Mon, 16 Jul 2012 6:08p.m.
Prime Minister John Key has conceded the first asset sale could be delayed because a legal challenge from Maori over water ownership is looking increasingly inevitable.
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3/09/2012 11:19:18 p.m.
Well done John good stuff! That is all for now.
19/07/2012 9:55:32 a.m.
Simon. Paora is statistically correct. When you choose not to vote, your vote automatically defaults to support the party with the most votes. In fact, I feel you should also lose all rights to criticise a system you choose not to be a part of.
Paora was only making a counter point to the % Phil was trying to use that was factually inaccurate, misplaced and proved nothing because of people like yourself who choose not to vote for the 'best of a bad bunch' if they feel that way.
18/07/2012 6:30:06 p.m.
If you own something and it causes death and destruction then you are responsible for repairing the harm and paying retribution for lasting harm it may cause. I spent many years in hydrology up in the mountains measuring water and have seen water rip through bridges and hillsides causing massive damage - we have seen the results of flooding washing people houses and lives away.
Currently the government and insurances come to the rescue in these cases because the government manages the water on our behalf.
From that the Government recognising that water from source to the sea passes through many people’s properties puts in place management practices to allocate the fair use of water, and equally along with councils put in place mechanisms to control the potential destruction water can do.
The SOE's do not own the water - they apply for a water right like anyone else. I cannot see how Maori can be owners of water and take on all the responsibilities that go with that ownership, or are they seeking to own and take the proceeds but hand all the costs and responsibilities to the Government aka the rest of us. Water is too big an issue to be owned by any New Zealand group. Forget the lawyers common sense will dictate this.
Under the treaty partnership they can perhaps have representation on the government and local government organisations that manage the water in terms of both fair allocation to use, management to control and payments to repair damage. Nature or God (depending on beliefs) own the water and they give and take as they see fit sometimes too much sometimes too little.
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