The Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board and Waikato Regional Council have worked closely together putting in place a disgusting agreement to hand over Taupō Waters to Maori.
They recently had the audacity to celebrate this betrayal with the addition of Taupo waters to the joint management agreement (JMA).
Taupō Waters include Lake Taupō and the tributaries flowing into and out of the lake. Previously the JMA solely addressed the upper Waikato River catchment.
Waikato Regional Council and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board have angered many people that are against this dodgy deal and see this as a complete betrayal of trust.
It's getting closer and closer to WRC signing over water rights to the tribe, and right under the public's noses.
Waikato Regional Council chief executive Vaughan Payne said the natural resources under the umbrella of Taupō Waters would benefit from the new co-management arrangement with a typical bureaucratic bungling yodel.
“We have seen the value of the inter-generational vision that Ngāti Tūwharetoa brings to the council’s decision making, including their extensive experience and knowledge of freshwater resources, which are some of our region’s most significant taonga.”
This statement shows that the Council has completely betrayed public trust and God only knows how the Maori intend to abuse it.
The Taupo waters are controlled currently by DoC who has been heavily involved in 1080 operations poisoning our National Parks and this betrayal comes as no surprise.
An unsubstantiated report says that Tuwharetoa plan either an exclusive Hotel in Turangi or to start trout farming which goes completely against the legislation banning it.
Many fishers want the Taupo fishery handed over to Fish and Game after repeated bungling by DoC. The drop in licence sales speaks for itself as fishers shun Doc and their mismanagement of the fishery.
The agreement sets out how the regional council and the trust board will work together when carrying out specific legislative duties and functions, including exercising powers under the Resource Management Act.
Waikato Regional Council and Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board have also agreed to develop a framework over the next 18 months. This framework will consider transfer of duties, functions and powers pursuant to section 33 of the Resource Management Act.
You can read in the "Cultural Rights" bit about the tribe being able to undertake aquaculture activities - being able to contaminate our waterways with fish food and fish crap etc.
17 – CUSTOMARY ACTIVITIES 17.1 The Parties will explore whether customary activities:
(a) can be carried out by Ngati Tuwharetoa on the Waikato River and Taupo Waters, without the need for statutory authorisation from the Council; and
(b) Can be provided for as permitted activities in the Waikato Regional Plan
17.2 Subject to, and where consistent with, RMA principles and requirements, the Parties will explore opportunities to enable commercial freshwater aquaculture activities and associated research to be carried out by Ngāti Tūwharetoa on the Waikato River and Taupō Waters.
The Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board has permitted 1080 poison drops across the Taupo area for many years, against the will of the local Maori people that hunt and gather food on some of the land.
The councillors on the committee are Alan Livingston, Kathy White, Tipa Mahuta and Kataraina Hodge. Stu Kneebone is an alternate on the joint management committee. He wasn't there when this was initially discussed by the committee.
However, it went to full council for the final vote to adopt this. The only regional councillors that voted against it were Kathy White, Jane Hennebry, and Stu Husband. Half of the Waikato Regional Council Joint Management Committee Members are Maori, so this whole saga stinks from the bottom up.
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