Whānau Māori – we have the potential power to stop the asset sales from happening. But we need to act now!
Government asset sales cannot go ahead yet because of our water rights.
The Waitangi Tribunal says that the Government must halt its asset sales programme until water rights can be sorted out. This is annoying for the Government because they want to get the asset sales programme off the ground now.
Government now need the approval of Iwi.
To quickly sort out water rights the Government may approach certain Iwi with a deal. Iwi with water interests that our Government are likely to approach include Waikato, Tūwharetoa/Te Arawa and Ngāi Tahu. But decisions made by any one Iwi will impact on all other Iwi and hapū.
The Government wants to move fast.
In exchange for letting the asset sales go through, those Iwi may be offered cash and/or shares following any asset sale.
THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO SEAL THESE DEALS QUICKLY!
These are the things for whānau and hapū to consider:
- That we have the responsibility to protect and sustain our environment.
- That no one can own water (least of all the government) but we as hapū declare our responsibility to be kaitiaki.
- That the importance and value of water is far beyond any cash or share value.
- That Iwi representatives do not make decisions until whānau and hapū are clear what any deal might involve.
- That it is local hapū who are the custodians of rivers, springs, lakes and wetlands. Hapū should make the decisions.
- That we reject any timeframe or process that does not allow all of the above.
We need to do the following in the first week of September 2012:
1. Contact your Iwi representatives as soon as possible to ask what their plans are with any potential deals.
2. Get this message out to all whānau and raise it wherever you can. Use social media, ask to speak on your local Iwi radio stations, raise it at any other hui.
3. Show up in force to any ‘consultation’ hui and ask all the questions so we are absolutely clear what is being given up and what is being gained in any deal.
Iwi contact details:
Whānau can email any of the authorities below and ask them to forward this question directly to the Iwi representative.
“What are the plans for involving whānau and hapū in any deals around water rights and asset sales?”
Te Arawa Lakes Trust – http://www.tearawa.iwi.nz/contact
Te Rūnanga O Ngāi Tahu - firstname.lastname@example.org
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