The Maori (7.4% of NZ population) want new rights to tax wind farms, because the Maori claim ownership over, or at least a special connection with, the wind.
Ngapuhi leader David Rankin says under the Treaty of Waitangi, Maori might have a claim to the wind.
He says the precedent has been set with Maori claims to water.
When asked if Maori had a spiritual connection to the wind, as they claim to with the country’s land and rivers, Mr Rankin said this indeed was the case.
“We can actually prove we’ve had a connection with wind since the beginning of time.”