Shane Jones calls out those holding drought-stricken Auckland 'to ransom' over water

Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones is throwing his weight behind a bid by the Auckland Council to fast-track the more than doubling of the city's water allowance from the Waikato River.

And he's coming out strongly against anyone who plans on getting in the way of this campaign.

"It is my view that under no circumstances whatsoever should the Waikato tribe – or any tribe – hold to ransom a third of the country's population," he told a select committee this morning.

This comes after Waikato iwi suggested they wanted to block the Council's bid to get more water from the river.

Waikato Regional Council chair Russ Rimmington also told the AM Show that Auckland was not welcome to Waikato's water supply.

Speaking to MPs this morning, Minister Jones lambasted Rimmington.

He said he was "astounded by the flatulent outbreak" from the chairman which he said was "attacking Aucklanders".

"As infrastructure Minister, if I have any influence whatsoever, I would give them their water from the Waikato River – 15 billion litres disappearing into the Tasman sea every day."

He said if he has any chance to solve that problem, "I will".

Speaking to reporters after the select committee, Minister Jones had a message for Auckland Mayor Phil Goff.

"Phil Goff is a politician – he needs to bear in mind that rule number one in politics is reciprocity."

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