Last ditch atempt to stop asset sales

A last ditch attempt by the Maori Council to stop the Government's asset sales programme will go ahead today.

The Maori Council's gone to the Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a High Court ruling that went in the Government's favour.

The Maori Council attempted to stop the asset sales programme, claiming it would affect any water right claims.

That was dismissed by the High Court.

The Government's confident of its position, even though its hopes to have Mighty River Power up for sale last year were dashed - now the earliest that will happen is March.

The only other obstacle is a likely referendum, forced by opposition parties which gathered the more than 300,000 signatures needed to gain the vote.

However that referendum would be non-binding.

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