A deed of sale has turned up showing Waikato Maori have sold the Upper Waikato and Waipa rivers with all their waters.
Consider then the third Article of the Treaty: For the ordinary people will have the same rights of citizenship as the people of England.
Under British law, one right was known as time honoured.
And Time Honoured is referred to in the dictionary as Custom. “Custom: a practise which, by long-established usage has come to have the force of law”.
Therefore, according to the Treaty, New Zealand’s farmers have the right to use water for such farm projects as to to cool their cowshed milk supplies. And as farmers have not been charged for such water takes then it is their right under the Treaty to continue such practises. MAX HILL Whangamata