This is not a political blog but the fifth of May 2004 cannot pass without mention of the five to ten thousand strong Foreshore and Seabed Hikoi which is even now arriving at the grounds of Parliament.
A Hikoi is a march or walk and many have travelled from the northernmost parts of the country to make their views known at Parliament today.
The government are intervening in a legal process. Article II of the Treaty of Waitangi reaffirms to Iwi and Hapu the Tino Rangatiratanga of their lands, all their possessions and everything they hold precious. If the proposed legislation goes ahead, the Crown will be breaching and dishonouring the Treaty.
Update 11 May: news reports on the day put the number of marchers at 15,000 while later reports mentioned “up to 20,000”. Apparently all the tribes were represented, which means marchers came from all over New Zealand.