Komiti Māori Rārangi Take (Agenda)

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the next meeting of Komiti Māori will be held in Via Zoom (Audio Visual Meeting) on:

Tuesday 22 February 2022 COMMENCING AT 9.30 am


This meeting will be recorded and livestreamed.

The Public section of this meeting will be recorded and streamed live on Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website. To watch the meeting live, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/bopregionalcouncil. Further details on this can be found after the Terms of Reference within the Agenda.

Fiona McTavish

Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

14 February 2022



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


All Councillors


Seven members, consisting of half the number of members

Meeting frequency

Two monthly


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


·            First and foremost to provide leadership to Council on enhancing the kaupapa of shared decision-making with Māori across all aspects of Council’s work.

·            Drive enhancements to Council’s responsiveness to Māori (including monitoring and reporting) and to ensure compliance with its obligations to Maori under legislation.

·            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;

·            Provide direction on effective Māori 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.


Recording of Meetings

Please note the Public section of this meeting is being recorded and streamed live on Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website in accordance with Council's Live Streaming and Recording of Meetings Protocols which can be viewed on Council’s website. The recording will be archived and made publicly available on Council's website within two working days after the meeting on www.boprc.govt.nz for a period of three years (or as otherwise agreed to by Council).

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Opinions expressed or statements made by individual persons during a meeting are not the opinions or statements of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Council accepts no liability for any opinions or statements made during a meeting.


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                                                                             22 February 2022

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.      Public Forum

         Wāhanga Tūmatanui

4.      Items not on the Agenda
Ngā Take Tōmuri

5.      Order of Business
Raupapa o Ngā Take

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

7.      Minutes
Ngā Meneti

Minutes to be Confirmed
Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti

7.1      Komiti Māori Minutes - 14 December 2021                                                                 3

8.      Presentations

8.1      Toi Moana Summer Experience Programme Update

Presented by: Summer Bell, Te Waikamihi Lambert, Te Rua Wallace, Akira McTavish-Huriwai and Anaru Palmer

8.2      He Toka Tumoana Scholarship Update

Presented by: Megan Ranapia and Haukapuanui Vercoe


8.3      Mātauranga Māori in Practice - Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whakahemo Marine Restoration Tohu and Climate Change Research Project 2022

Presented by:  Associate Professor Dr Kura Paul-Burke and Joe Burke (MUSA Environmental)

8.4      Mātauranga Māori in Practice - Enhancing the Sustainability of Koura in a Changing Climate - Tauranga Moana Mātaitai Reserve

Presented by: Kia Maia Ellis - Tauranga Moana Iwi Customary Fisheries Trust

8.5      Update on the National Three Waters Steering Group


Presented by:  Karen Vercoe, Chief Executive, Te Arawa Lakes Trust / Chair of Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa / Director, CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd / Chair, Data Iwi Leaders Group

8.6      Ministry for the Environment - Kaupapa Māori Update


Presented by:  Eugene Berryman-Kamp, Director | Ringatohu – Te Mana o Te Wai,
Ministry for the Environment | Manatū Mō Te Taiao

9.      Reports
Ngā Pūrongo

Information Only
Hei Pānui Anake

9.1      Te Papa Ahurewa - Part One Report        3

Presented by: Te Rangimarie Williams – Te Papa Ahurewa

Attachment 1 - FINAL Part 1 Te Papa Ahurewa  Final Report 23 December 2021                           3

9.2      Chairperson's Report                               3

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

11.    Closing Prayer
Karakia Kati

Komiti Māori Minutes

14 December 2021


Komiti Māori

Ngā Meneti

Open Minutes

Commencing:             Tuesday 14 December 2021, 9:30am

Venue:                         via Zoom (Audio Visual Meeting)


Chairperson:               Cr Matemoana McDonald

Heamana Tuarua

Deputy Chairperson:  Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti

Ngā Kopounga

Members:                    Cr Bill Clark

Cr Paula Thompson

Cr Lyall Thurston

Cr Te Taru White

Chairman Doug Leeder

Cr Norm Bruning

Cr Kevin Winters

Cr Jane Nees

Cr David Love

Cr Stuart Crosby

Cr Andrew von Dadelszen

In Attendance:            Kataraina O’Brien (Director, Strategic Engagement), Fiona McTavish (Chief Executive), Chris Ingle (General Manager, Integrated Catchments), Stephanie Macdonald (Community Engagement Team Leader), Danni Manderson (Community Engagement Advisor), Akira McTavish-Huriwai, Anaru Palmer, Summer Bell, Te Rua Wallace, Te Waikamihi Lambert (Summer Students), Herewini Simpson (Kaihautu, Te Amorangi Lead), Anaru Vercoe (Pou Whainga – Principal Advisor), Reuben Gardiner (Senior Planner – Water Policy), Rawiri Bhana, Sandy Hohepa (Māori Policy Advisors), Michelle Hingston (Advisor – Kaupapa Māori), Clarke Koopu (Senior Advisor Treaty), Ashleigh Grant (Kaikarere – Communications Partner), Gina Mohi (Putaiao Matauranga), Paula Chapman (Project Manager), Shari Kameta (Committee Advisor)

                                    External Presenters: Piatarihi Bennett (Kaiarataki, Te Ohu Kaupapa Taiao, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi), Elva Conroy (SmartGrowth Tu Pakari/Kai Arahi - Technical Advisor), Victoria Carroll (Director, Papakāinga Solutions Ltd), Scott Hamilton (Chief Executive, Quayside Holdings Limited)

Ngā Hōnea

Apologies:                  Cr Stacey Rose, Cr Jane Nees (short departure), Cr Stuart Crosby (late arrival) and Chairman Leeder (late arrival)



Declaration of Public Recording


Committee members and the public were reminded that the public section of the meeting was being recorded and would be made available on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website and archived for a period of three years as noted on page 4 of the agenda.

Recording of Meeting:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHwE2oCmNJs

1.     Opening Prayer
Karakia Whakatuwhera

Cr Te Taru White.

2.     Apologies
Ngā Hōnea


That the Komiti Māori:

1       Accepts the apologies from Cr Stacey Rose, Cr Jane Nees (short departure), Chairman Leeder (late arrival) and Cr Stuart Crosby (late arrival) tendered at the meeting.



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

None declared.

4.     Minutes
Ngā Meneti

Minutes to be Confirmed
Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti


Komiti Māori Minutes - 19 October 2021



That the Komiti Māori:

1       Confirms the Komiti Māori Minutes - 19 October 2021 as a true and correct record.



5.     Presentations


Tauranga Moana ko WAI mātou Programme Update

Presented by: Piatarihi Bennett - Kaiarataki, Te Ohu Kaupapa Taiao | Natural Resources & Environment Unit, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi


Pia Bennett presented an update on the progress of the Tauranga Moana WAI mātou programme following the presentation provided to Komiti Māori in December 2020.

