Maori seek legal injunction on asset sales
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 6:10p.m.
By Patrick Gower
Maori claiming ownership of the Waikato riverbed have confirmed they will seek a legal injunction to stop the sale of Mighty River Power.
And they're considering charging the electricity company rent - and back rent - for the three hydro-dams already there.
A number of Mighty River power dams sit on the Waikato riverbed, and the people of Pouakani say they own the riverbed there.
With ownership comes rights - like the right to charge the electricity company for usage.
A Supreme Court ruling has just opened the way for Pouakani to claim for the riverbed.
Poukani leader Tamati Cairns says selling off Mighty River Power before the claim is dealt with is akin to confiscation.
The riverbed under claim houses three Mighty River Power dams:
They have been there for almost 70 years which could mean back-rent, or compensation too.
The riverbed claim has been going since 1993 - 19 years. And the Pouakani community says after fighting for so long, it has no choice but to seek an injunction on the Mighty River Power sale - either hand-in-hand with the Maori Council or on its own.
Prime Minister John Key says no one can own water but on riverbeds he's not so sure.
So it's not just the water causing problems for asset sales - it's the riverbeds as well. The Pouakani case always had the potential to be a legal nightmare for the Government, and today's confirmation an injunction is coming is just further proof of that.
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22/07/2012 10:03:18 p.m.
@GO MAORI. Am with you all they way on this one. @Mike and Dave. You get what you vote for.
20/07/2012 9:06:16 a.m.
go Maori!!!! wrote:
Absolutely fantastic. Just shows how this govt has stirred up a can of worms, when it would have been far better for everyone if things had been left alone. That is just typical of govt and its agencies - to go around making a pain of themselves while actually achieving very little. Good luck to Maori and to their claim, injunction and anything else they can think up... including as many Taniwha as they can find. It's gloves off now - John moneyman Key and his self-serving capitalist objectives vs Maori and their cultural and historical objectives. John Key only has himself to blame for this mess.
20/07/2012 8:19:43 a.m.
A case went to court previously where a landowner claimed ownership of the water to charge/deprive those downstream of them. Thats NZ law on water ownership. On what basis other than being greedy racists are they claiming ownership?The court held the landowner didn't own the water. We have had no water ownership court case clearer than this in hundreds of years.With the signing of the treaty Maori gained the rights of british subjects, including that nobody owned water, plus nobody owns the waterways and riverbeds. This claim is a breach of the treaty. Maori have been breeching the treaty for 170 years - nothing new. We like South Africa should remove all racist legislation that holds one race as more priviledged than others.What did Maori do traditionally with the riverbed to claim it?This is just asking for more priviledge than any non-Maori has, and with it money.Here in NZ we had what was known as the 'queens chain' that went along every river edge etc so nobody even owned the land to the waterway. This was partly an enviromental protection as this land to the edge of rivers etc was crown land.Its obvious this is just another in a long line of manufactured bullshit claims to cost NZ at the expense of racism for the benefit of a few elite Maori while the rest of NZ pays, and pays (including Maori in general).Here we have Maori claiming ownership of water, and wanting to charge/deprive others water rights on racist grounds.Will they pay for any water damages as with ownership go responsibility. Any flood or drought, even higher electricity prices could be charge to the owner of water. ETS could also be aplpied to an owner of water, as cows breathing is being introduced becuase cows are 'owned' and make the owners responsible. Insurance paid out in the last 170+ years, as with every piece of historical damage could be on-charged with any historical ownership.
19/07/2012 6:48:55 p.m.
well if anything was gonna put power prices up this would be it. maori need te realise they are the same as everyone else and not any more or less important. the payments, land deals etc have to be finalized and then that's it, some of these things are getting paid for 2 or more times. when is enough ..enough
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