“…The nature and timing of the Prime Minister’s statements on the Government’s preparedness to seriously consider any recommendations the Waitangi Tribunal on Maori water rights before the share sell-down of the state energy companies -
- gives the impression the Government had predetermined the issues.
This begs the question for claimants: why have such a costly middle step which is recommendatory only –
- when court action would bind the Crown unless Parliament reverses the effect of its decision?
But it also raises the question for the public of whether tribunal recommendations should be made binding on the Government…”
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