Key Points:

·    The vision of the programme was supported by principles and objectives to honour, protect, support and enhance the mana and mauri of their awa, wai taonga, and all life within, so that they could continue to sustain us all

·    The term ‘Ko Wai Mātou’ related to descending from the wai and honouring the whakapapa connections to wai by honouring the Atua, tūpuna (ancestors) and mokopuna (future legacy)

·    A key objective was to establish and restore (tangata whenua) connections to wai, which would be integral to some of the work to implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM)

·    Progress made  thus far had included: cultural flows and environmental assessments, a literature review, Mātauranga protocols, regional wānanga, Te Mana o Te Wai (TMoTW) funding application, a Tauranga Moana NPSFM Action Plan and formulating a position on TMoTW

·    Five kaitiaki freshwater management areas (koawa) had been established that would be supported by a framework of kaitiaki, hapū project leads, technicians and a focus group to support work priorities. Each koawa would identify their own priorities based on their belief systems and aspirations 

·    Key programme priorities encompassed: Wai taiao, knowledge systems, practice, validation and visualisation

·    Highlighted the challenges and differences between Council and national reform processes and timeframes, tangata whenua intergenerational drivers, the need to recognise the different measures and rulers used.

·    The Tauranga Moana Freshwater Action Plan had been prepared with the support of a focus group and BOPRC, endorsed by whānau

·    Outlined key phases and timelines for engagement, policy development and implementation, which had been aligned as best as possible with Essential Freshwater Policy Programme

·    The position of Tauranga Moana iwi/hapū was to lead the development of TMoTW principles, strategy and key values for Tauranga Moana as required by the NPSFM, in partnership with Council

·    Outlined capacity and capability needs, including the cooperation needed from Councils for the Tauranga Moana programme to succeed.

10:06 am – Cr Nees withdrew from the meeting.

In Response to Questions:

·    Eliminating equities in iwi capability/capacity and being able to defend the plan change alongside Council at appeals stage was an ultimate goal.

·    Daily operational and capacity challenges for tangata whenua involved dealing with multiple Council departments/staff on various matters.

·    The collection of Mātauranga Māori would come from the cultural flow assessment stage using well reputed models among Māoridom, but would not be embedded within policy in the same or original form.

Key Points - Members:

·    Congratulated Pia and the team on their mahi and acknowledged the depth of focus and importance placed on upholding and honouring whakapapa connections to wai, as well as the desire and aspiration to work and partner with Council, which would be an important discussion going forward.

Key Points - Staff:

·    Acknowledged Pia and Kelly Palmer’s mahi in the freshwater space, along with staff’s contribution to support Tauranga Moana iwi to design their Wai Māori programme/strategy, which aligned with Council’s Māori partnership statement to support Māori in this space.

·    Acknowledged Council’s approval of Long Term Plan budget to support the input of Ngāi Te Rangi iwi, which would be factored into the plan in due course.



Iwi Spatial Planning

Presentation - Iwi Spatial Planning: Objective ID A4002968   

Presented by: Elva Conroy, Conroy and Donald Consultants Limited – SmartGrowth Tu Pakari / Kai Arahi (Technical Advisor)


Key Points:

·    Two Tu Pakari Advisor roles (employing Elva Conroy and Te Pio Kawe) had been established in May 2021 to support and guide the SmartGrowth Combined Tangata Whenua Forum (CTWF) members

·    Iwi-led spatial planning was currently in the design and planning phase and had been initiated to enable tangata whenua to participate and articulate their aspirations and areas of interest within SmartGrowth planning

·    Illustrated a snapshot of the current state of Te Taiao (natural) and Ngā Tangata (social & built) environments

·    Goal was to develop multi-general spatial layers over a 50 to 100 year horizon

·    A set of draft outcomes had been developed to assist and guide the gathering of information, which would be collated, refined and led by tangata whenua, i.e. each Iwi, hapū, Māori land trust, post-settlement governance entities and marae community. Tangata whenua would decide what information would be shared and protected.

·    Layering of information would vary for each tangata whenua grouping

·    Highlighted the challenges that tangata whenua had to navigate and some approaches to ensure success through the use of parallel processes, clear communication, agreed protocols, council/agency support, resourcing and building capability.

In Response to Questions:

·    Current work included connecting with the councils to understand current and future projects. Next steps would be to liaise with other agencies (i.e. Te Waka Kotahi, Kāinga Ora) to understand other projects in play across sub-region

Key Points - Members:

·    Pleasing to receive an insight into the work taking place in the SmartGrowth iwi spatial planning space

·    Iwi/hapū/tangata whenua needed to be ahead of the game and prepared to participate in spatial planning

·    Noted the Ōhinemutu wellbeing decision tool that had been developed by the University of Canterbury might be of use and benefit

·    Supported wānanga to build capability of tangata whenua


10:38 am – Chairman Leeder entered the meeting.



Papakāinga Māori Housing - Supporting Iwi Capability

Presentation - Papakainga Maori Housing - Supporting Iwi Capability: Objective ID A4006579   

Presented by: Victoria Carroll - Director, Papakāinga Solutions Ltd, Kainga Ora Board member and General Manager of Manawa Community Housing Trust


Key Points:

·    Negative statistics for Māori in housing were at their recorded worst

·    Outlined central government drivers and opportunities that were available to enable additional housing and partnering with Māori/Iwi to produce better housing outcomes

10:55 am – Cr Crosby entered the meeting.

11:03 am – Cr Nees entered the meeting.

·    Manawa Community Housing Trust was Ngā Potiki’s community housing provider and delivery entity, who were implementing their full housing strategy and construction programme for the next three years

·    The Manawa residential subdivision at Pāpāmoa would provide thirty percent of its house sites to Ngā Potiki members, with additional areas for kaumātua housing, commercial and social amenities

·    Development was at Ngā Potiki’s own cost and based on the values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and rangatiratanga. The sub-division’s design was influenced by Hobsonville Point, reflective of Ngā Pōtiki culture and utilised innovative housing designs that were versatile and interchangeable

·    Two other pieces of land were being prepared for subdivision development, with the potential of future land swaps and collaboration 

·    The Trust would be engaging with the Regional Council and local councils on stormwater consenting.

·    Encouraged Council to consider utilising the previous joint agency approach to set a strategy for papakāinga housing in the region.

·    Welcomed the opportunity to engage further to maximise on opportunities in the central government space and share development learnings and ideas.

In Response to Questions:

·    Ensuring success required a clear vision, due diligence and decision-making, taking time to engage the right partnerships and people, managing the challenges and innovation.

Key Points - Members:

·    Congratulated and commended the work of Victoria and Ngā Pōtiki and the offer made to share their experience and successes with others

·    The approach by Ngā Pōtiki to place-making and putting people first should be the approach taken by all.


11:22 am – the meeting adjourned.  Cr Love and Cr Clark withdrew from the meeting.


