2 May 2012

Tribunal to hear water and assets claims in July

7:07 pm on 2 May 2012

The Waitangi Tribunal has set down a week in July to consider parts of the urgent Maori Council claims over freshwater and the sell-off of stakes in some state owned assets.

The council is asking the tribunal to issue a recommendation that the sales are delayed, ahead of further hearings and a full report on the claims.

The first inquiry will be held in the second week of July.

The tribunal will explore what rights and interests in water and geothermal resources are guaranteed and protected by the Treaty of Waitangi.

Another question will be whether those Maori rights are affected by the Government's partial sale of shares in power-generators - and if the Treaty has been breached.

The tribunal's recommendation will be aimed at informing the Government's thinking on the sale of power company shares and any creation of tradable water rights.

After the week-long hearing, the tribunal has set aside a further two days to take submissions.

It will then hear evidence and issue a comprehensive tribunal report.