Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jun 1, 2020 6:37:39 GMT 12
INFORMATION FOR IWI/MĀORI (Freshwater)
Freshwater is precious and limited, a taonga of huge significance, and is of particular importance to Māori.
The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the underlying foundation of the Crown–iwi/ hapū relationship with regard to freshwater resources. Addressing tangata whenua values and interests across all of the wellbeings and including the involvement of iwi and hapū in the overall management of freshwater are key to giving effect to the Treaty of Waitangi.
The new requirements in the NPS-FM and NES are about strengthening Te Mana o te Wai and improving ecosystem health and water quality to provide further protection for freshwater taonga. Achieving this requires a balance between setting policies and rules nationally and providing flexibility locally.
The new NPS-FM and NES require and encourage further engagement between tangata whenua and councils and require further protection of Māori values. These policies may further contribute to upholding the intrinsic values and objectives of existing Treaty settlement commitments......