Treaty Debates 2014 – Water is our business 

Glass replica of the Treaty of Waitangi, on display in Signs of a Nation

Glass replica of the Treaty of Waitangi, on display in Signs of a Nation


This year’s Treaty Debate at Te Papa is a lively discussion of water rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Who ‘owns’ the water? Māori or the Crown?

The panel features Jacinta Ruru (University of Otago, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto), Donald Couch (Environment Canterbury), Clive Howard-Williams (NIWA), and Ian McKenzie (Federated Farmers).

The event is introduced by Te Papa’s Treaty of Waitangi scholar, Claudia Orange, and is chaired by Radio New Zealand’s Susie Ferguson.

The Treaty Debates are organised by Te Papa in partnership with the New Zealand Centre for Public Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

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