Komiti Māori

Ngā Meneti

Open Minutes

Commencing:             Tuesday 12 December 2023, 10:35 AM

Venue:                         Tuapiro Marae, 20 Hikurangi Road, Tahawai, Katikati


Chairperson:               Cr Matemoana McDonald

Heamana Tuarua

Deputy Chairperson:  Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti (Via Zoom)

Ngā Kopounga

Members:                    Cr Stuart Crosby

Cr Kat Macmillan

Cr Ron Scott

Cr Te Taru White

Cr Paula Thompson (Via Zoom)

Cr Lyall Thurston (Via Zoom)

Cr Andrew von Dadelszen (Via Zoom)

Cr Kevin Winters (Via Zoom)

In Attendance:            Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana (BOPRC): Kataraina O’Brien - General Manager Strategic Engagement, Reuben Gardiner – Acting Kaihautu (Te Amorangi Lead), Rawiri Bhana – Senior Advisor (Treaty), Merehine Waiari - Senior Advisor, Lisa Tauroa – Kaituitui (Strategic Engagement Coordinator), Kadin Tuck - Summer Assistant, Shari Kameta – Committee Advisor, Via Zoom: Anaru Vercoe – Pou Whainga/Principal Advisor, Angela Foster – Communications Manager, Margaret Courtney - Senior Advisor, Natalie Richards – Community Engagement Advisor, Riki-Lee Ainsworth – Māori Policy Advisor, Sandy Hohepa - Māori Policy Advisor, Sharon Ainsworth – Project Manager, Sina Shick – Executive Assistance; Presenters: as listed in the minutes; Tangata Whenua/Members of the Public: Charlotte Huiarangi, Katrina Nikora, Nicola Wharekawa, Phillip Gillespie, Katrina Nikora (Ngāti Te Wai/Tuapiro Marae), Aaron McHardy, Francis Hill, Crystel Masters (Kaimai Kauri), Anaru Tibble (Ngāti Pikiao Environmental Society), Aaron McHardy, Crystel Masters, Francis Hill (Kaimai Kauri), Sam Tangiia (Tuapiro/Ōtawhiwhi/Te Rereatukāhia Marae); Alejandro Bermeo, Arthur Flintoff, Gina Graham, Zyon Mohi (TAKT), Brodie Davis (Project Parore), Leanne Faulkner


Ngā Hōnea

Apologies:                  Cr Malcolm Campbell

Chairman Doug Leeder

Cr Jane Nees

Cr Ken Shirley

Fiona McTavish - Chief Executive



A pōwhiri took place at 9.30 am before the meeting started at 10.35 am.


1.     Opening Prayer
Karakia Whakatuwhera

A karakia was provided by Tuapiro Marae Chair Shaan Kingi.

2.     Apologies
Ngā Hōnea


That the Komiti Māori:

1          Accepts the apologies from Chairman Doug Leeder, Cr Jane Nees, Cr Ken Shirley, Cr Malcolm Campbell and Fiona McTavish for absence tendered at the meeting.



3.     Item not on the Agenda
Ngā Take Tōmuri

The Chair advised that Mr Buddy Mikaere would provide a presentation in the Open Forum on a proposed concept for a Te Pūtake o te Riri – New Zealand Wars Centre.

4.     Order of Business
Raupapa o Ngā Take

Council reports were considered prior to presentations to alleviate any potential issues that may arise with audio visual conferencing technology.

The address by Ngāi Tamawhariua hapū representative as part of Agenda item 8.2 was deferred and provided after Agenda item 8.3, Mayor James Denyer: Western Bay of Plenty District Council, to accommodate the arrival of the speaker.

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

None declared.

