Nick Smith and John Key claim that nobody owns water and that therefore commercial operators should not pay to use it.
Federated Farmers likes the local catchment 'collaboratist' approach
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, said in her submission that pricing water is overdue.
OPINION: Eric Crampton went through the current controversies about an Ashburton water bottling plant.
Water ownership is in the eye of the beholder.
The government has rejected an iwi proposal to get rid of water consents and give iwi permanent rights.
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