The National Government has been outed with Environment Minister, Nick Smith, confirming negotiations with many Iwi on demands for water ownership. This of course has been in the past denied by National.
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“One thing New Zealanders have learnt about the Key Government is the need for constant vigilance - in this case, against a toxic cocktail of blind ideology and naivety,” says Rt Hon Winston Peters.
New Zealand First says today’s Supreme Court decision over water rights does not give the Government a mandate to sell off our power companies and other state-owned assets.
New Zealand First says race relations are under threat with the Government blindly proceeding with the sale of state-owned Mighty River Power.
The Government has sparked a political and racial conflict over water rights that will pit New Zealanders against each other for decades, warns Rt Hon Winston Peters.
The government’s foolish asset sales policy has opened a can of worms over water rights. This issue threatens to divide us by creating more race-based “ownership” of natural resources that rightfully belong to all New Zealanders.
New Zealand First says if cynical backroom deals between the National and Maori parties leads to preferential treatment for Maori over water rights then all New Zealanders should claim to be Maori.
Kaitaia Grey Power, Friday 3 August, Golf Club, Takahe Road, Kaitaia
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