6.     Minutes
Ngā Meneti

Minutes to be Confirmed
Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti


Komiti Māori Minutes - 10 October 2023



That the Komiti Māori:

1          Confirms the Komiti Māori Minutes - 10 October 2023 as a true and correct record.



7.     Reports
Ngā Pūrongo

Decisions Required
Ngā Whakatau e Hiahiatia Ana


Lodgement of Draft Te Rohe o Te Rape-Puatatau-a-Rākeiao - Ngāti Rongomai Environmental Management Plan 2023

Presented by: Rawiri Bhana, Senior Advisor Treaty

Key Points:

·         Ngāti Rongomai had requested that their Environmental Management Plan (Plan) be lodged with BOPRC for internal use at this time

·         An amended Plan version, excluding images of kaumātua/kuia, would be provided in due course as a public facing document

·         Ngāti Rongomai also expressed their wish to host the Komiti Māori meeting in April 2024 at Rakeiao Marae, at which time they would provide a presentation on their Plan.

Key Points - Members:

·         Cr White supported Ngāti Rongomai hosting the April 2024 Komiti Māori meeting at Rakeiao marae, noting that this was the marae of the late
Tā Toby Curtis.



That the Komiti Māori:

1          Receives the report, Lodgement of Draft Te Rohe o Te Rape-Puatatau-a-Rākeiao - Ngāti Rongomai Environmental Management Plan 2023;

2          Formally receives the Draft Te Rohe o Te Rape-Puatatau-a-Rākeiao - Ngāti Rongomai Environmental Management Plan 2023;

3          Notes that this is a DRAFT document due to minor edits being required.  The final document will be presented to Komiti Maori by Ngāti Rongomai Representatives in 2024;

4          Confirms the public be excluded on the grounds set out in the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 from consideration of the following report attachment:

a)     Draft Te Rohe o Te Rape-Puatatau-a-Rakeiao Ngāti Rongomai Environmental Management Plan 2023 under Section 48(1)(a)(i) Section 7 (2)(c)(i) as withholding the information is necessary to protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence or which any person has been or could be compelled to provide under the authority of any enactment, where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the supply of similar information, or information from the same source, and it is in the public interest that such information should continue to be supplied and that this attachment be released to the public at such a time that, the document is finalised and presented to the Komiti Māori meeting in April 2024 (Ōkurei).





Long Term Plan 2024-2034: Māori Consultation and Communications Plan

Presented by:   Kataraina O’Brien, General Manager Strategic Engagement and Merehine Waiari, Senior Advisor  

Key Points:

·       The LTP Māori Consultation and Communications Plan was specifically tailored for engagement with Māori

·       A key challenge would be engaging with iwi that had limited capacity/time to engage. Noted that the LTP consultation period was only four weeks.

In Response to Questions:

·       Estimated costs for staff engagement time were within existing budgets (approx. under $2K) and would involve some after hour work, as well as iwi and councillor time.

Key Points - Members:

·       Quality engagement and hearing from Iwi-Māori was important

·       Supported the engagement plan and digital forward approach

·       Noted the need for elected members to elevate discussions on key issues with iwi-governance counterparts

·       Welcomed feedback from tangata whenua on LTP engagement during the Open Forum section of the meeting.



That the Komiti Māori:

1          Receives the report, Long Term Plan 2024-2034: Māori Consultation and Communications Plan;

2          Approves the Māori Consultation and Communications Plan for the Long Term Plan 2024-2034, in readiness for consultation in February to March 2024;

3          Authorises the General Manager Strategic Engagement, in consultation with the Chair of Komiti Māori, to make minor amendments to the Māori Consultation and Communications Plan, if required.





Komiti Māori Chairperson's Update

The report was taken as read and received with no further discussion.



That the Komiti Māori:

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



8.     Presentations


Shaan Kingi, Tuapiro Marae Chair

Shaan Kingi deferred his presentation to the end of the meeting in the Open forum.



