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Selling our water – 427 million litres at $943 (Māori Television)

From teaomaorinews 

A South Island iwi hope their freshwater spring will gain environmental protection after a local council granted a water bottling company consent to take 208 million litres a year for $470.

Already in the Tasman district, four water bottling companies have consent to take water from the area – at more than 427 million litres at a cost of $943.

In 2005, Tasman District Council gave Kahurangi Virgin Water Ltd consent to extract water near Te Waikoropupu Springs, which has one of the clearest freshwater in the world.

The company has yet to take any water from the sacred site and have applied for an extension. Local iwi Ngāti Tama was initially involved with the original resource consent but were not consulted about the extension and took the council to the High Court.

Ngāti Tama spokesperson Margaret Little says the springs need to be preserved and their court action was funded by the iwi’s Treaty settlement.

“The settlement has given us the financial backing to take them to court whereas before it would have been really difficult,” Little says.

Earlier this month, the Government announced it will consider giving the springs the highest level of conservation protection and grant it the same status as a national park.

Ngāti Tama says commercial demands from irrigation, farming and consent to take water from the Waikoropupu catchment are putting the resource under threat.

Andrew Yuill a local scientist and co-applicant along with Ngāti Tama say Te Waikoropupu is worth protecting for all New Zealanders.

“The clarity of the water was measured at a sight path of 63 metres which is almost unheard of. It has been a taonga for millions of years. It has its own life-force its own mauri and it is something which I respect greatly.”

Community Relations Manager Chris Choat from the Tasman District Council says the decision from the High Court means the council will now have to reconsider Kahurangi Virgin Water Limited’s application for a resource consent to draw water near the Te Waikoropupu Springs.

Below is a breakdown of how much water each company can take and the annual cost. Information provided by Tasman District Council.

New Zealand Mineral Water

  • Consent to take, 18 million litres per year at a cost of $190. B Reilly
  • Consent to take, 331,240,000 litres per year at a cost of $370. Johnstone
  • Consent to take – 76,388,000 litres per year at a cost of $190. Thompson
  • Consent to take – 1,820,000 litres per year at a cost of $193.

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Photo: Te Waikoropupu Springs, NZ, Māori Television screenshot

How Corporations Blatantly Lie to You – Pepsi Admits That Its Aquafina Bottled Water Is Just Tap Water

Remember Ribena folks? The product that GlaxoSmithKline  made misleading claims about regarding its Vitamin C content … it actually had nil? As I keep repeating, corporations lie. It’s in their nature & character. Corporations are legal persons with psychopathic traits to their personalities. Please watch ‘The Corporation’ doco. Very telling. So, the lesson is, don’t believe a word of what they say. To a corporation, the only thing that really matters is profits. Not you. Check everything for yourself & don’t rely on the media to do that for you. Sure they’ll report the lies of corporations but no more than they have to. Alternative media is doing that for you currently but that won’t last forever as those in charge have already put the writing on the wall that it will all come to an end in due course. What we read will be highly censored by the thought police. While you’re still allowed to think for yourself, do it & research everything. And keep record of what you find. Content is already disappearing from the searches I’ve noticed.
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From trueactivist.com

In a shocking reveal, the Pepsi corporation admitted that its Aquafina bottled water is not purified water or spring water, but simply plain old tap water. The company will now be forced to change the labeling of the brand to reflect that it is just tap water.

Many informed customers choose bottled water because they are concerned about the quality of tap water, which is many times riddled with fluoride and pharmaceuticals. Sadly, we are now learning that in many cases, bottled water is actually not any better than tap water.

Over the years, an advocacy group called, “Corporate Accountability International” has been checking the contents of bottled water and pressuring companies to stop their false advertisement.

Aquafina is actually one of the top selling water brands in the world, and may see a slide in sales as a result of these new findings.
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Human Beings Don’t Have a Right to Water – Nestlé’s Good Neighbour Policy

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As the ever profitable Christmas season approaches keep this company in mind for boycotting. Any company that denies water is a human right deserves to have its means of survival squeezed and cut off. If people stop buying their wares their whole raison d’être dries up. We have now corporations (parading as ‘democratic’ governments) that will deny you the right even to collect rainwater off your roof people. This is not right.

These same governments aka corporations will sell the rights to bottle your country’s reserves of clean water to their corporate mates  for a song, accruing profit (to themselves note, not your community) whilst making you pay dearly for the ‘privilege’.

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Your former banker cum PM selling off your water to his corporate mates Kiwis – and for a song

So please, do consider this info when purchasing gifts for your loved ones. Choose local made perhaps, support the efforts of local producers instead of these faceless, soulless behemoths whose sole agenda is profits, at the expense of you, the people.


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For more info on how corporations work, and how they are taking over your world, little by little, see our corporations page. Watch The Corporation documentary there, very enlightening. Particularly, check out our Water pages and read ‘Blue Gold’ by Maude Barlow & Tony Clarke, a thorough exposé of the corporate plan to own all water.

