29 Sep 2012

Ngai Tahu turns out for SOE sell-off hui

10:20 pm on 29 September 2012

Ngai Tahu representatives from all corners of the South Island attended Thursday's Government consultation hui in Christchurch on the partial privatisation of state-owned companies.

The iwi made it clear to Finance Minister Bill English that the offer of shares and other benefits from the sale of hydro power stations does not address the tribe's concerns over water.

Iwi kaiwhakahaere (chair) Mark Solomon says his people care about the quality and quantity of water in the rivers within the Ngai Tahu takiwa, or district.

He says there was a good tribal turnout at the meeting, from Murihiku at the bottom of the South Island, mid-Canterbury, Christchurch, Kaikoura, and the West Coast.

A report on the hui and what the government had to say will also be distributed to Ngai Tahu descendants.