Key to meet Maori Party
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 5:45a.m.
By Peter Wilson, NZN Political Writer
The Maori Party could meet Prime Minister John Key later this week to discuss the Waitangi Tribunal's asset sales report.
The water rights issue caused a rift between them which was repaired with an agreement to discuss and carefully consider the tribunal's recommendations.
It issued an interim report on Monday saying the partial privatisation of four energy companies should be put on hold until it has dealt with Maori water rights.
Co-leader Pita Sharples says a meeting will be set up when Mr Key returns from Samoa, which is early on Thursday morning.
The Government doesn't seem to be concerned about delays to its asset sales programme because of the report.
The tribunal expects to present its second report, on water rights, by the end of September.
Shares in Mighty River Power are due to be floated by the first week in August, at the latest.
The timing is tight but Finance Minister Bill English told parliament on Tuesday the asset sales programme was still on track.
"There's nothing new or unexpected in the report from the Waitangi Tribunal," he said.
The Maori Council, which asked the tribunal for a ruling on water rights and asset sales, is waiting for the Government's response before deciding whether to seek a court injunction to stop the partial privatisation of the energy companies.
The Government is going to sell 49 percent of the shares in Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy, Genesis Energy and coal miner Solid Energy.
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7/08/2012 11:27:33 a.m.
@Craig....What makes you think 30% of pakeha aren't lining their pockets as well and probably with the lions share...after all it's a pakeha policy that's been passed and enforced on Auckland ratepayers. What is it with Pakeha who think Maori are only out for financial gain?? Are not NZders, both Maori and Pakeha living within a pakeha 'driven' society? Living by pakeha law, ethics etc, etc, etc....??? Is it the fault of Maori, that we've learned to live within a pakeha system. Are we wrong to fight for what British Law entitles the Maori to have? Please don't disrespect an ethnic race for exercising 'their Rights'. This is British Law, Maori are exercising, NOT Maori law. There is more and more racial tension starting to rise to the surface as contention between Maori and the Govt drags out and its becoming more evident that some NZders believe it's Maori in the wrong. I can only hope that 'these people' will educate themselves about the 'issues' pertaining to Maori.
1/08/2012 8:10:29 p.m.
@Craig Sounds like Aucklands about to expand its water rates policy though not a bad idea for Maaori to directly reap the financial benefits to help reverse the national stats don't you think? Or do non-Maaori have better solutions for ideologies that we have no understanding of? History proves we don't! Great suggestion ... You have my vote :0)
1/08/2012 2:52:18 p.m.
Get ready for water meters on every house in New Zealand and lining the pockets of 30% percent of maori.
1/08/2012 1:54:00 p.m.
anderson williams wrote:
well i diddent know whater could be claimed but they should have rights to there water but i wonder would there be any change to how we use the water or any restrictions to it?
i guess im trying to say they should have rights but why do they wont them?
1/08/2012 11:58:39 a.m.
Precisely Nick. If the Government could dupe Maaori and pull the wool over their eyes they would. Not surprising many nzers tacitly support the greed driven maneuver of deception; nz's brief history is riddled with examples, so much so volumes galore to fill up a library. We as matured minded nzers need to derail any act of financial expedientcy when clearly indigenous people's do have rights no different than you and I. The governments honour is at stake and whatever the outcome the decision reflects on all that call themselves proud nzers. Let's hope we can announce that with honour.
1/08/2012 9:26:12 a.m.
More taxpayers money wasted on a result that they already know.
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