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As a Council, with the support of tangata whenua and our wider community, we are responsible for the management of three quite different but closely related water systems: drinking water, stormwater and wastewater (sewerage).

In the industry they are known collectively as the Three Waters. To tangata whenua they are ‘te wai’ or just ‘water’. That is, essentially all three waters come from one source which ultimately comes from Ranginui and Papatūānuku, or the earth and sky.
Water is culturally significant to iwi, an inseparable part of the whakapapa and identity of local iwi Ngāti Kahungunu and all of its hapu (sub-tribes), including all of its marae throughout its tribal boundaries which extend across the district of Hastings.
Water is critically important to our lives, lifestyles and economy, and the way we use and dispose of water can have material effects on people’s health, our environment and our ability to grow food.

It is everyone’s responsibility to work together to manage these Three Waters in the very best way possible. That includes keeping infrastructure up to the best standard possible, educating ourselves on how we can best protect the environment from adverse effects, and by, when necessary, imposing limits on the use of water and the disposal of stormwater and wastewater.

Hastings District Council is committed to working with tangata whenua and our wider community to protect our environment through responsible use and disposal of water. By working closely with tangata whenua across Heretaunga and Ngāti Kahungunu, Council will ensure that we achieve our joint aim of protecting water for the people of our region and future generations and fulfil our Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations to tangata whenua.


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