Open Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Dear Prime Minister,

On election night 2020 you assured us that you would govern for all New Zealanders. Yet just one year later, you are pushing through your Three Waters confiscation despite the opposition of most New Zealanders.

We, undersigned, are especially worried about the iwi entitlement to governance of Three Waters. This is a major aspect of He Puapua, a plan for iwi-Crown co-governance by 2040. Your government has no mandate to overthrow our democracy.

Your Three Waters Plan will force councils to transfer all infrastructure for fresh, storm, and waste water into four massive unwieldy zones. The Plan will give tribal appointees 50% of the 12-seat boards finally appointed to run these four monopolies.  Given that Maori tribes represent a minority of New Zealanders, this alone is an abuse of our democracy.

Even worse, the requirement of a 75% majority for any decision, in effect, confers on tribal appointees the power to control every decision. This is totally outrageous in a democracy.

Moreover, it is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, which conferred equal rights of citizenship on all New Zealanders.

Your announcement on 27 October 2021, that your Three Waters proposal is to be compulsory, triggered an outpouring of hostility. This anger will only increase. It is not going away.

We urge you to go back to the drawing board and find a democratic way to deal with any issues that exist with the management of fresh, storm, and waste water.

Please ensure that all New Zealanders have equal rights to control our water and its infrastructure, no matter their race or ethnicity.

Yours sincerely,

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