Press Release -
Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Celebrates Delay In Asset Sales
Monday 3 September
Aotearoa Is Not For Sale is delighted that the Waitangi Tribunal has been successful in its recommendation to the
Government that the sale of Mighty River power shares be delayed until iwi claims over water rights and guardianship are
This delay is a victory for all those who have worked tirelessly in the campaign against the Government’s policies to
sell our state-owned assets under the mixed ownership model, and ANFS will continue to support Tangata Whenua in their
struggle to have their rights and responsibilities as kaitiaki recognized and upheld. Respect for te Tiriti o Waitangi
is a reminder of the need for the government to protect the rights of Maori and all other New Zealanders, who built
these assets together, and who together assert that the government cannot sell them.
“When Maori and the agreement they entered into with the Crown in 1840 is undermined, all New Zealanders are undermined.
The decision today can therefore be celebrated by everyone,” says Miriam Pierard, ANFS spokesperson. “The Government is
clearly reluctant to back down completely on its very unpopular policy, so although we can take heart today, we must
remember that we still have a battle ahead of us.”
Aotearoa Is Not For Sale will continue to build a national, direct action movement against asset sales, while supporting
Maori in their principled negotiation for recognition of water rights as an issue in it's own right. We will also
continue to boycott Mercury Energy as a subsidiary of Mighty River Power and promote the Keep Our Assets petition for a
public referendum on the issue.
Aotearoa Is Not For Sale stands for the retention of all SOEs by all New Zealanders. No special deals. No special
shares. No special payments. No asset sales means no asset sales at all, to anyone.
We will not be divided like our assets. We will be united, we will not be silenced, we will resist this together.