Original article by Graham Adams.
‘The govt has told us co-governance only applies at ‘representative level’. However at ‘operational level’ the te mana o te wai statements of which only iwi/hapu can issue, eclipse this limitation where they may act as edicts to which water services entities legally must respond.
Does this mean what we think it does? Can the equality that ‘co-governance’ proclaims, be over-ridden in practical terms by iwi/hapu through the ‘te mana o te wai’ statements? It’s time the NZ government came clean and revealed what is hiding in the maze of bureaucracy of Three Waters once and for all.’