“Māori interests in national freshwater and geothermal resources will be crystal clear when Māori and specialist experts present their evidence to the Waitangi Tribunal hearing,” say Council co-chairs Sir Edward Taihakurei Durie and Maanu Paul.
The National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources claim brought by the Council will be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt starting at 9am on Monday, 9 July 2012.
“The claim sets out what interests Māori had and continue to have in springs, rivers, lakes, aquifers and waterways as Poroti Springs as well as in geothermal resources such as Ruahine Kaharua,” said Sir Edward.
“The Council became concerned when Government announced its intention to sell off some of its assets without full consideration of the impact on Maori interests in water resources,” added Mr Paul. “The NZMC has a statutory responsibility to advise Government on behalf of all Maori.”
Māori from throughout country will be travelling to present their evidence to the Tribunal on Monday. An impressive team of experts will be giving their evidence later in the week.
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