Tangata Whenua Presentations: Ngāti Te Wai and Te Whānau a Tauwhao Hapū Representatives

Presentation - Ngāti Te Wai: Objective ID A4564222

Presentation - Te Whānau a Tauwhao ki Ōtawhiwhi: Objective ID A4564221  


1)           Riki Nelson - Ngāti Te Wai Hapū, Tuapiro Marae

Key Points:

·       Noted the remaining contention with BOPRC’s practice to consult with non-settled iwi (i.e. Pare-Hauraki) who had registered an interest in the Tauranga Moana rohe on resource consent matters. The matter would be raised further during the Open Forum section of the meeting

·       Hapū strategic priorities were: taiao, wai, capacity building and biodiversity management

·       Jobs for Nature funding for Kaimai-Kauri projects was due to end in mid-2024 and had provided employment/skillsets and a reconnection to the ngahere (forest/bush) for local hapū members. Noted it was important to the hapū to maintain networks to enable employment shifts into other areas

·       Significant focus was needed on myrtle rust as a biosecurity issue. The hapū were working with Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital to gather data

·       A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed between Project Parore, BOPRC and the three hapū to collectively work on catchment management

·       Acknowledged the strong relationships held with BOPRC/WBOPDC and the various work being done to preserve significant sites and reserves.

In Response to Questions:

·       The hapū had strong relationships with Plant & Food Research, Scion and several Māori research programmes to work/collaborate/share information

·       Considered the single biggest risk currently facing the hapū was maintaining momentum of strategic priorities under Government coalition policy changes, which could pose a risk to funding streams that would impact iwi/hapū capability and existing relationships with local authorities.

Key Points - Members:

·       Supported iwi-led taiao management and social procurement opportunities with BOPRC

·       Noted BOPRC’s mandate under the Local Government Act and its position to maintain strong relationships with its communities/iwi/hapū, which would not diminish as a result of central government policy changes.

2)           Reon Tuanau and Garston Smith - Te Whānau a Tauwhao Hapū ki Ōtawhiwhi Marae

Key Points:

·       COVID isolation impacts had ignited a desire within several hapū representatives to reconnect their three hapū/surrounding communities of Waihī Beach and Katikati, with the first event being held for Matariki 2022

·       2022 Key focus/Activity highlights

o   Kotahitanga/Whanaungatanga (Unity/Relationships), involvement of rangatahi within all initiatives/future projects, community/group partnerships (i.e. Project Parore, Sustainable Waihī Beach, local primary/secondary schools)

o   Coastal clean-up, sustainability initiatives, weekly community outreach activities, AED/first aid courses, Waikato museum visit of local taonga

o   Acknowledged the Western Bay Museum for its support/kaupapa Māori focus

·       2023 Key focus/Activity highlights:

o   Kaitiakitanga/Manaakitanga (Environment/People)

o   Asian pāpaka (paddle crab) biosecurity threat. Hapū were collaborating and carrying out research with Manaaki Te Awanui, Tauranga Moana iwi, Pirirakau Society, Ōhiwa harbour iwi/hapū and providing education outreach to local marae and community

o   MoU between the three hapū/BOPRC to work collectively for the taiao

o   Predator Free 2025 goal for Waihī Beach headlands to Katikati rohe - 180 traps set and GIS mapped had commenced in early November

o   Whānau hauora (wellbeing) events/opportunity to promote initiatives

o   Te Mana o te Wai (TMoTW) reconnection to waterways, re-establishing diminished kaimoana stock/sites (i.e. pipi, kukuroa/horse mussel, tuangi/cockle), water monitoring hapū-led contract (ends July 2024), 2023 TMoTW Conference, education awareness, freshwater reforms.

