Asset sales must be halted - Maori Council
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:51p.m.
By 3 News staff
The Maori Council says the asset sales should be halted while the wider issue of who owns the water is sorted out.
About 200 hundred Maori from across the country are attending a Waitangi Tribunal hearing over Maori water rights.
The Maori Council says Maori have rights to the water being used in the four state owned power companies which the Government wants to partially sell.
Legislation allowing the partial privatisation of the power companies was passed in Parliament last month.
The hearing is likely to go for just over a week and could result in the Waitangi Tribunal recommending the asset sales be halted.
However any recommendations will not be binding and whether the Government will listen to them is uncertain.
The Crown has opposed the urgent hearing and says any claims by Maori to water and geothermal resources would not be compromised by the partial privatisation of the power companies.
Prime Minister John Key has said his position is that nobody owns the water.
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9/08/2012 2:24:13 a.m.
Kia ora to you, Rob Clancy.
27/07/2012 6:21:41 p.m.
Rob Clancy. I put my name to my words wrote:
Oh what an ugly short sighted racist under belly that exists in NZ makes me feel sick to my stomach.
Everybody has an interpretation of history and the Treaty it seems.
If you think that Maori signed a Treaty to give up their Country their Land and or their Culture to the Crown you are sadly mistaken.
Don’t start talking about land sales on here to me, what a crock.
The crown acted so dishonorably on that front, they rolled out the notion of Law and Order where was that?
What has happen to Maori is so terrible what a shameful history we have.
Suppressing a culture and trying to extinguish it and stopping them from speaking their language etc smacks of what happened in Nazi Germany.
NZ needs to take ownership of the brutal treatment of Maori, Maori Culture, Customs and past injustices. Maori cannot forget and rightly so this must be respected and acknowledged.
If we sell our assets they are gone forever, yet people are being led by the notion that these troublesome Maoris want this and want that.
Look in the end the Treaty will help secure NZ for future generations we will be so lucky to have the Treaty. We are being led into thinking hey it’s our right to sell off our assets by some notion that Maori want stuff we need to sell…what?
We will always have debt selling assets isn’t going to change that.
No need to feel excluded if you are not Maori it’s not about what race or culture you are, we are here in NZ together this is our country it’s not an us and them situation we should be proud of who we are our culture and be respectful one another.
So easy for you to sit at your computers and condemn Maori that's the same kind of entitlement that settlers brought with them not nice at all.
What a fantastic Culture Maori Culture is as it heals we will heal as a Country and grow stronger.
I am NZ born European 44 years old at Uni doing a Treaty paper among others and have really had my eyes widen just by reading about NZ history. Oh my god what a shocker!
27/07/2012 6:20:56 p.m.
12/07/2012 8:33:15 a.m.
Read the Treaty people (both versions) and then see what you think. This claim is about guardianship NOT ownership. Way too many NZer's make bold/ignorant statements about the Treaty of Waitangi without knowing the facts. Read the Treaty. Get educated.
9/07/2012 7:51:02 p.m.
Maori have cultural reasons and history for being guardians of flora and fauna, they are one with nature and it's all about 'people of the land' Tanga Tewhenua!...but they will sell out for a few million yes!, If maroi were so despirate, a la Turia, to get back to 'the past and the old/traditional ways'...why has the land thay have been given back not see grass skirted Maori pre 1840 doing what they once did?...too much hard yakka Turia/Sharples/harawera??Maori have sold land to foreigners and have sold fishing rights to foreigners...what's up Maoridom, are we supposed to ignore what you do?
9/07/2012 7:06:41 p.m.
Why can't the rest of New zealand have their say? Why is that only maori get to air their views and damn the rest of us. Most of NZ are sick of seeing them marching for more money from the Government, and for what? What makes them so special per capita that the government spends hundreds more dollars per maori than any other citizen of NZ. Why doesn't the press/ media have a poll on what the rest of the country think? Why are my views considered racist when all I want is for us all to be equal? So how's that racist? I want representation of my views, that are the views of 85% of this country aired for all to see. It's not racist but fairness. Only maori radicals like to call it racist to shut down debate. All this seperatist strife is going to tear NZ apart in the future as the maori leaders only seek to rip the country off and laugh all the way to the bank. John Key will no doubt do a compromise now to appease them instead of saying NO, no more, it's over, you've had enough. I heard Willy and JT laughing at it all today on the radio knowing that the government will acqueise and capitulate to their demands. We, the tax payers of NZ are a bottomless pit of money to the maori leadership. We have become to weak to say no for fear of being labeled racist. Well I say NO!
9/07/2012 6:54:52 p.m.
@I hate the Left... no actually the leaky home scandal that happened was a result of National incompetence in the 1990's and ther deregulation of the building market letting fly by nighter cowboy tradesmen make money at the expensive of home owners.
But I see that the normal rednecks are out making posts like Mike... sorry Alien... no oops sorry lightseed... sorry Mike hard to keep up with your multiple personality thing.
Either way you are just a National Party paid lackey here to let us know what National think on the issue.
9/07/2012 6:20:52 p.m.
Peter Mitchell wrote:
I think it time to stop this nonsense. The Waitangi Tribunal is a self serving organisation and should be disbanded. The Maori Council state they have rights over water. This is greed and opportunism and should be treated as such.
9/07/2012 6:07:38 p.m.
Cmon why not? Are Maori just gonna be another culture pushed away from their own resources once theres? History shows Aboriginals, American indians, Hawaiians and many other cultures lost many resources they once had. This is New Zealand people! Why not keep it unique and let Maori culture thrive  ? Rivers have many use to Maori and if the white man takes, then obviously development will occur. Stop being greedy and let them have back there rights! Ohh and "JAMES" by the way dont forget the prikz that flick Maori off and made them sign a load of s***..
9/07/2012 5:12:29 p.m.
Maori will be claiming the air we breath next. It's nothing to do with stopping the selling off fo State Assets but getting the Government to make a deal with them worth hundreds of millions again. Where's there's money there's radical maori laying yet another claim from the hard pressed tax payers of New Zealand. And to Tim. I can't believe a normal thinking person would support maori in their claims for water and river beds and lakes. I bet this won't even be printed as it's not pro maori.
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