A Whangarei hapū are angry over sale of Porotī spring water to China:
While the ownership of water is yet to be determined, local government is allowing it to be sold commercially overseas.
That is why local hapū are up in arms over an Auckland-based company selling water from Poroti Springs to China.
Poroti hapū are angry that Auckland-based Company Zodiac Holdings Limited has been given the go ahead to sell their water supply.
So a New Zealand company, owned by a New Zealander (see company office), is exporting to China and local Maori are angry.
“Now Zodiac have up to two and a half cubic metres a day and they want to sell it to China so we don’t get ten cents and there’s no revenue whatsoever for our hapū. Not that we want to sell the water but we just want to participate and share. We actually have to pay for our own water,” says Ruka.