14 Jan 2020

Maori case for water rights to go to court again

From Summer Report, 8:29 am on 14 January 2020

The case for Maori water rights is set to go before the courts again.

Bay of Plenty Maori council leader Maanu Paul is preparing a case for the High Court to determine whether native title in freshwater exists under New Zealand common law.

It comes off the back of a Waitangi Tribunal report out in August that suggests taking the case to court to get a definitive decision.

The government maintains that no one owns water, but Maanu Paul told Leigh-Marama McLachlan that he's following the tribunals recommendation anyway.