Take a look at this photo, one of several taken this past Tuesday on the Tukituki a kilometre or so downstream of the Patongata Bridge.
Then consider …
One of the two potential investors in the proposed CHB dam is Ngai Tahu, a south island Maori investment giant chaired by Sir Mark Solomon.
In the 11 March edition of rural weekly Straight Furrow, Solomon has this to say about clean water …
“Ngai Tahu is committed to the rivers’ wellbeing … when we submitted to the Ministry for the Environment [Ed: referring to their proposed freshwater standards], we asked that they set a minimum limit that all freshwater rivers aspire to be swimmable. They want the definition to be wadeable, but if you talk to a kid, he doesn’t just wade, he dives straight into the water.”
And: “You cannot look at nature as separate compartments … what we do on the land affects what goes into our rivers.”
Mr Solomon has also said that Ngai Tahu would reconsider investing in the CHB dam if it did not meet environmental standards acceptable to Ngati Kahungunu, the largest iwi in our region.
Meanwhile, Ngati Kahungunu’s chairman, Ngahiwi Tomoana has publicly stated his strong reservations about the Regional Council’s plans for curbing and reducing the pollution that would result from intensified farming in CHB if the dam proceeds. Says Ngahiwi: “If the dam does not meet the environmental standards of our iwi, then they [Ngai Tahu] will review the investment.”
I suggest that chairman Ngahiwi sent this photo along to chairman Mark (with others that can be supplied), and invite him up for a swim in the Tuki.
Now that’s a photo I would like to take personally!
P.S. While you’re at it Ngahiwi, why not send the photos along to Maori members of HBRC’s Regional Planning Committee. Perhaps they’d like to join the swim as well.