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Media Statement : Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board stands by water interests

Media Statement

5 July 2017

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board stands by water interests

 

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board has objected to claims by NZ First that the National Government is allowing iwi unfair water allocation and trading rights.

Chief Executive Topia Rameka says NZ First leader Winston Peters is misinformed and unreasonably politicising a matter of national significance.

“Tūwharetoa rights and interests in fresh water stand, no matter what political party is in power,” Mr Rameka says.

“The fact that Waikato Regional Council recognises the need to support the clean-up of our waters while ensuring iwi have adequate access and rights to water, should be applauded.”

Ngāti Tūwharetoa is working together with other Iwi and Waikato Regional Council to improve water quality in the Waikato region – an issue consistently identified as the most important for our communities for the past two decades.

“We remain focused on protecting, enhancing and utilising our water, our taonga, for the benefit of our future generations,” says Mr Rameka.

“We are pleased to be involved and we’re fully committed to doing what is best for the environment and communities over the long-term.”

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Click here to read the New Zealand First Party’s Press Release as reported by Scoop Independent News (opens new link).