It’s not about financing the whole economy that’s what got
us into our current predicament, it’s by relying on single sectors and
industries, namely tourism. Too narrow focused.
It’s about supporting a practice that is already well set up
on our islands, thanks to our ancestors who have continued to cultivate our
fertile lands for centuries. We’ve done it before; we can do it again.
If Covid hasn’t shown us already, living off the land is a
good thing, not working against it like seabed mining.
Also, public support is lacking for the ‘get rich quick’
scheme that is seabed mining. And it goes against our values as Indigenous
Māori to involve ourselves in such a practice.