PM could be 'ignorant' - Sharples
Mon, 17 Sep 2012 6:06p.m.
By Duncan Garner
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says Prime Minister John Key might be culturally ignorant, as claimed by the Maori King's spokesman Tuku Morgan, if he continues to deny just how important water is to Maori.
Dr Sharples’ comments came as he called for a debate about what ownership of water really means.
There was always going to be a song and dance when the Maori King said, “We have always owned the water.”
Now the Maori Party wants to debate what 'ownership' for Maori really means.
“What are the differences between the Prime Minister's ownership and the ownership of King Tuheitua and the Maori people?” Dr Sharples asked.
Mr Key says there is no debate needed.
“It's crystal clear no one owns the water,” he says.
Instead the Government will from tomorrow engage in six hui over 10 days in Hamilton, Taupo, Whanganui, Te Kuiti, Tuai and Christchurch - but only with selected iwi who have a specific connection to fresh water and geothermal resources used by Mighty River Power, Genesis and Meridian.
The Maori Council’s Rahui Katene says that's a sham.
“There is no good faith when you set the agenda for what will be discussed. Their minds are already made up."
But Mr Key is convinced he is taking the right action.
“My legal advice is we are doing the right thing.”
The Government will consult over what's called 'shares plus', a recommendation to give Maori shareholders more rights than other shareholders - it's already unacceptable to Mr Key.
“We'll see if there is something we've missed.”
And Mr Morgan continued his sniping at Mr Key today. Yesterday he said Mr Key was 'culturally ignorant', today he went further telling 3 News: "My use of the words 'culturally ignorant' is around John Key's denial of water as a taonga and the Prime Minister doesn't understand that. It's his denial of our mana. We have mana over our entire river, the water, the river bed, its banks - it's our living ancestor."
Mr Key says he's unfazed by the criticism.
“It doesn't worry me.”
But he got this from his coalition mate, Dr Sharples.
“It's not for me to talk about whether a view is ignorant, but in the sense that it denies the Maori view as valid, yes it is.”
A number of senior Maori have told 3 News that initial talks have begun on sending a hikoi or march to Wellington later in the year, to protest the Government's response.
About 20,000 people gathered in Wellington in 2004 over the foreshore and seabed and some in Maoridom say a similar turnout is not out of the question.
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27/09/2012 12:35:32 a.m.
Mal, John Key won't be able to sell anymore water and Sharple is our next temporary Prime Minister while we prepare Mr. Shearer to replaced Key..
25/09/2012 8:19:26 p.m.
Robert W. wrote:
Is Peter Sharples still around, i thought he would be well gone by now.Oh well we live in hope eh?
Isnt water important to all kiwis, one would think so, not just Maori.
20/09/2012 10:32:40 a.m.
i think your right kootira. he iwi tahi tatou.he tika koe
19/09/2012 7:19:02 p.m.
tiahomai pihema wrote:
well from my point off view i think that water should belong to anyone who needs it. and john keys right no one actually owns the water,water is everywhere around the world and no one claims it. us maori are suppose to be the ordinary ones not the ones that want to claim somethiing cause we can. land isint like water, and water aint like land.we should just be lucky we have water other wise pakeha could be claiming this right now. and im only 15 this is pathetic. besides who we tryina keep the water from. "he iwi tahi tatou"
18/09/2012 6:30:27 p.m.
sherlt bloody temple wrote:
i am no honi fan im thinking just now how come pita sharples is acting just like a house ni.... would act. Duncan if it walks and talks it it means it is mate .more job losses today Duncan my your national government is going great mate that's the brighter future yea right! . take a leaf outta my book people be independent and you will see what the two main party s really are dumb labor and dumber national and the msm just suck up to who ever is in at the time .
18/09/2012 11:04:26 a.m.
If this were about Maori wanting to hold onto these assets for cheaper electricity costs and exercising thier right to do that through their ancestual assosiation to the land this would be a consolidating debate rather than a deviding one. In stead, unfortunately, it is two sides arguing about a short term cash payout. This will be resolved, the asset will be sold, electricity prices will increase, simply because the parties engaged in the debate are those that can be bought. The maori have a chance to do something great and instead cower under a capitalist boot. Your ancestors would be ashamed.
18/09/2012 11:02:54 a.m.
Balancing the government books is far more important than worrying about contrived cultures and dragging up nonsense from 2 centuries ago.
18/09/2012 9:28:25 a.m.
Where is the water for sale Mal?? This govt was voted in on floating shares via a power station amongst other things. That is the state owned mechanism the water flows through… You understand the concept don’t you?
18/09/2012 9:00:37 a.m.
@ROBBIE. If the water is free. Why is John Key trying to sell it?
18/09/2012 6:51:20 a.m.
The Maori has the right to claimed their treasures that the seabed should also be returned to the Iwis..
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