Nothing to fear over water rights, says Key
Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:34a.m.
No one should fear the outcome of negotiations with Maori over water rights, Prime Minister John Key says.
He has again given an assurance that water ownership is not an issue and says governments have recognised for more than 20 years that Maori have rights and interests.
"To argue someone owns water is nonsense," he said on Q&A today.
"People have rights and interests and those are negotiated iwi by iwi and river by river...I don't think people should be fearful of those negotiations."
Mr Key says his government negotiated the Waikato River co-management agreement with Tainui, and that was an example of how claims are settled.
"The Government has demonstrated over the last four years that the right way to resolve these issues is through negotiation - it's been done in a calm and considered and appropriate way, and that's the right way to do it."
The Maori Council has asked the Waitangi Tribunal to recommend delaying the partial privatisation of four state-owned energy companies until water rights are resolved, and says it plans to seek a High Court injunction after the tribunal issues its report in about a month.
Mr Key says the Government is expecting legal action.
"Someone will probably take us to court to test their rights," he said.
"And anyone can claim ownership, but whether they would be legally successful is a very different matter - in my view they wouldn't be successful."
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
5/09/2012 7:29:17 p.m.
Mr key. I am 100% european.my decenden ts are english and scotish, but I was born in nz,and as suchI am now claiming half of everything that the maori are claiming.
31/07/2012 10:23:41 a.m.
Do the new foreign owners get water rights automatically? and is it ok for them to have the right to use our water to make huge profits by charging us an arm and a leg for the power we use? yet we dont have water rights. I dont bleedin think so.
26/07/2012 12:11:00 p.m.
Jan .. Really. It doesn’t matter how many times you say Maori own NZ and that they where the first to stake clam over NZ. Its still a load of bollix. That’s why the government stands as it is now and that’s why NZ is not under Maori rule. If it belonged to Maori they would be in power. Your projections are fiction. The facts stand in the reality.
25/07/2012 2:58:46 p.m.
The Maori the first inhibitants has no fear or wanting ownership but claiming their right of way to their treasures..This Government twisting tongue must understand that tresspassing will cost dearly on the taxpayers money and back pays that will crippled the Aotearoa New Zealand further into depts..
23/07/2012 1:15:30 p.m.
The treaty gave Maori the rights of Brtish subjects.So giving Maori extra ownwership/rights over other NZ'rs is racist and a breech of the treaty.With the treaty signing, water ownership adopted British law, ie nobody owns water. we have had no change of law since, and if we did it needs to address ownership issues. Need to demonstrate control of the asset to claim ownership, also need to be responsible for any damage caused by the asset. And in waters case, not deprive/charge for others rights to water. The whole claim fails all 3 of these and is a pure racist money grabbing scheme.Nowhere in the treaty does it say Maori have to recieve welfare either. As British subjects under the treaty, they are entitled as a NZ'r. But as insurgents wanting their additional racist priviliedges, welfare is not in the treaty so if we stick to just the treaty - no welfare for Maori as its not in the treaty.The best thing for NZ is to throw all the racist legislation out and stop discrimination on racial grounds by the state. Currently we have over 300 pieces of legislation that hold Maori as more priviledged than non-Maori - thats pure racism in the worst form.South Africa also had racist legislation. They called it Apartied, and it held one group as more priviledged than others on racial grounds. NZ's treating Maori as more equal than non-Maori is just as racist as South Africas Apartied.NZ needs one law for all its subjects, not racial discrimination by law.
23/07/2012 10:24:09 a.m.
The other big con is Maori having any ownership or inteterest over the airwaves. Give me a break.
23/07/2012 8:03:34 a.m.
GOSH, are you SNIFFING?, The water right of way to the Tangata Whenua and Treasures will succeed and that example lays within the Waikato River and water ways..
22/07/2012 8:40:39 p.m.
John Key is not acting on behalf of New Zealand citizens welfare what so ever. This is happening everywhere this is one way of stripping money from New Zealand and very high prices will always follow year in and year out. My question to John Key and all politicians is how much do they get to allow this kind of rape to New Zealand. I believe there will be a few silent partners in the New Zealand government somewhere like John Key.
22/07/2012 8:24:19 p.m.
John Key is the best PM New Zealand has ever had.
22/07/2012 6:53:31 p.m.
Only thing I know for sure is when the asset sale goes through, I am going to sell up the first instant I make a profit - no matter who the buyer is!
Prime Minister John Key has labelled the Labour-led Opposition the "devil beast"...
Police had to physically push anti-poverty protestors back after they tried to b...
Tonight comes the Budget announcement you didn't hear yesterday – Food for Schoo...
One major issue heading into the Budget was child poverty....
A petition boasting more than 37,000 signatures against the use of animal testin...
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.