Iwi shares offer 'bloody insult', says Harawira
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 9:01a.m.
The Government rejects accusations it is bullying iwi groups yet to complete Treaty settlements into buying shares in state-owned energy companies being opened up to privatisation.
Finance Minister Bill English and Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson announced the move on Wednesday, saying it has the support of iwi.
But Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says it's a "bloody insult" to Maori.
He questions the timing of the announcement, with Maori groups planning court action over water rights after the Government announced it would not adopt the "shares plus" concept recommended by the Waitangi Tribunal.
Shares plus would have given iwi special shareholder privileges in companies.
Mr Harawira told Radio New Zealand the Government thought it would get a deal over water rights, and when that failed, it came up with a new deal.
"All it is is a divide and rule tactic by offering Maori a second-class deal," Mr Harawira said.
He said iwi should be "very, very careful" about taking up the deal.
"Once you accept these shares, you accept the fact that the Government has the ability to negotiate and run and control water that you are currently wanting to take to court."
Mr English rejected Mr Harawira's comments, saying they underestimate iwi.
"If they believe it's a second-class offer, they don't have to take it."
He says it would effectively see some iwi get part of their estimated settlement paid out early, and that amount would be deducted from their final settlement.
About 65 iwi whose Treaty settlements may not be completed ahead of Mighty River Power's float in the first half of next year will be eligible for the offer.
Iwi will have to pay the full share issue price and any amount drawn down will be deducted from their final settlement.
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30/10/2012 12:51:19 p.m.
believe me wrote:
well maaori are sick of coming second, if pakeha got what they wanted then all us maaori will be coming last and getting a say in nothing.
24/10/2012 7:07:45 p.m.
Lyn all they (Maaori) want is equal entitlements to that what the government manages and controls. Is that not an acceptable request given the fact that the asset base was stolen from them in the first place by our government?
19/10/2012 4:45:07 p.m.
They didn't ask for the shares but they certainly want everything else.
19/10/2012 2:52:21 p.m.
@DAN. Govt made the offer. Maori didnt ask for these shares. I hope maori tell him to shove it where the sun doesnt shine.
19/10/2012 4:22:01 a.m.
We need a government that doesnt beat around the bush and just says "No". As a parent would say to an unrulely child stamping its feet and saying "I want it! I want it!" - "No, You cant have." then when the child starts yelling and crying - "Stop crying or I'll give you somthing to cry about!".
18/10/2012 7:57:09 p.m.
EDDIE' you make me laugh' thanks for your opinion on the matter written below but at least you can understand my language or my meaning of an opinion is what is all about.
Bless you EDDIE.
18/10/2012 12:53:55 p.m.
@ Jan"point out the facts of life to keep the tripes function through all eternity"...a truer word you have never spoken, 'tripe' is really what Hone and your trumpeting of him and your 'ohhh woe is me/us attitude'...it was over 200yrs ago, grow up and look forward in life, you'll feel better and live longer with happy thoughts rather than being a sad bitter old woman.
18/10/2012 11:36:53 a.m.
Its time for the MAORI to be Independent and Self Governs before its too late and loose the rights to their treasures.
You have been warned MAORI and don't ever say'' wish that we listerned.
KIA KAHA HONE' we are proud of you for trying' and to point out the facts of life to keep the tripes function through all eternity.
18/10/2012 9:47:24 a.m.
Hone, your an idiot if you think all Iwi will standby and watch each other take shares and not take them as a part payment for so called wrongs, this is a fare and reasonable offer and they all know it.
I think they are very lucky to get anything and if they want them they should pay what everybody else is paying, this putting Maori before any other race has got to stop - they were not the first culture here and came to NZ same way as my ancestors on a sailing boat
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