25 iwi representatives attend water hui
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 9:51p.m.
About 25 iwi representatives attended the first of six Government hui over water rights in the Waikato tonight.
Finance Minister Bill English is holding the meeting in Hamilton over the sale of state owned power companies and the share plus scheme which will be offered to iwi who have interest in water rights.
That meeting called for a united front on negotiations with the Government and a national settlement, something the Government has ruled out.
The huis will continue with five more planned through to September 27.
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19/09/2012 10:06:26 a.m.
Key cannot sell the power companies without the water rights, that's why he wants them. That's why he is so desperate. And it doesn't even matter to him that 80% of the people including economists are against these sales. By his own definition he is trying to polarise the country to get his way. He wants to make sure that he get those rights, and that no one else does and if he gets his greedy dirty hands on them, they will get sold offshore quicker than a blink of an eye. Maori aren't saying that they own the water, what they are doing is claiming rights to it, just like key wants to do, just like the councils do, just like those wealthy few who are buying up water rights all around the world are doing (imagine the power and monopoly that they will have in the very near future, remember there is less than 3% of fresh water in the world). Its imperative that we keep ours in NZ hands. key is going to end up in court, that's inevitable considering his attitude and I think Maori have a good case to win it, and I think key knows that and is trying to get way via the back door but its not going to work this time.
19/09/2012 9:07:32 a.m.
Thats a lie. There was only 12
19/09/2012 8:52:55 a.m.
go john, unfortunatly most of us agree with you but we have no say and no-one seems to be able to do anything about this. we are in strife as a country if this goes ahead i have a really bad feeling of the outcome.
18/09/2012 10:23:25 p.m.
No one owns water, air or such, heard on tv tonight that water was related to their ancestors, pretty sure not one single person on this planet is a native of this country, we all came to this country one way or another, and was taught by elders that Maori are only guardians of this land, was told this decades ago before all this political BS, ps over 80% of my friends are Maori so not a hater, got big respect and they don't like whats happening, they think motivation greed of few
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