When does ownership start?

The New Zealand Maori Council lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal  over Maori ownership rights to water.

If they do own the water when does the ownership start?

Do they own rain and snow or does ownership come somewhere later in the journey from the sky to the sea?

8 Responses to When does ownership start?

  1. pdm says:

    Does that mean they own the pigs and elephants I just saw flying around Hastings.

    It is well past time that some of those people got a grip on reality.


  2. Captain Fantastic says:

    This tommy rot started years ago. Weak governance gave in to it, took it way too seriously, and now look where we are. Since when have Maori’s kept their side of the “treaty”. I mean, do they all scrupulously keep and obey the law of the land. That they signed up too ? What New Zealand needs is a serious return to common sense.


  3. leftrightout says:

    No, what NZ needs is to ditch the crown and become a self-governing Republic. That would put an end to treaty nonsense once and for all as the treaty is with the crown,

    Let ’em pursue Prince Chuck!


  4. Cadwallader says:

    Carl Sagan once wrote when discussing atoms that each time we have a glass of water, it is possible an atom of that water may have once passed through the bladder of Oliver Cromwell. Did Oliver own it?


  5. Stephen Franks suggests that what Maori are after is a handover of part of the SOEs, this seems to be borne out by comment elsewhere.

    In other words this is a stand over tactic to extort a benefit.


  6. sorry don’t know why name repeated in prior comment


  7. robertguyton says:

    What does the Treaty of Waitangi have to say about this issue?
    Surely that’s the defining document 🙂


  8. homepaddock says:

    Problem is, Robert, it’s open to more than one interpretation.


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