Auckland waste water plan may breach tikanga – expert

An expert in Māori death customs says a plan to recycle Auckland’s wastewater may breach tikanga.

Watercare is looking at using the treated water as drinking water, as the city faces one of its worst droughts.

Waikato University associate professor Dr Te Kahautu Maxwell said Māori society would never use or consume anything to do with human discharge.

“It’s not the right thing to do with Māori protocols and Māori ways of doing things right,” he said.

“I don’t know of any old practices of old ancient times when even human waste was used as a fertiliser on the crops.”

Maxwell said Watercare should consult with iwi before going any further.