The fear that the partial sell off of state assets could see them owned off shore is hanging heavily on the minds of many Maori.
Hundreds have turned out to a hui held at the Turangawaewae marae to discus the water rights.
Paora Sweeney was at the hui and says the idea that the assets could be sold off shore is upsetting.
"You know for us to be able to carry it through with our next generations, because I feel like if we don't, we don't fight for our awa, what's going to happen to it? Probably going to be lost, and then they're thinking of taking it, selling it offshore, I don't like the thought of that. I just strongly agree with this hui."