It's not quite enough to just sing a song. You should also know the river's taniwha and use the river to wash away spells and curses. But the clincher is to recognise the river's life force. Then it's yours.A taniwha is a mythical monster that Maori say live in some rivers, usually in areas of the river where people got drowned and such, sort of a PSA, if you like. Rocket also notes, somewhat grumpily
These are the indicators that the tribunal says prove customary ownership of the country's rivers and lakes.Indicators, see, as in things that indicate, not your actual proof as Rolling says, but no matter. What has got Kidney riled is THE LAW!!
I am all for property rights. They should be recognised and upheld. Property rights are essential to a peaceful, prosperous society.We all know how those brown people are when they get granted the ownership of their own property, litigate, litigate they go. IT WILL NEVER END!!!! And the reason why we can't decide who owns stuff is HISTORY!!!
But property rights must be certain and stable. There are no property rights where they are endlessly litigated.
It's not possible to trace legitimate possession in an unbroken chain of legitimate transactions back to the original owners for any piece of land or enduring property. Human history has been too violent and untidy to do so.See people are too violent for owning stuff and the losers should just STFU!!
Back then, it was "might makes right".Yes Redknees is goin' with the "we won it fair and square so sux to them" school of history. It's just that there was this treaty that the whole fucking country is based on which the various governments of the days broke and broke and broke again which led us to think that maybe we should do something about that and so we set up the Waitangi Tribunal. Uh-huh.
A Maori could own only what he could grab - and hang on to. And that never included a river.
Now, of course, Rocknuts is trying to piss liberals off but have a look at the comments and see the smelly, fucking racists he has attracted to his banner. Note, also, brave commenter AK who says "Fuck you all" as nicely as he can.