What is the future of co-governance if this Bill passes?

Defining principles based on the Articles of Te Tiriti would mean co-governance arrangements for public institutions and utilities, such as at universities and for water services, would no longer be supported by the Treaty.

Limited co-governance arrangements included in Waitangi Tribunal settlements would continue to be supported as pragmatic ways to reconcile Māori customary and public interests over traditionally shared resources such as rivers and mountains.

Examples include the Tūpuna Maunga Authority managing Auckland’s volcanic mountains, Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes, Te Urewera, and the Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River settlement).