December 17, 2012
Water case leapfrogs to Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on the New Zealand Māori Council water case, bypassing the Court of Appeal.
The appeal is on whether the High Court was right to dismiss the application for review of the Government’s decision to take Mighty River Power out from under the State Owned Enterprise Act so it can be partially privatised.
The council and Waikato River tribes say the sale of shares could affect the Crown’s ability to make redress if in future they win claim to have rights to water.
The claimants have boosted their line up with the addition of queens counsel Colin Carruthers to the team.
The case will be heard on 31st of January and 1st of February.
The Government is keen to complete the legal battle before early March so it keen stick to its timetable of listing Mighty River in the second quarter.
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