The Government's unsurprised efforts to get a referendum on foreshore and seabed laws are set to fail.
Backers of the referendum have just four days left to collect over 300,000 signatures to force a citizens initiated referendum on the Marine and Coastal Areas Act.
But they acknowledge they're around 50,000 signatures short of the target
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson says it proves opponents of the law change didn't have the support they claimed.
"These people did not have widespread public support. They were vituperative and unpleasant and they've failed in their aim to overturn the legislation."