Letter from Mana Whenua Kaitiaki

He pūtake nō tua whakarere
He whiringa o ngā aho mai i ngā töpito i ngā tauranga
Tapuwae nuku tapuwae rangi
He nekeneke tāngata he nukunukunga o ngā aronga
Mai i ngā kāwai ki ngā uri kua heke ki ngā uri āmuri ake nei e…
E mihi ana ki te whenua e tangi ana mō te hunga kua okioki – rātou ki a rātou
Ki te hunga kua mahue mai ki muri tēnā rawa atu koe arā koutou katoa…

The 2019/20 year has seen important developments for the role of the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum Managers Group (the Forum) within key water-related activities as well as the continuation of a refreshed direction into the foray of socio-environmental matters. The role and function initiated through the relationship between Mana Whenua and Watercare will continue to strengthen the dimensions of alignment to the significant water-related issues along with the opportunities across all of Watercare Services as well as the organisations within Auckland Council.

Since the 2012 inception, the Forum has maintained an operations focus through the Kaitiaki Managers Group promoting modes of efficient and effective working processes through relationships with Watercare that address the myriad issues associated with servicing the demands of population-based growth across all of Tāmaki Makaurau.

In the 2019/20 reporting period the Forum has worked with Watercare to advance work across an average of 28 projects from the following range of key groups that include but are not limited to:

  • Water headworks and treatment;
  • Water networks; 
  • Wastewater treatment plants; and
  • Wastewater network projects.

Auckland’s nine water storage dams have been hampered by receiving about 25 percent less rainfall than normal during this reporting period. This situation was further compounded by the ensuing summer drought conditions creating unprecedented critically-low water storage levels. We support continuous messages that encourage people to be water wise through these prolonged dry periods.

Then came COVID-19 where the overall well-being of people became the paramount focus at a government as well as a personal level. Working from home took on a completely different meaning for many, including the Forum, in the quest to minimise risks of virus transmission by applying virtual connect technology.

In conclusion we acknowledge the continued support from Watercare Services that enables the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum (Managers Group) to give effect to focused good ecosystems management.

Kāti ki konei, ka puta ka ora e…

Tame te Rangi
Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum


Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum:

Makaurau Marae Māori Trust
Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Trust
Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust
Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust
Ngāti Maru Rūnanga Incorporated
Ngāti Rēhua – Ngāti Wai ki Aotea Trust
Ngāti Tamaoho Trust
Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust
Ngāti Tamaterā Settlement Trust
Ngāti Wai Trust Board
Ngāti Whanaunga Incorporated
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust
Te Ākitai Waiohua Iwi Authority
Te Ara Rangatū o Te Iwi o Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua
Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority
Te Patukirikiri Incorporated
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua
Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust
Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Incorporated