Harawira calls for halt on asset sales
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:10a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The first state-owned asset to be partially sold, Mighty River Power, is due to be floated on the share market later this year, but that's now in doubt following a Waitangi Tribunal report stating Maori have long established ownership rights to water.
The Government now has less than a fortnight to decide whether to go ahead with the sale - if it does, the Tribunal says that will be a breach of the treaty.
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira wants the sale of state owned energy companies stopped in its tracks right now - but the Government is committed and the verdict could simply slow the process, instead of stop it completely.
“This tribunal ruling sends a signal to the Government that Maori have proprietary rights akin to ownership,” he told Firstline this morning, “The Government should delay the sale of those state assets until those rights have been properly clarified.”
Mr Harawira believes most New Zealanders oppose the Government’s plan to sell off state-owned assets.
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10/09/2012 8:40:50 a.m.
I guess it's always a good idea to sell your country off to the highest bidder..
Hone must be a genius compared to the people who'd sell their own home
4/09/2012 4:29:47 p.m.
Curly W wrote:
The politcal party that stands on getting rid of the treaty all together and gives equal rights to all New Zealanders regadless of race will get voted in with a landslide victory and only then will this country go ahead.The average Maori on the street will never see any of the this treaty settlement rubbish.Lets look to the future and get on with life.
29/08/2012 5:54:31 p.m.
Hone is still living in the 1800s, Should be wearind a grass skirt.The worst thing that was done to Maori was to give them the teaty and welfare it has completly stuffed their race. If they get ownership to water I'll be joining my family and all the self thinking and successful Maori in Aus.;
27/08/2012 4:11:44 p.m.
Chrissy Dewes wrote:
I agree entirely, what have we got to gain in the long term by selling off our assets- absolutely nothing! Another abyssmal short term plan
27/08/2012 1:12:20 p.m.
JT i agree with you, and yes we need to move to "Austrian Economics" why? becuase it the only true form of economics that exist. JohnKeys Neo-clasical is a criminal form design by the US-FED.
27/08/2012 1:01:36 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
QUOTE: "Mr Harawira believes most New Zealanders oppose the Government’s plan to sell off state-owned assets."Another Hone Harawira allegation based on no facts.National campaigned all last year that they would sell 49% of some state assets and Labour campaigned on introducing a Capital Gains Tax, raising the age of pension eligibilty and removal of GST off food and drinks.Two very clear and precise visions.At election time the electorate weighed up what was on offer from both parties and voted the Nats back in by about 2 to 1 to Labour.Those are the Election night facts Mr Harawira, not your alleged beliefs.The Greens oppose all mining plus gas & oil exploration - Australia would be broke if our Green party was in OZ. Yet there is a mass exodus of employed and not employed New Zealanders to Australia (land of gold and opportunity) to work in the mining, gas, oil sectors and their support industries. We cannot hope to compete with Australia with our Labour & Green political parties outlook on life which basically oppose anything tries to decrease our debt and then they both want to tax people more without submitting any ideas on real job creation.
27/08/2012 12:00:38 p.m.
Key has to go and there needs to be a fresh approach to the economy.
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