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Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority - About Us

The Kaituna River and the Kaituna catchment are taonga (treasures) – valued for its clean water, healthy ecosystems, unique landscape, natural beauty, recreational and cultural values.

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Who is Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority?

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is the co-governance partnership set up by the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. We are made up of eight members, four iwi representatives from Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust, Te Kapu o Waitaha, Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust and Te Tāhuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust, and four council representatives from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council. Ngāti Whakaue are observers of Te Maru o Kaituna.

What do we do?

The purpose of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is to promote the restoration, protection and enhancement of the environmental, cultural and spiritual health well-being of the Kaituna River. One of the key functions for Te Maru o Kaituna is to develop and approve the Kaituna River Document.

Kaituna River Document

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority has been working on a draft Kaituna River Document to build on the Kaituna River and Ongatoro/Maketu Estuary Strategy 2009. Unlike the Strategy it will require changes to Council plans about the management of the Kaituna River. 

The working title of the draft document is Kaituna he taonga tuku iho – a treasure gifted to us.

What have we done so far?

In September, we invited the public to tell us what they thought about the draft vision, objectives and desired outcomes and held an information session in Te Puke for anyone who wanted to know more and tell us in person what they thought.

Thank you to all those who gave us feedback!  We heard from over 100 people who are keen to help us to protect the treasured Kaituna River by putting our shared aspirations into the document which, once approved, will then require changes to Council (Regional, City and District) plans about the management of Kaituna. 


Our next meeting will be held on April 13th where we will discuss what the proposed document will look like. We will set a date for when we release the proposed document and welcome formal submissions from the public.


The steps we are taking to develop Kaituna he taonga tuku iho - a treasured gift to us.

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