Iwi should claim riverbeds – Turia
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 6:12p.m.
By Patrick Gower
Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia is calling on iwi to investigate claiming the ownership of riverbeds around the country.
The water from them is critical to the power companies that the Government is putting up for sale, and Ms Turia says Maori should particularly consider claiming ownership of the riverbed along the Waikato and Whanganui Rivers.
Her call follows a ruling the Supreme Court made last week about a stretch of the Waikato River at Pouakani, near Mangakino. The ruling declared Crown ownership of the riverbed was null and void, which means ownership could be open to claims by Whanganui tribes.
Law professor David Williams says the ruling could set a precedent for other rivers.
“The Supreme Court has essentially blown out of the water the Crown's unambiguous claim to title to the riverbed,” he says.
Maori claims or negotiations related to water right now include the Waikato River, Lake Taupo, the Whanganui River, and a claim on water ownership from the Maori Council.
Mighty River Power is the first asset for sale and has eight dams and nine power stations along the Waikato River, three dams of which are within the area of the current claim. Genesis energy is next up, and relies on water from the Whanganui River.
Such uncertainty about the ownership of the riverbeds critical to the first two asset sales could not have possibly come at a more inconvenient time for the Government.
With its governing partner the Maori Party calling for tribes to consider legal action, that just makes it even more awkward.
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12/07/2012 7:24:28 a.m.
Tariana you and your inheritances the Tangata Whenuas have that right of way to your treasures..The Government may not have a say but to regonised the MAORI and their Announcementof intention to claimed their treasures that was left unsaid until such time which that time now finally arises to act before the country filled with forigners or terrorist..We all pay water rates and electricity but who owns them, this Government is full of shids..
10/07/2012 12:54:31 a.m.
@Brian firstly they are "native americans" indians live in india. Secondly maori where very much slave owners and traders themselves and it was actually the british who was the first to abolish. Thirdly if my dad ownwed a vechile and didnt look after it and your dad brought if off me for 100$ then done it up, restored it, looked after it and 50 years later it was worth 100,000$ as a collectible and I turned up saying I wanted 90,000$ because your dad ripped my dad off 50 years ago cause he only paid him 100$...would you be happy with that?
3/07/2012 9:19:07 a.m.
@Mike. One only has to look around the world at race relations in other countries. USA. The whites just shot dead the men women and children of indian tribes in an effort to take what was theirs by force. Wounded Knee comes to mind. Then there is South Africa, Australia, USA again with the slavery. NZ is just another country on that list. But note. All those atrocities perpetrated by greedy white men. NZ is no different. Maori had their land and rights taken from them. The compensation to maori that a lot bleat about is only 1% of the actual value of the land. Do you really think maori should be happy with that? Maori dont concern thenselves with other peoples comments made in ignorance. If I steal your vehihcle and then compensate you by giving you $2, would you be happy with that?
3/07/2012 12:13:24 a.m.
I'm happy this has happened. I hope this stops the sale of our assets.
2/07/2012 9:45:07 p.m.
Robert W wrote:
Years ago during the late 90s i had the pleasure of meeting Tariana at a family wedding at Wanganui. Such a pleasant person to chat to. During my short stay there a friend informed me that Tariana's father or mother,(cant remember which,)is or was, an American.
Since then, i have followed Tariana's political career with interest.
It has really surprised me over the years, to see the division that she is attempting to cause between the Maori race and the remainder of the population of our small but great country. I will not use the awful word that comes to mind, in respect of my Maori brothers who i served with in the Military and later others who i worked with and socialised with for a few years in Road Services at Lower Hutt.
This is a dreadful agenda the Maori Party is pushing which will create much disharmony amongst all New Zealanders, Maori included.
Sharples, is also doing the same thing.
I hope and pray the sensible people in our Parliament will oppose these radical attempts at change, for the peace and harmony of our country.
Godbless New Zealand, Kia Kaha.
2/07/2012 7:13:53 p.m.
Turia is putting race relations in NZ at risk so much it will take decades for it to recover.This is going to look to all non-Maori as a pure 'hands out' for money at the expense of all non-Maori. This will fuel anti-Maori hatred for money that Maori in general wont even see.Is fueling all this hatred worth it Turia?Creating grievances today is not working towards a future. This manufactured claim will push up electricity prices for all NZ'rs, so everyone will have to pay more - including Maori! NZ needs to do something to stop these racist claims as they will only fuel hatred and division.Turia seams to claim every non-Maori settler was genocidal, so we should take our traditional rights and apply those today! It is no less extreme than what Maori are claiming. We need to have one law in NZ that doesn't distinguish on race for all NZ to live by.Even Maori claimed they never owned the land, so how can they own something they claim they never owned? This is selective use of British law as they never owned land prior to British law, so could never have owned the rivers or the water flowing in them. The claims are all about money, not about Maori past ownership.
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