This week the Maori Council are in front of the Waitangi Tribunal advancing their claim that Maori own the water in New Zealand.
A Waitangi Tribunal hearing began today after the Maori Council lodged a claim over the issue of water rights.
The hearing has been fast-tracked because of National’s partial asset sales programme and will consider whether Treaty claimants are being denied a future stake in the state-owned power companies and the broader questions of Maori water and geothermal rights.
The hearing got underway after and hour-long welcome ceremony.
Prime Minister John Key has made it clear that he believes nobody owns the water, but indecisive David Shearer wouldn’t offer an opinion no matter how many times he got asked.