Komiti Māori Rārangi Take (Agenda)

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the next meeting of Komiti Māori will be held in Waikari Marae, 62 Waikari Road, Matapihi, Tauranga on:

Tuesday 8 December 2020 COMMENCING AT 9.30 am


Please note a pōwhiri will take place at 9:30 am with the meeting to start at approximately 10:30 am.


Fiona McTavish

Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

30 November 2020



Komiti Māori




Notwithstanding the Komiti Māori has an appointed Chairperson, Māori Constituency Councillors may host-Chair committee meetings that are held in the rohe of their respective constituency

Cr Matemoana McDonald

Deputy Chairperson

Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti



·         Three Māori Constituency Councillors

·         Four General Constituency Councillors

Cr Bill Clark

Cr Stacey Rose

Cr Paula Thompson

Cr Lyall Thurston

Cr Te Taru White

Ex Officio

Chairman Doug Leeder


Four members, being more than half the number of members

Meeting frequency

Two monthly


To provide direction and guidance on Council’s obligations to Maori in relation to: growth of  authentic partnerships with Tangata Whenua, strategic direction, emerging issues, legal requirements, effective engagement, awareness and understanding.


·                Facilitate tangata whenua input into community outcomes, Council policy development and implementation work;

·                Formally receive iwi/hapū management plans on behalf of Council;

·                Identify and provide direction on any relevant emerging issues for the region relating to the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, legislative obligations to Māori under different statutes and programmes to build the capability of Māori;

·                Monitor, advise and report (annually) on Council’s responsiveness to Maori and compliance with its obligations to Māori under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Resource Management Act 1991;

·                Provide direction on effective Maori engagement  and on actions to enhance Māori capacity to contribute to Council’s decision-making, including recommendations for Long Term Plan funding to achieve this;

·                Make submissions on Māori related matters, in conjunction with other relevant Council committees where appropriate;

·                Support and promote co-governance entities;

·                Recommend to Council the establishment of advisory groups or other governance mechanisms, to represent sub-region or constituency areas and/or to consider specific issues;

·                Recommend to Council, and/or appropriate committees, actions to achieve the committee’s purpose and roles.

Power to Act

To make all decisions necessary to achieve the purpose and roles of Komiti Māori.

Power to Recommend

To Council and/or any standing committee as it deems appropriate.

Komiti Māori reports directly to the Regional Council.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Toi Moana

Governance Commitment

mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata - our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.



We provide excellent governance when, individually and collectively, we:

·        Trust and respect each other

·        Stay strategic and focused

·        Are courageous and challenge the status quo in all we do

·        Listen to our stakeholders and value their input

·        Listen to each other to understand various perspectives

·        Act as a team who can challenge, change and add value

·        Continually evaluate what we do




Komiti Māori                                                                                                                 8 December 2020

Recommendations in reports are not to be construed as Council policy until adopted by Council.

Rārangi Take

1.       Opening Prayer
Karakia Whakatuwhera

2.       Apologies
Ngā Hōnea

3.       Items not on the Agenda
Ngā Take Tōmuri

4.       Order of Business
Raupapa o Ngā Take

5.       Declaration of Conflicts of Interest
Whakapuakanga o Ngā Take Whai Taha-Rua

6.       Minutes
Ngā Meneti

Minutes to be Confirmed
Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti

6.1      Komiti Māori Minutes - 2 November 2020                                             1

7.       Presentations

7.1      Verbal Update from Waikari Marae

Presented by: Waikari Marae Kaumātua

Refer Komiti Māori Chairperson’s Report for background information about Waikari Marae.

7.2      Maketū Freshwater Taiao Issues

Presented by: Raewyn Bennett on behalf of Te Arawa Ki Tai Trust

Ms Raewyn Bennett will highlight the challenges of growing Matauranga Maori and restoring the position of ahi kaa in Maketū as the pre-eminent knowledge holders of their taiao.


7.3      Kāhui Wai Māori - Perspective on Te Mana o Te Wai and the Government's Essential Freshwater Work Programme

Presented by: Dr Tanira Kingi, member of Kāhui Wai Māori

Refer Komiti Māori Chairperson’s report for background information for this presentation.

7.4      Federation of Māori Authorities Perspective on National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management Provisions for Farm Plans

Presented by: Dr Riri Ellis and Geoff Rolleston

Refer Komiti Māori Chairperson’s report for background information for this presentation.

7.5      Ko WAI mātou - NPSFM Implementation in Tauranga Moana

Presented by: Pia Bennett, Kaiarataki – Te Ohu Kaupapa Taiao / Natural Resource Management Unit, Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi

8.       Reports
Ngā Pūrongo

8.1      Komiti Māori Chairperson's Report                                                        1

Attachment 1 - Tauranga Moana Programme Report 2019-2020                                  1

Attachment 2 - Komiti Maori Post-Meeting Actions November 2020                           1

9.       Consideration of Items not on the Agenda
Ngā Take Tōmuri Hei Whakaaroaro

10.     Open Forum
Tuwhera ki te Iwi Whānui

A short period of time will be set aside at the conclusion of the meeting to enable tangata whenua and members of the public to raise matters.  Any matters raised and the time allowed for each speaker will be at the discretion of the Chair.

No decisions can be made from matters raised in the Open Forum.

