9 Aug 2012

Govt water inquiry deadline doesn't change anything - lawyer

7:07 pm on 9 August 2012

The Maori Council's lead lawyer says even though the Waitangi Tribunal aims to meet a Government deadline regarding its water inquiry, it doesn't change anything.

The Waitangi Tribunal has agreed to a Government request to release a shortened version of a report on Maori water rights and partial state share sales in four energy companies before the end of August.

Late last month the tribunal released an interim decision and asked the Government to hold off on any share sales until it released a full report at the end of September.

The Maori Council's lead lawyer Felix Geiringer says despite the tribunal trying to meet the Government deadline of 24 August, the bottom line hasn't changed.

But he says the tribunal's made it clear that a full report won't be released until September, so nothing has changed since last week.