The NZ Herald says lawyer James Dunne, a partner in Chen Palmer, has warned of a possible uninformed public backlash in light of the controversy over the Foreshore and seabed issue. Well, I listened as hard as possible to Key’s answers and I couldn’t get a damn thing out of them, so I guess I’m part of the uninformed backlash Mr. Dunne is talking about.
I don’t really know who owns the water that falls from the sky and runs down our streams and rivers, but I would assume if there was any official body that might claim ownership it would be the Crown, and not some group of so called “Maori leaders”.
That its Nick Smith and Bill English fronting the govt negotiating team on this makes me nervous. The Herald reports-
Ministers and iwi leaders held a summit at Waitangi during the February 6 commemorations, and discussed an iwi commissioned report proposing radical ways to deal with freshwater and Maori claims. The report, by research group Sapere, proposed a nationwide settlement, an end to 35-year renewals of water consents, and a move to permanent rights and a market in tradable water rights.
Smith said the Government’s view was that nobody owned water, neither the Crown nor iwi, and it was a public good. “There is not going to be any national settlement or allocation, or any sort of iwi by iwi exclusive rights. We have been making that very plain to them”.
When Bill English was asked if some existing rights could be removed from farmers and given to iwi, he replied “I simply don’t know the answer to that.” English and Smith need to get their act together.
Smith’s answer is confusing on another level. If nobody owns the water, how come we’ve got a rights allocation system, and how can it be transfered to iwi?
The National Party has always sucked up to what I perceive as seperatist Maori groups, and this sounds like another example, I’d guess driven by Key’s abject need to rely upon Maori party political support.
Given his rambling, evasive and obviously nervous answers to Paul Henry’s questions this morning I can’t see anything good coming from this.