“..The National Party should be grateful for small mercies.
In meeting a Government-imposed deadline, the Waitangi Tribunal ended up releasing its report on water and Maori ownership rights to the resource at the politically dead time of 4 o’clock on a Friday afternoon.
That meant John Key and ministers with a portfolio interest in the tribunal’s findings could duck calls for something more substantial than an obligatory response thanking the tribunal and promising full consideration of the report’s contents.
The Government now has the weekend to contemplate its next move.
It needs all the time it can get.
The tribunal has effectively turned the tables by cleverly acknowledging, and then acting on, National’s demand for urgency..”
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