11:50 am – Cr von Dadelszen withdrew from the meeting.

o   Te Urutaunga 2-year research project with Te Awanui Manaaki and external experts on tikanga/protocols regarding increased presence of great white sharks, and changes in moana taiao/climate adaptation

o   Cawthron Institute research funding/partnership to identify potential synergies between e-DNA and Mātauranga Māori

o   Hauora promotion on marae – physical activity/information sharing

o   Submission to establish WBOPDC Māori Wards

o   Kai testing to prevent paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) on marae

o   Safer boating/skipper training in partnership with BOPRC

o   Restoration of Bowentown Headland pā site terraces

o   Acknowledged BOPRC/WBOPDC for support to connect marae onsite wastewater reticulation, driveway upgrade and maintenance of pā site at Bowentown Headland

·       Believed the hapū were now well positioned to engage further with BOPRC on kaupapa.

In Response to Questions:

·       Approximately 3,000 kaitiaki/community members had been involved in project/initiatives.

Key Points - Members:

·       Supported iwi-led taiao management and social procurement opportunities

·       BOPRC and territorial authorities had a role to work together for the community

·       Commended the exemplar mahi/initiatives of the collective hapū and the opportunities being provided to involve rangatahi.

12:19 pm – Cr Andrew von Dadelszen entered the meeting.


Item for Staff Follow-up:

·       Follow-up liaison with hapū on:

o   Social procurement support and enabling iwi/hapū to continue to support biodiversity/biosecurity management

o   Privet/woolly nightshade issue that was severely impacting community elders’ health and restricting hapū from holding outdoor events.



Mayor James Denyer: Western Bay of Plenty District Council


Key Points:

·       Acknowledged the special relationship that had been established between WBOPDC and the northern Tauranga Moana hapū over the last triennium

·       Highlighted activity/collaboration undertaken with Iwi/hapū/community:

o   Memorandum of Understanding with Ngāti Te Wai hapū

o   WBOPDC land purchase at Tanners Point (December 2022) and development of concept plan to protect wāhi tapu and Te Poho pā site

o   Tuapiro Marae hosted-visit of delegation from Japan to share impacts and learnings from the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami

o   Tourism infrastructure funding for a star gazing platform, funding/ support for marae driveway upgrade, green room at Waihī Beach and Matariki ceremony/story telling

o   Working towards hapū providing kaitiaki care of pā site terraces at Ōtawhiwhi/Bowentown Headlands

o   Crown infrastructure funding for marae onsite wastewater reticulation completed for majority of northern Tauranga Moana marae

o   Inaugural Waitangi and Matariki celebrations

o   Purchase of property at Beach Road, Katikati to enable access to boat ramp and urupa

o   Return of paper road to Tawhitinui Marae for papakāinga development, noting that this supported WBOPDC strategic housing priority

o   WBOPDC would be adopting a social procurement policy in the near future to enable/empower communities and Iwi-Māori

·       Acknowledged the work of Te Rereatukāhia Marae Chair Hone Winder-Murray and Reon Tuanau at Western Bay of Plenty Museum and the museum’s goal to seek repatriation of local taonga from Waikato Museum

·       Noted concern regarding the Government coalition policy change to reinstate the right for local referendums of Māori Wards, however hoped that the Government would respect the decision made by WBOPDC.

In Response to Questions:

·       Considered BOPRC and WBOPDC were well aligned and hoped they could work together on their processes etc, for the betterment of the community, i.e. regional consenting

·       Regarding tribal cross-boundaries, WBOPDC would look at groupings to ensure equity within WBOPDC’s upcoming representation review in 2024.

Key Points - Members:

·       Congratulated WBOPDC on their collaborative work and enhancing the relationship with Iwi/hapū.



Tangata Whenua Presentations (Continued): Ngāi Tamawhariua Hapu Representative


3)           Joell Samuels - Ngāi Tamawhariua Hapū/Te Rereatukāhia Marae Vice-Chair

Key Points:

·       Acknowledged the work/support of other hapū representatives and building capability of rangatahi, which Ngāi Tamawhariua was soon to embark on

·       Commended the onsite wastewater reticulation at Te Rereatukāhia Marae which had benefited the hapū/community significantly

·       Acknowledged the work of Te Rereatukāhia Marae Chair Hone Winder-Murray and the importance of being strategic and making incremental steps towards future outcomes for mokopuna/future generations

·       Provided an update on current hapū activity, which included:

o   Working with Takarangi Research and Paora Tapsell on a climate change research programme and sites of significance

o   Development of a digital repository

o   Working with Project Parore

·       Te Rereatukāhia Marae was well positioned to work/engage/collaborate with BOPRC and the community as a whole.

