Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Govt settles Maori water claim ahead of MRP decision

Government settles key Maori water claim ahead of MRP decision

By Pattrick Smellie

Aug 30 (BusinessDesk) - The government has agreed a path to settling a major Maori water claim, relating to the Whanganui River, in the rohe or tribal area of the co-leader of the Maori Party, Tariana Turia.

The settlement, announced today by Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson, comes ahead of a Cabinet decision due next Monday on whether to proceed with the partial privatisation of MightyRiverPower in face of a Waitangi Tribunal recommendation to halt the process while Maori claims to rights and interests in water are settled.

The New Zealand Maori Council is expected to seek a High Court injunction blocking the sale if the government ignores the tribunal's recommendations.

It appears the government believes it would defeat such a court challenge because of the demonstrable progress being made to settle Maori claims to rights and interests in water.

The settlement of 139 year-old claims by Whanganui iwi would be a further string to that bow.

The framework agreement for settlement did not talk of "ownership" of the river by iwi, but rather recognised "the mana of the river from which the iwi’s mana flows, and on its future health and wellbeing," said Finlayson, who described the Tutohu Whakatupua agreement as a "historic event."

While an Iwi Leaders Group on Freshwater has signalled it prefers negotiation with the government, the Maori Party has been caught again in the politics of appearing to compromise Maori interests for its coalition partner status Prime Minister John Key's National Party administration.

“Whanganui River iwi have sought to protect the river and have their interests acknowledged by the Crown through the legal system since 1873. They pursued this objective in one of New Zealand’s longest running court cases.

“Today’s agreement which recognises the status of the river as Te Awa Tupua (an integrated, living whole) and the inextricable relationship of iwi with the river is a major step towards the resolution of the historical grievances of Whanganui Iwi and is important nationally.”

Elements of the detailed settlement, which has yet to be finalised, include the appointment of guardians for the river and agreement of a strategy for its management involving iwi, central and local government, commercial, recreational and other users of the river.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Maritime Union: Deepening Supply Chain Crisis Requires Action

Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says the global COVID-19 pandemic exposed pre-existing weaknesses in our logistics sector, and created enormous problems... More>>



Air New Zealand: Employees Recognised With $1,000 Share Award

The efforts Air New Zealand employees made during one of the airline’s toughest years will be recognised via an award of $1,000 worth of company shares to all permanent employees... More>>

Consumer NZ: Bank Complaints On The Rise, Survey Shows

Nearly one in five Kiwis had a problem with their bank in the past year, Consumer NZ’s latest satisfaction survey finds. Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said the number of bank customers reporting problems had jumped to 18%, up from 11% in 2020... More>>

Mercury: Enters Into Binding Agreements To Acquire Trustpower’s Retail Business

Mercury NZ Limited (Mercury) has announced that it has entered into binding agreements with Trustpower Limited (Trustpower, NZX:TPW) to acquire Trustpower’s retail business for NZ$441 million... More>>

ALSO:


ASB: New Zealanders Missing Out On Hundreds Of Millions In KiwiSaver Government Contributions

New Zealanders have just over a week to ensure they’re eligible for the maximum annual government KiwiSaver contribution... More>>


Stats NZ: GDP Climbs 1.6 Percent In March 2021 Quarter Following December Dip

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 1.6 percent in the March 2021 quarter, following a 1.0 percent fall in the December 2020 quarter, Stats NZ said today. "After an easing of economic activity in the December quarter, we’ve seen broad-based growth in the first quarter of 2021... More>>