11.     Closing Prayer
Karakia Kati

Komiti Māori Minutes

2 November 2020


 Komiti Māori

Ngā Meneti

Open Minutes

Commencing:             Monday 2 November 2020, 10:35 am

Venue:                         Hinemihi Marae, 23 Hona Road, Ngāpuna, Rotorua


Chairperson:               Cr Te Taru White (Host-Chairperson)

Heamana Tuarua

Deputy Chairperson:  Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti

Ngā Kopounga

Members:                    Cr Matemoana McDonald (Chairperson)

                                    Cr Stacey Rose

                                                      Cr Paula Thompson

                                                      Cr Lyall Thurston

In Attendance:            Bay of Plenty Regional Council: Cr Kevin Winters, Namouta Poutasi – General Manager Strategy & Science, Kataraina O’Brien – Kaiwhakaruru, Gina Mohi – Pūtaiao Mātauranga, Rochelle Carter – Principal Advisor - Science, Ruakiri Fairhall – Kaiwhakamanawa, Rawiri Bhana, Katerina Pihera-Ridge – Māori Policy Advisors, Freya Camburn – Senior Policy Analyst, Penny Doorman – Programme Leader - Geothermal, Lisa Tauroa – Internal Services Officer, Ashleigh Grant – Kaikarere (Communications Partner), Helen Creagh – Rotorua Catchments Manager, Shari Kameta – Committee Advisor

                                                      External Presenters/Tangata Whenua/Members of Public: Jenny Riini, Jude Pani – Te Tatau o Te Arawa, Elva Conroy - Tapuika, Lani Kereopa – Ahi Kaa Roa/Te Komiro o te Utuhina, Lorraine Hall – Ngāti Hurunga, Peter Staite, Kepa Morgan, Tony Haupapa, Tireni Ratema – Ngāti Uenukukopako, Ray Pou Poasa – Ngāti Hurungaterangi/ Ngāti Tūmatawera, Karla Kereopa – Ministry for the Environment, Raina Meha – Te Puni Kōkiri, Raewyn Bennett – Ngāti Pikiao ki Tai, Maru Tapsell – Ngāti Whakaue/Waitaha, Rangitihi Pene, George Taipari, Colin Tihi – Hinemihi, Joe Tahana – Ngāti Pikiao, Cyrus Hingstone – Ngāti Tarāwhai, Harina Rupapera

Ngā Hōnea

Apologies:                  Cr Bill Clark, Chairman Doug Leeder (Ex-Officio)

Cr Lyall Thurston and Cr Paula Thompson (early departure)


1.     Opening Prayer
Karakia Whakatuwhera

Provided by Ruakiri Fairhall.

2.     Host Chair to Preside
Ko te Māngai ā-Rohe te Heamana

Cr White acknowledged Cr McDonald as the Komiti Māori Chair, noting that he would be host-Chairing the hui.

3.     Apologies
Ngā Hōnea


That the Komiti Māori:

1        Accepts the apologies from Cr Bill Clark, Chairman Doug Leeder (Ex-Officio), Cr Lyall Thurston (early departure) and Cr Thompson (early departure) tendered at the meeting.



4.     Declaration of Conflicts of Interest
Whakapuakanga o Ngā Take Whai Taha-Rua

No conflicts of interest were declared.

5.     Minutes
Ngā Meneti

Minutes to be Confirmed
Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti


Komiti Māori Minutes - 25 August 2020



That the Komiti Māori:

1        Confirms the Komiti Māori Minutes - 25 August 2020 as a true and correct record.



6.     Presentations


Update from Hinemihi Marae

Presented by: Ruakiri Fairhall on behalf of Rangitihi Pene who had been called to a prior engagement.


Key Points:

·    Ngāti Hinemihi were a hapū of Ngāti Tarāwhai, connected to Tūhourangi and multiple branches of Te Arawa.

·    A key aspiration for the hapū was to repatriate the carvings of Hinemihi o Te Ao Tawhito whare tupuna from Clandon Park in Surrey, England.

o Repatriation of the carvings was a 5-year project.

o Vision was to build a new whare to be located in the United Kingdom in exchange for the carvings; a place for expatriates and those that had looked after Hinemihi whare tupuna.

o Rebuild the whare tupuna for Tūhourangi iwi.

o Seek pan-tribal support to contribute resource materials.

o Project was supported by Manatū Taonga (Ministry of Culture and Heritage), the Onslow whanau and Clandon community, British National Trust and British-Māori Community.

·    Hinemihi Marae would be hosting a Te Arawa-Tūhourangi Ahurei/festival in 2021 that would bring the iwi together before returning to England on the 135th anniversary of the Tarawera eruption.

·    Ngāti Hinemihi hapū were active in running a weekly online Te Reo Māori programme for tamariki and mokopuna, with a focus on Te Reo Māori, tikanga and whakapapa.

Key Points - Members:

·    Cr White noted Te Taumata (Māori Trade Organisation) and the British High Commissioner may be potential avenues to support the project and offered his assistance as a point of contact.

·    Taonga acquired during the 1800s were acquired and showcased as a symbol of conquest of a dying race however, noted future pathways were being initiated towards reconciliation.

·    Wished Ngāti Hinemihi all the best with their endeavours and aspirations.


Items for Staff Follow Up:

·    An update was requested at a future Komiti Māori meeting on Ruakiri Hall’s new Kaiwhakamanawa role at Toi Moana.



Te Arawa 2050 / Te Matakitenga a Te Arawa

Presentation: Te Arawa 2050 Vision: Objective ID A3667136 

Tabled Document 1 - Te Arawa 2050 Vision: Objective ID A3674215 (Available online at www.tearawavision.nz)


Presented by: Jude Pani, Manahautū  and Jenny Riini, Kaiwhakahono, Te Tatau o
Te Arawa


Key Points:

·    Te Arawa 2050/Te Matakitenga a Te Arawa/Te Arawa Vision (refer Tabled Document) was developed by and for Te Arawa iwi/hapū.

