It has been reported by the nbr that Finance Minister Bill English will be attending the first of 6 consultation hui in Hamilton tomorrow.
While the Wai Hui held in Ngaruawahia at Turangawaewae marae last week was unanaimous in its opposition to water privatisation efforts and to the sale of State Owned Assets like Mighty River Power, the Government has decided that the show must go on and look to be bending to at least talk with some hapu and iwi.
In a curious twist, when attending a Maori Land Trust meeting a few weeks back, we were reminded that if we wanted to make any significant decisions, that we needed to give adequate public notice through various means. Seems that these new Government commissioned Hui are only being notified via the National Business Review as few Maori outlets that we’ve been in touch with, know very little about them.
Here is the Schedule:
Tuesday 18 September, Tainui waka iwi including Waikato, Hauraki, Ngati Raukawa and Ngati Koroki Kahukura, in.Hamilton
Wednesday 19 September, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Te Arawa, in Taupo
Wednesday 19 September, Whanganui Iwi, in Whanganui
Wednesday 26 September, Tainui waka iwi Ngati Maniapoto, in Te Kuiti
Thursday 27 September, Waikaremoana Iwi including Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Ruapani and Ngati Kahungunu ki te Wairoa, in Tuai
Thursday 27 September, Ngai Tahu, in Christchurch