Te takariri i Otakiri i tā Haina hanga i te 3.7 miriona pounamu kirihōu

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He pakihi mahi pounamu wai nō Haina kei te kimi whakaaetanga i te Māori ki te whakarahi ake i tāna ngongo wai i te mātāwainuku i Otakiri Springs, pātata atu ki Whakatāne. Kua whakaae Te Kōti Taiao ki te tono kia whakarahingia ake, heoi kei te tū ngā pihi o te hau kāinga.

I raro i tōna ingoa rēhita Creswell NZ LTD, e ai ki ngā whakamārama, mā te whakawhānuitanga o āna mahi, ka taea te 3.7 miriona pounamu wai kirihōu te whakaputa, ia rā.

Nā konā kua ara ake te rōpū Save Our Wai, e whakahaerehia ana e Sustainable Otakiri. Kei te kohi pūtea rātou ki te tuku tono hei pīra i te whakatau a Te Kōti Taiao ki Te Kōti Teitei.

“In terms of what it means for everyday New Zealanders, we’re not getting a fair say,” te kōrero a te heamana o te rōpū, a Maureen O’Kane.

Ko te hiahia a Save Our Wai, he whakarerekē i te kaupapa o te ngongo wai, kia tau kē he korowai tiaki i te puna, ā kia whai wāhi atu ai te Māori me te hapori whānui ki te tēpū kōrero.

I pīrahia e Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa te whakaaetanga i Te Kōti Taiao i te Haratua o tērā tau. Kaare rātou i te whakaae ki te whakarahinga ake o te ngongo wai, kei tūkinohia te mauri o te wai, kei kino hoki ngā pānga ki te taiao.

Nā ngā māngai o Creswell te kōrero ki Te Kōti Taiao, e 52 ngā tūranga mahi ukiuki ka hua ake i āna mahere. Ko tāna matapae hoki, e 237 ngā tūranga mahi ukiuki ka tūpono hua ake i te whakawhānuitanga o ngā mahi. Ko tā te rangatira o te kamupene, ko tā Shanshan Zhong ki a Ngāti Awa, ka whakawāteahia ngā tūranga mahi ki a rātou i te tuatahi.

“We support job employment but we want it to go hand in hand with ensuring that our environment doesn’t pay the cost,” te kōrero a O’Kane.

Ko Te Taurapa Tūhono (NZTE) te tari kāwanatanga nōna te mana whakawhanake ōhanga. Hei tā te ringatohu o NZTE, tā Tina Wilson, nā te mea i motuhake te hoko i a Otakiri, ka kore rātou e whai wāhi ki tēnei take. 

Heoi, ka āwhina ia i ngā whakawhitinga kōrero kei tua me te hunga ka tūpono whakangao atu. “Our ultimate aim is for the good of Aotearoa.”

E mārama ana a Sustainable Otakiri ki ngā māharahara mō te whakamahi i ngā pounamu kirihōu, mō te oranga hoki o ngā wai. Kua whakahaua te hunga kāinga o Kawerau kia kōhuatia te wai inu i te kitenga atu o te E.Coli i roto i ngā whakamātauatau wai o te wā. 

E whai nei a Save Our Wai ki te kohi i te $32,000 i tana whārangi Pledge Me hei kōkiri i tāna tono pīra ki Te Kōti Teitei. E rua wiki e toe ana, ka kapi te wā tono pīra.