The Waikato Settlement Bill will legitimise this "spiritual" approach to sewage treatment over the whole country. The Bay Buzz newspaper reports on problems with Hasting's new sewage treatment plant here:
Part One - Stinkin’ Pipes! By Kathy Webb
The jury is still out, but one thing is sure: Almost since the day it was switched on nine months ago, Hastings ’ new $27 million sewage system has produced a seriously nauseating smell it wasn’t supposed to.
Tangaroa (the sea god) receives the transformed waste after passage through Papatuanuku and heals himself through movement of the ocean, and Tawhirimatea (god of the winds and weather) agitates the surface of Tangaroa and through a synthesis of air and water completes the cleansing process.”