Heh, we didn’t think that our little post on Aug. 27 about the Maori king’s meeting with Prime Minister John Key would generate quite the dramatic response from the folks over at Waikatopolitx as it did, however we stand by our claims that the meeting took place.
John Key will pursue his divide-and-rule strategy while seeking to make deals with individual iwi over the water rights issue. As far as Key is concerned only the “maori shares plus” are up for grabs and he will dangle this carrot in front of iwi leaders by promising the biggest share to those who take the plunge first. Now, this goes well for the Maori king’s “gimme more” style of negotiation (with the emphasis on the me part) but we all know that the king does not have the authority to do this anyway (yet!)
Some of the more astute of you out there will have noted that it is obvious that John Key will need to entice one or two of the big iwi to bring the smaller ones into line… it’s also obvious that Tuku Morgan is pulling the strings of the king’s underpants in the background while holding his hand out for Key’s big cheques from the front. But don’t worry, Tuku Morgan’s duplicitous nautre is well known by Prime Minister Key and they know EXACTLY what they are dealing with.