·    Te Hahautanga o te Waka structure, timeline and multi-level engagement.

·    Vision document was launched in July 2020 and had been founded on the words of Te Ōhākī a Houmaitawhiti, as portrayed in the YouTube video:


·    Covered the area of the Confederation of Te Arawa iwi and hapū.

·    Strategic direction: Te Whakaterenga o te Waka set out 30 goals agreed by Te Arawa people across seven strategic areas to be achieved by 2050.

·    Acknowledged Toi Moana for providing staff resourcing to assist with the facilitation of five workshops.

·    Background on Te Tatau o Te Arawa Partnership Board and key strategic priority areas for 2021.

In Response to Questions:

·    Regional Council could support Te Arawa’s Vision by providing staff expertise to develop the transformational recovery plan (region-wide) and spatial planning strategy.

·    Te Tatau would be seeking support.

·    Te Arawa Lakes Trust’s register could be utilised to connect with rangatahi that lived outside the rohe. Rangatahi leaders were also active at engaging other rangatahi on their social networks.

·    Key statistics used in the development of the Te Arawa Vision were outlined in the Te Arawa Vision document.

Key Points - Members:

·    Congratulated Te Arawa on the development of their Vision and Strategy.

·    Te Arawa’s Vision had been well founded by Te Arawa people and would step them into a transformational phase.

·    In response to a query raised from the floor, Toi Moana did not have an atonement policy to address iwi/hapū issues, but relied on national policy directives, and acknowledged the need to address and support Iwi and hapū issues, resourcing and capacity.

·    Were heartened to see iwi/hapū strengthening themselves and progressing the journey, with local government in support.

·    Recognised and congratulated Matakana Island iwi/hapu and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council on their decision to return the ownership of Panepane Purakau (eastern end of Matakana Island) back to the local hapū, which was an example of the progress being made with local government.



Ahi Kaa Roa Roopu - Update on Development of Nga Wai Ariki o Rotorua: He Kohikohinga - Hau Kainga Perspectives on the Health of Geothermal Taonga within Rotorua

Presentation - Nga Wai Ariki o Rotorua He Kohikohinga - Hau Kainga perspectives on the health of Geothermal Taonga within Rotorua: Objective ID A3667205   

Presented by: Elva Conroy, Lani Kereopa and Lorraine Hall


Key Points:

Elva Conroy (Kaituhituhi)

·    Ahi Kaa Roa roopu involvement and perspectives on the Rotorua geothermal system would encompass:

o Physical health of the resource.

o How the use of the taonga had changed over time.

o Health and wellbeing of the people.

o Inter-generational impacts from changes to access and use over time from geothermal exploitation, bore closures, and city development.

o Sensory based perspectives.

·    Case study areas included: Ngāpuna, Whakarewarewa, Ōhinemutu, and Kuirau-Tarewa.

·    The final report would provide a snapshot in time of the Ahi Kaa Roa representatives’ perspectives, which would not replace the views of other Iwi and hapū, and those living in their respective areas.

·    Presenters commented on the excellent working relationship they have with staff in this space.

Lani Kereopa on behalf of Ngāti Whakaue/Ohinemutu

·    Mismanagement of the resource had impacted the health and cultural wellbeing of Iwi and hapū, and their ability to utilise and exercise kaitiakitanga over their taonga/resource.

·    Provided examples where local hapū/residents were cut-off from utilising the resource when commercial operators had access to it (e.g. Te Rau Aroha Wharekai at Whakarewarewa) or were unable to utilise the resource for bathing and heating due to high infrastructure and repair costs.

·    Requested support from Toi Moana to:

o Incorporate Mātauranga Māori, equally alongside western science, within the Rotorua Geothermal System Management Plan.

o Protect the taonga and enhance kaitiakitanga, i.e. through supporting Ahi Kaa management and monitoring of the resource.

o Engage and discuss with the Ahi Kaa Roopu prioritisation use of the resource.

o Support Te Arawa’s sustainable energy security project.

o Integrated planning of geothermal, freshwater and seawater as these resources were connected.

Lorraine Hall on behalf of Ngāti Te Hurunga te Rangi (Ngāpuna)

·    In the 1940s, Ngāpuna thrived and the Puarenga Stream was an abundant food source.

·    Today, the area was heavily industrialised and the Puarenga the most polluted awa in the country.

·    Decline of the health of the people and environment could be attributed to noise and pollution.

·    The geothermal resource was the last taonga for local hapū.

·    Wanted to see change for next and future generations.

In Response to Questions:

·      Inter-generational health issues of local people included respiratory, skin and visual problems.

·      Ahi Kaa Roa roopu had completed a report to take to their communities, before bringing it to Toi Moana at a future time.

·      Tamariki were taught the area’s history and past health and decline of the environment through the local school restoration programme, and hapū whakapapa and information sharing.

Key Points - Members:

·    Thanked and commended presenters for their presentation.

·    Extended an invitation to meet with hapū representatives to discuss the issues, noting that Whareroa Marae in Mount Maunganui were subjected to similar issues and seeking solutions from local and central government.

·    Acknowledged the correlation between geothermal and freshwater systems and for this kaupapa to remain on the agenda of Komiti Māori.

