Native Affairs - Raetihi

By Iulia Leilua
  • North Island: West Coast

Residents in the central north island town of Raetihi have been struggling to cope with a diesel spill that's shut off their town water supply.

19,000 litres of diesel were spilled from the Tūroa Ski fields into the Makotuku River, however it's not the first time this has happened.

A kerosene spill in 1979 from the same ski field into the same river system has seen local iwi voicing concerns about the fuel tanks on their maunga for decades.

As Iulia Leilua reports their worst fears have been realised.