Apr 17, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Iwi and asset sales taihoa! Marama Davidson | Te Wharepora Hou

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Whanau Maori we have the potential power to stop the asset sales from happening. But we need to act now!


Government asset sales cannot go ahead yet because of our water rights.

The Waitangi Tribunal says that the Government must halt its asset sales programme until water rights can be sorted out. This is annoying for the Government because they want to get the asset sales programme off the ground now.


Government now need the approval of Iwi.
To quickly sort out water rights the Government may approach certain Iwi with a deal. Iwi with water interests that our Government are likely to approach include Waikato, Tuwharetoa/Te Arawa and Ngai Tahu.But decisions made by any one Iwi will impact on all other Iwi and hapu.


The Government wants to move fast.
In exchange for letting the asset sales go through, those Iwi may be offered cash and/or shares following any asset sale.



These are the things for whanau and hapu to consider:

  • That we have the responsibility to protect and sustain our environment.
  • That no one can own water (least of all the government) but we as hapu declare our responsibilityto be kaitiaki.
  • That the importance and value of water is far beyond any cash or share value.
  • That Iwi representatives do not make decisionsuntilwhanau andhap?are clear what any deal might involve.
  • That it is local hapu who are the custodians of rivers, springs, lakes andwetlands.Hapu should make the decisions.
  • That we reject any timeframe or process that does not allow all of the above.


We need to do the following in the first week of September 2012:

  • 1. Contact your Iwi representatives as soon as possible to ask what their plans are with any potential deals.
  • 2. Get this message out to all whanau and raise it wherever you can. Use social media, ask to speak on your local Iwi radio stations, raise it at any other hui.
  • 3. Show up in force to any consultation hui and ask all the questions so we are absolutely clear what is being given up and what is being gained in any deal.

Iwi contact details:

  • Whanau can email any of the authorities below and ask them to forward this question directly to the Iwi representative.

What are the plans for involving whanau and hapu in any deals around water rights and asset sales?

Kia ora whanau
From Te Wharepora Hou

Marama Davidson

About Te Wharepora Hou

Te Wharepora Hou is a collective of wahine who are mainly Tamaki Makaurau based, but we have strong participation from wahine based elsewhere in Aotearoa and the world. We have come together to ensure a stronger voice for wahine and are concerned primarily with the wellbeing of whanau, hapu, iwi and all that pertains to Papatuanuku and the sustenance of our people.

2 thoughts on “Iwi and asset sales taihoa! Marama Davidson | Te Wharepora Hou

  1. Kia Kaha to all the wahine involved in Te Wharepora Hou ..
    Marama I acknowledge your commitment and your mana..
    Wahine bring all politicians bureaucrats into the world everywhere, in Ireland women also brought their wisdom and common sense to a place torn by sectarian division and helped heal much of it..
    I hope here in Aotearoa the sense of Kaitiaki over water is successfully defended for all our sakes throughout both islands ..I will share this so all who visit me can see that what Key & National are doing is fully intended to be divisive, Maori wahine the opposite.. Kia ora.

    1. Kia ora Jax. Yes I agree wahine have a vital role to play in taking Te Ao Maori forward. Te Wharepora Hou is just one of many vehicles aiming to support our collective wahine voice and maintain a clear responsibility to sustainable futures for whanau.

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