NZ Pure won’t be tak­ing the Blue Springs wa­ter

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A wa­ter bot­tling com­pany has with­drawn its ap­pli­ca­tion to take 6.9 mil­lion litres of wa­ter a day from Pu­taruru’s Blue Spring to send over­seas.

NZ Pure Blue Springs Limited told the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil it would with­draw its re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion on Tues­day morn­ing, a Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil spokesman said.

The com­pany made the ap­pli­ca­tion in June to draw the wa­ter from Wai­hou River’s Blue Spring near Pu­taruru, South Waikato.

NZ Pure Blue Springs would have needed writ­ten ap­proval from South Waikato iwi Raukawa by Oc­to­ber 16 for the con­sent to be non-no­ti­fied mean­ing the coun­cil would have agreed draw­ing the wa­ter would only have mi­nor ad­verse ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment.

In Au­gust, Raukawa told told the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil re­source use di­rec­torate that tak­ing wa­ter di­rectly from the spring would di­min­ish the ‘‘mauri, wairua and mana of Te Puna (The Spring)’’.

Raukawa said the tribe would be ad­versely af­fected, and the re­la­tion­ship that Raukawa de­scen­dants have with the spring would be eroded.

Last year, the com­pany tried to pur­chase the right to take and ex­port 1.4 bil­lion litres of wa­ter a year in Ash­bur­ton but with­drew after a pub­lic back­lash.

NZ Pure Blue Springs has been ap­proached for com­ment. The coun­cil would not com­ment fur­ther.

NZ Pure Blue Springs would have needed writ­ten ap­proval from South Waikato iwi Raukawa by Oc­to­ber 16 for the con­sent to be non-no­ti­fied mean­ing the coun­cil would have agreed draw­ing the wa­ter would only have mi­nor ad­verse ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment.

In Au­gust, Raukawa told told the Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil re­source use di­rec­torate that tak­ing wa­ter di­rectly from the spring would di­min­ish the ‘‘mauri, wairua and mana of Te Puna (The Spring)’’.

Raukawa said the tribe would be ad­versely af­fected, and the re­la­tion­ship that Raukawa de­scen­dants have with the spring would be eroded.

Last year, the com­pany tried to pur­chase the right to take and ex­port 1.4 bil­lion litres of wa­ter a year in Ash­bur­ton but with­drew after a pub­lic back­lash.

NZ Pure Blue Springs has been ap­proached for com­ment. The coun­cil would not com­ment fur­ther.

PETRICE TARRANT/STUFF

Pu­taruru Blue Spring is one of the na­tion’s best kept se­crets, ac­cord­ing to lo­cals who walk it fre­quently.

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