Crown Wins Water Case

Radio Live have just tweeted:

Good stuff.

Tony Ryall and Bill English have said in their Press Release:

Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall today welcomed the High Court decision in favour of the Crown following last month’s High Court action regarding the sale of shares in Mighty River Power.

“The High Court decision confirms the Government can proceed to sell up to 49 per cent of shares in four state owned energy companies, in accordance with the legislation passed by Parliament earlier this year,” Mr English says.

“The Government is firmly of the view that the partial sale of shares does not in any way affect the Crown’s ability to recognise rights and interests in water, or to provide redress for genuine Treaty claims.”


Deep pockets. For the lawyer troughers.


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  • Mike

    At last a little bit of sanity!

  • GregM

    Bet you two bucks the Maori council will appeal the decision.

    • Adolf Fiinkensein

      Do they not first have to gain permission from the Court to lodge an appeal? Are they not required to show grounds for considering the original decision legally defective?

      I hope the Appealls Court tells them to jump into the lake, water or no water.

      • Mr Sackunkrak

        It’s leave from the Court, and regrettably they will get it. Donna will be loving it, last swipe at the honey-pot for her I’m thinking.

  • SickOfHavingToKeepLoggingIn

    Of course they will – and when it gets to Sian Elias she will find a way of ruling in their favour. And if you doubt that, look at the history …..

    • Doug

      Sian Elias has a conflict of interest she won’t be able to hear the case.

      • Roger Gower

        What’s that

    • Adolf Fiinkensein

      Where do they get the money to fund an appeal?

      • GregM


      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Paid for by your taxes Mr

  • Dumrse

    At least the media landscape will change for a few days, weeks, months maybe and then the MSM will find…….Dotcom. Just thinking….

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      God I’m with you on that! 3″news” even ran a story on Dotcom playing Santa somewhere and he said something about the PM, and that was “news” that I was required to know …. please shoot me …. now.

      • Mr Sackunkrak

        Not that there’s anything dodgey about a fat Internet bloke in red tights encouraging young children to sit on his lap and whisper their wishes into his ear. No, there is nothing wrong with that at all.

  • Gazzaw

    I’m not that confident about the Supreme Court and a panel containing activist judges. Let’s hope that those of them who have earned a lot of dosh from representing Maori interests in the past have the ethical fortitude to step aside from this appeal.

    • Mediaan

      Yes, there is way too much pro-discrimination background in favour of (merely self-defined) “Maori” and the (doctored and misrepresented) “treaty” in senior judiciary people. London-born Elias is a prime example.

      Elias was known for taking the Maori side in Treaty-related cases, including ludicrous claims on radio waves, stuff like that, when she was appointed by Jenny Shipley. See Wikipedia for a summary.

      Elias is not only half-British (born complainers, as we all know, the Brits) but also half-Armenian, a grievance-nurturing people if ever there was.

      The Armenians are a Catholic people in eastern Turkey (very roughly) who suffered a nasty bloody attack of some kind in the early days of the 20th century and are still brooding about it.

  • Phar Lap

    Sian Elias born in England of an Armenian Father and a Welsh mother.She is a great friend of Maori and did very well for them in the Waitangi Court. Jenny Shipley give her the top job in 1999 Chief Justice of NZ and her position will be up for review in 2015 or close to when she turns 65.In the sense of natural justice,she is known as an activist in the true sense of the word. If Maori go to the Supreme Court over water claims Elias could very well rubber stamp their claim.Fair play would be for her to recuse herself,same as she did when Lisa Cropp the jockey, was up on alleged drug taking charges,as it appeared she had been riding a horse Elias had an interest in.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I think now Sheep/Muesli/Poo/Horny combination will have nothing to talk about asset sales I guess…

  • thor42

    Bloody Elias is bound to reverse this decision (in return for a licking “down there” by one of the lezzie Maori lawyers……).

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    They may have lost this round but like David Cunliffe I’m sure the Maori “intelligenia” will be back. Meanwhile I’ve noticed that they have now gained complete access to my back pocket. This pocket holds my wallet and quite abusively over the years they have taken nearly everything in it … and continue to do so. Without my permission I must add.

    They take my wallet to pay for their whanau who take time out from robbing me and spend time in prison.

    They take my wallet to house their whanau to live in state houses funded by you and me.

    They take from my wallet to provide food, booze, and drugs because they can’t be bothered working like you and me.

    They take from my wallet by getting government grants for education, training, and travel.

    They take from my wallet by not having to pay rates and taxes for marae and by me funding their separatist political seats.

    And they take from my wallet by rewriting history and claiming (and getting) exorbitant amounts of taxpayer funds to build their financial empires (ask the unemployed Maori family in the state house if they receive any benefits from their “intelligensia”).

    So I ask … how come my wallet is getting lighter and their wallets are bulging without them having to do a day’s work that contributes to society?

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      They also tend to steal your car, murder your siblings and rape your mother. We open our wallets in the vain hope that will stop the theft, murder and rape. But it doesn’t seem to work.

  • Phar Lap

    Cant help but think after reading the NZ Heralds take on the slam dunk by the Crown on Maori ‘s mealy mouth claim,Slam dunk as described by one of NZs too few top journalist’s.The Herald kept reporting the most negitave side of the ruling.To make matters even worse,they mentioned butt head Clayton Cosgrove,the MP we get when we dont one,especially him,as usual he made a dumb arse comment.

  • Mickrodge

    Such relief,

    Now Donna Hall & Eddie Durie can go ahead & order their 2013 Aston Martin comfortable in the knowledge that the gravy train is stopping at their stop again.

    Merry Christmas Donna.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      Hall will have pulled about $400k out of this, and she’s before the Law Society’s Complaints Committee facing a disciplinary hearing. But she had that adjourned to pull off this whack at the taxpayer first.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    It makes me laugh because alot of these claimants hate and despise the ” White Man’s ” judicial system until they need it and realise there is a gravy train that goes along with it.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    “Taxpayers Win Water Case”

    There, fixed that bit. Now, nah-na-nahny-nah to the separatists, please just fuck off back to the bush. Cheers.

  • GregM

    Ronald Young J’s written decision is really clear cut. It’s 88 pages but well worth the read.
    Link here:

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    However, gravity and air (minus the radio waves) are still up for grabs.

    • Mediaan

      Yes, they’ll claim we owe them every time we hang the washing out on the line.

      “Washed in our water, that’s six dollars thanks, dried in our air, that’s another five.
      Give you the Christmas Kindness deal and call it ten”, they will say generously.

      But wait, who’s that coming up the drive, the Maori Rights Officer? Oh no, we forgot to sing a waiata of thanks as we pegged it out. Another ten.

      “OK, that will be twenty dollars altogether. Pay now and avoid penalty interest. But don’t worry, we take most credit cards.”