Collection of information of this reform

Part 3: Royalties


We were going to cover a lot more of the Roadmap in part 3, but with the arrival of Omicron in New Zealand we have just mentioned royalties and  given a refence in the Roadmap. And we have listed some examples using Lake Taupo to show how royalties can play out.

Not so long ago there was an interview between the Taxpayer Union and Nanaia Mahuta about Three Waters. The questioner asked her about “royalties”. Nanaia Mahuta fudged over the question, not really wanting to answer. However, the Roadmap clearly states it.

Here`s some examples from the past:

NZ Herald

Part 2:  The Roadmap transformation into Three Waters Reforms

Part 1: Origins of the Roadmap – below of this article


based on facts

A quote from the working group report: 

“Shortly after its establishment representatives from the Forum established a process of meeting with Ministers and officials of the Crown but by 2010 it was concerned about the lack of progress being made on key issues such as water use and management, the environment, housing, education, welfare, and treaty settlement policy. In some cases such as the foreshore and seabed any options offered by Māori simply seemed to be ignored or subordinated to Crown policy imperatives”. (Working group reportp.12)

Labour Government Roadmap, p.29

The “Roadmap” and the Declaration Plan give indications where the line will be a Treaty-based future, like Maori involvement at all levels, ownership over resources, have power to make bylaws and authorise activities and so on.

The implementation of the Roadmap in Three Waters

According to a Cabinet paper  from  1 July 2019, during 2017 and 2018 the government started to develop a program to improve the water quality in New Zealand, due to the Havlock North water issue. At the same time the “Roadmap” report and the Declaration Plan were being prepared. 

Tic-tac-toe  (Photo credit)

In the beginning, the reform for councils was “voluntary” and there was not one word about entities or Treaty or Declaration Plan.

Cabinet paper

At this point the councils  agreed to look at these changes. A few months later, 30 September 2019, a case paper, new drinking water regulator  . AT this point the whole emphasis changed to one of treaty and indigenous rights in regard to water.

2019 – when the working group was established and the Roadmap

30 September 2019 Cabinet paper about “the institutional arrangements for a drinking water regulator“. In this paper p.5 

p.11 – Country is separated by race.

In December 2019, the Water Service Regulator (Taumata Arowai) was established.
2020 – end of January, when the councils had voluntary options but also focus on the management of land and water. 

Cabinet paper, p.2

The “Roadmap” strategy and the Declaration Plan are the foundation of these Cabinet papers. 

The context carries information, sometimes it is clear, obvious, sometimes it needs analysis and comprehensive strategies to gasp the real and true context. So, the FOCUS of the problem, which was to improve the water quality issue, was changed to a Treaty and the Rights of the Indigenous People (Declaration Plan) a.k.a to the “Roadmap” implementation. The main context was on the Treaty and the Declaration Plan (“Roadmap) and used the quality of the water as an excuse to achieve this. The Havlock North issue stayed the same, and plays a cover role, takes the focus on this issue, in addition to COVID. 

The councils were advised that it is “voluntary” and they can opt-out during the process. However, the government changed there tune, changed the context and phrases. No more mention about “voluntary” or “opt-out”. The tune became “better off” and “not worse off” package, also “legislated all in”. 

Then, there was an article about the Government agreeing to a mandated strategy before  the four entities were announced. The previous  article aligns with this article (30 June 2021) where Nanaia Mahuta announced that the government confirmed to create the four entities. 

Labour Government “Roadmap”, p.58 –  about iwi tribal boundaries, a.k.a. “four entities” (November 2019)

June 2021

An article – updated 8 June 2021 – screenshot of the title
Cabinet paper, 14 June 2021, p.7 of 63

“38.2   agreement to continue with a voluntary approach to reform, subject to reassessing this position if it became clear the reforms were at risk or not being achieved”

At this point the government realised that the Treaty and the Indigenous Rights couldn`t be achieved without a mandatory legalised approach! – in other words a done deal!

The news article published on 3rd June and modified on 8th. The Cabinet paper released on 14th June with the voluntary approach to councils. However, there was a spin in the paper in July about councils approach.

12 July 2021. There was a Cabinet paper, which discusses this agreement (done deal) about  mandating for councils this reform. This paper related to earlier papers.

Cabinet paper, p.4 of 64

“Agreed” and “legislated 

The decision to mandate was clearly made before Nanaia Mahuta ever approached the councils. And Jacinda Arderns assurances that the Roadmap isn`t being implemented are completely untrue! 
It is very clear that what started as a reform about water became a reform about Treaty and Indigenous Rights to ownership of water. By forming the entities which wasn`t mentioned in the beginning, control of water in New Zealand will pass to a Maori controlled veto.

To be continued…

PART 1: Origins of the Roadmap


based on the facts

A working group on constitutional changes, rather than transformation

In 2010 a working group was established at a meeting of a Iwi Chairs` Forum. Their mission was to make a strategy, kind of “roadmap” to “develop and implement a model for an inclusive constitutional change. (Note: 2010 – UN Rights of Indigenous People). Their mission was to try to find different models of constitution based on the Treaty of Waitangi. So, they did a report between 2012 and 2015. This report very clearly stated that the Maori make decisions for Maori and the Crown makes decisions for its people (p.9). In this article, it was 2019, when Nanaia Mahuta received The “Roadmap” (Puapua) report –  “it had not been discussed yet at Cabinet level, Ardern said.” Since then this report   has become the focus.


Screenshot from a plan to develop a Declaration Plan on indigenous rights shows that the “Roadmap” report and the Declaration Plan fit together. In 2019 the Cabinet/Government established a working group to make this plan and  process to change the constitution in New Zealand.

It is very clear, that the whole “Roadmap” (He Puapua) report is pure politics and since 2020, since the Labour Government was elected, it is being implemented in the New Zealand constitution. 
 This shows how the government could make so many changes in such a short period of time? Health system, education, Resource Management Act, Local Government Act, Department of Conservation, Freshwater, Biodiversity, Three Waters Reform, juridical system, climate change, language, media and so on. The last pages of the “Roadmap” report …

Labour Government “Roadmap” (p.103-106)

To be continued …

November 2021

Stop Three Waters!

The Government have proposed to take billions of dollars’ worth of drinking water, waste water, and storm water assets off the hands of local councils and put them under the control of four new unelected, co-governed entities. Learn more at http://www.stopthreewaters.nz

October 2021

The end of democracy in New Zealand!



Time to sack this government, talking and consultation is  a waste of time. We now have a dictatorship … any trust is gone, they have broken their promise.

This government rips apart our health system in the middle of a pandemic…