Yes, we have a clear understanding of the pounamu business – and by the way, isn’t it a monopoly?

May 13, 2015

Alf observes with wry amusement the way certain indigenous persons credit the rest of us being so bloody understanding.

The latest one to do this is the leader of a Ngai Tahu hapu who is pleased the greenstone industry and public are finally starting to understand the hapu’s role as kaitiaki (guardians) of pounamu.

Alf is not so sure this is necessarily so.

But if the hapu leader likes to think it is so, then fair enough. Alf, for one, is a very understanding person.

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The complications of modern-day dam building – money must be put aside for measuring the mauri

April 13, 2010

Deep and meaningful negotiations are under way on the inevitable cultural impacts.

Just because it’s legal does not make it right.

Alf was never happy about legalising prostitution in this country, for example. Or permitting civil unions. Or letting teenagers into pubs.

Hence he is not impressed by the defence being advanced by the iwi that was given money by Meridian Energy, apparently to reverse its opposition to a West Coast hydro dam.

The iwi is saying the payment was a “legitimate” part of the resource consent process.

Of course it is. Perfectly legal.

It raises lots of questions in Alf’s mind, nevertheless.

The story is told at Stuff today –

Meridian last week revealed it had paid an unspecified sum to Te Runanga o Ngati Waewae for work it had done to assess the cultural impact of the company’s proposed Mokihinui River hydro project.
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