July 10, 2014
Moerewa floods alarm MP
Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira says Northland communities with high Maori populations seem to be least prepared for the effects of the storm lashing the region.
He intends to talk to the local and regional council about persistent flooding in Moerewa, which he believes is happening because water flows have been changed to protect farms.
He says it seems to be a pattern.
"In places where there are high Maori communities there doesn’t seem to be a lot of support for flood relief, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of big drain work, and places like Moerewa, after all the troubles they have had with the roads and the trucks motoring through there on forestry roads, and now to find that they’re getting constantly flooded," he says.
Hone Harawira says he’s also concerned about the lack of power in many areas, which could put at risk many Maori with diabetes and heart problems.
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