PR: Entity A Iwi mobilise resources and relief for Tāmaki and Te Tai Tokerau
Today’s launch of Waipuna aa rangi, the formal body set to represent hapū and iwi across Te Tai Tokerau and Tāmaki Makaurau in the Three Waters reforms, has been postponed by the ongoing extreme weather event.
“The latest red warning for parts of Northland, Tāmaki Makaurau, and Coromandel highlights the desperate need for water infrastructure that works,” says Chair of Waipuna aa rangi, Tukoroirangi Morgan.
“In place of our launch, which we will hold at a later date, Waipuna aa rangi is mobilising support for first responders, community organisations, as well as marae, hapū and iwi to continue provision of frontline services to those who need it most.
“While aspects of the response have been woefully inadequate, we have seen grassroots community organisations go above and beyond with their support. We are extending a helping hand to ensure no one who needs support during this time is without,” Tukoroirangi says.
Waipuna aa rangi has pledged financial support to be distributed among organisations already providing on the ground relief and support to our most vulnerable.
“We have established regional coordinators who will work directly with organisations to ensure resources get to those who are in need,” says Tukoroirangi.
More information is available at www.waipunaaarangi.nz/support.
Note for Editors
Waipuna aa rangi is the formal body made up of the 7 mana whenua members of the Iwi Regional Representative Group for Water Services Entity A, as part of the Three Waters reforms.
Waipuna aa rangi represents the interests of the 45 hapū and iwi across Northland and Tāmaki Makaurau throughout the reforms.
At the heart of the reforms is ensuring all New Zealanders across the motu (country) have access to safe and reliable drinking water, wastewater and stormwater - Waipuna aa rangi believes this principle should override all others.
More information on Waipuna aa rangi can be found at waipunaaarangi.nz.