August 21, 2015
King flags sovereignty claim
The Maori King has called on all Waikato River tribes to hui together so they can develop a collective position over water rights to put to the crown.
In a speech at Turangawaewae this afternoon marking the ninth anniversary of his coronation, King Tuheitia talked of his continuing health problems and his need to leave a legacy for his successors to build on.
Addressing a crowd of more than 3000 including Prime Minister John Key and the Tongan King, he said his earlier statement that Waikato-Tainui owned its waters needed to be followed through with a national solution on water ownership and control.
He said Waikato Tainui had also acted on his call for a review of its governance, and he hopes the new model adopted by the tribe will be more effective and deliver better outcomes for the people.
King Tuheitia flagged the tribe’s intention to get a speedy resolution over its claims in Tamaki Makaurau.
He also plans to lodge a claim in the name of his ancestor, the first Maori King Potatau Te Wherowhero, on the sovereignty of the Kingitanga and its relationship with government.
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