Why should not Maori now claim a free share of all tax revenue – toll roads – rates, down to free parking as
they are in partnership with the
Crown? Well, why not; if it is true that Maori have a genuine partnership with the crown. I am however unaware of the actual percentage of the
so called partnership which was obviously written into the
Treaty of Waitangi somewhere. Clause….. ? Is it to be a 50-50 partnership;
70-30 - 90-10%; what is it?
condition of most NZers means that a redistribution of 50% of Crown owned assets
and their income streams could
actually be up for grabs if there is
in fact a 50-50 split as some think.
More recently a grouping of academia has emerged in order to increase
supply of unreality. They support the
claim of Maori to the right to all
natural resources as once upon a time their
ancestors also but wrongly claimed ownership of these
resources which were and seemingly still are freely available. The basis of these claims of ownership was and is based on the opinion of artificial intelligence within the bureaucracy or perhaps academia is more correct
as law lecturer David Round points out.
Such people within academia are given to distil raw and often unpalatable material to such a refined state that
the final product is unrecognizable from the original inputs.
The right of first possession to un alienated assets as some Maori claim, depends entirely on what was actually possessed and how it was possessed and retained. That particular right differs from a use right in water that we all enjoy. What appears to be not understood by Maori is that a right Maori enjoy to water - differs from a right in water. A right to water implies a right to use for
their or our traditional purpose whereas a right in water implies a right to absolute
ownership. Just as a right to hunt
on your own land is absolute; the
actual right in the hunted animal is not, as the
animal, as with water - is migratory. The claim of ownership therefore is an extremely short one as the adage – here today gone tomorrow implies.
It is entirely regrettable that we non Maori cannot go to our own “Waitangi Tribunal” equivalent to lodge a counter claim to fresh water. Relying on
Government to win the battle for the ownership of water is a bit like asking Baldrick
of Blackadder fame to devise a cunning plan to defeat the
It is not clear to me just how it can be spiritually offensive for Maori to own and trade water but such spirituality can pass if it has an income attached ie an income from water. The question of where and to whom
the income would
be distributed is legitimate. One can be forgiven for believing that so far there are those within Maoridom who luxuriate as a
result of treaty settlements and where the
trickle down to those in desperate need seems yet to manifest itself.
I for one do not deny Maori attachment to water or indeed all natural capital but I do take great exception to
their belief that I as a non Maori cannot have the same or even enhanced awareness – use rights and
cultural attachment to and of the
To put it as politely as possible: That is just natural bull shit.