The Waitangi Tribunal has issued a preliminary report on Maori interests in water, in accordance with the government's request (cough) timeframe and it's not full of surprises. Maori do have a proprietary interest in water, akin to ownership (as it is understood from a eurocentric perspective) and the issues around water should be resolve before asset sales proceed.
Stuff is reporting that John Key will consider the report. Given that he doesn't understand that euthenasia in hospitals and hospices is quite rare, I expect he will struggle with something as complex as the relationship between Maori and water. He's out of his depth.
Paul Kelly - Deeper Water, 1995