Post by Kiwi Frontline on Mar 9, 2021 3:21:14 GMT 12
GOVT CHALLENGED OVER END-USE OF WATER AND PLASTIC IN BOTTLING PLANT DECISION
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa is seeking leave to have its opposition heard by the Court of Appeal – but its bigger focus is changing New Zealand public sentiment. It's not just about how much the aquifer is depleted, elders argue, but about the loss of the mauri (life force) of the water by shipping it across the world.
“He tāonga te wai – water is an inherited treasure," said rūnanga chief executive Leonie Simpson. "Once it has been removed from our rohe our wai will never return. As kaitiaki and mana whenua we have a responsibility to act when decisions impact the natural resources within our rohe.
“We are also concerned about the wider allocation of freshwater rights in Aotearoa. Successive governments have failed to address the very real issue of water rights in New Zealand ... In a country impacted by severe drought and water shortages it is nothing short of negligent to give this resource away."……