11:33 am – the meeting reconvened



Rangiuru Development Update

Presentation - Rangiuru Business Park: Objective ID A3999629   

Presented by: Scott Hamilton - Chief Executive, Quayside Holdings Limited


Key Points:

·    Quayside Holdings Limited (QSHL) was Toi Moana’s Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) and had a significant asset base that supported the four wellbeings of the Toi Moana

·    Development of the Rangiuru Business Park would support growth and prosperity in the region by providing for the demand of high quality industrial land, which supported existing strategic initiatives, and business and employment opportunities for people living in the area

·    Comprising approximately 150 hectares, the park had a strong and important connection for Tapuika and Te Arawa.

·    The vision for the park was for a modern, high quality, vibrant, connected industrial development that was intergenerational, benefited the whole community, respected the environment and supported kaitiaki to protect the land for today and the future

·    Outlined the timeline for the park’s development. Significant earthworks had recently commenced on site with work on an interchange (Stage 1A) to commence this summer. Stage 1A and 1B would provide approximately 30 hectares of new industrial land to the market in a 2-3 year timeframe

·    The relationship, engagement, inputs and agreements put in place with Tapuika as kaitiaki of the area and whenua were an important part of the park and to support this, QSHL had recently engaged Rawiri Waru to guide long term engagement and tikanga through the park’s development and on a number of other QSHL projects.

11:41 am – Cr von Dadelszen withdrew from the meeting.

·    Park benefits would bring employment, training and development, themed industries to support high quality jobs and clean industries, opportunity for multi-modal transport, proximity to the Port, an important connector to industrial areas in Tauranga and Whakatāne, and working with different stakeholders and iwi across the region.

11:44 am – Cr Clark entered the meeting.

In Response to Questions:

·    Management of the interchange rested with QSHL and would be carried out in accordance with NZTA design standards.

Key Points - Members:

·    Commended the work being undertaken alongside Tapuika iwi.

6.     Reports
Ngā Pūrongo


Chairperson's Report

Presentation - Youth Involvement Project: Objective ID A4006583   

Presented by:  Kataraina O’Brien, Director Strategic Engagement

Kataraina O’Brien took the report as read and introduced summer students who provided a summary of their current studies and work experience in the Toi Moana Summer exchange programme, followed by a presentation on the Youth Involvement Project from Stephanie Macdonald, Community Engagement Team Leader and Danni Manderson, Community Engagement Advisor.

Summer Students - Key Points:

·    Akira McTavish-Huriwai was supporting the regional leadership group who coordinate the Covid-19 response to the community and was grateful for the opportunity to interact with government agencies and iwi leaders across the region

·    Anaru Palmer was assisting Ngāi Tamawhariua with environmental project funding and Ngāi te Rangi with their Te Rangihou (Rangatahi) Leadership Forum

·    Summer Bell was studying youth development at Te Pūtahi a Toi (Massey University) under a Te Ao Māori/Mātauranga Māori framework, with tertiary experience in health science, mental health and addiction. Summer was supporting the Youth Involvement Project, working to strengthen and lay a foundation for effective rangatahi partnership with Toi Moana

·    Te Rua Wallace’s time was split between Toi Moana and Te Papa Ahurewa, with a key passion and focus on the taiao (environment)

·    Te Waikamihi Lambert was working in the science team with Gina Mohi on Mātauranga Māori science analysis and mauri monitoring tools. IAdditional to her brief outlined within the report, Te Waikamihi had taught free-diving to hapū of Ngāti Porou and had participated in species collection to test for toxicity levels at Whakaari, post-eruption.

The students thanked councillors for the opportunity and privilege to work at Toi Moana, which had been a welcoming and inspiring environment to learn and gain knowledge from staff in their fields of expertise.

Youth Involvement Project Presentation

Presented by Stephanie Macdonald, Community Engagement Team Leader and Danni Manderson

Key Points:

·    YIP had received 56 applications from rangatahi (youth) across the region with 13 representatives selected for the group

·    The first meeting on marae had provided the rangatahi the opportunity to form aspirations and values for the project, alongside Council’s focus on enhanced engagement with Māori and connecting rangatahi with the work of Council

·    YIP would provide opportunities for young people to lead and share their expertise within the rōpu (group)

·    Engagement tools were being used to meet and collaborate with each other on youth projects in the current Covid-19 environment

·    The rōpu would advise the development of: Council’s youth engagement plan, work experience trials within Council, and a problem-solving event in 2022. The rōpu had met recently and were progressing well, which was testament to the support being provided by Danni and Summer.

Key Points - Members:

·    Commended the summer students and mahi being undertaken by staff and rangatahi on the Youth Involvement Project, which validated the programmes and succession planning for Toi Moana

·    Would like to see regular updates on progress of Toi Moana youth programmes across the region

·    Cr Crosby provided an update on Local Government New Zealand’s (LGNZ) work that was being progressed with Māori:

o LGNZ was undertaking a restructure to ensure it was fit-for-purpose for the future. Work streams were underway to raise cultural diversity and wellbeing in the organisation, and development growth of LGNZ’s young elected members’ group

o An exposure draft of the Water Services Entities Bill was released on 13 December 2021. Three independent working groups had been established to refine areas of the proposed reform structure in relation to: representation, governance and accountability; linkages to resource management reform; and rural water supplies. Drinking water, wastewater and stormwater disposal for marae had been highlighted as significant matter nationally, and progress was underway to establish a separate group to consider the impacts on marae

o RMA reform – Ministry for the Environment were developing and progressing their engagement programme with iwi across the country

o Future for Local Government review – an interim report had been released in September 2021, with the next draft report to be issued in 2022. Advisory panel members aimed to ensure feedback received from across the country was noted and iterated back to contributors before the release of the draft report in 2022

·    Regarding the erosion control issue reported under key actions (page 18 of the agenda), concern was raised on the inability for staff to carry out erosion control work in Rūātoki North and the lack of progress made to resolve the issue. It was noted that Council’s relationship protocol with Te Uru Taumatua (TUT) had impacted the work from being carried out, which posed a flood risk to Waikirikiri Marae and urupa.

·    The following were requested to be provided to the next meeting of Komiti Māori: a risk assessment and comprehensive report on the flood risk and possible mitigation options available, with the involvement of Ngāti Hāmua hapū, as mana whenua of the affected land; a report providing background and explanation on the relationship protocol between Council and TUT, and how it was being used to stop work from being carried out.  

Items for Staff Follow Up:

·    Following further discussion and with the direction of the Chair, Council Chairman and Chief Executive, it was agreed that a wider conversation take place to work through erosion control issues at Rūātoki North; and that the matters requested be reported back to a future meeting of Komiti Māori.



That the Komiti Māori:

1       Receives the report, Chairperson's Report.



Information Only
Hei Pānui Anake


Toi Moana Komiti Maori 2021 Highlights



That the Komiti Māori:

1       Receives the report, Toi Moana Komiti Maori 2021 Highlights.



7.     Closing Prayer
Karakia Kati

Cr Toi Iti.

12:32 pm – the meeting closed.




