Just up this afternoon on Stuff:
The Government must halt its asset sales programme until Maori water rights can be sorted out, the Waitangi Tribunal says.
And Tom Scott this morning in the DomPost:
Says it all really – National’s wheels are coming off.
lprent updating: Link to decision is here.
In the national interest and the interests of the Crown-Maori relationship, we recommend that the sale be delayed while the Treaty partners negotiate a solution to this dilemma.
The Crown will be in breach of Treaty principles if it proceeds to sell shares without first providing Maori with a remedy or rights recognition, or at least preserving its ability to do so,
In our view, the recognition of the just rights of Maori in their water bodies can no longer be delayed . The Crown admitted in our hearing that it has known of these claims for many years, and has left them unresolved.
Quotes lifted from Michael Bott on Facebook.