March 15, 2023
Hold firm in three waters says iwi leader
A prominent iwi leader says this year’s floods have shown the importance of staying the course with the three waters infrastructure reforms.
Former Te Rarawa chair Haami Piripi says it’s a chance to make a difference to water quality and to make real cost and efficiency gains by bringing fresh water, waste water and storm water under a large regional entities.
“And also it paves the way for potential iwi investment. It seems such a lost opportunity if we weren’t to take advantage of it,” he says.
Haami Piripi says iwi leaders are also getting close to finishing negotiations on Maori interests in radio communications spectrum, which includes a proposal for Maori to receive 20 percent of future allocations.