                                                                     Cr Matemoana McDonald

Chairperson, Komiti Māori




Pūrongo Ki:
Report To:

Komiti Māori

Rā Hui:
Meeting Date:

22 February 2022

Kaituhi Pūrongo:
Report Writer:

Helen Creagh, Rotorua Catchments Manager

Kaiwhakamana Pūrongo:
Report Authoriser:

Chris Ingle, General Manager, Integrated Catchments


To provide the Komiti with the Part One report from Te Papa Ahurewa. As required by the Funding Agreement Toi Moana has with Te Arawa Lakes Trust to support the establishment of Te Papa Ahurewa.



Te Papa Ahurewa - Part One Report


Executive Summary

In accordance with the provisions of their Funding Agreement with Toi Moana,
Te Arawa Lakes Trust’s Te Papa Ahurewa is ready to present their Part One report to Komiti Māori. This report outlines progress with the Part One deliverables of
Te Papa Ahurewa, including its establishment. The report of Te Papa Ahurewa is attached to this cover report.


Ngā tūtohutanga

That the Komiti Māori:

1           Receives the report, Te Papa Ahurewa - Part One Report .


1.             Kupu Whakataki


As part of Toi Moana’s 2020/2021 Annual Plan, Te Arawa Lakes Trust requested funding support for advancing the investigation and establishment of an environmental services hub. Toi Moana agreed to provide $350,000 of funding for the establishment of that hub, known as Te Papa Ahurewa.

Toi Moana staff worked with Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Te Papa Ahurewa to develop a Funding Agreement and detailed deliverables for the establishment and initial function of Te Papa Ahurewa. Those deliverables were broken into two parts with associated progress payments. Part One to be completed within the first six months of the Agreement and include: the delivery of a consenting and general engagement and advice function for Te Arawa resource management issues, capability and capacity analysis of Te Arawa affiliates in relation to resource management work and analysis for improving that, and support for the implementation of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management within the Te Arawa rohe. Interim and six month reports were to be provided to demonstrate progress and trigger the release of funds. Part of those deliverables were that this six month report is presented to Komiti Māori. 

The Funding Agreement was signed in December 2020, the project manager (Te Rangimarie Williams) was appointed in mid-2021 and the final deliverables for Part One, including this report, were provided at the end of December 2021.

Following the completion of Part One, Part Two Deliverables have been agreed and the outcomes of the implementation of those will be reported to Komiti Maori at their first meeting following the end of the current financial year.

1.1          Te Hāngai ki te Pou Tarāwaho Rautaki
Alignment with Strategic Framework


The Way We Work

We look to partnerships for best outcomes.

Funding this project helps to deliver to Council’s strategic priority of developing effective partnerships with Māori for better regional outcomes. The purpose of the Te Papa Ahurewa project, as specified in the Funding Agreement is to:

·       Ensure Te Arawa Hapū and Iwi are able to inform Council of their values and interests, to enable Council to take these into account; and


·       Influence positive outcomes for the Hapū and iwi, lakes, freshwater catchment and taiao in the Te Arawa rohe; and


·       Enable Hapū and Iwi to be more actively involved in restoring the health and wellbeing of the lakes, freshwater catchment and taiao in the Te Arawa rohe


1.1.1      Community Well-beings Assessment

Dominant Well-Beings Affected

þ Environmental

Medium - Positive

þ Cultural

High - Positive

þ Social

Low - Positive

þ Economic

Low - Positive



Ngā Whakaarohanga


2.1      Huringa Āhuarangi
Climate Change

This kaupapa is not directly related to the climate change work, which is also occurring alongside this work.

2.2      Ngā Pānga ki te Māori
Implications for Māori

The financial support provided by Toi Moana for the establishment and initial operations of Te Papa Ahurewa was requested by the Trust to provide capability and capacity for Te Arawa affiliates, should they choose to use it, to better participate in the resource management work of Toi Moana. The intention of this partnership is to help Te Arawa with resourcing to better engage in these environmental kaupapa and improve outcomes for whānau.

2.3      Ngā Pānga ā-Pūtea
Financial Implications

There are no material unbudgeted financial implications of the work presented here, it fits within the current allocated budget. The work of Te Papa Ahurewa for the remainder of the current finical year and Funding Agreement is included within current budgets.

Future Budget Implications

Te Papa Ahurewa will be looking for further funding in the new financial year to continue operation and have indicated that they will be approaching Toi Moana, during its annual financial planning process.

3.        Ngā Mahi Whai Ake
Next Steps

Following the completion of Part Two of the Funding Agreement at the end of this financial year, a final report will be provided to Komiti Māori by Te Papa Ahurewa.


Tuhinga Tautoko

Attachment 1 - FINAL Part 1 Te Papa Ahurewa  Final Report 23 December 2021   

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Report To:

Komiti Māori

Meeting Date:

22 February 2022

Report Authoriser:

Kataraina O’Brien



Chairperson's Report


Executive Summary

This report provides a collective update on matters within Komiti Māori key focus and general matters of interest across the regional Māori landscape, including:

1.   Tangata whenua presentations:

a.   Dr Kura Paul-Burke, Associate Professor Mātai Moana - Marine Research, University of Waikato and Joe Burke (MUSA Environmental) speaking on kaitiakitanga and Mātauranga Māori in practice.

b.   Kia Maia Ellis will provide an overview of a National Science Challenge project focused around the Mātaitai reserve in Tauranga Moana. The project is led and instigated by the Tauranga Moana Iwi Customary Fisheries Trust (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga) with support from the Port of Tauranga and the University of Waikato.

c.   Karen Vercoe will be speaking about the National Three Waters Steering Group.

d.   Eugene Berryman-Kamp will be speaking on three topics:

i. The implementation of Te Mana o Te Wai.

ii. Regional Partnerships – MfE / Regional Councils / Iwi

iii.  Regional Iwi Māori Relationship Team

e.   Te Rangimarie Williams will give an update on Te Papa Ahurewa report.

2.   An update from our Summer Experience Programme around the opportunities they may not have been exposed to outside of Council.

3.   An update from two past He Toka Tu Moana Scholarship recipients are speaking on how the scholarship provided benefits and opportunities for them and how they contributed back to the Taiao.

4.   An update on a key action that came out of Komiti Māori at the 14 December that has been followed up by staff.


5.      An update on Iwi Māori relationships and engagement on Te Hononga from Ōkurei, Kōhī and Mauao.

6.    A geothermal update around the System Management Plan (SMP) and the Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan.




That the Komiti Māori:

1       Receives the report, Chairperson's Report.



1.        Kaupapa Tuatahi: Kupu Whakataki


We welcome our Summer Experience Programme Students back to Komiti Māori to present their experiences and knowledge gained while in Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council.  There is also an update from two past He Toku Tu Moana Scholarship Students on how the scholarship provided benefits and opportunities for them to contribute back to Te Taiao.

