Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Maori Party disappointed at Supreme Court decision

MEDIA STATEMENT

Hon Tariana Turia and Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Maori Party Co-Leaders
27 February 2013


Maori Party disappointed at Supreme Court decision

The Maori Party expressed its disappointment today at the Supreme Court decision to dismiss the Maori Council’s challenge of the Government’s sale of shares in state-owned power companies.

The New Zealand Maori Council sought to delay the sale of shares in Mighty River Power in the Supreme Court until issues over water rights for Maori were resolved.

“The Maori Party does not support partial privatisation of state-owned assets. We believe there are crucial questions to be answered around access, management, ownership and control of water.”

“There is also a question around the wider rights and interests that tangata whenua have in respect of water, and what those rights look like. That will be considered in the second phase Waitangi Tribunal hearing on freshwater this year.”

“Obviously we wanted a positive outcome for tangata whenua but we believe todays Supreme Court ruling despite dismissing the appeal, was still a positive step in recognition of Maori rights and access to water. The ruling upheld an important point of principle, namely that the Crown was bound to comply with the principles of the Treaty before deciding to sell the shares,” said Maori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia.

Dr Sharples said “there is no doubt in our minds that the issue of Maori rights in water will continue to be debated through the Tribunal and the Courts, and we will continue to support the many avenues that tangata whenua choose to use to have their rights in wai recognised.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news