Whanganui River recognised as independent, indivisible entity


The longest running case
in NZ’s legal history was settled today with the passing
of the Awa Tupua legislation. The settlement named
Ruruku Whakatupua is compensation for a litany
of treaty breaches that systematically shut iwi out
from management and use of the Whanganui River. Looking at some of the key numbers
of the Whanganui River claim… 1870 is when iwi rangatira first petitioned the Crown
over river rights. $81m will be paid
as the settlement redress. An additional $30m will be provided for the establishment
of Te Korotete, a group charged with the management
and care of the river. Political reporter,
Eruera Rerekura, has been watching
this historic event unfold all day and joins us live. Whanganui have been waiting
for this day for a long time. For them, more important
than money compensation, is the recognition
of Whanganui River’s mana as an individual. The House heard the sweet singing
voices of the Whanganui River. This is the day that the river
has been empowered. Over 150 years we have followed
ancient protocol, the laws and customs of foreigners. And that’s been changed today. This is a historic moment. He also says work
was a good collaborative effort with the Minister of Treaty
Negotiations, Chris Finlayson. He is honest in his dealings. He is not arrogant nor does he seek
to build himself up. He has long experience being an
agent for the Crown in this arena. The Awa Tupua Bill legislates
and recognises the river as a living entity and the river
as being indivisible. Non-Maori, the Crown,
regional councils, need to change and recognise
the river the way we and our forefathers do. Attention now turns to land. Whanganui Land Settlement
Negotiation Trust has been received mandate
to negotiate with the Crown. So tomorrow brings a new day, a new ‘world’
for the descendants of the river. The shackles of grievances are shed, and the main focus
will be restoring the health and wellbeing of the river
and themselves. Thank you for the update. Eruera Rerekura live
in Wellington.

7 thoughts on “Whanganui River recognised as independent, indivisible entity

  1. Historical moment for our people. Thank you to the hard work of our tupuna. Ko au te awa ko te awa ko au

  2. There are at least 200 rivers in New Zealand that have not been granted the rights of humans. This is nothing less than despicable river-racism. We demand human rights for all New Zealand rivers, now! New Zealand rivers, today; the rivers of the world tomorrow! Creeks? Minority rights for creeks, now! While on this– How about lakes and ponds that cannot run like the rivers? Human, disability, affirmative action and voting rights for lakes and ponds of the world, now!

  3. Why do the persons in this report not have their name on the screen?
    Can I know who they are respectively? Thank you.

  4. so we could bomb it , brain washed , worship it , hang it , shoot it , stop it , keep it inside the house , cover it up to eyes , beat it , … I'm sorry I live in middle eastern country and last month I've got arrested for taking selfie and I'm using vpn for YT , sometimes I wish I was a river !

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