The bill is about water rights, but it is also about land rights.
Landowners have been in discussion with the Crown about Te Mato Vai since 2014.
Te Mato Vai has now been built on landowners land. The new water authority requires access to landowner land. The Landowners have yet to agree on access rights.
The Bill will give To Tatou Vai ownership of our valleys, our resources, our water. But this is not the government’s land and this is not the government’s water.
If the To Tatou Vai Bill is passed, where do we stand?
Ngati Pa, Takitumu