Maori Council considering ruling
Press Release from New Zealand Maori
The New Zealand Maori Council is
considering the decision issued by Justice Young
The matter has been determined on a narrow legal
issue. The moral issue has still be to addressed in public
The Court has taken a particular view of the
statutory framework to say that the government decision was
not one that the Courts could review. The Council’s
concern is that government has not been willing to address
the issue of indigenous water rights, as the Court itself
noted, and has relied upon statutory technicalities; but in
this instance we think that the view taken about the
statutory framework does not fit with previous court
decisions and we are now working on an appeal.
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Jane Kelsey: "Shock Trade-Offs", No Deal At TPP Talks
A three-paragraph statement issued at the end of the ministerial summit was appropriately bland, given the complete void of any official information during the four-day meeting. Reading between the lines, it reveals four points about the current state of play.
First, ministers say they identified ‘potential landing zones’ for ‘the majority of key outstanding issues in the text’. Some of these decisions are hugely significant. New Zealand, Australia and Canada appear to have surrendered to an as-yet-undisclosed version of US-based demands on intellectual property that they have consistently deemed unacceptable.
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