12:20pm - Cr Thurston withdrew from the meeting.



Update from Te Komiro o te Utuhina

Presented by: Lani Kereopa


Ms Kereopa provided an update of her experiences with Toi Moana over the past year.

Key Points:

·    Complimented staffs’ support and assistance on various kaupapa such as: Puarenga Stream alum dosing, Ahi Kaa Roa geothermal engagement, resource management application for Ruapeka lagoon, and Ōhinemutu environmental management plan for riverbanks clean-up and re-planting.

·    Highlighted several issues regarding recent engagement with Council staff:

o Lack of engagement and clarity of available monitoring information of pollution sources and cumulative effects impacting the Utuhina awa.

o Further understanding needed by staff in regard to Council’s obligations to tangata whenua following a recent hui.

o Engagement on National freshwater policy had not been forthcoming.

·    Te Komiro o te Utuhina would be seeking mandate from Ngāti Whakaue iwi to work on the comprehensive stormwater consent, for which Council support was sought.

Key Points - Members:

·    Acknowledged the challenges for Toi Moana to recognise and improve their relationships and engagement with tangata whenua.

·    Staff advised that Toi Moana has established a dedicated role to assist with internal cultural capability this is supported by Toi Tangata – Councils People Plan which aims to enhance workforce skills and capability, of which there is a clear focus on cultural competences.

·    The Chair offered an apology on behalf of Council and staff regarding the issues experienced and shared by Ms Kereopa, which was endorsed by other members, and which staff would consider ways to reconcile.

Items for Staff Follow Up:

·    Funding support was sought to prepare an environmental management plan for the Utuhina awa.


12:47 pm – Cr Paula Thompson withdrew from the meeting.

7.     Reports
Ngā Pūrongo

Information Only
Hei Pānui Anake


Draft Mahere Taiao - Te Hononga o ngā Mātauranga

Presentation - Te Hononga o nga Matauranga Draft Science Plan: Objective ID A3667208   

Presented by: Gina Mohi – Pūtaiao Mātauranga, Rochelle Carter – Principal Advisor, Science

Key Points:

·    Mahere Taiao - Te Hononga o ngā Mātauranga guided Council’s science work across the organisation.

·    Key shifts and alignment with:

o He Korowai Mātauranga

o Te Hononga: Regional Māori Engagement Plan for Implementing NPSFM

o Community outcomes

o NPS-Freshwater Management

·    Highlighted the shift to honour and acknowledge Mātauranga Māori that was held and retained by iwi/hapū/whānau.

·    Mātauranga projects and initiatives:

o Muka Tuatahi - cultural competency, Te Ao Māori

o Muka Tuarua - Relationship building, support/enhance Mātauranga Māori

o Muka Tuatorua - Pilot case studies, knowledge base and reporting

·    Recognised the challenges and opportunities for both Council and tangata whenua to identify Mātauranga Māori cultural values and attributes.

In Response to Questions:

·    Council staff would engage with tangata whenua on what support they may want from Council, which would vary according to their respective needs.

·    Council’s Long Term Plan process would consider capacity and resourcing to support tangata whenua within Council’s programme of work.



That the Komiti Māori:

1        Receives the report, Draft Mahere Taiao - Te Hononga o ngā Mātauranga.





Komiti Maori Chair Report

The report was taken as read and was received without discussion.



That the Komiti Māori:

1        Receives the report, Komiti Maori Chair Report.



8.     Open Forum


Kepa Morgan


Key Points:

·     Mr Morgan and a roopu of Te Arawa technicians were undertaking NPS-FM mahi on behalf of Te Arawa Lakes Trust.

·     Queried the potential to advance the NPS-FM notification timeframe and various components for those who were ready to input into the process.

·     Regional Council needed to ensure they were adequately resourced to support and engage with tangata whenua to implement the NPS-FM.

·     Considered Council’s initial budget for Māori engagement was inadequate.

·     Continuous monitoring was needed to take into account seasonal maramataka variations to provide a clearer indication of results.

Key Points - Members:

·     Regional effort and balancing of long-term investment would be needed to resource input from tangata whenua.

·     Highlighted the challenge ahead for both Toi Moana and tangata whenua to engage and mobilise themselves to implement the NPS-FM.

Key Points - Staff:

·     Staff were ready to have initial conversations with tangata whenua who were ready to engage on the NPS-FM.

·     Council had budgeted $500K per annum of Long Term Plan funding to 2024 for Te Hononga engagement, as a starting point, noting further funding had been provided for a Te Arawa Environment Hub.

·     Other funding streams that were available were: Central Government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund and Te Mana o Te Wai Fund.

·     Council had appointed Ruakiri Hall to a new Kaiwhakamanawa role as an initial step to build staff capability and capacity to support engagement with tangata whenua, with additional staff resourcing planned in the future.



Maru Tapsell


Key Points:

·     Provided background on Pāpāmoa Hills past land purchases, its connection to the Waiari Stream, and the importance of their protection and ensuring kaitiakitanga is provided for.



Tireni Ratema


Key Points:

·     Ngati Uenukukōpako hapū and Te Arawa were hosting the 5th Kahui Taiao Tūroa/National Māori Conservation Hui to be held 18-21 November 2021.

·     Hui was hapū-based and hosted annually by various hapū.

·     Next year’s event was based on kaitiakitanga values and principles to support ‘grass roots’ taiao ahi kaa.

·     Activities would have a focus on supporting whanau-led eco-system restoration and whanaungatanga to build capacity of taiao practitioners.

