20These different aspects are reflected in the final agreement, in a cross-sectional series of «intrinsic values»28, called Tupua te Kawa, which is also called «natural law and the value system… which binds people to the river and the river to men»29:30 I would like to give an example of a genealogial treaty within my own family. When my brother was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 47, I took him to see a famous healer who said, «I work on your energy field. Within three days, you will have drainage on the side of the head. Do not take x-rays or disturb this drainage for 10 days. Three days later, like a clock movement, a small orifice appeared on the side of my brother`s head (who was bald by chemotherapy), and a yellow liquid began to flow. No one could tell what it was. 33 This agreement was reached in March 2013 and the legislation to implement the agreement, adopted in July 2014, was described in a very poetic way and its importance for the city and New Zealand is very well expressed:58 17A agreement was reached on the resolution of these dysfunctions22 – between the tribes and the government on the future common management of the river – was reached in 2012223 and completed in 2014.24 25 What is different from all the other comparison agreements established before the creation of a new legal entity for the river, Te Awa Tupua, is a matter of personification of the river that is owned by indigenous tribes. 81, paragraph 2.16, Tutohu Whakatupua (2012), supra n.23.
Thus, treated wastewater from a city can never be discharged into an ancestral river without violating a tribe`s cultural relationship with its river. 24A major interest of the river is its health and well-being. These include the development of a «river strategy»39 that «aims to address and promote the environmental, social, cultural and economic health and well-being of the Whanganui River.» 40 To this end, the agreement defines the objectives, status and parameters of a strategy for identifying and managing these health and well-being issues, including the recommendation of measures to address the identified problems41. to review and consider the strategy in decisions in this area.