Had Neill Gordon listened during the disrupted Julian Batchelor seminar in Hastings in July, he would have learned about the current government’s co-governance plan, how it is set up to work, and that there is no reference to partnership in the Treaty of Waitangi.
A tribal control mechanism is set out in Section 140 in Subpart 3 of Part 4 of the Water Services Entities Act. This stipulates that the entity “must give effect to” any “te mana o te wai” statement issued by “mana whenua” in any area.
As a hypothetical example, the Hastings “mana whenua”, which is limited to Bayden Barber’s Ngati Kahungunu group, may state that water meters should be installed on every property and 50 percent of water rates should be paid to his group.
To verify whether the word “partnership” or any phrase conveying such a notion appears in the treaty, just read either text appended to the Treaty of Waitangi Act.
The He Puapua report may be accessed HERE - A diagram of the two-government set-up is on page vi
Neil Gordon’s HBT article to which Mike is respondiing to HERE
Mike Butler was a print journalist and is the published author of The First Colonist, Tribes Treaty Money Power, 24 Years: The Trials of Allan Titford, Innocent Nil Debit, and The Treaty: Basic Facts.