Claim for wind rights targets asset sales

17:00, Sep 10 2012

Maori who are claiming rights over wind hope to halt the partial sale of state-owned assets, but Prime Minister John Key has already dismissed their bid.

Following a Maori Council-led bid over water rights, Nga Puhi leader David Rankin has launched a Waitangi Tribunal claim over the commercial use of wind.

Mr Key said Maori had no basis for a claim over wind.

"My view is pretty clear. No one owns water, no one owns wind, no one owns sunlight, no one owns the sea - I could give you quite a long list."

In certain instances, Maori had genuine rights and interests but such assets were for the good of all New Zealanders, he said.

Mr Rankin said Maori had no issue with state-owned companies using wind for commercial gain because it benefited all New Zealanders.

Maori were trying to halt the asset sales.

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