·     Opportunity to grow kotahitanga, activate marae, and revitalise Mātauranga Māori.

·     An initial letter of support had been provided by the Toi Moana Chief Executive for funding support in preparation of the event.

In Response to Questions:

·     Substantial number of hapū were involved in the event.

·     Expected up to 300 participants to attend the hui.



Peter Staite


Key Points:

·    Raised concern regarding water quality issues at Little Waihī that were having an impact on kaimoana (pipi) gathering and health risks to people.

Comment from the Floor:

·    Ahi Kaa Raewyn Bennett advised she was following up with the issue.

·    Upstream stormwater and inadequate monitoring related to the issues.



Ray Pou Poasa


Key Points:

·    Expressed his thanks and appreciation to Council staff who had provided RMA training to hapū/tangata whenua representatives, which had been very helpful.

9.     Closing Prayer
Karakia Kati

Provided by Rangitihi Pene.

1:52 pm – the meeting closed.




                                                                                                                                   Cr Te Taru White

Host-Chairperson, Komiti Māori




Report To:

Komiti Māori

Meeting Date:

8 December 2020

Report Authoriser:

Kataraina O’Brien, Kaiwhakahaere – Te Kotahitanga and Namouta Poutasi, General Manager Strategy & Science



Komiti Māori Chairperson's Report


Executive Summary

This report provides Komiti Māori members with an update of issues and events over the past 3 months, and covers:

1.   Presentations:

a.   Waikari Marae Hau Kainga

b.   Te Kahui Wai Māori (Te Mana o Te Wai)

c.   Federation of Māori Authorities (Regulations for Farm Plans)

2.   Toi Moana Fresh water update;

3.   Ngāi Tahu Rangatiratanga Claim and the establishment of shared authority over Wai Māori;

4.   Bay of Plenty Treaty update;

5.   Tauranga Moana Harbour programme update;

6.   Land Management team – Māori Engagement highlights;

7.   An update from the Kotahitanga Summer Experience Students for 2020;

8.   An update from Te Hapai Ora – Regional Community Outcome Fund for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

9.   The new Labour Led Government and a snapshot of their portfolios.

10. Komiti Māori Post Meeting Actions for November 2020.




That the Komiti Māori:

1        Receives the report, Komiti Māori Chairperson's Report.

1.        Kaupapa Tuatahi: Tangata Whenua Presentations

1.1      Kaupapa Tuatahi – Waikari Marae

Waikari marae is part of the Ngāi Te Rangi tribal collective and its principal hapū is Ngāti Tapu.

The customary interests of Ngāti Tapu lie within an area stretching from Otumoetai/Matua through to Te Papa peninsula inland to the bush at Maenene (Waitangi Tribunal, 2010). Customary interests were also from Matapihi, the inner harbour (Taumata kahawai) through Horoipia to the moana. In some areas Ngāti Tapu share interests with Ngāi Tukairangi.  A significant sub hapu of Ngati Tapu is Te Materawaho, who have customary interests in the Te Papa peninsula through to Otumoetai.

The tupuna whare of Waikari is Tapukino (built in 1881), the Wharekai is Kahumoeangi, the Paepae Tapu is Takoro, the Whare Ruruhau Manuhiri is Tumeke, the Waharoa is Te Ruru. This tupuna whare is one of the oldest wharenui in Tauranga Moana, dating back to 1881.  This wharenui was originally sited at Te Mania pa on the foreshore of Matapihi facing Te Papa where Matapihi Road ends before it was relocated to its present site.

1.2      Kāhui Wai Māori – Dr Tanira Kingi

Kahui Wai Māori – the Māori Freshwater Forum (KWM) has been established to enable collaborative development and analysis of freshwater policy options for issues of particular relevance to Māori.

KWM has the following functions:

a)   Facilitate engagement between the Crown and Māori on freshwater reform;

b)  Collaboratively develop and analyse policy options on issues of particular importance to Māori across the freshwater reform programme;

c)   Provide advice directly to Ministers where it wishes to;

d)  Undertake any other advisory/research function agreed between the Crown and the KWM; and

e)   Undertake or facilitate engagement with the wider Māori community on key issues if necessary.

Kāhui Wai Māori is intended to bring perspectives, insights and skills from a wide range of Māori society, and be flexible enough to provide useful input into the full range of relevant issues in the Essential Freshwater work programme.

This group will not be the only way the Crown will engage with Māori on freshwater.  The Government will continue to consult more widely, including with the Iwi Leaders Group.

Dr Tanira Kingi will be presenting on the perspective on Te Mana o Te Wai and the Government’s Essential Freshwater Work Programme.

1.3      Freshwater Farm Plan Regulations - Dr Riri Ellis and Geoff Rolleston

As part of the Essential Freshwater new rules and regulations the Government is introducing:

·      Regulations for freshwater farm plans

·      Regulations requiring fertiliser companies to report on the sales of nitrogenous fertiliser.

Farm plans are not required immediately. Over the next 12-plus months, the Government will engage with primary sector representatives, iwi Māori, regional councils, environmental organisations and other interested groups to develop new regulations. The new regulations will set out requirements for freshwater farm plans and timeframes for when these plans are required.

It is likely that the freshwater farm plan modules will need to include a:

·      farm map identifying features such as waterways, critical source (discharge of contaminant) areas, high erosion-prone areas and other risks to the health of the freshwater ecosystem

·      risk assessment across specific activities including irrigation, application of nutrients and effluent, winter grazing, stock-holding areas, stock exclusion, offal pits, and farm rubbish pits

·      schedule of actions to manage identified features and address identified risks.