Staff have organised regional update hui on iwi Māori relationship and engagement.  The purpose of the hui is to present the NPSFM 2020 and Te Hononga, to get an understanding of how these roopu would like to be involved with the implementation of the NPSFM 2020. Some of the invitees have already engaged with Council on this kaupapa. The outcome of these hui would be to better understand tangata whenua capacity and capability to be involved with the implementation of the NPSFM 2020, how they would like to do this and what help they need in order to achieve this.

Workshops were undertaken last year to progress the development of the Rotorua System Management Plan (SMP) and the Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan.  This included members of the Te Ahi Kaa Roa Roopu who presented the final report Ngā Wai Ariki o Rotorua, He Kohikohinga to Komiti Māori and staff.  The immediate focus for 2022 is to re-engage with tangata whenua via Te Ahi Kaa Roa Roopu, iwi entities, stakeholder groups and hui-a-iwi.  Discussions will include process of Te Ao Māori content, Mātauranga Māori monitoring programmes and ongoing implementation of the SMP.

2.        Kaupapa Tuarua: Tangata Whenua Presentations

2.1      Mātauranga Māori in Practice

Presenters: Associate Professor Dr Kura Paul-Burke and Joe Burke (MUSA Environmental)

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whakahemo - Marine Restoration

Tohu and Climate Change Research Project 2022

2.1.1    Summary

This report provides an overview of a National Science Challenge project focused in the rohe moana ō Ngāti Whakahemo. The project is led by Te Rūnanga ō Ngāti Whakahemo with support from the Pukehina Marae Committee. All scientists involved in the project whakapapa to Ngāti Whakahemo and are currently positioned at the following research organisations; University of Waikato and Plant and Food Research. Further marine fieldwork expertise and support is provided by MUSA Environmental.

The project is funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge, Climate Change. The project is called Is the Kina still fat when Pōhutukawa bloom? The project focuses on the impacts of changing climate conditions on marine taonga species and mahinga kai at Motunau (Plate Island), commencing July 2022 – December 2023.

2.1.2    Report

Is the kina still fat when Pōhutukawa bloom?

For generations, Ngāti Whakahemo have used the whakataukī (proverb) of the flowering Pōhutukawa as a tohu (environmental indicator) to inform the ripening of kina and its readiness for harvesting at Motunau (Plate Is.) and surrounding reefs in the Bay of Plenty region. The intergenerational transmission of knowledge and associated practices have assisted self-regulating management regimes for the mahinga kai (food harvesting areas); and enriched the cultural connectivity of our moana and mokopuna for many consecutive generations. Unfortunately, kaumātua and kaitiaki have begun to observe the timing, percentage cover and duration of blooming pōhutukawa in correlation with the ripening of kina, are no longer in sync. These changes are attributed to changing climate and ocean temperatures and are considered a prelude to deeper environmental issues.

In response, this positive, proactive project brings together coastal kaitiaki, taiohi and Māori scientists to co-develop a unique underwater mātauranga-led kaupapa, that focusses on the blooming of pōhutukawa in relation to in-water kina ‘fatness or ripeness’ at Motunau.

It is understood that coastal-marine ecosystems such as Motuanu and surrounding reefs are likely to be negatively affected by warming ocean temperatures, sea level rise and ocean acidification. It is understood that changing traditional tohu and mahinga kai will adversely impact Ngāti Whakahemo cultural identity, practices and socio-cultural well-being. Climate-induced changes to mahinga kai and natural environments around Aotearoa are expected to fundamentally alter the way Ngāti Whakahemo and other hapū/iwi interact, understand and transmit pertinent intergenerational environmental knowledge and practices to following generations. The project aims to promote iwi-led research that utilises innovative and meaningful mātauranga climate adaptation strategies to foster new approaches to understanding and responding to ecosystem utilisation, protection, and climate focussed management for the long term.

It is anticipated that the evidence-based findings of the project will assist Ngāti Whakahemo and other coastal hapū/iwi to better understand, adapt and respond to changing climate impacted tohu for our mahinga kai and mokopuna of the future.

Figure 1: Images of (top) Motunau (Plate Island); (bottom left) Ngāti Whakahemo taiohi diving for kina; (middle) kina or sea urchin; and (bottom right) blooming pōhutukawa flowers.

2.2      Mātauranga Māori in Practice

Presenter: Kia Maia Ellis – Tauranga Moana Iwi Customary Fisheries Trust

Tauranga Moana Iwi Customary Fisheries Trust

Enhancing the Sustainability of Koura in a Changing Climate Research Project 2022

2.2.1    Summary

This report provides an overview of a National Science Challenge project focused around the Mātaitai reserve in Tauranga Moana. The project is led and instigated by the Tauranga Moana Iwi Customary Fisheries Trust (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pūkenga) with support from the Port of Tauranga and the University of Waikato.

The project is funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge, Climate Change and contributes to doctoral candidate research by Kia Māia Ellis. Our focus is to grow our collective knowledge base in order for tāngata whenua to participate in responding to the effects of climate change and the effects on a taonga species of kōura. Commencing May 2022 – March 2024.

2.2.2    Report

Ka ngaro, ka ngaro, ka ea, ka ea. Te Toka ā Tirikawa

We must be as resilient as the rock Tirikawa and rise above adversity.

Anecdotal evidence from tāngata whenua and scientific surveys, tell us that a taonga species, the kōura (crayfish), Jasus edwardsii, population in Tauranga has declined. Climate change has the potential to increase pressures on this declining taonga species. The research becomes more critical as the impacts of climate change intensify, temperature rises, ocean acidity increases and sea levels rise.

The capacity to develop and communicate through intergenerational knowledge sharing and exploration of our moana to understand the potential effects on our taonga species and in turn our mokopuna mō apopo (future generations) is a priority for Tauranga Moana iwi. It is important that we engage our rangatahi - our future leaders now on this topic.

Our primary aim is to provide transdisciplinary research to support an enhancement programme for kōura in a changing climate. Existing research on kōura is primarily focussed on the commercial fishery governed by conventional science and the scientific community. This project seeks to help restore the wild kōura population enabling an iwi-led approach to research supported by science.

The project focuses on investigating and trialling innovative mātauranga methods of kōura collection and indigenous knowledge of maramataka and kaitiakitanga. We will be carrying out wānanga to workshop and brainstorm ideas and knowledge with whānau. Semi-structured interviews with kaumatua and other experts will be conducted to glean further understanding regarding environmental tohu and climate changes over time.

Methods of conventional science within a mātauranga-led approach provides objective sets of quantifiable data and insight that can help to inform decision-makers in the management of fisheries.

Figure 2: Images of (top) Te Toka ā Tirikawa; (bottom left) Research team setting pēpi kōura crevice collectors; (middle) prototype 1 crevice collector; and (bottom right) found pēpi kōura crayfish puerulus.



2.3      National Three Waters Steering Group

Presenter: Karen Vercoe MNZM

Karen is Ngāti Pikiao and Ngāti Mākino decent.  Karen’s experience extends across multiple sectors with a focus on capability development and outcomes frameworks. Karen has held various leadership roles and has a passion for business and governance.

