Today's Herald gave them a lift along the way with this puff piece.
Read between the lines and wonder why six long years is not enough for Maori to prove their long term ties to a piece of foreshore. Funny thing is, that was plenty long enough for the Allies to defeat Hitler and the Japs. Here's what Haami Piripi had to say.
"It's an evil little piece of legislation.
"What it forces iwi to do is to spend thousands of dollars on historical research; that's before you even know if you have a winnable case.
"The fact that there's a six-year time limit just serves to lock out iwi."
An evil little comment from an venal little tribe, if you ask me.
What he really is saying, I think, is that it will take him and his mates in academe more than six years to cook up the 'newly found' oral history necessary to convince a gullible court that he and his mates should be given half the coastline of Northland.