Maori group claim right to wind
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 9:20a.m.
By Dan Satherley
Ngapuhi leader David Rankin says under the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori might have a claim to the wind.
He says the precedent has been set with Maori claims to water.
"They're all resources," Mr Rankin told Newstalk ZB yesterday. "The wind is a resource. What turns those turbines on those wind farms?"
Mr Rankin says hapu representatives are planning to establish a pan-tribal body to manage shares in commercial wind-generated electricity, and to exercise a casting vote on where wind turbines can be located.
He says article two of the Treaty of Waitangi justifies Maori entitlement to the wind.
"Traditionally, the wind was regarded as a deity in Maori society, and Maori do not consider the Crown have the right to use it without Maori consent."
This morning he told TV3's Firstline the claim was triggered by the Government's plan to sell 49 percent of state-owned power companies.
"[Prime Minister] John Key could have nipped the whole thing in the bud, but the genie's out of the bottle now because he didn't stop the water claim, so it's opened up all sorts of claims to happen," says Mr Rankin.
"Everything is rolling on because of the privatisation of our power companies… When there's a commercial value placed on the wind, then we have to question who owns it."
When asked if Maori had a spiritual connection to the wind, as they claim to with the country's land and rivers, Mr Rankin said this indeed was the case.
"We can actually prove we've had a connection with wind since the beginning of time."
Mr Rankin admits the claim will fuel anti-Maori sentiment.
"It will enrage much of New Zealand, but there was no problem when the money was being deposited into the coffers of every New Zealander.
"But the problem starts when we're looking at privatisation."
In July Mr Rankin criticised tribes claiming water rights, saying it was "pure greed".
"What they are after is a slice of the pie," said Mr Rankin. "This is not about culture, it is all about profit and personal gains… it is only the elite few manipulating the masses who get to enjoy the money that flows from these settlements."
After wind, Mr Rankin believes Maori will look to claim other property rights, giving aerospace as an example.
Meanwhille, Mr Key says he won't be attending a hui organised by Maori to discuss their claims to water rights next week.
Mr Key announced on Monday that the first state-owned asset sale of Mighty River Power will be delayed until next year to allow time for consultation with Maori.
He said he'd meet iwi on a one-on-one basis, rather than organising a hui.
"This is an issue of rights and interests that should be recognised by the Crown, where appropriate, on an iwi-by-iwi basis. It's not in our view, something that can be resolved through pan-Maori interests."
Mr Key maintains that no one owns water, and says consultations will focus on the 'shares plus' option.
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20/01/2013 5:47:48 p.m.
Lawrence Penney wrote:
I find it quite frustrating that David Rankin is always referred to as a leader, spokesman and Kaumatua of the Nga Puhi iwi.I have done my own digging into this, and I have been informed the Mr Rankin is not a leader, Kaumatua, spokesman of Nga Puhi, nor does he have ANY entitlement what-so-ever to claim that he represents iwi or hapu of Nga Puhi. I have been informed of this by a Nga Puhi Kaumatua, who is angered by Rankin's claims that his is an elder, kaumatua and spokesman of the northern iwi. Any comments that Rankin make, it seems, are of his own opinions, and are not supported by Nga Puhi.
3/11/2012 11:18:21 a.m.
@Blake you better hope iwi do claim the sun, moon and space time continuum before John Key sells it all.
4/10/2012 6:46:01 p.m.
Actually, in spite of everything it would be great to see iwi prevent the sale of NZ assets.
Last time assets were sold (late '80s) there was in instant and corresponding drop in the balance of payments.
imagine how big the drop will be this time around. Profits paid by hard working kiwi being sent off shore to make.....rich chinese? Who knows. Any which way it is just dumb economics - even the Treasury agree.
Make no mistake - Mr Key is not a business man - they don;t sell profit producing assets - he is a money trader, a speculator. Oh and yes the exact type that created the international financial crisis!!
2/10/2012 6:12:47 p.m.
About time you lot are starting to listen to me and you think we gonna stop at that no way we are going to make claim on the heavens celestrial as well, those americans dumping their rubbish in the heavens and universe, Greed is man when they think they can come to Aotearoa and tell the maori what up ? Our compensations have come to us and now its maori time to look after what do the job that Mr Keyes and his cabinet can't do. Respect my heavens where my ancesters wairuas reside
25/09/2012 6:24:23 p.m.
This has got to be the Iwis idea of a practical joke, they cant actually be serious... What will they want next? The Sun? The Moon? The Stars? Hell just go ahead and give them the entire space time continuum for christs sake, no wonder so many are leaving NZ for a better life else where, this countries becoming a god damn joke!
20/09/2012 10:18:16 p.m.
Seriously, this is really becoming a joke, I cant believe you have ambassadors doing their best to promote this little land such as standing tall with sports in rugby, honouring the traditions by singing or acknowledging culture such as the haka and national anthem sung in two languages, yet, these claims for water and then for air is driven by greed. I really dont know if I would want to invest my monies back in these shores??? It really disappoints me.
13/09/2012 11:06:51 a.m.
If Mr Rankin can help prevent offshore corporates owning our resources, be they wind or water I’m right behind him. Better the Maoris own them, at least they are New Zealander’s .
12/09/2012 8:50:35 a.m.
The treaty might give you maori the wind.But it gives me the S***S.
11/09/2012 5:41:08 p.m.
David 2 wrote:
So does this mean that every time you fart you have to pay iwi a commission?
11/09/2012 5:33:09 p.m.
what next wrote:
Well looks like goodbye too my sail driven boat.And no more peeing into the wind.I will have to buy air too breath,What the hell is this country coming too,it is going too far with this coalition govt,Too survive we will have to revert back to man eat man.
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