If Maori own the water then they can foot the bill for some of their Maori water doing some damage from flooding:
Several houses in northern Auckland have been flooded as heavy rain pounds much of the country this morning.
A front moving up the country has brought downpours to the top of the South Island and most of the North Island, while westerly gales are also forecast for some areas.
In the past hour, rain has been falling heavily over the Auckland region.
A Fire Service spokesperson said crews have been called to about 15 different weather-related incidents, all involving flooding in houses, from Takapuna and East Coast Bays on the North Shore up to Silverdale and Warkworth further north.
MetService has issued a severe weather warning for parts of the Nelson and Marlborough regions, as heavy rain falls on the Richmond and Bryant Ranges.