We see with interest that Tariana Turia understands that the Foreshore and Seabed issue can only be settled with an acknowledgement of property rights and due process through the courts.
Pita Sharples, it seems prefers the so called " communist solution."
Dr Sharples said Maori did not have a concept of ownership prior to Pakeha arriving in New Zealand. Maori saw themselves as guardians and caretakers of the foreshore and this was eliminated by the Act.
"I don't really know whether ownership is the right solution for New Zealand," he said. "I think the way it's heading at the moment is a form of co-management."
Dr Sharples said he didn't think the idea of keeping the foreshore in Crown ownership was acceptable.
"I think what iwi do prefer is that we have a kind of tikanga title, that we actually keep the mana that our ancestors had before."
However Tariana appears to favour the right for Maori to establish their property right through the courts.
Mrs Turia says the Maori Party does not support the concept of no ownership.
"I think that what people have talked about with the foreshore and seabed is this is an issue of justice. I still believe it's an issue of justice and should be treated as such."
She says her preference would be for Maori to be able to go to court or enter into direct negotiations with the Crown.
This is shaping up to be a philisophical split in the Maori Party. It will add another layer of difficulty for the government in brokering an acceptable solution.
Interesting that Turia seems to be echoing the thinking of commentator Matthew Hooton.