Ngai Tahu is taking the Government to Court over what it says is the failure of the Crown to recognise its rangatiratanga over freshwater. It says that the Crown is attempting to assimilate Ngai Tahu into its Kaupapa. Ngai Tahu says the key issue is in relation to Māori rights and interests in freshwater and that there is a need to recognise that they are not just another stakeholder but part of the authority that ought to be making decisions. It says that this action is in response to the destruction of waterways, over-allocation, and poor resource management.
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