From the 9 October 2018, these aspirations have been recognised and provided for in the Regional Policy Statement
Te Maru o Kaituna
Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is the co-governance partnership set up under the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. The co-governance forum is made up of Iwi representatives from Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust, Te Kapu Ō Waitaha, Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust, Te Tāhuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust and Ngāti Whakaue, and council representatives from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Rotorua Lakes Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Tauranga City Council. It is a permanent joint committee of the four councils.
The purpose of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is to promote the restoration, protection and enhancement of the environmental, cultural and spiritual health and well-being of the Kaituna River. One of the key functions of Te Maru o Kaituna is to develop and approve the Kaituna River Document.
The Kaituna River Document was approved by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority on the 22 June 2018 and the river document took effect on 1 August 2018.