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.

Terms of reference

Standing orders

Committee membership

2018 Te Maru O Kaituna Authority

Your Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority representatives are:

Organisation Representative Alternate
Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust Dean Flavell (Chair) Geoff Rice
Te Kapu Ō Waitaha/Tapuika Iwi Authority Trust TBA TBA
Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust Piki Thomas Rawiri Kingi
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

Councillor Jane Nees 

Councillor Arapeta Tahana (Deputy Chair)

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

Meetings, agendas, and minutes

Date/Te ra
Location/Wahi Agenda Minutes

Friday 22 February


Makahae Marae, 20 Te Kahika Road, Te Puke

Agenda Minutes

Friday 22 March


Rotorua Lakes Council
Council Chambers, 1061 Haupapa Street, Rotorua.



Friday 3 May


Whakaue Marae, 643 Maketū Road, Maketū.



Friday 28 June


Rotorua Lakes Council Council Chambers
1061 Haupapa Street Rotorua

Agenda Minutes

Friday 27 September


Council Chambers
Tauranga City Council
91 Willow Street, Tauranga

Agenda Minutes

Note: Meeting date or venues may change - please check this page regularly.



Date/Te ra Agenda Minutes

Thursday 16 February



Tuesday 16 May



Wednesday 14 June

Agenda Minutes

Friday 11 August

Agenda Minutes

Wednesday 8 November

Agenda Minutes

Thursday 7 December

Agenda Minutes


Date/Te ra Agenda Minutes

Tuesday 29 November



Draft Kaituna River Action Plan – Te Tini a Tuna

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is currently preparing an action plan that outlines what will be done over the next ten years to deliver on the vision, objectives and outcomes of the Kaituna River Document.

A draft action plan, Te Tini a Tuna, has been prepared based on information received from submissions to the Kaituna River Document in 2017 and other Kaituna River celebrations, surveys and workshops.

The 15 draft actions, which are grouped into three focus areas, are outlined below:

Draft Kaituna Action Plan

Te Maru o Kaituna are now seeking feedback and comments on the draft action plan. To give your feedback please complete our online survey before 26 August 2019 or come along to a public drop-in session:

  •  Wed 21 August 9am-12pm - Te Puke Library Board Room, 130 Jellicoe Street Te Puke.
  •  Wed 21 August 6-8pm - Taheke Marae, 119 Okere Road, Ōkere Falls.
  •  Thurs 22 August 1-3pm - Maketū Fire Station, 668 Wilson Road North, Maketū.

 Please email info@kaituna.org.nz if you have questions or wish to find out more.

Kaituna River Document

The Kaituna River and its tributaries are considered taonga (treasures) by both iwi and the community, and are valued resources for the Bay of Plenty.

The document, Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho - a treasure handed down is an outcome of the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. It’s a statutory document that was launched by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority on 22 June 2018 and celebrated at a community event on 30 September 2018. A summary version is also available.

The Kaituna River Document’s purpose is to promote the restoration, protection and enhancement of the well-being of the Kaituna River and its tributaries. The document will guide local government, iwi and the wider community in their work together to protect and preserve the awa. The document represents a culmination of input from the Kaituna community.

The Kaituna River Document sets out an iwi and community vision, objectives and desired outcomes for the Kaituna River and its tributaries and the document will influence councils’ planning documents and local government decisions relevant to the awa (river).

The document's launch completes an historic full circle of the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014 through which the Crown acknowledged that the waterways which Tapuika live beside and cherish (the Kaituna River) had been degraded.

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority is now focused now on implementing and monitoring the effectiveness of the document with an emphasis on supporting integrated and collaborative management of the Kaituna River.


Influence of the Kaituna River Document

Document design

The Kaituna River Document logo represents the different parts of the Kaituna River which include Te Waipuna – the source or headwaters, Ngā Wai Hōhonu – the water depths, Ngā Tahatika – the riverbanks, and Te Kōngutu Awa – the river mouth.

As your eye moves down the logo you will see the river, forming at the edge of Lake Rotoiti and its progression down through the Kaituna catchment showing its many tributaries to the Māketu estuary and the place where the river meets the sea. This is further reflected in the river analogy used to structure the information within the document.

The symbolism denotes that each part of the Kaituna has unique characteristics yet all are integral to its personality.

Te Maru o Kaituna wanted to ensure that the document would be relevant, clear in its purpose while at the same time set goals to ensure that the Kaituna River would be protected for future generations. Above all, it represents a conscience, one that speaks on behalf of the river and its people to remind us that this water body and its tributaries are indeed "he taonga tuku iho – a treasure handed down to us".

Kaituna River Document implementation

Many people and organisations are investing a significant amount of time, effort and money over the coming 10 years to help care for the land, water and wildlife in the Kaituna catchment and Maketū Estuary.

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority will implement the Kaituna River Document by working with local authorities and Crown agencies that exercise functions in relation to the river, and facilitating the participation of iwi in river management.

The Authority is developing an Action Plan to outline and prioritise the collective actions of local government, iwi, hapū and the wider community to restore, enhance and protect the Kaituna.

Get involved

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

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