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Why are Maori so upset about removing Section 9 of the SOE Act?

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Why indeed?

What is so contentious about Section 9 of the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986, that has enraged Maori so greatly; jeopardised the Maori Party-National Coalition agreement; and threatened to spawn countless Court cases?

What sparked all this,

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And what is this “Section 9” that John Key wants removed from the SOE Act, after Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy, Solid Energy, and Air New Zealand are part-privatised?

This is Section 9,

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 Treaty of Waitangi
  • Nothing in this Act shall permit the Crown to act in a manner that is inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Yup. That’s it. That’s the grand total of what the government wants removed, and which has provoked – quite justifiably, in my view – considerable anger in the community.

I wonder if John Key now regrets his government’s stated intention to  remove those 24 words from the SOE Act? Has it been worth the anger that has erupted in the community?

Well, Mr Key? Has it?

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  1. Sally S.
    10 February 2012 at 8:55 pm

    It certainly seems to be a storm in a teacup. Ooops, am I allowed to say teacup any more? LOL!

  1. 8 February 2012 at 2:30 pm

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