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The bottled-water giants who have been quietly taking our water for years Kiwis

This article is from April this year but highlights the little known secrets of the bottled water industry. A world wide issue now, the human right we do or don’t have to water (Nestlé says no water isn’t a human entitlement or right – unless you’re Nestlé of course then you can take all the water you want or your obliging DC grants a consent for, then sell it off abroad for obscene profit). A good book to read on this topic is Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. Ashburton of course won out by standing up and fighting so the decision was abandoned to sell their water. This is why we need to keep standing up and speaking up. They are selling everything that isn’t nailed down as the saying goes.
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NZ’s water has been quietly sold off by global giants for years

The bottled-water giants who are taking our water

The sale of the Ashburton District Council’s Lot 9, which comes with resource consent to bottle 1.4 billion litres of artesian water each year, caused outrage – but the global beverage giants have been quietly bottling New Zealand’s water for years CHARLIE MITCHELL reports.

Along a quiet, dusty road near rural Tai Tapu lies a nondescript water bottling-plant once backed by billionaires.

It’s a corrugated iron structure, indistinguishable from the hay sheds scattered across the Canterbury Plains.

Kiwaii Water - made in NZ, but sold in US.

Kiwaii Water – made in NZ, but sold in US.

There is nothing to suggest it is connected to Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Americans with a fortune of about $6 billion.

It is one of the world’s largest bottled water brands, said to be the drinking water of choice for many celebrities, including United States President Barack Obama.

The water bottled there was sold under the SpringFresh brand within New Zealand. The plant was sold to Naturally Pure NZ in 2013.

The sale of the Ashburton District Council’s Lot 9, which comes with resource consent to bottle 1.4 billion litres of artesian water each year, caused outrage – but the global beverage giants have been quietly bottling New Zealand’s water for years

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/78652406/The-bottled-water-giants-who-are-taking-our-water

Water Wars in ‘Clean Green’ NZ?

Most people who subscribe to truth sites similar to this one will be aware that water is becoming the new ‘gold’. This was ‘prophesied’ in a sense by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke in their book called ‘Blue Gold the Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water’ (2001), a very interesting and informative read. (The documentary of the same name is on YouTube.)

Here in NZ recent news items have questioned ‘who owns our water?’  ‘Nobody’, says the current PM John Key …  and yet a Hawkes Bay bottling plant (Chinese owned) has been sold pretty cheap rights to bottle and export 900 million liters per year. While locals who wish to water their orchards are required to pay for it.  Read the explanations for this and to the average citizen they sound like gobbledy gook … citing the Resource Management Act (RMA) and spun in legal rhetoric most of us can’t understand. This is the way of big business.

NZ’s Maori King, King Tuheitia says Maori “have always owned the water.”  In August 2012, the Waitangi Tribunal found that Māori still have residual proprietary rights in water and the Crown would breach the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi if it went ahead with the sale of State owned power company share sales. Maori customary title, according to the 2003 “Ngati Apa” decision of the Court of Appeal, must be lawfully extinguished before it can be regarded as ceasing to exist. Customary rights, although not ownership in a Lockean sense, says the NZ Herald, still represent more than the relegation of Maori to being non-owners of non-ownable water. Indeed, when acquiring the land for the Crown, the Queen solemnly agreed for Maori to retain “full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their Lands and Estates Forests Fisheries and other properties which they may collectively or individually possess…”

Still it appears perfectly legal in the case of Hawke’s Bay, for the local council there to sell an offshore corporation the rights to extract large quantities, even though, as John Key argues, nobody owns it.

For the purposes of introduction here, water and one’s right to it is becoming somewhat complicated.  There are places on the planet where the powers that be have integrated into law the prohibition of collecting it for personal consumption. As insane as this may sound it is factually true. As always, follow the money trail.

Corporations are seeking to privatise our water commons for a profit (and yes it was always considered one’s right to water is sacrosanct). Exemplifying their typical avarice for more and more profits, they seek to gobble up all the water resources and rights to them it seems, and sell them back to us at exorbitant prices.

The company Nestlé is guilty of this. Whilst its chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe  proclaims water is a human right, the company is busily selling off drought-stricken California’s water. Nestle owns 70% of the world’s bottled water brands.

This is the way of corporations. They are seldom for the people and always for their shareholders. Separate entities with legal personhood they manage to do just about anything their shareholders wish for them to do whilst escaping accountability for any damage they incur.

A few years back in Cochabamba Bolivia, a large corporation had privatised the water and was charging around half the income of the poor to buy it off them. So oppressive did this become it ended up with riots and even loss of life to oust the corporation and return to the previous status quo.  If there is anything you should learn on this site it is that corporations are not generally kindly companies that wish to help people. (Please watch ‘The Corporation’ movie).  Any intimation from them that they wish you well is generally just rhetoric to appease you or persuade you you to buy.  This attack on the rights of people to drink the essence of life, (and it is well established that water is essential to life itself) is a huge attack on our ultimate freedoms. Fifty years ago this line of thinking would be unheard of … unthinkable. As I’ve pointed out often here, fifty years ago most households had their own water tanks to collect rainwater. That was standard practice. And yet, today it is being put to us as being right and proper that we should not be collecting it at all. We have been seriously duped by little increments that corporations can, but not we the people. Lest I be misunderstood here, I am not against water conservation. I simply believe, like most ordinary folks, that water should not be virtually given to corporations to profiteer with, at the expense of locals who need it for day to day survival.

Welcome then to the water wars. And I’ve not even touched on water pollution and our health. In the meantime, be sure to stand up for water rights wherever they are being quietly, or not so quietly, whittled away. Next we will be charged for the air we breathe. Such is life in the twenty first century. If the water wars are new to you begin by watching the documentary Blue Gold.