For the moment at least Maoridom seems to have successfuly combined in a powerful voice to speak as one on water rights.
They are speaking as one on what they believe are their water rights. It’s not quite that simple, there have been varied views on what ‘water rights’ means to Maori, from a right to manage waterways to an expectation they should be paid for the use of water – and wind.
But the Maori voice is gathering in strength and purpose.
Who will speak up for the rest of us?
David Farrar said on Kiwiblog in A view that I will never accept…
The issue that worries me is having the Maori King assert ownership of all water in New Zealand. I do not believe that view can be left unchecked.
I don’t think it can be left unchecked either.
I hope media ask Labour’s Maori MPs if they agree with that view. Ask the Greens also – in fact all Maori MPs in Parliament.
That’s a futile approach.
I don’t think we can expect much of them. Nor National. Nor UF or NZF. Parliament doesn’t seem to know how to stand up to continuing claims of Maori, and excesses of Maori claims.
Maoridom has combined a powerful network into a potentially very strong voice on water rights. As an interest group they are pushing for as mucha s they can get. Good on them if they can pull it off.
The-Rest-Of-Us-dom (probably many with some Maori ancestry) need to stand up and fight for what’s important to us. If water rights are important to us then we need to stake our claim and fight hard.
Just don’t expect politicians to do it for us.
It means doing much more than commenting as individuals on social media, which is little more than whimpering on the sideline.
The rest of us have to speak up for the rest of us.
Who here is willing to join a Pan-All-Of-Us voice to claim our water rights too?