March 01, 2021
Marae invasion threat over water treatment
Ngāti Awa kaumatua Maanu Paul wants an extension to today’s deadline for submissions on the Water Services Bill so marae can have their say on a provision that will allow council officers to come on board without a warrant.
Mr Paul says the last time a government tried to barge onto marae was in anti-terrorist legislation. which the New Zealand Māori Council stopped by pointing out it would be in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The Bill says compliance officers can enter marae without a search warrant if they believe there is a serious risk to public health in the way drinking water is collected or treated.
It says they must take into account of the kawa of the marae so far as practicable.
In contrast, officers are not allowed to enter a home without the consent of an occupier.
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