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Steve Chadwick – Council Draws iwi Into Spring Consent

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Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick hails a joint resources agreement for community water supply as a first for the country.

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick hails a joint resources agreement for community water supply as a first for the country.

Te Puna a Pekehaua is a partnership between Rotorua Lakes Council and Ngati Rangiwewehi to continue to draw water from Te Waro Uri, a sacred spring for the iwi.

The land around the spring near Ngongotaha was taken by Rotorua Borough Council in 1966 under the Public Works Act and reverted to mana whenua in 2015.

Mayor Chadwick says the request for consent is a step towards healing mamae and a demonstration of true co-governance.

“We work very closely with the President of the Pekehaua Puna Reserve Trust of Ngati Rangiwewehi, Judge Louis Bidois, and he has been extremely helpful in working with us to say that we don’t want to get in the way, but you actually have to have us to the decision – manufacturing table. To me, that’s co-governance and it’s not the thin edge of the wedge. In fact, it allows us to accomplish so much more when we work together,” she says.

The Rotorua Lakes Council is working with other iwi and hapu on co-governance opportunities.