in February, the council went to New Zealand's highest court seeking
to overturn an earlier High Court decision which found that there was
no connection between the sale of shares in Mighty River Power and
the need to address Maori claims to water.
a decision released on Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the
proposed sale of shares is able to be reviewed by the courts to
ensure that it is consistent with the principles of the Treaty of
the court says there are several reasons why any share sale will not
materially impair the Crown's ability to compensate any Treaty
says that includes the Crown's acknowledgement that Maori have
interests and rights in relation to particular waters, and the
Crown's retention of the means to remedy any Treaty breaches.
Supreme Court said the Maori Council had one success in the case in
the court's finding that the Crown was bound to comply with Treaty