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Author Muru-Lanning, Marama, author.

Title Tupuna awa : people and politics of the Waikato River / Marama Muru-Lanning
Published Auckland : Auckland University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 230 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents The two-headed Taniwha: Waikato River co-governance -- Belonging to the river -- Mapping river culture -- Different understandings of 'owning' the Waikato River -- Claiming property and tights through Māori descent and group identities -- Stakeholders, guardians and co-governors: framing the subjects of power -- Rethinking boundaries: from river ancestor to ancestral river
Summary 'We have always owned the water ... we have never ceded our mana over the river to anyone', King Tuheitia Paki asserted in 2012. Prime Minister John Key disagreed: 'King Tuheitia's claim that Maori have always owned New Zealand's water is just plain wrong'. So who does own the water in New Zealand - if anyone - and why does it matter? Offering some human context around that fraught question, Tupuna Awa looks at the people and politics of the Waikato River. For iwi and hapu of the lands that border its 425-kilometre length, the Waikato River is an ancestor, a taonga and a source of mauri, lying at the heart of identity and chiefly power. It is also subject to governing oversight by the Crown and intersected by hydro-stations managed by state-owned power companies: a situation rife with complexity and subject to shifting and subtle power dynamics. Marama Muru-Lanning explains how Maori of the region, the Crown and Mighty River Power have talked about the ownership, guardianship and stakeholders of the river. By examining the debates over water in one New Zealand river, over a single recent period, Muru-Lanning provides a powerful lens through which to view modern iwi politics, debates over water ownership, and contests for power between Maori and the state
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Maori (New Zealand people) -- New Zealand -- Waikato -- Government relations
Maori (New Zealand people) -- New Zealand -- Waikato -- Politics and government
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Government relations.
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Politics and government.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Politics and government.
Water rights.
Waikato (N.Z.) -- Politics and government
Waikato River (N.Z.) -- Water rights
New Zealand -- Waikato River.
New Zealand -- Waikato.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1775588629