November 26, 2012
Judge grills lawyers on Maori rights
Claimants have struck turbulence in the High Court as they try to put the case why the Government should not be allowed to sell shares in state owned power companies before Māori interests are accounted for.
Justice Ronald Young told the lawyer for Waikato iwi yesterday that he did not understand her argument that selling shares in Mighty River Power would limit the Crown’s ability to make redress.
He said the sale would not affect control of water, because that is under the Resource Management Act.
Lawyers for the New Zealand Māori Council will today argue that the sale process fails to include any measures to protect Māori interests, with the Crown expected to mount its defence tomorrow or Thursday.
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