Waikato iwi demand greater say on freshwater panels

Waikato iwi demand greater say on freshwater panels
Gavin Evans
Waikato Tainui iwi say planned changes to the way lakes and rivers are managed under the Resource Management Act don’t reflect their status as co-managers of the Waikato River.Proposed special freshwater hearing panels, to be overseen by a Chief Freshwater Commissioner, would have one iwi representative among five panellists, although the commissioner would have the power to appoint additional members.Scheduled to speak before Parliament’s environment select committee today, Waikato Tainui say they have not been consulted on the proposal and th...

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