John Key has come out and pointed out to the illiterate truck driver who masquerades as a King that he is wrong over water:
Prime Minister John Key says King Tuheitia’s claim that Maori have always owned New Zealand’s water is “just plain wrong”.
All the advice the Government has received is that the common-law position that no one owns the water stands, he told the Weekend Herald yesterday.
“I just don’t believe there is anything we are doing that is legally or morally wrong.
“We are following the best advice, and advice we believe is established in law, albeit that the law is embryonic is this area.”
He said there was no reason for Maori water rights issues to delay the sale of Mighty River Power shares.
“It’s a Treaty partner relationship between Maori and the Crown, it’s not an issue between Mighty River Power and Maori.”
Anyone who thought the sale of Mighty River shares and Maori rights were linked would have to believe that Maori could not register their interests and rights in waters used by Contact Energy, a company that had been 100 per cent sold.
“I’ll bet you those iwi don’t agree with that proposition.”
National is consulting with greedy Maori, mostly so that they can claim in the ensuing court case that they did everything they could to discuss these issues.
This is, I believe, a flawed plan.
National are banking on a win in court. I wouldn’t be so sure of that. The courts are stacked with activists Judges and the Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias is a flunky of the previous government who I understand likes to conduct her own judicial activism by way of her husband and their not inconsequential funds which find their way from time to time into the hands of various political parties of the left.
Entering court is fraught with danger for the government.
I think what we are going to eventually see is a necessary legislative change but not before we see an election, possibly and early one, fought over this issue that will be divisive politically but should deliver a stable government with a mandate that cannot be questioned.
A tipping point has been reached. By and large most Kiwis are fair minded and believe that there were serious Maori grievances, some, precious few remain. However the goodwill has evaporated with a resurgant and apparently rapacious and emboldened Maori seeking to grab even more.
So far Treaty settlements have poured more than $1,780,000,000 into Maori coffers and still they want more. Successive governments have acted in good faith and with genuine goodwill. I believe that has now come to an end.
As Matthew Hooton points out in his column in the NBR, this isn’t going to end anytime soon:
Be aware, this thesis is backed by a newspaper column’s worth of research. With a few million dollars of legal aid, Russell McVeagh, Chapman Tripp, Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay or Donna Hall will be able to construct a far more powerful argument designed to ultimately be accepted by a majority of the Supreme Court.
Appeasement never worked for Neville Chamberlain and now it appears that it hasn’t worked for the New Zealand population. Difficult times are ahead.