Iwi and asset sales – taihoa!

Rotokākahi (Green Lake) – Te Arawa


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.



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

Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust  – info@tst.maori.nz

Te Rūnanga O Ngāi Tahu – info@ngaitahu.iwi.nz


Waikato River Authority – enquiries@waikatoriver.org.nz

 Kia ora whānau

From Te Wharepora Hou

Marama Davidson

021 025 88302

Author: Te Wharepora Hou

Te Wharepora Hou is a collective of wāhine who are mainly Tāmaki Makaurau based, but we have strong participation from wāhine based elsewhere in Aotearoa and the world. We have come together to ensure a stronger voice for wāhine and are concerned primarily with the wellbeing of whānau, hapū, iwi and all that pertains to Papatūānuku and the sustenance of our people.

5 thoughts on “Iwi and asset sales – taihoa!”

  1. The nat-ze jonkey corporations true Masters know that we the Mäori Race are a threat to there plans to ravage n kill Papatuanuku, they need the water to pump poison in to Our Mother’s Vines to feed there greed and lust for Oil…
    This Pollution of which I speak of is known as Fracking, these heartless bastards of greed need 2,000,500 Million Liters of fresh water, mixed with the Nastiest Poisions & Chemicals known to Mankind, to pump into the Earth into each Well, upon each sight there is twelve exploratory Wells, thats 240,000,600 Liters of water that they need each sight and our Children’s and there Children’s Water held within our Mother’s Brest,

  2. This land dose not belong to us fore we are just the Kaiteaki Guardians, this Land Rightfully Belongs to Our Children’s Grandchildren, how could you look them in the Face and say we stood buy and did nothing, and this is what you have right now…nothing …
    A Land With Out Water is like a Body Without Blood…!
    Please get informed and make a stand..


  3. Kia ora Marama
    Those iwi structures are the same structures that are used to extinguish Hapu rights. We should not engage with them at all.These are the failed mechanisms in which you have failed to mention key hapu and iwi that whakapapa to the rohe.

    1. Kia ora Smithy
      I’m not sure if you understood the article correctly – which clearly pits hapu and whanau as needing to be the key players, not iwi. The mention of those Iwi structures is to merely give people the option to call them to accountability.

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