Key accused of 'political posturing'
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 6:16a.m.
Prime Minister John Key is being accused of "political posturing" over the Maori Council's bid to delay the partial privatisation of four state-owned energy companies.
The Waitangi Tribunal today opens a second day of hearings on the council's application asking for a finding that share sales should be put on hold until Maori water ownership claims are resolved.
Tribunal findings are not binding on the Government and Mr Key said yesterday the council's case had no merit because no one owned water.
"That has been well and truly dealt with," he said.
"We could choose to ignore whatever findings they might have."
That has upset the Green Party, which says he should keep quiet.
"John Key has trampled on the Waitangi Tribunal, dismissing its views before it has even had a chance to consider Maori water rights," Treaty of Waitangi spokesman David Clendon said.
"Key needs to allow the tribunal to make its decisions free from political posturing."
Maori Council co-chairman Manu Paul says he's confident the tribunal will find in the council's favour.
The finding will then be used to mount a bid for a High Court injunction to delay the share sales.
The timing will be tight.
The tribunal hearings are likely to go into next week and it is expected to take about a month to reach a decision.
The first share float - 49 percent of Mighty River Power - is due late next month or in September.
The Government has previously acknowledged that court action could delay the sale but it has rejected council demands for the process to be halted until the tribunal reaches a decision.
After Mighty River Power has been partially privatised the Government will go ahead with share floats for Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy and coal miner Solid Energy.
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11/07/2012 4:29:23 p.m.
If nobody owns the water, what gives John Key the right to sell it to private investors?
10/07/2012 5:00:30 p.m.
NZ is a whole country Maori,Kiwis,Migrants etc.
A large can of worms have opened due to this asset business.
Of course if we sell even a portion of assets we are in big trouble.
Those who decide to sell now will not be around later when it all go's pearshape.
The ones who voted for another term with this government are to blame as it was clearly stated that this is what would happen.
Why is everyone surprised when I voted I knew the outcome and made sure name was not there.
So what did you all do that is if you voted?
You see politics are not just there for the few they are for all and even if your views are not so clear you should have voted.
So why didn't you as you cannot blame us for your indifference of action.
Keys is a stubborn man and believes you all gave permission for him to go ahead which he has done.
I lived under Blairs UK minister and know what that lead too and still is the world over.
10/07/2012 5:00:10 p.m.
Your Right HUANG, The other Parties need to come clean and state who Owns the Water, If they don't Keys will win support.
10/07/2012 3:17:21 p.m.
we are all new zealanders wrote:
nobody owns the water or the air the waitangi process is costing so much money already we could have new hospitals etc. native title is fine except NZ needs to move forward as we are going broke paying millions of dollars in payouts and land leases etc and Im not sure if all those that should benefit aare or just a select few
10/07/2012 11:26:36 a.m.
National is clear about who owns the water, that is, all New Zealanders. The Greens and other parties should also come clean, and state openly their stand on water. Are they afraid of losing votes? Anti-assets sales should not imply support for Maori claims to water. The 2 things are differents.
10/07/2012 10:32:50 a.m.
oh boohoo for you greens, many a government have rightfully so ignored the racist decisions coming from the waitangi tribunal.
10/07/2012 10:06:37 a.m.
puihi timoti wrote:
John key should keep his mouth shut and let the process take its course.
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