3 Mar 2010

Iwi, companies sign water quality deal

9:12 am on 3 March 2010

Three Bay of Plenty iwi are to sign an agreement with two paper mill companies, aimed at forging a commitment to improve the water quality of the Tarawera River.

Carter Holt Harvey and Norske Skog were to sign a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday with Ngati Awa, Ngati Rangitihi and Tuwharetoa.

Iwi spokesperson Steven Wilson says the signing will encourage all parties to step up their commitment to protect the environment.

He says it's likely a committee will be established to address concerns about the effects of mill activities on the Tarawera River.