Government to open talks with iwi
Mon, 17 Sep 2012 1:16p.m.
By Peter Wilson, Political Writer
The Government is about to open talks with iwi over water rights and asset sales but Finance Minister Bill English isn't holding out much hope of reaching agreement.
He will take part in the first on six hui on Tuesday to discuss the "shares plus" concept raised by the Waitangi Tribunal in its ruling on the partial privatisation of energy companies.
It recommended giving Maori shares carrying powers "above and beyond" those of other shareholders.
"The Government has already said that such a shareholding would be unattractive, unnecessary and unworkable but now that the matter has been raised we will talk to affected iwi about it," Mr English said on Monday.
"Over the next 10 days I will listen carefully to iwi, talk through the issues with them and explain the Government's stance."
The Government delayed the sale of 49 percent of the shares in Mighty River Power until March next year so it could consult iwi over "shares plus" and that is the only issue that will be discussed.
After those shares have been sold it will go ahead with the partial privatisation of Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy and coal miner Solid Energy.
Mr English says he is talking only to iwi who have water interests in the three hydro companies.
Earlier on Monday Prime Minister John Key reiterated the government's refusal to seek a national agreement on water rights.
At a hui called by Maori King Tuheitia on Thursday, Maori made it clear they want their rights defined before any shares are sold.
They want the issue to be resolved on a national basis, before iwi and hapu negotiate with the Crown individually.
Mr Key says the Government doesn't believe a national solution is needed and the government intends talking to "interested parties" only.
Mr Key cast doubt on Maori being united on the issue, saying there were already reports of differences of opinion.
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19/09/2012 6:49:58 a.m.
@atrout your side kick gosh has timed in, makes you wonder though what a lovely couple you both make. So Atrout you have issues with acknowledging Maori as a nation here in stolen come occupied Aotearoa. Quote, your quote Atrout 'there can only be one nation.' Well Atrout it takes two nations to formalize a treaty. Now like I said to your side kick, step up because not only are you boring me you've proven yourself to be a time waster who majorly lacks credibility in anything you say. So I will say it to you, step up please and defragment your mind.
18/09/2012 9:03:31 a.m.
Oh dear someone really has dropped off the deep end, I won’t mention names… Adrian. Two nation’s one country two laws one people, the whole thing reeks of a complete disillusionment with society. This govt was voted in by and will remain relevant to taxpayers, once you grow up and become part of the system instead on a burden on it you will put you childish things behind you.
17/09/2012 7:22:15 p.m.
@Adrian Your delusion is complete!!! You have fabricated a totally illogical view of citizenship in NZ and the reality of ToW. Your ideal world is far from reality and could never be achieved. It would not only be utterly racist but it would be totally out of keeping with a modern democracy.
17/09/2012 6:18:09 p.m.
@eddie you do realise there are less and less people voting these days because of the govt of the day continually failing to provide a stable platform to be able to compete in a fair environment. this applys to both national and labour. democracy doesnt even provide people with the freedom they deserve, as it is the "majority" that dictate who gets into power, even if they dont have a clue who or what there voting for. and in the system we have if a party gets into power they basicly can do what they like irrelivant of what people think or want. unless there is such an uproar that after months of ignoring them they back down. but you know shell be right... aye
17/09/2012 5:13:52 p.m.
@Eddie majority rules doesn't count in any situation when it involves two nations, Maaori and The Crown of who we are subjects of; so a level playing field regardless of whose team has the most voters. Just a point to note. The queen (to whom we are subjects of I.e lower class) through representatives negotiates directly with Iwi which elevates Iwi leaders on a level platform to that of the queen. Iwi leaders in its pure form are representatives of their Iwi membership and invested trust to deliver the consesus view of its people. If you apply a hierarchy structure to what's been explained you will find that Iwi members are superior to the queen and Iwi leadership, below the queen and Iwi leaders you will find the queens subjects ... Us! so chin up and lets just stop all the BS. Respect Hohepa Maaori for who they are and where they fit on the hierarchy ladder. Give Maaori their land back afterall we are accomplices in the whole theft campaign of Maaori land in some way or another. And let's just hope Maaori don't treat us the same now public shameful way we treated them.
17/09/2012 5:06:09 p.m.
@gary, didn't you know it's racist to state a fact in this country. Lol
17/09/2012 4:10:35 p.m.
I raised the issue with the Mana Party via their website, and got a tirade of abusive emails in response. All I did was ask them how can anybody own air when it circulates the globe!
17/09/2012 2:33:20 p.m.
Majority of NZ voters are against it, getting sick of it all (just look at the new 'names' posting against on this site alone), you lefties DAVID, DumbHectare etc etc can't get away calling them all Racist/rednecks and indeed 'maori bashers', looks like the tide is against you, but in true labour/left fashion you will post AND belittle anyone not on your 'side' as rick pricks' etc and fail to see/guage the voting public...c'mon you gotta see it?.no?..lol, long may it contnue.
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