“…Prime Minister John Key is facing Opposition calls to clarify whether his pledge to not legislate against court decisions upholding Maori claims to rights and interests over water includes proprietary or ownership rights.
The call comes after Mr Key said his Government could in theory legislate to say no one owned water in the event a court case resulted in confusion on that issue.
After a late-night discussion with Mr Key on Wednesday, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said she had secured a pledge from Mr Key that should a future court decision find that Maori did have a proprietary type right over water, the Government would not legislate against that.
Asked yesterday whether the pledge applied to any proprietary rights upheld by a court, Mr Key said: “I think that would be right but it would depend what you meant by all of those things.
I think it’s important to not confuse all of those things.”…”
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