The Waitangi Tribunal has recommended the Government immediately halt its asset sales process.
Nearly two weeks of hearings were held earlier this month into a claim on water rights by the Maori Council.
A decision has been released today in which the Tribunal recommends the asset sales process be held off until the issue around water rights can be sorted and until it has heard the substantive claim from the Maori Council.
The Tribunal says the status quo should be preserved until the claim has been further heard and reported on.
The findings are not binding on the Government.
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