Tauranga Moana Advisory Group

Ngā Meneti

Open Minutes

Commencing:             Friday 11 December 2020, 9.30 am

Venue:                         Council Chambers, Regional House, 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga


Chairperson:               Cr Matemoana McDonald  Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana (BOPRC)

Ngā Kopounga

Members:                    Tauranga City Council (TCC): Cr Kelvin Clout

Ngāti Pūkenga: Keepa Smallman

Western Bay of Plenty District Council (WBOPDC): Cr Mark Dean and Cr Grant Dally

BOPRC: Cr Norm Bruning; Cr Stacey Rose; Cr Paula Thompson and Cr Jane Nees (Alternate)


In Attendance:            BOPRC: Sarah Omundsen - Regulatory Services; Russell Knutson – Team Leader Western Catchments; Clarke Koopu – Senior Advisor (Treaty); Heidi Fraser – Programme Coordinator Integrated Catchments and Merinda Pansegrouw – Committee Advisor

TCC: Radleigh Cairns - Environmental Programme Leader

WBOPDC: Chris Nepia - Maori Land Officer 

Other:                          Dean Flavell - Chairperson of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority, Colin Reeder - Ngā Potiki;

Public Forum Speakers- Discovery Through Nature: Emma Richardson; Kirsty Mckenzie; Tauranga Intermediate School students Aahana Narang, Emily Orr and Sophie Denham

Mobil Oil Representatives: Taz Tawhara, Andrew McNaught and Douglas Baua.

Ngā Hōnea

Apologies:                  Pia Bennett, Cr Heidi Hughes, Te Pio Kawe and Charlie Tawhiao


1.     Karakia Whakatuwhera
Opening Prayer

A karakia was provided by Keepa Smallman.


2.     Ngā Hōnea


That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1          Accepts the apologies from Pia Bennett, Cr Heidi Hughes, Te Pio Kawe and Charlie Tawhiao tendered at the meeting.




3.     Wāhanga Tūmatanui
Public Forum


Tidal Discoveries, Citizen Science in the Bay of Plenty - Estuary, Dune and Stream Monitoring in and around Tauranga Harbour

Presentation 1 - DiscoveryThroughNature -Tidal Discoveries PDF: Objective ID A3696563  


Presented by Emma Richardson - Founder and Director, Discoverythrunature, and Tauranga Intermediate School students Aahana Narang, Emily Orr and Sophie Denham supported by teacher Kirsty Mckenzie.

Key Points:

·       “Tidal Discoveries” was a citizen science programme active in and around the Tauranga Harbour for the past four years, involving school students, parents and teachers

·       The programme had received all its funding from BOPRC three years ago through the Community Initiatives Fund (initial funding was for 10 schools, currently involved 13 schools), hence the update to the Advisory Group

·       Focus of the programme was to allow school aged children to learn out of the classroom, to spend time in nature and explore; learning by discovering – while building knowledge of Te Awanui, Tauranga Harbour and the catchments

·       Over time participants became connected to their own natural spaces and effective guardians/kaitiaki

·       Highlighted achievements to date

·       Collected information to monitor the health of the harbour and its specific areas; estuarine, freshwater and dune sites

·       Collaborated and shared data on the health of surveyed sites

·       Aahana Narang, Emily Orr and Sophie Denham shared key learnings, supported by Kirsty Mckenzie.

Key Points - Members:

·       Congratulated Emma Richardson and the Discoverythrunature team for the outstanding mahi supporting nature, guiding students and creating future kaitiaki

·       Council, through its Long Term Plan, was always looking for opportunities to invest in volunteers supporting the environment. 


Item for Staff Follow Up:

·       To investigate the development of a Story Board Project (“telling stories of environmental and cultural matters/significance to our communities”) and report back to the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group on potential cultural and environmental story board telling for the Tauranga Harbour Area.


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

None advised.


5.     Ngā Meneti

Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti
Minutes to be Confirmed


Tauranga Moana Advisory Group Minutes - 18 September 2020



That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1          Confirms the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group Minutes - 18 September 2020 as a true and correct record.




6.     Reports



Tauranga City Council Membership Change on Tauranga Moana Advisory Group



That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1          Receives the report, Tauranga City Council Membership Change on Tauranga Moana Advisory Group;

2          Notes the resignation of Jako Abrie as a Councillor at Tauranga City Council; and

3          Notes the appointment of Councillor Heidi Hughes as the Tauranga City Council representative on the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group, replacing Jako Abrie.





