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Rangitaiki River Forum - About Us

Latest News - Te Ara Whanui o Rangitaiki - Pathways of the Rangitaiki

The Rangitaiki River Forum approved “Te Ara Whanui o Rangitaiki - Pathways of the Rangitaiki” on 16 December 2014. Read the full media release about the Forum's decision and the election of a new Chair of the Forum.

The Rangitaiki River Document is all about our aspirations for the River and ensuring a healthy River for the benefit of present and future generations.

Watch a video of interviews from the Rangitaiki River Festival


About the Forum

The Rangitaiki River Forum was formed in May 2012 by law to protect and enhance the mauri (life-giving capacity) of the Rangitaiki River and its tributaries.

The Forum is a partnership made up of representatives from Ngati Whare, Ngati Manawa, Ngati Awa, Ngati Hineuru,Tuwharetoa (Bay of Plenty), as well as councillors from Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Taupo District Council and Whakatane District Council.

These partners are working together to set the direction of how we look after the Rangitaiki River.

Rangitaiki River Forum Organisational Structure

The treaty settlements of Ngati Whare and Ngati Manawa created two pieces of legislation:

These Acts of Parliament established the Rangitaiki River Forum. 

Visit the Rangitaiki River Forum page for the Forum's Terms of Reference, meeting agendas and minutes. 

For any enquiries about the Forum's work, please contact the Rangitaiki Forum Strategic Advisor on 0800 884 880 or

Role and functions

The principal function of the Forum is to make sure the health and wellbeing of the Rangitaiki River is protected and enhanced for now and for the future. 

The graph explains the purpose (why we are here), the aim (what we want) and how the Forum will achieve that (What does the Rangitaiki River Forum do).

 What Does The Rangitaiki River Forum Do


The Forum has the role to map out a future of the Rangitaiki River. 

One of the tools to do so is to lay out a vision, desired outcomes and objectives for the River in a “River Document”, which is to guide how we manage resources and conservation areas. 

The Forum is supported by Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

Message from Chairman

Tena koutou,

For generations the Rangitaiki River has played an important role in the lives of the many Bay of Plenty hapu and iwi that live alongside the river. It is a taonga, a significant cultural treasure to be shared and protected by all. As Kaitiaki we have a special obligation to ensure the health and wellbeing of the Rangitaiki River and its resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Rangitaiki is the longest river in the Bay of Plenty. It begins at the heart of the North Island and flows out to sea at Thornton Beach. The river catchment is formed by a large number of tributaries including the Whirinaki, Wheao and Horomanga rivers.

It is an important economic resource for the Bay of Plenty region that is used by many key industries including hydroelectricity, agriculture and forestry.

The Rangitaiki River Forum was set up under the Ngati Whare Claims Settlement Act 2012 and the Ngati Manawa Claims Settlement Act 2012. It is a statutory joint committee formed in May 2012 to protect and enhance the environmental, cultural, and spiritual health and wellbeing of the Rangitaiki River.

The Forum includes representatives from:

  • Ngati Whare
  • Ngati Manawa
  • Ngati Awa
  • Tuwharetoa (Bay of Plenty)
  • Whakatane District Council
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council

I look forward to sharing further information about the Forum, our members and the progress of our work in the future.

Bronco Carson

Chairman, Rangitaiki River Forum