Wa­ter Rights

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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

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