Adam Bennett

Adam is a political reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

Maori file papers to block Mighty River sale

File photo / supplied
File photo / supplied

The Maori fight against the partial sale of Mighty River Power goes to court on Tuesday morning after Waikato River hapu Pouakani and the Maori Council filed papers to block the sale in the High Court at Wellington.

Maori Council lawyers Donna Hall and Felix Geiringer personally filed the papers late this afternoon and told reporters the council was seeking a judicial review of a series of decisions the Government had taken as it moved to partially privatise Mighty River Power, Genesis Power and Meridian Energy.

However they also confirmed that Pouakani, a hapu based near Mangakino which won a Supreme Court decision clearing the way for them to claim ownership of parts of the Waikato River this year, had also filed papers today.

They said Pouakani had been granted court time on Tuesday morning where they would seek to block the Government's Order in Council scheduled for that day.

The Order in Council which would mean Mighty River was no longer a state owned enterprise and could therefore be partially privatised was to be considered and approved by cabinet that day.

- NZ Herald

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