ODT - Maori Party wants clarification on water

The Maori Party has finally broken its silence on Labour’s water levy proposal, calling for a clarification of ownership before a tax was applied.

Separately, Prime Minister Bill English yesterday continued to hammer what he called Labour’s punitive attitude towards one group of New Zealanders — irrigators.

Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox called on Labour to clarify who owned the country’s freshwater before it tried to tax it.

"Labour has claimed everybody owns the water, while the Waitangi Tribunal says Maori have rights akin to ownership."

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