Turia tight-lipped over meeting with PM
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:45p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
In a matter of hours, the Maori Party will sit down for a crucial meeting with the Prime Minister about asset sales and water rights for Maori.
The party’s co-leader Tariana Turia is playing down speculation they will walk away from their confidence and supply agreement with John Key’s Government.
“We’ve never said we’re not committed to staying with this Government and those are issues that will be canvassed with him,” she says.
When asked if she was looking to leave the Government, she was cagey with her reply.
“Well that’s not a discussion I should be having with the media… The interesting thing about this discussion is that only the media have raised it.”
She says the Prime Minister is committed to Maori rights and interests, despite him saying Maori do not own the water and the Waitangi Tribunal’s recommendations can be ignored.
The Tribunal is currently hearing a submission by the Maori Council who claim water in rivers and lakes belongs to Maori and therefore the state-owned assets that use the water for power generation cannot be sold.
Ms Turia says as a Maori politician, she couldn’t comment on what she thought of the claim.
“Maori have rights and interests in the water and it is for Iwi to determine what those rights and interests are, not those of us who are Maori politicians,” she says.
Watch the video for Ms Turia’s response to media questions
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22/07/2012 10:14:18 p.m.
@Ted. The smile doesnt seem to be reaching the eyes anymore. I noticed.
18/07/2012 5:08:49 p.m.
Raymond Ashley wrote:
I have no doubt that Key would have done the the back door deal once again. He said NO and now he'll go back on what he said and give these radicals what they want. If only he had the courage of his convictions.
18/07/2012 2:32:02 p.m.
Ted C wrote:
The Government chose to ignore over 1400 select committee submissions opposed to asset sales, many of which raised the issue of Maori water rights. John Key should not be surprised now that he is being forced to listen.
A citizen's initiated referendum on the issue looks increasingly likely too.
Surely we must ask whether John Key is brave or foolish to continue ignoring the opposition to asset sales.
Personally I believe he's looking less and less brave.
18/07/2012 1:53:51 p.m.
Labour have also clearly said that 'no one owns the water' so why are they not being critised as well? John Key was correct all along.
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