Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown had branded the landowners organising the protest as “extremists”.
But one of those landowners, Eric Short of Ngati Pa, Taikitumu, said yesterday that the chemically-treated water was “a done deal”.
“I am not an extremist,” he said. “But I don’t want to be forced to pay for chemicals in my water; to create chemical sludge that will potentially harm my environment; to require me to purchase a carbon filter to take the chlorine out.
“What about those of us who can’t afford to do this? The mamas and the papas on the pension? Those with a young family? Those with big families? And in Covid times, when income generation is at its lowest in years.
“I am a concerned citizen, exercising my rights to question the decision of the elected Government. So far, nothing the Government has said makes me feel heard or listened to.”