Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jun 29, 2020 4:11:01 GMT 12
FIGHT OVER AUCKLAND'S ACCESS TO WAIKATO RIVER WATER MOVES TO PARLIAMENT
National and NZ First both say their parties want to see an amendment to a new bill aimed at fast- tracking Resource Management Act which would allow Auckland Council and Watercare to take hundreds of millions of litres of water per day from the Waikato River.
The move, which has been stalled for seven years awaiting a consent hearing, is opposed by Waikato Regional Council, while Waikato-Tainui, are seeking a longterm solution with the council and Watercare, but oppose fast-tracking the legislation.
NZ First MP Shane Jones said the fast-tracked RMA bill presented an “opportunity to get it done”.
At its deepest level this is not about Māori rights, this is about the importance of access to water for a third of New Zealand's population, which is a human right.
“It may come to pass that in the short term we'll receive rains akin to what floated Noah's Ark, but the answer to Auckland's water security lies neither in the Old Testament or in the Treaty of Waitangi.......