February 14, 2013
Supreme Court to miss Crown deadline on water case
The New Zealand Māori Council is calling on the Government not to take any precipitate action in response to the Supreme Court advising it will not meet the Crown target for a decision on the water case.
The Crown had asked the court to make its ruling by next Monday, 18th of February, so it could prepare for a mid-year float of shares in Mighty River Power.
Māori Council lawyer Donna Hall says since the court has indicated it will be able to deliver judgment by the end of February, it won’t have to wait much longer.
She says the New Zealand Māori Council is seeking to preserve the protections of Māori cultural and economic proprietary interests in water, as it has for twenty years.
Additional questions asked of the parties by the court this week, indicates the five judges are concerned at whether the protections agreed to by the Crown in the 1987 Lands case will still be effective if some shares in the state owned power generator are sold to private interests.
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