A win for the Nats, a loss for the country. As reported on 3 News:
Maori Council loses water rights bid
The Government can forge ahead with its asset sales agenda after the Maori Council’s bid for a judicial review into water ownership was rejected.
The council and two other claimants argued the Government acted unlawfully by moving ahead with a share offer in Mighty River Power without first resolving Maori water rights.
But Justice Ronald Young says there are no grounds for a review and the Government’s consultation with Maori was adequate. He says the Crown is not obliged to wait until the Waitangi Tribunal process was finished before asset sales could precede [sic].
The Maori Council will appeal, but TV1 is describing it as a “pretty crushing victory for the Crown”.