She has previously served as an elected member on the Sport Industry Training Organisation Māori Board and the OSCAR Foundation.

Karen was the recipient of the 2016 Dame Mira Szászy Māori Alumni Award. Recipients are graduates of the University of Auckland Business School who have achieved significant success in their careers and are involved in activities relating to the advancement of Māori. Karen holds a Master of Management degree from the University of Auckland (2007) and was a recipient of the University of Auckland Kelly Research Scholarship (2006).

Karen is currently the CEO of Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Chair of Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa, Director CNI Iwi Holdings Ltd, Chair of Data Iwi Leaders Group. Director Sport New Zealand.

Karen is one of nine Iwi/Māori Representatives on the National Three Waters Steering Group but in total there are 20 representatives.  The group would be tasked with recommending a stronger approach to representation, government and accountability of the four new water entities as an alternative to the model proposed under the government’s reforms.

·     The terms of reference also give bottom lines required by ministers, these include:

·     The entities retain balance sheet separation, which would give then the ability to borrow sufficient sums to meet infrastructure needs.

·     Giving effect to the Crown’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations, including enabling iwi Māori to have rights and mechanisms of influence.

·     Ensuring good governance through roles and responsibilities, and board selection processes based on merit and competence.

·     Ensuring that each entity remains in public ownership.

2.4      Ministry for the Environment Kaupapa Māori Update

Presenter: Eugene Berryman-Kamp, Director Te Mana o Te Wai, Ministry for the Environment

Eugene will be presenting on three topics:

·     The Implementation of Te Mana o Te Wai

·     Regional Partnerships – MfE / Regional Councils / Iwi

·     Regional Iwi Māori Relationships Team


Te Arawa me Mātaatua ngā waka, Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Pūkeko, Ngāti Manawa ngā Iwi.

Eugene was raised in Rotorua by his koroua and kuia (grandparents) and graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Management Studies.  He has worked both locally and globally in multinational sales, marketing and market research roles.  Eugene has held senior management roles at Lakes District Health Board, was CEO of Health Rotorua Primary Health Organisation and most recently was CEO of Te Arawa River Iwi Trust.  He is currently in a national role as Director Te Mana o Te Wai at the Ministry for Environment.

A chartered member of the Institute of Directors, Eugene is the Chair of Korowai Aroha Health Centre, deputy Chair of Te Arawa Whānau Ora, and Director of Te Rau Ora Ltd (Māori Mental Health and Addictions workforce centre) and Pakihi BK Ltd.  He is the Chairperson of QE Health Ltd and co-Chair of PHARMAC Māori Advisory Committee, and an elected member representing pan Te Arawa entities on the Te Tatou o Te Arawa partnership board.

2.5      Te Papa Ahurewa Report

Presenter: Te Rangimarie Williams

Te Rangimarie Williams from Te Papa Ahurewa will present to Komiti Māori the Part One report from Te Papa Ahurewa, as required by the Funding Agreement Toi Moana has with Te Arawa Lakes Trust to support the establishment of Te Papa Ahurewa.  A separate report is provided in the agenda for this item.

3.        Kaupapa Tuatoru: Students – “The Next Generation”

3.1      Summer Experience Programme Update

The Kotahitanga Summer Experience Students presented to Komiti Māori in December.  They will be presenting on their experiences and knowledge within Toi Moana and the opportunities they have gained in the organisation that they would not be exposed to outside of the organisation. 

Here is a snapshot of each of our students within Kotahitanga.

Summer Bell

Working as a summer assistant in the community engagement team has allowed many opportunities for me to apply and develop my skills and also reignite my passion of improving the experiences of young people in our rohe.  The chance to learn from the experiences and perspectives of local young people has been invaluable in understanding what effects are most important and also quite eye-opening to the disconnection of some communities. I am excited to say that the 13 Youth Involvement Project (YIP) change-makers working behind the scenes to achieve youth whakaaro into Toi Moana are an incredible and inspiring group of rangatahi that give hope to the revitalisation of te taiao, even as young people themselves the group are very much focused on improving outcomes for future generations.

Highlights of my time at Toi Moana are first and foremost the manaakitanga and whānaungatanga shown across the entire organisation, it has made the transition from student to professional feel safe and supported.  I have learnt to trust in my knowledge of effective engagement, by applying key principles of mana-enhancing youth development practise while facilitating the youth advisory group.  I have always felt supported to incorporate Te Ao Māori into my thoughts and actions, allowing the foundation for our engagement strategy and tools to be suited to our region and people.  Networking and creating connections among the various knowledgeable practitioners of all industries has been an absolute blessing and I will be forever thankful to the people I have learnt from during this journey.

Incorporating youth whakaaro into Toi Moana is just the beginning, I am here to actively revitalise the mauri in our rohe through embraced partnership of Te Ao Pākehā and Te Ao Māori – “for our people, for our environment, for our future.”

He iti te mokoroa, nāna i kati te kahikatea

Anaru Palmer

I am very privileged to have been working alongside
Te Amorangi and the wider Toi Moana team. The support I have received from my colleagues, who I consider to be newfound friends, such support has been invaluable and influential to say the least. Being under the wing of Te Amorangi, I have had the unique opportunity to contribute towards projects on matters within my hapū, Ngāi Tamawhariua, based out the Katikati district. If there is one thing that I had been reminded of during my time in this space, that it is more than okay to ask questions. For quite some time I had been working solo with projects to the point where I have been reluctant to reach out for help. Being alongside Toi Moana these past few weeks allowed me to break this barrier, and thus open my mind more. For that, I acknowledge and immensely appreciate everyone at Toi Moana for empowering me with this tool.

As I draw closer to the end of my internship, I feel more grounded as an individual, and more aware of where I want to be and who I wish to become. There is an unreal fusion of challenge and love that exists within the Toi Moana sphere. I say such deliberately because my peers have challenged me day in and day out, as a means of not only upskilling and developing myself, but also because I truly feel that they care about the potential of everyone who enters that, and thus have a genuine desire to nurture this. I have felt such undoubtedly during my time as an intern. Post-internship I aim to stay connected with my newfound colleagues, as we stay connected as a collective in our mutual desire to have an impact, and make a difference, in the world that surrounds us.

Takitahi tū, takitahi ora. He mihi mutunga kore ki tēnā

ki tēnā o tātou te ope Toi Moana. Tihei mauri ora.






Akira McTavish-Huriwai

Upon reflecting on my experience over the last three months it is evident to me that my knowledge gained from the Toi Moana experience is vast and immense. These last 12 weeks have flown by, and I have loved every moment of it.  Most of my time at Toi Moana has been spent alongside the BOP Regional Leadership Group supporting their Covid response efforts. This entails me working closely with the Waiariki and Mātaatua leadership groups to try and coordinate their meetings, their communications for the roopu as a whole. I feel very honoured to have been able to work with iwi leaders of our region and several Government agencies such as Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Health and the District Health Board

The cherry on top is that the work we are doing is immediately reflected in the community and serves to support the Bay of Plenty region in the turmoil that is Covid. As a member of the community, I am thankful that the Bay of Plenty Regional Council supports kaupapa such as the Regional Leadership Group to in turn support us with welfare needs. This position has taught me so much and helped me grow and develop a professional network and skills.

