Letter from Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum

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Tapatahi tonu ana ngā ture kua heke mai i te wāhi ngaro ki a tātou te ira tangata mō āke tonu ake. Me mihi rā ki te whenua me tangi hoki mō te hunga kua okioki. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou kua mahue nei ki muri, tēnei te tuku ake i te reo maioha atu ki a koutou katoa – kāti ake.

Tiakina te mauri – pupuri i te mauri kaitiaki. Mena ka tau te mauri i te taiao ka tau te oranga o te ira tangata; when the life force of the environment is in balance, the well-being of mankind is assured.

The Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum – Manager’s Group has continued with a busy year, principally at a project level, to align the mātauranga values from a mana whenua world-view to those values expressed within the integrated delivery of activities associated with the business of Watercare. A direct acknowledgement is stated to the executive leadership from within Watercare for the support directed towards this forum that enables the continuation of the committed effort within the partnered relationship.

Key points of focus over this past year have centred on:

  • The collaborative effort with Healthy Waters on the Auckland Waters Strategy with particular coverage of te mauri o te wai
  • Water Sensitive Design Strategy for the Western Isthmus joint programme led by Watercare in association with Healthy Waters as well as Tonkin & Taylor
  • Central Interceptor project with management plans for cultural aspects, archaeology as well as the whole-of-project sustainability with the Ghella- Abergeldie joint-venture partnership with a further eleven plans
  • The vagaries of a changing global climate should not be ignored at this level of kaitiakitanga – constant reminders should be tailored around an order of priority that accentuates our collective ability to apply the practices from a mana whenua basis.

Mana whenua have also continued their direct involvement with Watercare around the multiple projects across the region. Many of those activities are not covered in this annual report. The forum has endured the workload with an average representation of nine to eleven entities from across the Tamaki region. Despite those attendance numbers the invitation is a permanent one for all nineteen entities to attend and engage. A key and direct question must then be around the relevance of the forum.

Numerous issues have been raised through proactive discussions and dialogue between the two parties of this relationship-based partnership around the application of diligent kaitiakitanga in this Watercare context. Although the bulk of Watercare’s activities are project-based, this 2018/19 annual period has also seen the engagement of the forum across a vast range of project-type activities.

This past period has also been a milestone year around the exchange of information outside of the bi-monthly meetings of the forum in our quest to promote Kaitiaki outcomes through this partnership arrangement with Watercare across the region. The testimony of 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.


Tame te Rangi
Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum


Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Forum:

Makaurau Marae Māori Trust
Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Trust
Ngai 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