John Key (National)
“The Government’s very firm view is that no-one owns water: we certainly don’t believe Maori own water; we don’t believe they own the airways, air or sea.”
David Shearer (Labour):
“Nobody owns water. We pay for water rights to use water, whether it be for irrigation or hydroelectricity or whatever,” he says
Pita Sharples (Maori Party)
“In one sense Maori own the water because of our whakapapa, our relationship with the environment, the forests, the mountains […] it’s part of our genealogy to be connected and our concept of ownership is not exclusive, it does not cut anyone else of ownership, it’s an obligation to use and look after,” he says.
Dr Sharples says the Government has regulatory ownership of land, “so in some ways the Government acts like the owner” and says disputes about ownership have a wide-ranging definition.
(to get a better understanding it’s worth listening to the whole interview)
Peter Dunne (United Future)
Maori freshwater claims beg question of who owns the rain? Water and air belong to all of us, equally and indivisibly.
See also: Who owns the rain?
Green Party (policy)
We would keep key decisions about urban water supply, assets and operations under the control of elected bodies and protect New Zealanders’ right to access a safe and secure supply of high quality, affordable water for drinking and sanitation.
(More to add as they are found)