18 Oct 2012

Maori Council discusses legal action with Waikato claimants

7:04 am on 18 October 2012

The Maori Council will discuss likely court action against the Crown with water rights claimants along the Waikato River on Thursday.

The visit's been prompted by the Government's announcement that it will sell shares in the hydro electric generator Mighty River Power between March and June next year.

Executives will gather views and explore what legal challenge can be mounted to stop the sale, arguing that Maori proprietary rights to water have not yet been resolved by the Crown.

The solicitor for the Maori Council, Donna Hall, says they need to canvass the opinions of more water claimants.

She says one of the meetings will be with the board of the hapu grouping, Pouakani - one of the co-claimants that took the water claim case to the Waitangi Tribunal.