30 Jul 2012

Maori Council relieved by Tribunal water decision

7:04 pm on 30 July 2012

The Maori Council says it's relieved by the Waitangi Tribunal's interim decision over water rights.

The Tribunal has recommended that the partial sale of state owned assets should not go ahead until it's finished its inquiry into water rights.

A full recommendation will be made in September.

The Maori Council filed an urgent Waitangi Tribunal claim as a result of the Government's proposal to sell up to 49% of shares in some state-owned hydro-power generators.

A deputy chairperson for the council Rahui Katene says the Tribunal's interim decision is good news.

She says the Government now has a direction from the Waitangi Tribunal.

Ms Katene says it also means that claimants do not need to panic over the thought of the Government selling off state shares and leaving them with no redress options over rights to sections of waterways.

Ms Katene says she hopes the Government will listen to the Waitangi Tribunal's interim recommendation.