Freshwater farm plans will need to be:

·      approved by a suitably qualified and experienced person

·      audited by independent auditors

·      enforced by regional councils.

Freshwater farm plans will likely be required on farms with 20 or more hectares in arable or pastoral land use, or five or more hectares in horticultural land use.

Dr Riri Ellis and Geoff Rolleston will be presenting on the Federation of Māori Authorities’ perspective on the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management Provisions for Farm Plans.

2.        Kaupapa Tuarua: Freshwater Update

At a recent LTP workshop, staff were directed to reset the timeframe for notification of a plan change from December 2024 (statutory deadline) to July 2024. The timeframes set out in Te Hononga are able to accommodate this shift but it will place additional pressure on iwi/Māori to respond.   Staff have had early discussions with 19 iwi but the majority of them have not confirmed how they would like to participate in the process, largely due to other priorities.  It is expected that staff will be able to provide a clearer picture by March 2021 when engagement options will be reported back to the Strategy and Policy Committee.  

The Kaupapa Māori work-stream brief has identified a number of dependencies or kaupapa Māori overlays which will have implications across the whole project.  In particular, the new compulsory mahinga kai value will be required to be incorporated into policy concerning for example: water quantity and quality (including limit setting); integrated management; farm plans; fish passage; and wetlands. The mātauranga that sits behind the value is also dependent on the location in which it is used and the iwi/hapū who hold the knowledge.  Staff are reviewing information gathered from PC12, PC10, PC9, Iwi Management Plans, and wider research undertaken across the country that will help identify any additional dependencies and how this can inform more detailed discussions with Māori.

Key staff are also contributing to discussions on the National Implementation Programme.  Ngā Kairapu (Māori Special Interest Group), Kahui Wai Māori, and the Regional Sector Group are investigating how to support Māori capability and capacity building through funding options, training programmes and a network of expert support (Te Kupenga).  The short term focus is to notify a plan change by the statutory timeframe of December 2024. Key to the success of this process is the alignment of the regional sector’s timeframes with the national programme.  Recent discussions with Kahui Wai Māori have resulted in support for capacity building initiatives at the regional level particularly for Māori.

The medium to long term implementation of Te Mana o Te Wai will involve all agencies involved in the management of freshwater.  This is perhaps the most compelling aspect of Te Mana o Te Wai, that it is not limited to the notification of a plan change (see clause 1.3 (2) NPSFM 2020).

3.        Kaupapa Tuatoru: Ngāi Tahu Rangatiratanga Claim

Ngāi Tahu have lodged a High Court claim seeking recognition of Ngāi Tahu Rangatiratanga and the establishment of shared authority over Wai Maori in their takiwā.

The claim is not focussed on customary title to water, but rather on rangatiratanga, ancestral rights, and a “relational duty” owed (and allegedly breached) by the Crown.  Ngāi Tahu seeks to work in partnership with the Crown in relation to regulation, governance and allocation of water. It alleges amongst other things, the relational duty of good faith owned to it by the Crown will not be met by existing freshwater mechanisms.

The South Island provides a strong factual context for a test case, where Ngāi Tahu hold mana whenua over 80% of the South Island, and reduces the complexity of overlapping claims and interests. While this differs significantly from the Bay of Plenty context (37 iwi and 260 hapū), there remains a possibility that other interest groups (including other iwi nationally) may seek to join the proceedings. 

The claim is timely and strategic and will be difficult to ignore by the new Government regardless of the claims success. It also sends a strong signal as to Ngāti Tahu perspective, that the NPSFM 2020 falls well short of their expectations, and more of the same will not cut it.

4.        Kaupapa Tuawha: Treaty Settlement Update – Bay of Plenty

4.1         Ngāti Rangitihi (Matatā)

The Crown and Ngāti Rangitihi signed a Deed of Settlement on 5 December 2020. The Settlement provides for the establishment of a new co-governance entity, the Tarawera Awa Restoration Strategy Group. The Group will support, coordinate and promote the integrated restoration of the mauri/wellbeing of the Tarawera River catchment.

The Group includes eight members appointed from Ngāti Rangitihi, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Mākino, Ngāti Tūwharetoa Bay of Plenty, Bay of Plenty Regional, Kawerau, Rotorua Lakes, and Whakatāne District Councils’.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is charged with administering the Group, with support from a Crown contribution towards the costs of that function. 

4.2         Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective

Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective negotiations remain ongoing. We are unaware of any significant development to resolving overlapping interests with the Hauraki Collective, which remains the arresting issue to ongoing progress. 

4.3         Other Active Negotiations

Te Whānau-a-Apanui (East Coast) and Te Whakatōhea (Ōpōtiki) remain engaged with the Crown towards their respective Deeds of Settlement. Council staff have by invitation, provided technical advice on Local Government aspects to support the development of key proposals. Projected timeframes for each Deed of Settlement have yet to be confirmed, however, we do not anticipate either event before the 2nd quarter 2021.

5.        Kaupapa Tuarima: Tauranga Moana Programme Update

The Tauranga Moana Iwi Management Plan 2008 and 2016-2026 as key documents that influence the Tauranga Moana Programme.  The two plans are collective voice of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Pūkenga as it relates to Tauranga Moana: Te Awanui (Tauranga Harbour), surrounding lands and waters including the ocean.