Appointment of New Representative for Tauranga Moana Advisory Group - Ngāti Pūkenga

Members extended a warm welcome to newly appointed Ngāti Pūkenga representative Keepa Smallman.



That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1          Receives the report, Appointment of New Representative for Tauranga Moana Advisory Group - Ngāti Pūkenga; and

2          Notes the replacement of Kylie Smallman with Keepa Smallman as the interim representative for Ngāti Pūkenga Iwi ki Tauranga Trust on the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group.





Ngā Potiki Membership Request

In view of the apologies received from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi representatives for today’s meeting, the consensus was that the item be deferred to the next meeting.




That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1        Defers the report, Ngā Potiki Membership Request, to the next meeting of the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group scheduled for 9 April 2021.



7.     Whakaaturanga


Te Maru o Kaituna River Document Presentation

Chairperson of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority Dean Flavell presented on overview of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority’s journey to date.


Key Points:

·         Referred to http://kaituna.org.nz

·         Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority was a co-governance partnership made up of both iwi and council representatives

·         Purpose of Te Maru o Kaituna (TMOK) was the restoration, protection, and enhancement of the environmental, cultural and spiritual health and well-being of the Kaituna River

·         Provided insights of value/key learnings from journey with entities coming together to become a partnership as a result of a Tapuika Claims Settlement

·         As useful preparation, Regional Council proactively started with the development of a strategy – provided the opportunity for relationship building which involved a lot of muscle flexing between different iwi groups

·         TMOK started off with the principle of using the “Meeting House“ as structure.  However, following a process of focussing on commonalities, the Authority ended up focusing on the principle “The river talks for the river” – as it was ultimately all about the protection of the river

·         Referred to Pare Hauraki’s involvement in the settlement process for Tauranga Moana and drew a similarity with Ngāti Whakaue (who had not settled yet either). Advised that in the interim, their involvement as informal participants around the table was critical and very valuable going forward; full participation around the table was to the benefit of all as well as the river

·         Important to develop capacity within iwi to participate in forums

·         Was willing to come back to attend a future meeting with the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group to talk about the development of the Kaituna River Document when the full complement of iwi representatives was present as this would be to the benefit of all

·         The Kaituna River Document provided a common purpose for all and had developed into Tini a Tuna: Kaituna Action Plan 2019-29

·         Benefits of co-governance was the “working together” part - all worked together to the benefit of the river.  

Key Points - Members:

·       Suggested that consideration be given to having a symposium in the Bay of Plenty, involving all co-governance forums to provide guidance/key learnings to others: evaluating the benefits of co-governance structures, considering the key dynamics of working together, inter-relationships between iwi/councils as a resource to help others (the hui ideally to involve forums such as RRF/TMOK/TMAG/Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes and relevant Waikato Groups, with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council as the common denominator)

·       Acknowledged the mahi/contribution by Dean Flavell in ensuring the success of Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority

·       Joint korero amongst co-governance groups in preparation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 could be beneficial.  


Item for Staff Follow Up:

·       Future presentation to Tauranga Moana Advisory Group on the mahi undertaken by the Mauao Trust to create an awareness of the work done by the Mauao Trust and Tauranga City Council.



Tauranga Bunker Barge Project Presentation

Presentation 2 - Mobil Oil Bunker Barge Tanker Project: Objective ID A3696569  

Presented by representatives from Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited: Taz Tawhara - NZ Marine Fuels Sales Manager, Andrew McNaught - NZ Lead Country Manager & Lead Retail Sales Manager and Douglas Baua - MtM Terminal Manager.


Key Points:

·       Provided background to Mobil Oil New Zealand Limited, its presence in Tauranga and its engagement practices

·       Purpose of the presentation was to inform all members of the opportunity the Bunker Barge Project presented for Tauranga – accordingly shared plans relating to the Mobil Oil Bunker Barge Tanker Project

·       International Maritime Organization (IMO) convention MARPOL Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships by late 2021 – resulted in the current sulphur limit of 3.5 percent by mass for marine fuels to drop to 0.5 percent. This applied to all internationally-flagged vessels, and would likely apply to all domestic vessels from early 2022

·       Mobil had embarked on a scope of works to ensure its fuel terminals and marine fuels were compliant by the date of accession, including its operations at Port of Tauranga

