Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

Purpose and acknowledgements

4 Purpose

(1)

The purpose of this Act is to—

(a)

establish a durable scheme to ensure the protection of the legitimate interests of all New Zealanders in the marine and coastal area of New Zealand; and

(b)

recognise the mana tuku iho exercised in the marine and coastal area by iwi, hapū, and whānau as tangata whenua; and

(c)

provide for the exercise of customary interests in the common marine and coastal area; and

(d)

acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi (te Tiriti o Waitangi).

(2)

To that end, this Act—

(a)

repeals the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 and restores customary interests extinguished by that Act; and

(b)

contributes to the continuing exercise of mana tuku iho in the marine and coastal area; and

(c)

gives legal expression to customary interests; and

(d)

recognises and protects the exercise of existing lawful rights and uses in the marine and coastal area; and

(e)

recognises, through the protection of public rights of access, navigation, and fishing, the importance of the common marine and coastal area—

(i)

for its intrinsic worth; and

(ii)

for the benefit, use, and enjoyment of the public of New Zealand.