Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is a co-governance partnership mandated to restore, protect and enhance the environmental, cultural and spiritual health and well-being of the Kaituna River.
The 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.
The Act also directed the production of the Kaituna River Document as a tool to empower local iwi and councils to guide better care of their awa and its tributaries. The Kaituna River Document - Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho - a treasure handed down, was prepared and approved by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority on 22 June 2018, and took effect from 1 August 2018.
Your Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority representatives are:
|Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust||Dean Flavell (Chair)||Geoff Rice|
|Te Kapu Ō Waitaha/Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust||To be confirmed|
|Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust||Piki Thomas||Rawiri Kingi|
|Te Tāhuhu o Tawakeheimoa Trust – (Ngāti Rangiwewehi)||Nicki Douglas||Erin Thompson|
|Te Komiti Nui o Ngāti Whakaue||Maru Tapsell||Manu Pene|
|Bay of Plenty Regional Council||Councillor Matemoana McDonald||Councillor Te Taru White|
|Rotorua Lakes Council||Nick Chater (Lakes Community Board)||Cr Lani Kereopa|
|Western Bay of Plenty District Council||Cr Andy Wichers||Cr Grant Dally (alternate)|
|Tauranga City Council||Commissioner Shadrach Rolleston||Commissioner Bill Wasley|