Letter from Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum

Tame Te Rangi mono

Tapatahi tonu ana te hono ki te wāhi ngaro mai i ngā wā o nehe ki ērā o inanahi mö ake tonu atu. Me mihi ki te whenua me tangi hoki mo te hunga kua okioki. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou kua mahue nei ki muri, tënei te tuku ake I te reo maioha atu ki a koutou katoa.

This past 2017/18 year has seen the continuation of the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum’s Managers’ Group quest to align the mātauranga values from a mana whenua world-view to those values expressed within the integrated delivery of Watercare’s activities. Acknowledgement must be stated around the support from Watercare for this forum. This support enables the measured contribution towards the committed effort within our relationship-based partnership.

Numerous issues have been raised through proactive discussions within the dialogue between the two parties around the application of diligent kaitiakitanga in this Watercare context.

Although the bulk of Watercare’s activities are project based, this 2017/18 annual period has also seen the Kaitiaki Managers’ Group engaged in dialogue on the following key areas:

  • Manukau Harbour Hydrodynamic Model – as of July 2018 includes three mana whenua representatives within the project team
  • Water efficiency strategy across the Auckland region
  • Technologies and trends in wastewater reuse
  • Climate change impacts as well as the mitigation against such effects
  • Central Interceptor, with a particular emphasis on pre-construction matters around finalising the preferred consortia.

Mana whenua have also continued their direct involvement with Watercare around the multiple projects across the region as well. Such activities are not covered in this report.

In addition, Watercare has been a key contributor to the development of the Safe Swim Programme, alongside mana whenua, the Regional Public Health Service, Surf Life Saving Northern Region as well as Auckland Council executive group representatives. Various third-party presentations, such as the Māori component of the Environmental Protection Authority, have also been received by the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum in this reporting period.

This past period has also ended the first year of the expanded bimonthly format that has generated a wider consideration of other perspectives in the promotion of kaitiaki outcomes through this partnership arrangement across the region.

The testimony of commitment to excellence, combined with a collegial approach that extends to a willingness to work with other parties within and outside the council environment, is a hallmark of an indicator that promotes true social, environmental as well as economic uplift for one and all concerned.

Kia tau tonu te mauri, kāti ki konei.

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Tame te Rangi
Chair
Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum

 

Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum:

Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust
Georgina Connelly

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua
Tame Te Rangi

Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust
Terrence Hohneck

Ngāti Rehua - Ngāti Wai ki Aotea Trust
Nicola MacDonald

Te Kawerau Iwi Settlement Trust
Te Warena Taua

Makaurau Marae Mäori Trust
Te Warena Taua

Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust
Haydn Solomon

Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Settlement Trust
Antony Royal

Te Patukirikiri Incorporated
David Williams

Ngati Whanaunga Incorporated
Michael Baker

Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Trust
Tracy Davis

Ngāti Whātua o Orakei Trust
Ngarimu Blair

Te Akitai Waiohua Iwi Authority
Karen Wilson

Ngāti Tamaoho Trust
Dennis Kirkwood

Ngāti Te Ata Claims Support Whanau
Josie Smith

Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Incorporated
Patience Te Ao

Ngai Tai Ki Tämaki Tribal Trust
James Brown

Ngati Maru Rünanga Trust
Wati Ngamane