< September 2019 newsletter


WAITANGI TRIBUNAL RELEASES REPORT ON FRESHWATER AND GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES

Last week the Waitangi Tribunal released its report on stage 2* of the National Freshwater and Geothermal Resources inquiry. The report recommends two specific amendments to the Resource Management Act 1991 and a number of paths and mechanisms for co-governance and co-management.

We have yet to fully study the report, but in the meantime offer the following information:

(Also look out for the next Simpson Grierson FYI update, in which they promise will take a closer look at some of the key aspects of the report and their potential impact).

*The inquiry was divided into two stages. The stage 1 report was completed in December 2012. This was followed by a period in which the Crown developed its freshwater reforms. The stage 2 hearings were held from November 2016 to November 2018

Media Coverage

NZ Herald: Waitangi Tribunal report on freshwater calls for courts to test ownership rights of Maori

Newshub: 'Locked Maori out': Waitangi Tribunal finds Māori freshwater rights must be better recognised

RNZ: Waitangi Tribunal slams Crown over freshwater failures

Newsroom: Tribunal sets pre-election test over water

Waatea News: Tribunal adds ammunition for water rights battle

 

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