Council decides bottling Waihou River requires iwi consent

An application to pump water from a Waikato spring for bottling will require consent from Raukawa iwi, the Waikato District Council (WDC) has decided.

Pure Blue applied to take nearly 7 million litres from the Waihou River every day, but Raukawa told WDC taking water from the stream diminishes its "mauri, wairuia and mana".

If the bottling company cannot provide written consent by October 16, the council will decide whether the application will require notification of affected parties or the public. See more