8 May 2010

More co-management settlements tipped

7:02 am on 8 May 2010

There may be more settlements involving the co-management of natural resources with Maori.

Parliament on Thursday passed the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims Waikato River Settlement Bill, which gives iwi a say in how the river is cleaned up and used.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says the law points the way ahead by focusing on outcomes rather than ownership, and providing a basis for co-operation.

Dr Sharples told Waatea News a similar arrangement could be considered for the Whanganui river.