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Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority - About Us

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

Public celebrations

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. It 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 Te Komiti Nui o 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.

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority Members

2018 Te Maru O Kaituna Authority

Back row: Rikihana Hancock, Steve Morris, Ararpeta Tahana.

Front row: Bryce Kihirini, Jane Nees, Matemoana McDonald, Dean Flavell, Maria Horne, Tania Tapsell, Nick Chater. 

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority representatives:

  Representative Alternate representative
Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust Dean Flavell (chairman) Dr Bryce Kihirini
Te Kapu Ō Waitaha/Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust TBA TBA
Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust Hakopa Paul Piki Thomas
Te Tāhuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust – (Ngāti Rangiwewehi)  Rikihana Hancock Nicki Douglas

Te Komiti Nui o Ngāti Whakaue

Maria Horne Raymond Pou Poasa
Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Cr Arapeta Tahana (Deputy Chairman)

Cr Jane Nees

Cr Matemoana McDonald
Rotorua Lakes Council Cr Tania Tapsell Mr Nick Chater
Western Bay of Plenty District Council Cr Kevin Marsh Cr John Scrimgeour
Tauranga City Council Cr Steve Morris Cr Terry Molloy

What do we do?

Te Maru o Kaituna has recently approved The Kaituna River Document, Kaituna he taonga tuku iho, a treasure handed down so our focus will turn to the document's implementation, monitoring its effectiveness, supporting integrated and collaborative management of the river. This will be done by working with local authorities and Crown agencies that exercise functions in relation to the Kaituna River, and facilitation of the participation of iwi in the management of the river. 

What have we done so far?

In June 2018, The Kaituna River Document, Kaituna he taonga tuku iho, a treasure handed down (PDF, 11,000KB) was approved and launched. Read more about The Kaituna River Document.

It comes into effect on 1 August 2018.

The document was developed in consultation with the community and has incorporated feedback received through a public submissions and hearing process which was run from September 2016 to July 2017.

Copies of the original submissions, summaries of submissions and the hearing schedule are available online.

What’s next?

• Implementation of the Kaituna River Document;

  • The Vision, Objectives and Desired Outcomes in the document will be recognised and provided for when councils change resource management policy and plans.
  • Until this occurs, councils must have regard to them when considering applications for resource consents within the Kaituna catchment.

What is the Relevance of The Kaituna River Document in the Planning Framework?

The following diagram shows the links between the three main Acts, Council planning documents and decision-making, and the influence this document has. The Vision, Objectives and Desired Outcomes in the document must be recognised and provided for when councils change resource management policy and plans.

Councils must also take into account the provisions in the document where they are relevant, to decisions made under the Local Government Act 2002.

Influence of The Kaituna River Document

Opportunity to develop the Kaituna River Document’s Action Plan

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority are developing an Action Plan which will sit alongside Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho – a treasure handed down  - the Kaituna River Document.  The purpose of the Action Plan will be to identify and prioritise restoration, protection and enhancement projects which will support the objectives and desired outcomes of the river document, and ultimately its vision.

We are seeking offers of service from suitably skilled and experienced people to develop and deliver the Action Plan as outlined in our project brief which outlines what we are looking for.  The successful applicant will be familiar with issues facing the Kaituna River and its tributaries, have strong relationships with TMoK iwi, a good understanding of tīkanga Māori, a good understanding of council RMA and LGA, LTP and annual plan processes, and a working knowledge of central government agencies’ mandates relevant to TMoK (eg Department of Conservation, Ministry of Health). 

Please email to request a copy of the Project Brief, if you are interested in putting in an offer of service for this mahi.   Offers of service need to be received no later than 4pm Friday 28 September 2018.  

 Our logo

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority’s logo was inspired by Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru o Te Arawa - The Eight Beating Hearts of Te Arawa. This well-known Te Arawa history comes from the accounts of Rangitihi, Tamatekapua’s great-great grandson, whom from his seven sons and one daughter, is the progenitor of the Te Arawa confederation of Iwi. Other notables who travelled to Aotearoa with Tamatekapua, were Tia (from whom Tapuika Iwi is descended), Hei (from whom Waitaha Iwi is descended) and Ngātoroirangi (the great tōhunga and chief).

Within the Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority’s logo you will see nine tētekura or fronds, representing each of the nine iwi and council representatives who are members of the Authority by virtue of the Tapuika Deed of Settlement and its empowering legislation, the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014.

 TMoK Logo 2


Check out our FAQs for more information about Te Maru O Kaituna River Authority and The Kaituna River Document.


Kaituna River Document

Treaty settlement

Iwi and hapu management plans

Regional Council's work in the Kaituna River catchment


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If you would like to be involved or understand more about the Action Plan or The Kaituna River Document, please email or call Anaru Vercoe or Jo Watts on 0800 884 880.