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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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>