The plans articulate the collective vision and aspirations of the three iwi in relation to Tauranga Moana (comprising Te Awanui; coastal marine areas; adjacent land and inland waters – rivers, streams, wetlands, groundwater and geothermal taonga).  It includes priority issues, outcomes and actions for the 10 years 2016-2026.  It also outlines protocols e.g. principles of engagement; engagement protocols for consent and plan change processes; role of Mātauranga in projects/programmes.

The 2016-2026 plan was developed by the three iwi to encourage greater collaboration now, in advance of treaty settlements.  It seeks to highlight collective responsibility in the health and wellbeing of Tauranga Moana, and provide a more proactive (rather than reactive) approach to support Tauranga Moana Iwi and Hapu at all levels within environmental management.

Appendix 1 are key deliverables around the Tauranga Moana Programme Report for 2019-2020 and their outcomes.

6.        Kaupapa Tuaono:  Land Management Update

Recent highlights from the Land Management Team in terms of working with Māori include:

·      The $1.5M co-funding from Te Uru Rakau through the One Billion Trees programme, and the $3M from the Ministry for the Environment through the Public Waterways Restoration programme, has allowed us to negotiate agreements with landowners or trusts whose financial means had limited their ability to carry out environmental works on their whenua in the past under Council’s grant rate alone. It has also meant that nurseries, including the enterprises at Minginui and Matakana Island, have been contracted to sell more plants to support this mahi.

·      The Kia Kaha Whakatāne Provincial Growth funding created a number of temporary contracts for environmental work that could not be funded using existing budgets. Not only has this achieved some environmental outcomes, but it has exposed a number of potential new contractors to the environmental management market.

·      We are working with iwi/hapū from Tauranga Moana, Te Arawa, Hauraki and Waikato to support and co-fund projects in the Kaimai Mamaku ranges, alongside significant new funding from the Department of Conservation. These include projects to increase animal pest control for biodiversity, to manage the potential threat posed by kauri dieback and other pathogens, and to increase the capacity and capability of iwi/hapū and community groups surrounding the ngahere.

·      Co-design of Pāpāmoa Hills Upgrade Project with Waitaha, Ngā Potiki, Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngati He. Going to Council in December for potential construction in 2021.

·      Staff continue to support the work of Ōhiwa Harbour Implementation Forum, the Rangitāiki River Forum, Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority, Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Strategy Group and the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group, including implementation of key projects and actions where these align with Council’s priorities and are funded through the Long Term Plan.

7.        Kaupapa Tuawhetu:  Kotahitanga Summer Experience Students 2020

In November 2020 Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council recruited 32 students into the annual summer experience programme. This report profiles four of the students.

Through the summer experience student programme these students will gain hands on experience and knowledge.  They will support tangata whenua and iwi and get involved in marine science, water monitoring, gain knowledge in internal software, and have an opportunity to get an insight into local government, responsibilities and day-to-day operations.

Ngā Tauira ō Kotahitanga – Students of Kotahitanga

Ngahuia Muru – Community Engagement Summer Experience Student

Ko Mauoa toku Maunga

Ko Tauranga toku Moana

Ko Mataatua toku Waka

Ko Ngāti Ranginui toku Iwi

Ko Ngāi te Ahi toku Hapū

Ko Hairini toku Marae


Ngahuia has completed her second year of a Bachelor of Laws Degree with a second major in Public Relations.  She has strong interest in local government after being selected as the youth parliamentarian for the East Coast in 2015.  She has love and respect for the environment and came from a competitive surf lifesaving background, spending her summers competing and training.  The moana taught her how to appreciate it as a resource and the importance of how we need to be kaitiakitanga.

She is excited to support the Community Engagement team in the online engagement tool and developing mechanism to try and enhance public participation.  In her first week she attended a waiora workshop and helped facilitate and teach local community groups how to use our water testing kits.

Akira McTavish-Huriwai – Māori Policy Summer Experience Student

Akira has just recently completed her first year of tertiary studies, studying Law and Environmental Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She attended Pillan’s Point Primary, Otumoetai Intermediate and Tauranga Girls' College where she was Deputy Head Girl. Under her leadership role of Deputy, she managed three committees; Kaitiakitanga, Well-being and Community Service. This role enabled her to fine-tune her time management, organisational and communication skills as well as growing and developing as a leader. In addition to this, she served on the Tauranga City Council Youth Advisory Group for three years, where she helped develop initiatives to increase rangatahi engagement and solutions to problems targeting rangatahi as a whole.

She currently serves on Te Kawekawe which is a board for United Nations Youth New Zealand specifically targeting Māori and Pasifika engagement in United Nations events to increase exposure to the opportunities that come from this organisation.  She was selected as a delegate on the United Nations Global Development Tour which visited seven countries. Meeting with different NGOs and organisations such as the World Health Organisation and United Nation High Commission for Refugees.

Francieszka (Frania) Zygadlo – Māori Policy Summer Experience Student

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga

Ko Waiapu te Awa

Ko Ngāti Porou te Iwi

Ko Hinerupe te Marae

Ko Frania Zygadlo ahau


Frania Zygadlo is currently working for Māori Policy on the Summer Experience Programme. She is of Ngāti Porou and Polish descent. Frania has a Master’s Degree in Resource Management and previously worked for Ngāi Tahu as an Environmental Advisor and a Māori researcher for Lincoln University.

After moving to Whakatāne from Christchurch several years ago and running a Bed and Breakfast, she decided to return to work in the Māori environmental space.  She is passionate about iwi environment issues and dedicated to learning Te Reo Māori.