·       Port of Tauranga was NZ’s largest port with future growth mindset – port was actively seeking increased barge bunkering service. Increased service would not increase traffic, but rather meet the current increased demand

·       State-of-the-art bunker barge had been built to comply with all international standards and designed to minimise marine pollution

·       Highlighted the benefits of the Anatoma (to be renamed “Korimako”)

·       Mobil’s vision: to pursue opportunities to encourage a better understanding of Te Ao Māori within the organisation

·       Anatoma (to be renamed “Korimako”) was scheduled to arrive in Tauranga Harbour in during January 2021.  Planned to have a blessing for the vessel shortly after arrival. Members of the Advisory Group also to be invited; would provide an opportunity to view facilities on the vessel

·       Further technical detail in terms of the mechanical ability of the vessel to mitigate any possible oil spills was available 

·       Noted that not all iwi representatives were present at the meeting.  Confirmed that Paora Stanley (Chief Executive of Ngāi Te Rangi) had been consulted in October 220. Requested that the PowerPoint Presentation be shared with all members. Invited any further discussion should members require further information.


Item for Staff Follow Up:

·       To distribute the Mobil Oil Bunker Barge Tanker Project PowerPoint Presentation to all members of the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group.

11:40 am - The meeting  adjourned.

12:05 am - The meeting  reconvened.


8.     Ngā Whakamārama a Ngā Rōpu
Update from Partners

8.1    Ngāti Pūkenga

Ngāti Pūkenga representative Keepa Smallman provided the following verbal update:

Key Points:

·         Ngāti Pūkenga iwi recently had the blessing of the opening of Te Kapua Orchard in Welcome Bay as part of a settlement agreement, in partnership with Seeka. It was a beautiful morning of kōrero, karakia, waiata and kai. The occasion symbolised new beginnings and new opportunities.  Thanked BOPRC for the role it had played in this process.  Discussions on the restoration of the wetlands were ongoing

·         With reference to the Ngā Potiki request to join the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group table, enquired (1) if other hapū had been given the opportunity to submit a request for a seat at the tēpu and (2) how the request could potentially impact on the Pare Hauraki settlement. 

Key Points - Members:

·       Noted that the deferral of the Ngā Potiki membership request to April 2021 would enable iwi representatives from Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga and Ngāti Ranginui to consider the request and provide guidance to the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group at its next meeting in April 2021.



Update from Chairperson Matemoana McDonald


Chairperson Matemoana McDonald provided a verbal update on the latest news received regarding Tauranga Moana and Hauraki kaumātua kōrero on the Pare Hauraki settlement claims:

Key Points:

·       The first of what was likely to be a series of tikanga-based hui between the kaumātua of Hauraki iwi and the kaumātua of the iwi of Tauranga Moana took place at Paeroa at Te Pai o Hauraki Marae on 9 December 2020

·       Main purpose was to move towards restoring traditional relationships

·       Excellent progress had been made in terms of boundary agreements

·       Next hui scheduled in Tauranga Moana in January 2021

·       Further discussion regarding the Katikati-Te Puna purchase would also follow.


8.3    Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Cr Mark Dean, supported by Maori Land Officer Chris Nepia, provided a verbal update, highlighting the following:

 Key Points:

·         Successful completion of the return of ownership of Panepane Purakau Matakana Island back to the five Matakana Hapū – formalities took place at a Council meeting on 29 October 2020

·         Launch of Marae Kete  by WBOPDC to help marae in the district to address the practicalities of administering their marae. The digital resource was commissioned following requests by Tangata Whenua to WBOPDC to develop a toolkit to help the volunteers who manage governance at a marae level. The Marae Kete website was www.maraekete.co.nz. The use of information was free and could be downloaded from the website and shared among whānau and hapū

·         Katikati Wastewater Treatment Plant: The Alternative Options Working Group had a recent meeting to look at alternative options for the long-term discharge of the treated wastewater from the Katikati Wastewater Treatment Plant

·         Stormwater Consent for the western area had recently been granted by BOPRC

·         Funds from the Three Waters Review would be used to review wastewater treatment at marae

·         Walking and Cycling Action Plan had been adopted

·         Omokoroa Structure Plan underway

·         Review of Reserve Management Plan for Ford Road Reserve underway.

Key Points - Members:

·       Based on recent work undertaken by BOPRC as part of Plan Change 14 regarding the On-site Effluent Treatment Regional Plan, BOPRC and WBOPDC to share information relating to the review of wastewater treatment at marae

·       Commended and congratulated WBOPDC with the successful completion of the return of ownership of Panepane.


