April 15, 2015
Freshwater next big fight
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says John Key has made it clear his Government was never serious about talking with Maori about water.
The Freshwater Iwi Leadership Group’s consultations with iwi on its proposals have been torpedoed by the Prime Minister’s assertion that no one owns water and he’s not willing to have a national water settlement.
Ms Turei says the Government’s rhetoric is a cover for its belief that commercial interests should always get first rights of access to water.
By not having a debate on the environemtnal and cultural issues they are protecting those users,
"After the foreshore and seabed everybody knew freshwater was going to be the next big fight. It was going to be really hard to get government to understand what Maori were talking about. The only word you can use in English is ownership. Really it's about who has control who has decision making power, what are the priorities for the use of water and who puts those priorities in place" says Metiria Turei.
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