Letter: Treaty settlements dividing our nation

Last updated 12:00 27/02/2013

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OPINION: We have been through the radio spectrum debate before, but we now have a Treaty settlements minister who was representing Maori in Treaty arguments before he entered Parliament.

He's succeeded in persuading Cabinet to give away public ownership of the foreshore and seabed, hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and rights to rivers and lakes, and is in the process of giving away control of a national park.

Why not keep asking? Maori might not get the moon but everything else seems a possibility.

Why current New Zealanders, who have no responsibility for events 150 years ago, accept this is a mystery. But as they do, I guess it will continue.

The pity is that many of these settlements are just planting the seeds of never ending division between races instead of promoting unity.

TONY CRANSTON

Eastbourne

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