Māori Council Water Rights Case Rejected
(2012) December Māori LR 4-6.
3 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2015 Last revised: 1 Apr 2016
Date Written: 2012
On 11 December, Ronald Young J issued his decision in the High Court litigation brought by the New Zealand Māori Council to challenge the Government’s decision to proceed towards the partial privatisation of State-owned Enterprise Mighty River Power.
The Court found that the decisions taken by the Crown to advance the sale of those shares were not reviewable. Furthermore, even if the decisions were reviewable, none of the grounds for review raised by the Māori Council would succeed.
The Māori Council has subsequently been granted leave to appeal this decision directly to the Supreme Court.
Keywords: Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty Principles, Māori Council, State-Owned Enterprise, Mighty River Power, Privatisation.
JEL Classification: K39, K10.
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