June 26, 2020
Councillor keen on Waikato partnership
The head of Auckland Council's Māori portfolio wants the council to take up Waikato Tainui's offer of a partnership to respond to the city's dire water needs.
Manurewa-Papakura ward councillor Angela Dalton says she was impressed by yesterday's presentation from tribal leaders to the council on why they saw its request for increased take from the Waikato River as a short term fix that ignored cultural and environmental effects.
"It was a brilliant and mature, friendly presentation. I wish we could have just said 'yes, let's do this,' but it seems it will take some time, so I had a question for the mayor: Where is the leadership in this now the partnership has been asked for? How do we respond and make that happen," Ms Dalton says.
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