Good progress on Freshwater

Ngāi Tahu welcomes the Minister of Environment, Amy Adam’s announcement on Freshwater reforms.

Ngāi Tahu is mindful that this is only the first step in a much longer reform process to ensure iwi have meaningful involvement in all aspects of freshwater management.

“The reforms recognise that iwi should be involved upfront on matters concerning freshwater resources, primarily governance, collaborative planning and setting limits,” says Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon.

The regional hui held by Iwi Leaders across the motu over the past month provided an opportunity to get feedback from our people on all aspects of the reforms. They were clear in their desire to be involved upfront on resource matters.

“It is encouraging to see that the Land and Water Forum process, government led consultation and our regional hui have all shown a clear appetite for immediate change in this area,” says Tā Mark Solomon.

“The Land and Water Forum encouraged government to work with iwi on matters of rights and interest in freshwater, and Ngāi Tahu is pleased the journey is underway.”