Any spare time I have is spent on a variety of activities. This ranges from organising career development events for the Summer Assistants and being able to do a water take consent alongside another Summer Assistant in a mentoring way. The water take consent offers an insightful glimpse into the time-pressured work that the council does and the role they play in trying to balance social, cultural, economic and environmental effects which has been interesting to work through and something I have learnt a lot from. Overall, it has been another amazing summer with Toi Moana and one that has contributed significantly to my future career aspirations and my personal development.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa


Te Rua Wallace

Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Aihaunui-a-Pāpārangi.

Born and raised in Rotorua with her Nan and Koro, and attended Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ruamata.  Te Rua is in her 4th year at University of Waikato studying Bachelor of Environmental Planning.

I am confident in my ability to adapt in different environments and deliver the work that is asked of me.  Has a diploma in Arts and Design and a New Zealand Certificate in Small Business Management.  A co-President and Founding Member of Te Tini o Hakuturi Ropu Māori for Environmental Planning and Geography.

I have been given the opportunity to expand my knowledge on Iwi Environmental Plans and work alongside Ngāti Tarāwhai in the creation of their own, and one of my key take-a-way this summer is to be impeccable with your word.


Te Waikamihi Lambert

My second-year experience at Toi Moana has been one of great honour and many blessings. My student role in mātauranga Māori pūtaiao under the guidance of Gina Mohi has been so on par with my studies that I feel like I’ve just had a taste of my future career. I’ve enjoyed networking with different members of council and watching as they excel in their own area of expertise with skill and courage. The variety of people and subject knowledge that’s welcomed into council makes for a striving work environment where you can learn something from each person you walk past.

I’m very grateful that through the summer internship I was able to give back to those who’ve helped me get to where I am today, including Joe Burke and Kura Paul-Burke, who was also a student at Toi Moana in the past. Our mission is always kaitiakitanga of the environment and to be good tīpuna for our future generations. Gina has taught me how to hold space for mātauranga Māori appropriately in a Western world. She’s been an excellent supervisor and mentor to me and one of the many people I’ve met through council that have inspired me to keep working towards higher education. I feel like my ideas are consistently supported within council and I am proud of the work I’ve done and the growth I’ve made over the few months. I had the opportunity to interview Professor Taiarahia Black who helped me develop a framework for mātauranga Māori driven environmental monitoring tool. This framework was developed at a whānau level to use within my household with the desired outcome that my wider family can eventually use as a tool for kaitiakitanga and sustainable kai gathering/mahinga kai. It assesses the mauri of the environment and encompasses atua domains, maramataka, observations, karakia and tikanga.

I’m now more excited than ever to pursue my degree in Marine Biology and Māori studies in Wellington and eventually a master’s degree at Waikato where I can be closer to my whenua and to the people who matter most to me. Many valuable relationships have been built and enhanced during my time at Toi Moana and I’d especially like to thank our councillors for making the Toi Moana Summer Experience Programme possible for our many amazing students.

“Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua”

            “As man disappears from sight, the land will still remain”


3.2      He Toka Tu Moana Scholarships Update

Since its establishment in 2017, Council has provided financial support to 23 students either living or from the Bay of Plenty for education, activities and projects that benefit or contribute to the Taiao.

Students who apply, undertake projects as part of their studies to understand the state of Te Taiao in the region.  This is achieved through working with council staff who offer their experience and expertise.  Megan Ranapia and Haukapuanui Vercoe are two of these students, both having strong whakapapa to the region and are considered exceptional within their chosen field.

He Toka Tu Moana Scholarships are open for applications in March 2022.


Megan Ranapia

Ko Pūtauaki te maunga

Ko Whakatane te awa

Ko Ōhiwa te moana

Ko Moutohorā, Whakaari, me Motiti ngā moutere

Ko Ngāti Awa te Iwi

Ko Te Patuwai te hapū

Ko Toroa te marae

Megan Ranapia is a recipient of the He Toka Tu Moana scholarship from 2020. Upon receiving the scholarship Megan was undertaking studies for a Bachelor of Science with Honours through the University of Waikato. Megan was completing a dissertation which focuses on how local coastal processes affect food supply to the traditional green lipped mussel bed in the Ōhiwa harbour. This is part of a 5 year harbour wide research campaign led by Te Upokorehe, Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa and Te Whakatōhea. Some of the initial field work Megan took part in included a hydrological survey to collect subtidal bathymetry data and in-situ instrument deployments.


Megan is now completing her PhD and researching the outbreak of the 11-armed starfish in the Ōhiwa harbour which is hindering recovery of the mussel beds alongside Dr Kura Paul-Burke and husband Joe Burke. The research focuses on different sea star management approaches to compliment the mussel restoration work.


    Haukapuanui Vercoe

Haukapuanui Vercoe is a recipient of the He Toka Tu Moana scholarship from 2021.  At the time Haukapuanui was in his final year studying towards a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours. His specialisation is in Civil and Environmental Engineering. A Rotorua local, Haukapuanui grew up immersed in Te Ao Māori and this has given him a diverse outlook into what engineering is and what it means for Te Ao Māori. As kaitiaki of the land, the taiao is of paramount importance to Māori. The engineering field is where Māori are especially under – represented and Haukapuanui believes that the Māori perspective is innate and highly valuable within civil and environmental engineering space.

Haukapuanui completed his Bachelors as an A grade student and provided Toi Moana with an update on some of his mahi in the Taiao space, particularly his honours research project which looks into the resilience of Te Arawa marae in natural hazard events. This was recognised by the Ministry for the Environment and EQC Indigenous Disaster Risk Reduction Research centre.

4.        Kaupapa Tuawha: Operating Environment Updates

4.1      Ture Update

4.1.1    Key Actions and Updates from 14 December 2021 Komiti Māori Hui

              Erosion Control

Risk assessment work is underway for Waikirikiri to consider existing and future risks for the Waikirikiri Marae. The work includes the capture and analysis of up-to-date drone footage of the upper Whakatāne River. This assessment work will inform options for river management, erosion control and erosion protection. Once completed the assessment will be considered by the Whakatāne-Tauranga Rivers Scheme Advisory Group

5.        Kaupapa Tuarima: Iwi Māori Relationship and Engagement

5.1      Te Hononga Update

Update from Ōkurei

·     Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) is hosting a Sub-Regional hui on the                11 February 2022 for the Ōkurei / Te Arawa Iwi and Hapū. The invitations for this were sent out to the Chairs of Iwi and hapū within the area as well as large land entities. The purpose of this hui is to present the NPSFM 2020 and Te Hononga, to get an understanding of how these roopu would like to be involved with the implementation of the NPSFM 2020. Some of the invitees have already engaged with council on this kaupapa. The outcome of this hui would be to better understand tangata whenua capacity and capability to be involved with the implementation of the NPSFM 2020, how they would like to do this and what help they need in order to appropriately participate. Following the hui staff will engage with specific groups to ensure they are involved in the process and identify solutions regarding capacity and capability.    