8.4    Tauranga City Council

Councillor Kelvin Clout highlighted TCC key work streams as follows:

Key Points:

·         TCC was currently progressing projects accepted for Three Waters Reform funding. Projects included progressing the provision of safe, quality drinking water to marae and associated facilities not currently serviced within the city boundary, wastewater pump station and pipeline renewals as well as projects that look to improve the quality of stormwater discharges to waterways and the harbour

·         Had asked residents to rethink their use of water outdoors and adopt water conservation habits early with the prospect of another hot and dry summer

·         Engagement on new water restriction levels commenced early October, alerting the community to the current water situation and encouraging businesses/residents to plan for respective water restriction levels.  Water processing and stream flow levels were being closely monitored and the TCC City Waters team were working with BOPRC moving closer to peak summer demand to ensure appropriate management of both treatment and source water capability

·         Public notification was currently underway for three plan changes to the Tauranga City Plan. Submissions to close on Monday 1st February:

o    Plan Change 26 proposed to make it easier for people to build a variety of more compact types of homes like duplexes, terraced houses and townhouses

o    Plan Change 27 proposed to ensure that future land use, subdivision and development within Tauranga was planned to be resilient to flooding, requiring the management of effects of flooding from intense rainfall on people, properties and infrastructure

o    Plan Change 30 proposed to clarify existing provisions to ensure earthworks were undertaken in a safe manner, avoiding negative effects on the environment

·         Had commenced with this season’s Industrial Pollution Prevention Audit Programme; in conjunction with Regional Council, staff were auditing sites in the Tauriko Industrial Estate for potential impacts on the surrounding environment from stormwater and air discharges

·         Wastewater Management Review Committee: expressions of interest for becoming a member of the Council’s Environmental Mitigation & Enhancement Fund assessment panel were open. Details and terms of reference for the panel was available TCC’s website. The panel would assess applications to the fund and make recommendations to the Wastewater Management Review Committee on eligible applications. Applications to the fund to open in January 2021 and guidelines on eligibility was available on Council’s website. The fund aimed to support initiatives that:

o    Avoided, remedied or mitigated the actual or potential effects of the Wastewater scheme

o    Acknowledged and provided mitigation by way of environmental compensation for ongoing adverse environmental effects associated with the wastewater scheme

o    Enhanced the environment which had been adversely affected by the wastewater scheme.

8.5    Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Cr Norm Bruning outlined BOPRC priorities as follows:

Key Points:

·         Tauranga Harbour Historical Sedimentation Modelling - NIWA, BOPRC and hapū representatives from Ngāi Te Ahi and Ngāi Tamarawaho recently completed the collection of 1m deep sediment cores from Waimapu, Tuapiro and Waikareao estuaries. The sediment cores would be processed by NIWA for radioisotopes of caesium, lead and radium to determine time-averaged sediment accumulation rates through time

·         Tauranga Harbour Nutrient Modelling - detailed nutrient modelling was being undertaken by a contractor to model inputs and sinks of nutrients in Tauranga Harbour to support development of the NPS Freshwater Management nutrient limits and objectives for freshwater to support estuarine ecological health

·         The new Mount Industrial Air Quality Working Party met for the first time on 7 December. The focus of the meeting was finding solutions to air quality issues in the Mount Industrial area

·         Industrial Discharge Compliance - three summer assistants would be undertaking industrial discharge compliance monitoring around the Moana, specifically Western Bay and Katikati

·         Sea Lettuce - in preparation for any beach cast sea lettuce this season, contractors had cleared key accumulation areas. No clean-ups have been required this season

·         Focus Catchments - summer water quality sampling for swimmability has commenced at key recreation sites including Kaiate falls, Kopurererua at McCord Avenue and Henry Road Ford (Uretara)

·         22 BOPRC supported Care Groups were currently active in the catchment. 16 of the groups have contributed a total of 17,175 hours during 2020