Teyha-Glaze Douglas – Māori Policy Summer Experience Student

Ko Mātiti te maunga

Ko Waiōweka te awa

Ko Mātaatua te waka

Ko Te Whakatōhea te iwi

Ko Tamatea Matangi te rangatira

Ko Muriwai te tīpuna

Ko Ngāti Ira te hapū


Teyha is a first year student attending the University of Waikato based in Hamilton studying for a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning through the Te Ara Taiao stream. Teyha is using the Summer Experience Programme as an opportunity to support her hapū – Ngāti Ira.  She will be scoping a hapū management plan, which will contribute to Kaitiakitanga no Te Awa o Waioweka.

Te Waikamihi Lambert – Māori Policy Summer Experience Student

Ko Putauaki me Panikire oku maunga

Ko Rangitaiki me Waikaretaheke oku awa

Ko Mataatua te waka

Ko Uiraroa me Te Waimako oku marae

Ko Ngati Awa me Tuhoe oku iwi

Ko Ngai Tamawera me Te Whanau Pani oku hapu

Ko Te Waikamihi Lambert toku ingoa


Te Waikamihi is fresh out of Whakatane High School where she was Head Girl for 2020. She has worked closely with Kiri Allan (before she became a Minister) and has met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during her role as Maori Advisor for the young Labour Party.

Last year she participated in Taiohi Moana facilitated by rangatahi mentors Dr Kura Paul-Burke and Joe Burke. This course teaches rangatahi Māori about marine kaitiakitanga including free-diving, surveying of underwater species and scientific mapping (they mapped kina populations around Moutohorā and Rūrima). She assisted in restoring 420 kilos of mussels into the Ohiwa harbour and participates in mangrove management. She recently attended a wānanga at Waipiro Bay where students learnt about the maramataka and did scientific research on kina infestations.

Other significant milestones include:

·      A cultural exchange in Japan in 2017.

·      Attending the United Nations conference in Switzerland on a scholarship in 2018.

·      Organised and facilitated a climate protest last year in 2019.

·      Guest Rangatahi speaker at the Ngāti Awa Te Tiriti commemoration day June 2020.

She is enrolled at Victoria University where she will study marine biology and Maori in 2021.

8.        Kaupapa Tuawaru: Te Hapai Ora – Regional Community Outcomes Fund

Te Hapai Ora is our regional community fund.  The criteria for receiving the funding is being able to demonstrate alignment to our community outcomes:


-       A healthy environment

-       Freshwater for life

-       Safe and resilient communities

-       A vibrant region


The fund has an allocation of $30,000 for each financial year.


Last financial year (2019-2020) we funded over 35 applications for events, such as:


·      The Great Coast Clean up – Clearing rubbish from Mount Maunganui beaches right down to Ōpape.

·      Kawerau Big 3 - A hunting competition that has a focus on building the local community and pest eradication e.g. wild pigs.

·      STEM Wana Trust Festival- A festival to inspire a new generation of scientist, technologists, and engineers within our region.


Due to COVID we have seen a drop in applications, however we have still managed to fund cultural and educational events such as:


·      The Moutohorā Kuia Harvest - The harvest is to ensure the survival of traditional Ngāti Awa Kuia Oi (Mutton Bird) harvesting knowledge and transferring this from generation to generation.

·      Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital- This event is delivered to highlight the cultural connection and significance of biosecurity and its effects on our environment, the activities undertaken are pest trapping and educating on taonga plants and mahinga mataitai.


The diagram below shows the percentage of how many applications were approved within Mauao, Kōhī and Ōkurei Constituency over 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

9.        Kaupapa Tuaiwa: New Labour Led Government

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has unveiled her new Labour Led Cabinet, with Grant Robertson becoming the new Deputy Prime Minister.  Labour won 64 seats in Parliament after the election meaning it now has the power to govern alone without the need for a coalition. However, Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson have been offered ministerial positions as part of a 'cooperation agreement', but they will not be part of Cabinet. 

Portfolios of interest to the work of local government and here at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council include:

·      Prime Minister, Minister for National Security and Intelligence – Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern.

·      Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister for Infrastructure – Grant Robertson.

·      Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Minister of Corrections – Kelvin Davis.

·      Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations – Andrew Little.

·      Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Local Government, Associate Minister for Māori Development – Nanaia Mahuta.

·      Minister for the Environment, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries, Minister for Revenue, and Associate Minister of Finance – David Parker.

·      Minister of Defence, Minister for Whānau Ora. Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) and Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) – Peeni Henare.

·      Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister for Justice - Willie Jackson.

·      Minister of Conservation, Minister for Emergency Management, Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage - Kiri Allen.

·      Minister for Economic and Regional Development, Minister for Small Business, Minister of Forestry, and Minister of Tourism – Stuart Nash.

·      Minister of Climate Change – James Shaw (Green Party).

·      Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Trade and Export Growth, Minister for Biosecurity, Land Information, and Rural Communities – Damian O’Conner.

·      Minister for Internal Affairs – Jan Tinetti.

10.      Kaupapa Tekau: Komiti Māori Post Meeting Actions

Appendix 2 outlines the status of actions raised at previous Komiti Māori Meetings.  The table is a handy reference to ensure that matters are followed up accordingly.

Tuhinga Tautoko

Attachment 1 - Tauranga Moana Programme Report 2019-2020

Attachment 2 - Komiti Maori Post-Meeting Actions November 2020   

Komiti Māori                                                                                                           8 December 2020

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Komiti Māori                                                                                                                            8 December 2020

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