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train rocks on to radio waves
when you thought it was safe to go back into the Maori water rights issue
that is fouling the National minority government’s mixed ownership model
(MOM) partial selloff of state-owned hydroelectric power generators worse
than didymo, think again.
serious problems are quietly emerging, despite the apparent truce that has
descended since the hooey hui the government jacked up to pretend it was
consulting Maori over MOM-related sweetheart deals.
intelligence-driven Maori tribal claims to enjoy privatised ownership of
natural resources or rights thereto have gone viral.
water rights spat over legalised corruption demanded by Maori tribes
wanting payoffs for use of rivers running through their patch of turf has
leaked across to radio spectra now that it has become apparent that prime
time for applying tribal standover tactics is when the government needs to
meet self-imposed deadlines.
“digital dividend” 4G-700MHz band radio spectrum is coming up for
auction to mobile phone companies by the government’s deadline of first
by the water rights brouhaha, advocates of the Maori airwaves grab like Nga
Kaiwhakapumau i Te Reoare
are up in arms and convening a national hui to further their
Waitangi Tribunal claim to own the radio spectra apparently commercially
exploited by their technologically precocious neolithic ancestors prior to
the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Maori supremacist militants have a precedent in that the complaisant
Waitangi Tribunal ruled in 1999 that Maori had ownership rights to the 3G
then Labour government rightly rejected the proposition that Maori tribes
owned radio spectra as a taonga, but blundered into the feckless stupidity
of appeasement by granting Te
Huarahi Tika Trust $5 million to buy a piece of 3G spectrum at 5%
road to hell is paved with good intentions, especially when precedents, no
matter how small, are eagerly seized on for further exploitation by Maori
tribes and their legal attack dogs such as current Treaty of Waitangi
negotiations minister Christopher Finlayson has previously been and will
no doubt become yet again upon eventually leaving Parliament.
good payoff precedent, properly parleyed, is worth millions if not
billions to idle Maori tribal ticket clippers.
current National minority government has become mesmerised by the thought
that Maori are owed a slice of 4G and so has gutlessly followed its Labour
predecessor down the appeasement path.
are blandly informed that the 3G radio spectrum payola to Maori interests
has beneficially brought us the third mobile operator 2degrees.
where are the Maori tribal mobile telephony technology entrepreneurs, or
do we rather have a revival of the 19th century rent seeking
practice of charging access fees to European tourists who wished to visit
the pink and white terraces?
charging a fee simply as a rental return due the local Maori tribe adds
absolutely nothing of any value, let alone the slightest productivity
enhancement, to our economy.
grim object lesson of the 3G spectrum concession being leveraged up into
4G should be looked at closely by those concerned to project what will
happen to MOM privatisations when Maori can pull the same kind of
acquisitive stunt over water as they have over radio bands.
extraordinary aspect of the Maori water rights looting in train under a
National government in thrall to its Treaty negotiations minister is the
way in which prime minister John Key could have what he now notoriously
calls a “brain fade” concerning what has happened under his
Key denies that Maori can own water, but concedes that they can own water
has conspicuously failed to explain to the New Zealand public, perhaps due
to brain fading, that under his government and the close supervision of
negotiations minister, Treaty claim settlement laws have been bulk-voted
through Parliament that have destroyed the ability of the Crown to
preserve water rights in public ownership.
Key might have overlooked what the Government Communications Security
Bureau was doing in illegally spying on Kim Dotcom, but he cannot have the
same excuse for not remembering what his own government has done to
publicly-owned water rights.
example, amidst much mystico-poetic mumbo jumbo verbiage of no discernible
legal meaning, clause 23 of the preamble to the Nga
Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012 baldly states that the “Maniapoto
[tribe] do not accept they have ever relinquished their authority or
rights over the Waipa River, or its tributaries.”
you have it, enacted in Parliament under Messrs Key and Finlayson, who are
apparently too brain faded to explain what these words mean
to the general public or potential investors in Mighty River Power.
from the National Party, which espouses the core value that there should
be “equal citizenship and equal opportunity”.
published in the NBR.
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