Waking the Taniwha

NZ Herald

I see Adam Bennett reckons that John Key has woken the taniwha:

The Maori Council’s Waitangi Tribunal water claim has served notice that the “taniwha” of Maori customary ownership has been awakened by the Government’s partial asset sales plan.

It’s a creature that previous governments have trifled with at their peril, but Prime Minister John Key this week goaded it with comments that have been widely interpreted as marginalising the tribunal and its findings before they have even been produced.

We all know what happens next when the taniwha is woken, it is only ever appeased with large amounts of cash:


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