July 04, 2019
Rāhui on cards as Taupō cleans up paru spill
Ngāti Tūwharetoa is considering its cultural response to a spill of Taupō's wastewater into Lake Taupō.
Trust Board chief executive Topia Rameka says the iwi was extremely disappointed by the collapse of a pipe that led to an estimated 800,000 litres of wastewater spilling into the lake yesterday.
He says the council and contractors moved quickly to fix the pipe, and the iwi is now discussing what measures it needs to take, including whether to impose a rāhui on taking kai from parts of the lake and the upper Waikato River.
"Our Māori community, our Tūwharetoa community are just as mamae as everyone else, and just as it raises environmental concerns for most people, it raises both environmental and cultural tikanga concerns for us," Mr Rameka says.
He says there has been international interest in the iwi's response and the Māori view on water purity.
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