trouble here in the not too distant future, if these claims are not stopped. as these radical claims are getting bigger and it remains to be seen just how far we ( us of European descent) as against those of Pacifica descent, have to continue to pay this ridiculous amount of money to live in the country of our birth. We would all do well to remember where we all came from, it is always rammed down our throats that we are not tangata whenua neither are our Maori brethren we all explored and found this place,we should all work for this country now as one NZer's, not just one race of people hell bent on living off the back of other hard working people of any culture, and still bleating the rest of us owe them a bloody living. it will came to pass that we won't even be able to stand on a beach in this country without paying rent to some obscure Iwi. Brian
*Of course they should they belong to ALL New Zealanders equally. Bruce