Harawira: Maori Party all bark no bite
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 8:07a.m.
By 3 News staff
The Mana Party is calling for the Maori Party to walk the talk if the Government ignores any recommendations made by the Waitangi Tribunal over water right.
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says if the Government were to ignore any recommendations that were favourable to iwi ownership, the Maori Party should walk away from their coalition with National.
However he told Firstline he doesn’t think they will.
“They have no intention of leaving,” he says. “They’re big on threatening to walk but they’re pretty weak when it comes to walking the talk.”
Mr Harawira says the sale of state assets is an issue that affects all New Zealanders.
“This is a claim about water and water is an essential element in the sale of state assets.”
He thinks Prime Minister John Key will get burnt by this water issue.
“When this gets to the high court and he finds out that the New Zealand Government does not have the ownership papers to a car they are trying to sell to private investors.” However Mr Key is standing firm on the Government's position around Maori rights to water - he says they don't own it.
He's also reiterated that the Waitangi Tribunal has no binding power over the Government, and that asset sales will go ahead.
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14/07/2012 9:25:17 a.m.
HUANG' If the water is passing my land to reach you and I would have a say' that I should barricade that water from reaching you and you will left with no business where the Right of Way to Maori Treasures Owners and Owneships The Tangata Whenua are correct and by all means you woulld be paying for the river water, cost money to buy water from the Super Market and to all stores that sells water, and who owns them, I wouldn't want you to drink my tap water without and invitation from my front door to comfirm your identity..We all pay water rates and electricity bills and you could be boarding and would'nt know the differents.. AGAIN' KIA KAHA and STAND TALL MAORI..
12/07/2012 11:08:00 a.m.
@Jan..What you paid for is processed drinkable water. The raw water on the river is still free. Actually Mighty River just borrowed the water to run their Hydro Turbines. Maybe, they should pay rental for the water use to all New Zealanders.
12/07/2012 10:43:39 a.m.
maori party does appear timmid, over this issue. watch this space'.
12/07/2012 9:03:42 a.m.
The Government lied by saying that no one owmed the water, they are wrong, we pay water rates and electricity bills but who owns them.. The Tangata Whenua are annoncing their right of way to their inheritance treasures of OWNERSHIP of water, rivers, the underground materials from land to 1000 miles outward bound to ocean pads..The assets sale is off until the Maori annocement meets the outstanding of their treasures and for the Government to recognized the true facts of the Tangata Whenuas intentions layes.. KIA KAHA and STAND TALL MAORI..
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