·         Maritime update:

o    New Harbourmaster Jon Jon Peters had taking over from Peter Buell

o    Summer patrols started Labour Weekend on Tauranga Harbour carrying out education and compliance of the BOP Navigation Safety Bylaws. Expecting a really busy summer on the water

o    Pre-summer maintenance of navigation aids had been completed

·         Kaimai Mamaku - proposal was called ‘Toward Thriving Kaimai Mamaku Forests’ (Endorsed by Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Trust and Steering Group) and included the following three projects which were all underway:

o    Double agency-funded animal pest control from $134,000 to $268,000 per year: this work included tripling the goat control efforts, implementing the Kokako Recovery Group’s recommendations for stoat, possum and rat control at Opuiaki, extending the bait station network around Ōtānewainuku and Ōtawa if possible, and continuing with triennial aerial 1080 control at Mokaihaha Ecological Area

o    Identifying and recruiting ‘hapū or community igniters’ to work at a flax-roots level around the ranges with hapū, whanau, care groups and the wider community to increase awareness of and planning for biodiversity and animal pest control work in the ranges, and a contracted programme manager to work with existing agency staff to oversee and assist with this process

o    Identifying additional sources of funding to ramp up works and implement the plans developed at a local ‘hub’ level through project 2

·         The Minister of Conservation recently announced a $19m funding package for the Kaimai Mamaku forests through its Jobs for Nature Programme. The objectives of this package were to substantially scale up animal pest control and biodiversity work in the ranges; to manage the threats posed by Kauri Dieback and other pathogens; and to build the capacity and capability of iwi/hapū in exercising their kaitiaki role in and around the forests together with the wider community.



9.     Ngā Pūrongo
Reports continued

Ngā Whakatau e Hiahiatia Ana
Decisions Required



Tauranga Moana Programme 2019/20 Annual Report

BOPRC’s Programme Coordinator Integrated Catchments Heidi Fraser presented the report.


Items for Staff Follow Up:

·       “Audit of Mangrove Distribution and Associated issues for Tangata Whenua Project” (Page 52 of the agenda) - further detail to be provided to Cr Nees/feedback on progress to be provided to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Monitoring and Operations Committee

·       Presentation on progress made relating to Asian Paddle Crab numbers to be provided to a future hui of the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group

·       Connectivity/feedback on the Antenno Mobile Application between WBOPDC and BOPRC to be verified.



That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1          Receives the report, Tauranga Moana Programme 2019/20 Annual Report.



10.   Whakahoutanga Kōrero
Verbal Updates


Water Shortage in the Bay of Plenty - Verbal Update

Presentation 3 - Water Shortage: Objective ID A3696574  

BOPRC's General Manager Regulatory Services Sarah Omundsen provided an update on dry weather water management in the Bay of Plenty.


Key Points:

·       Ministry for Primary Industries had declared a drought (large-scale adverse event) for all of the North Island – this was managed by Central Government

·       Consequently BOPRC had been focussing on a water-shortage event in the region due to the significant temporary shortage of water – impacting on cultural flows. Council had implemented a new procedure in 2019 to mitigate the situation

·       Overview of Regional Council’s procedures in dry weather events were available on the web site at https://www.boprc.govt.nz/our-projects/dry-weather-water-management

·       Climate change was bringing hotter, drier summers to our region, and natural water sources were already showing signs of stress. Flow levels in some western Bay of Plenty streams dropped to record lows in March – May 2020, following several months of exceptionally dry weather

·       Needed to forward-plan and reduce water use where possible, to keep local waterways, wildlife, and people’s lives and livelihoods healthy, now and in the future

·       BOPRC continued to provide updated information to TCC and WBOPDC for sharing with communities.




That the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group:

1          Receives the verbal update, Water Shortage in the Bay of Plenty.





Whareroa Marae - Verbal Update

BOPRC's General Manager Regulatory Services Sarah Omundsen provided a verbal update on progress made following a recommendation made to BOPRC and TCC on matters relating to Whareroa Marae air quality issues:


Key Points:

·       Further discussions with Paul Beverley had taken place following which it was recommended to TCC and BOPRC that an experienced RMA Planner be engaged; accordingly Phil Mitchell was now working alongside Paul Beverley

·       A meeting with Paul Beverley, Phil Mitchell and Whareroa marae representatives recently took place

·       Paul Beverley and Phil Mitchell would be invited to provide feedback to the Tauranga Moana Advisory Group in early 2021.



11.   Rā Hui Whai Ake: 9 April 2021
Next Meeting Date: 9 April 2021


12.   Karakia Kati
Closing Prayer

A karakia was provided by Keepa Smallman.



1:10 pm – the meeting closed.






Confirmed 11 June 2021                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                     Cr Matemoana McDonald

Chairperson, Tauranga Moana Advisory Group