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What water means to me

Last updated 08:45 04/01/2013
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WATER: Is this our most precious resource?

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With endless beaches, lakes and rivers, there's water, water, everywhere in New Zealand. But what does it mean to the average Kiwi?

Water is a huge part of our lifestyle, culture and economy; we play in it, generate power from it, win medals in it, gather food from it, drink it, farm with it. As such an important resource, water is often at the centre of nationwide debate over how we should use it, protect it, sell it, share it, own it and keep safe in it.

The Maori Council and Waikato River iwi took a case to court earlier this year to halt the Government's plans to partially sell Mighty River Power until water rights issues were resolved. The bid was rejected, but iwi were granted leave to appeal the decision.

The case raises a wider question for all of New Zealand: What does water mean to you? Sports? Money? Family? Culture? Safety? Economy?

Is water our most precious resource?

Tell us what water means to you and why, but hitting the big green 'contribute' button. Feel free to send pictures of you and your water memories too.


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