An application to take millions of litres water from a spring in the south Waikato is on hold after a local iwi said the operation would diminish “the mauri, wairua and mana” of the spring.
New Zealand Pure Blue Spring Ltd applied in June for the rights to take 6.9 million litres daily from the Waihou River’s Blue Spring near Putaruru.
It is understood the water will be bottled and exported.
In a decision released yesterday, Waikato Regional Council said Raukawa, a south Waikato iwi, along with a number of other affiliated parties, are “affected persons” under the Resource Management Act.
In order for the council to grant a non-notified consent where the public cannot formally object or make submissions it will need to receive written consent from Raukawa and the other parties before October 16.
Until then, the application is on hold.
Raukawa considered the water within the spring to be sacred and to have healing powers, spiritually and physically, according to the council’s decision.
“The council is committed to following proper process at all stages in the handling of this application and we will provide further public updates as appropriate,” the council’s acting industry and infrastructure manager, Mark Brockelsby, said. NZN