New Zealanders of all shapes, colours and sizes owe a debt of gratitude to Ngapuhi Leader, David Rankin, for claiming that Maori have a right to earn a dividend for the use of the wind for commercial power generation.
He said the Waitangi Tribunal can't turn a blind eye to the claim ...."They set a precedent by the claim over water that they have to go for the wind. They're all resources, the wind is a resource. What turns those turbines on those wind farms?"
You can read the whole article (here).
Thank you David Rankin for managing in a few 'simple' words to expose the whole charade that the claims process has become. Thank you too for giving the Government the ammunition it needs to put to bed, once and for all, these vexatious claims. Maori do not have a commercial right over the sun, air, water or wind. Some Iwi may be able to argue they have a certain 'guardianship' right over water. That can be negotiated on a claim by claim basis.
But commercial rights, no way ... as a few money grabbing 'Niggers' (Hone's words, not mine) will find out to their to their 'cost'.
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