There could be upsides if iwi owed water. The next time we get a drought, or a flood, we will be able to add up our losses and send the bill off to iwi. Okay, this will not happen but is that not what some used to say about Treaty of Waitangi claims? If iwi own the water Maori will become responsible for what 'their' water does. We know what this is like with stock fencing; if your stock gets out on the road and causes a pile-up, guess where the buck ends up stopping?
Of course, the Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), may be the exception.
What gets me about LIC's mutant calves mess is that LIC is a company trading on its genetic offering. This is what has helped make the New Zealand dairy industry what is today. So you would think LIC would stand by their product when things don't go to plan.
I bet I will win Lotto before seeing another Matrix. However, when this whole thing first broke there seemed to be denial, a refusal to admit there was a problem. Then came a surprising artificial insemination reimbursement offer.
The one thing LIC has refused to talk about was proper compensation for dud calves.
Let's be real here. If LIC had gotten its cheque book out early, it's unlikely any of this would have made it into the papers.
Now that LIC has dragged its heels it has a Commerce Commission complaint lodged against it.
There is possible legal action on the cards as this turns from compensation into a matter of principle for some farmers.
If iwi can take any lessons from LIC, it is not to wish too hard for what you want, because you may end up getting it.
The Offal Pit is an opinion editorial not necessarily reflecting the views or policies of Federated Farmers.