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Ngāi Tahu Rangatiratanga over Freshwater

Update – 2 November 2020

Ngāi Tahu has lodged a statement of claim in the High Court at Christchurch seeking recognition of its rangatiratanga over the freshwater in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (area). Its statement of claim is to address the ongoing degradation of awa (rivers) and moana (lakes) caused by environmental mismanagement.

Dr. Te Maire Tau and Liz Kereru explain the Statement of claim that Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has filed before the High Court in the video below. The Statement of claim is Wai Māori and our claim to freshwater.