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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Whenua

The "Treelords" deal signed yesterday, and introduced into parliament in a bill, is a great step forward from the grid-lock over the central North Island forests that has existed since the Crown made a commitment to un-steal it. Handing it back has been fraught and negotiations have been long. Meantime the Crown Forestry Rental Trust has racked up millions and been used to fund studies into claims - which was a good use of the money despite the allegations of over-spending.

Cullen seems keen to make progress. As Finance Minister it would be sensible and prudent to remove the huge liabilities the CNI forest claim represents on the Crown balance sheet. How much of this has to do with saving Nania Mahuta's arse from electoral oblivion I do not know.

I hope the settlement is satisfactory to all involved.

3 Comments:

At 26/6/08 1:58 pm, Anonymous Avenger said...

More money wasted greasing the palm of the Maori elites, while the great majority of Maori get bugger all.

Alsp, spare a thought for those who are guests of Her Majesty (the thousands in prison).

 
At 26/6/08 5:23 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

Some capture (of putea etc) by an elite will occur in every system. Mike Moore wrote an interesting column on that in today's NZ Herald.

 
At 27/6/08 6:51 pm, Blogger Hated By Most said...

Dumb ass bastards for signing that deal, they live in a white world, there mentality needs to change.. awesome to hold on to Cultural beliefs, but when it comes to putia and deal for our taonga they think like Pakeha.. not be it.. think like it.

Avenger nice post

 

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