Ngati Kahungunu takes direct action on Water Rights

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Ngati is pleased at the Governments announcement to delay the sell-down of shares in Mighty River Power this afternoon, said Ngati Kahungunu Chairman, Ngahiwi Tomoana.

We are aware that most of our hapu claims have not been settled yet and see this as an opportunity to bring definition to the merits of those claims, before any rights are sold off

Ngati Kahungunu has taken a direct approach to protecting their wh?nau, hap? and marae interests in freshwater. Today they instructed their lawyers Chen Palmer to file a statement of claim in the Waitangi Tribunal.

Ngati Kahungunu has the second largest aquifer in New Zealand and it is paramount that this treasured resource is protected, said Ngahiwi Tomoana.

Ngati Kahungunu looks forward to engaging constructively with the Government during upcoming consultation.

  • Ngati Kahungunu Iwi is the third largest iwi with 22,000 registered members
  • The iwi has the second longest coastline in Aotearoa and stretches from Mahia, Hawkes bay to Wairarapa

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