Water rights decision before Christmas

VERNON SMALL
Last updated 13:29 28/11/2012

Relevant offers

National business

All Blacks rugby game rekindles relationship NZ toothfish exports face boycott in North America Briscoe to open new stores, posts record profit No US listing for Xero this year Power retailers struggle with complex network pricing Foodstuffs keeps mum on Warehouse stake Aotearoa Fisheries launches $30m fleet renewal 'Thursdays on O'Connell' brainchild of restaurateur Thai businessman Dhanin Chearavanont gets honorary doctorate from Massey Council cops it for 'heavy-handed' action

The hearing into the move by Maori groups to halt state asset sales until water rights are resolved has wrapped up at the High Court in Wellington with Justice Ronald Young indicating he will issue his judgement before Christmas.

The Crown completed its submissions, and the court heard closing arguments from the Crown and lawyers representing the Maori Council and Waikato River iwi this morning in a case that took only two-and-a-half days of the four set down.

Justice Young said he would "do my best" and he was "reasonably confident" of delivering a ruling before Christmas.

But he also acknowledged the near certainty of an appeal, saying he accepted he was "a bus stop on the way to the ultimate destination".

Both sides have indicated they will appeal as far as the Supreme Court if necessary.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content