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.
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.
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 here.
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.
You can view the steps that were taken to develop Kaituna he taonga tuku iho - a treasured gift to us.
Copies of the original submissions, summaries of submissions and the hearing schedule are available online.
• 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.
• An Action Plan for the Kaituna River and its tributries will also be put in place.
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.
Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority Members
Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority representatives:
|Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust
||Dean Flavell (chairman)
||Dr Bryce Kihirini
|Te Kapu Ō Waitaha/Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust
|Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust
|Te Tāhuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust – (Ngāti Rangiwewehi)
Te Komiti Nui o Ngāti Whakaue
||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
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