The Supreme Court bench has challenged the NZ Māori Council to demonstrate how the sale of SOEs would be detrimental to Māori, and thus breach the Treaty of Waitangi.
The hearing began today at the Supreme Court, where the Council laid out its arguments against the Govt, to address Māori rights over water before the sale of any assets.
Māori Council lawyer, Colin Carruthers QC, submitted that privatisation will deprive the Crown of the ability to provide Māori with an opportunity for a measure of control of their own water resources.
They asked the court to make a declaration that until the Crown implements agreed protective measures, the privatisation is unlawful.
The hearing continues tomorrow.
Reporter: Ripeka Timutimu