October 16, 2012
English uses iwi talks to defend Maori Council block
The government is saying bring it on, and the New Zealand Maori Council is getting ready to do that.
The council has spent the day talking with allies and opponents in Maoridom about court action to challenge the sale of Mighty River power.
The government has signalled it will take the company, which has hydro power stations on the Waikato River, off the schedule of the State Owned Enterprise Act next week.
Finance Minister Bill English says most of the iwi the government talked to did not regard the Maori Council as speaking for them.
Maori council co-chair Sir Taihakurei Durie says the government had refused to talk to the council and other claimants, and it had refused to discuss the main issues of proprietary rights with those iwi it did talk to.