Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Horizons welcomes Whanganui River treaty settlement

Wednesday 15 March 2017

Horizons welcomes Whanganui River treaty settlement

Horizons Regional Council representatives welcome the Whanganui River treaty settlement, the Te Awa Tupua Bill, which had its third and final reading in Parliament today.

Horizons councillor David Cotton, who represents Whanganui along with councillor Nicola Patrick, says the settlement it is an innovative piece of legislation that acknowledges a river as its own legal identity for the first time in New Zealand’s history.

“It is pleasing to see such a long standing and complex claim settled. It is a testament to the high level of engagement from both crown and iwi throughout this process,” says Mr Cotton.

Horizons councilor Nicola Patrick says maintaining the health and wellbeing of the Whanganui River is key and working from that standpoint will benefit the communities living and working alongside the river.

“Amongst other things, the settlement establishes mechanisms for multiple parties in the catchment including tangata whenua, councils and key sectors such as primary industries, recreation and tourism to work together to produce a whole of river strategy that puts the river at its core,” says Ms Patrick.

Horizons chairman Bruce Gordon says through the settlement discussions Whanganui iwi and the Crown have proactively engaged local and regional government at both a technical and political level.

“We look forward to continuing to develop and enhance the relationships established through the settlement process as we work with all parties on implementing the Bill.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search


Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>


NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>


Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>


NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>



Opening The Election Supporters




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election