The latest on the Waitangi Tribunal Hearings this week for Lake Horowhenua
By Leigh Marama McLachlan
“The Waitangi Tribunal has spent the past week hearing Muaūpoko iwi members claims to Lake Horowhenua and surrounding lands. It is the first hearing round of three set out for the Porirua ki Manawatu district inquiry.
Muaūpoko descendant Phil Taueki has has made it his mission to return Lake Horowhenua to Māori hands.
He is one of the claimants who finally got the chance to stand up and let the tribunal, and the Crown, know what he has spent years fighting for.
The first thing he wants to stop is Horowhenua District Council pumping storm water from Levin into the lake.
“The second thing that needs to happen is the Levin Wastewater Treatment Plant needs to be relocated, because it periodically discharges and seeps raw sewerage into the lake.”
He said about 5 million cubic centimetres of toxic sediment was in the lake and urgently needed to be removed.
“That’s laying on the bottom of the lake, on top of our ancestors, and it needs to be removed as quickly as possible.”