·     Te Arawa Arataua (Te Arawa Primary Sector (TAPS)) have been engaging with council staff to ascertain how it and its members may contribute to informing the implementation of the NPSFM 2020. Te Arawa Arataua have submitted a proposal on it may participate.  As an example, the roopu propose to establish an interim steering group that would include TAPS members, BOPRC staff and a consultant planner to develop a work programme that would be overseen by an Advisory Group to Council. It is also anticipated that the advisory group would submit a representative to join Ngā Kaitohutohu (Māori Technical Advisory Group: NPSFM 2020). The proposal is currently being reviewed by staff.

·     Te Papa Ahurewa have had 4 Hapū seeking to engage with them on the NPSFM 2020. The hapū include Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara Trust, Ngāti Rongamai, Ngati Rangitihi and Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wāhiao, who are proposing to form a focus group on the NPSFM 2020. Te Papa Ahurewa will also be presenting at the Sub-Regional hui in February.

·    Ngāti Tarāwhai are looking to prepare an Iwi Management Plan that will advance the practice of their kaitiakitanga.  The iwi note that the NPSFM 2020 will provide more clarity on the role they will have in the management of their taonga wai and the relationship they will have with council.  Additional discussions with them will proceed shortly.

Update from Kohi

·     Kaupapa Maori Engagement Staff have been working one day a week at Te Runanga o Ngati Awa office providing capacity support to the Environmental Unit team undertaking various tasks assigned to them by the Unit Manager. Tasks have included Cultural Impact Assessment information support; funding application support to Ministry for the Environment; Mātauranga monitoring planning and support.


·     Ngāti Manawa:  Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) Lab and Services Team completed water monitoring training with Ngāti Manawa Jobs4nature team; on-going discussions to ensure Iwi access to Council data continue to be defined; Council staff will continue to support water testing analysis and sampling carried out by Ngāti Manawa Jobs4nature team. Approved Long-term Plan funding for water monitoring resources, data storage and workshops on-going.


·     The approach to Ngāti Whakahemo to engage in NPSFM discussions with Council has been made.  At this stage a new generation iwi management plan is proposed that will have a particular focus on kaitiakitanga that will include freshwater management attributes.  It is expected that this type of plan will set out specific policy with a complementary action plan that provides clear outcomes on relationships with council and the role of Ngāti Whakahemo.

·     Ngāti Ira have been working closely with the Rivers and Drainage team on a gravel consent.  Part of the discussions have now included the hapū’s participation in the Essential Freshwater Policy Programme.  Options relating to monitoring and the practice of kaitiakitanga are the preferred approach for participation.  Staff and hapū representatives are looking to confirm the best approach for the hapū.


·     Ngāti Pūkeko/Ngāti Rangataua: a hui between Kaupapa Maori Engagement staff and the hapū representative towards the development and delivery of NPSFM Te Mana o Te Wai Wānanga is on-going, looking to develop budget, funding and project deliverables.  We are looking at a procurement service process for a preferred hapū Wānanga facilitator which is currently underway.


·     Ōhiwa Harbour Forum: a request for Mātauranga based State of the Environment report has been made to Council. The opportunity to link to the NPSFM will be developed by Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the mandated Iwi representatives.

Update from Mauao

Staff continue to engage with iwi across Tauranga Moana.  At present, we are assisting Ngāi Te Rangi to prepare their application for the Te Mana o Te Wai (TMoTW) Fund, so that we are better able to coordinate the iwi wider project with the scope of outcomes being sought through the Long Term Plan funding assistance previously secured by the iwi. 

Ngā Pōtiki have appointed an advisory trustee of the Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore Trust to act in an interim capacity RM representative.  Staff have met with the iwi and are preparing a range of options to consider in support of their involvement while being cognisant that the iwi has several paid kaitiaki positions they have been unable to fill.

Staff have met with representatives from the northern hapū of Tauranga Moana to work towards a project to support the development of freshwater values and cultural expectations to inform a monitoring project they are currently developing.  This monitoring project is in the final stages of the TMoTW application process.  While separate from the project seeking TMoTW funding, the potential cultural values project being discussed with the hapū may provide the critical indicators for which the monitoring project can be structured around while providing the narrow scope of cultural information we require for the National Policy Statement implementation.



Update on Ngā Kaitohutohu

Ngā Kaitohutohu (Māori Technical Advisory Group) will hold their first meeting of the year on 22 February to advance discussions on Freshwater Management Units coupled with the implementation of Te Mana o te Wai.  The group have emphasised the importance of engaging with tangata whenua particularly regarding their associations with the waterbodies within their rohe.

5.2      Geothermal Update – System Management Plan (SMP)

A number of workshops (Komiti Māori and Strategy and Policy) were carried out between August and December 2021 to progress the development of the Rotorua System Management Plan (SMP) and Rotorua Geothermal Regional Plan. This included Ms Elva Conroy and members of Te Ahi Kaa Roa Roopu’s presentation of the final report, Ngā Wai Ariki o Rotorua: He Kohikohinga to Komiti Māori and staff presentations to the Strategy and Policy committee on progression of the SMP.

The immediate focus for the beginning of 2022 is to re-engage with tangata whenua, via Te Ahi Kaa Roa, iwi entities, stakeholder groups and hui-a-iwi. Discussions will centre on development and process for inclusion of Te Ao Māori content, Mātauranga Māori monitoring programmes and ongoing implementation of the SMP. Requests for hui have been made and it is hoped these will be undertaken in February. With the uncertainty of COVID still a factor at this time these hui will be held in a virtual forum.

Following engagement, a report providing feedback on discussions held and an update on progress towards Te Ao Māori content and Mātauranga Māori monitoring will be prepared.

6.        Ngā Pānga ki te Māori

Implications for Māori

The items presented in this report cover a range of initiatives, which have a positive impact on Māori.  The co-design of strategies with tangata whenua groups to align processes and planning with mātauranga have provided impetus on co-partnering and building relationships with tangata whenua and further promoting Te Mana o te Taiao.

Internal efforts by Council to enable tangata whenua to lead in spaces such as the National Policy Statement for Freshwater particularly on Iwi Māori relationships and engagement, this is a reflection and acknowledgement of the high capacity and capability of Māori to respond. 

The implications for Māori can only be positive where Council recognises opportunities to enhance Māori capability through co-design of strategy and Iwi led planning that can enhance and build partnerships.  These partnerships have benefits to Māori and the wider community.

7.        Ngā Pānga a-Pūtea

Financial Implications


There are no materials unbudgeted financial implications and this fits within the allocated budget.


8.        Ngā Mahi Whai Ake

Next Steps

As an omnibus report of independent matters and other kaupapa led through respective areas of Council operations, no specific action is recommended via this report.