An urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing this morning could delay the Government's asset sales programme.
Two claims brought on behalf of Maori Council Chairman Sir Graham Latimer and 11-others will be heard, seeking a recommendation for asset sales be put on hold, until underlying claims are dealt with.
It also wants a recommendation that the Resource Management Act and other relevant legislation be amended to give Maori more control over the resources, and provide compensation for past and future use.
Newstalk ZB'spolitical editor Barry Soper says whatever the outcome, the hearing is not going to be binding on the Government.
He says the Government's main concern is more legal action will be taken, which will delay the sale Mighty River Power shares.
Barry Soper says the Government firmly believes water can't belong to anyone.
Photo: An asset sales protest earlier in the year (Facebook)