In Response to Questions:

·       Regarding residential/growth and living conditions, the hapū were working with Takarangi Research on climate change within the taiao, including tidal changes to support a 100-year plan.

Key Points - Members:

·       Acknowledged the strong alliance between the three hapū and WBOPDC and commended them on their journey

·       Looked forward to conversations on how BOPRC could assist and collaborate with northern Tauranga Moana hapū.


Item for Staff Follow Up:

·       Investigate how BOPRC could support marae kaupapa, i.e. marae carpark issues, roading/footpath/signage for community safety.

12:30 pm – Cr Winters withdrew from the meeting.

9.     Open Forum


Buddy Mikaere - Pūtake o te Riri NZ Wars Centre

Presentation - Pukehinahina Charitable Trust - Pūtake o te Riri NZ Wars Centre: Objective ID A4561885  


Key Points:

·       Provided background on Pukehinahina Charitable Trust’s proposal to develop a Pūtake o te Riri Pukehinahina NZ Wars Centre

·       Considered it important and of value for the community to commemorate and understand the history of the NZ Wars and the Battle of Gate Pā (1864) which had initiated the founding of Tauranga City

·       Identified key sites to establish a historic precinct, the NZ Wars Centre in proximity to the Gate Pā shopping centre, concept plans and narrative

·       The Trust wished to build relationships with Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu hapū and provide cultural aspects/opportunities

·       The Project Team had lodged a consent application in early December and wished to seek Council funding to support a quantity survey ($16.5K) prior to raising funding support for the main project development.

Key Points - Members:

·       Commended the project and its importance and wished the Trust well in their endeavours.


1:02 pm – Cr Toi Iti and Cr Andrew von Dadelszen withdrew from the meeting.



Carlton Bidois - Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC)


Key Points:

·       Tauranga Moana biosecurity issues:

o   It was important that BOPRC retain its focus on biosecurity, noting the issue was no longer within Cabinet Ministers’ portfolios and that it was also vital to the success and future of TMBC and its Māori caucus

o   Wished to meet with BOPRC to discuss future biosecurity management, ongoing support and maintaining a working relationship

o   Mana whenua were leading the only strategic project against myrtle rust in the country. Coupled with the threat of kauri dieback these remained significant risks for Tauranga Moana

o   BOPRC’s recent dive survey had detected nine new invasive bio-organism threats that had established themselves within the Tauranga harbour which could be attributed to the degradation and overall health of the harbour

·       Treaty Settlement issues:

o   Endorsed the opportunity of a workshop with BOPRC and mana whenua

o   In relation to resource consent processes, held the view that BOPRC was not required under legislation to engage with iwi/hapū who had registered (unproven) interest within Tauranga Moana, as only mana whenua had authority to provide cultural impact assessments and engage with consent applicants

o   While BOPRC had formally advised mana whenua that they would stop advising consent applicants that they needed to engage with un-settled iwi/hapū, the practice had resumed and was causing issues for mana whenua and consent applicants, which needed resolving/clarifying.



Raewyn Bennett - Ngāti Pikiao ki Maketu


Key Points:

·       Regarding resource consent practices, supported the comments made by the previous speaker, which aligned with learnings from recent Resource Management Act (RMA) hearing commissioner training

·       Provided feedback on BOPRC’s Long Term Plan (LTP) communication plan and process:

o   Thought the communication plan was good

o   Considered that funding criteria/values be reviewed as the previous LTP had not aligned well with Māori environmental/Kaupapa Maori values

o   Needed to make potential submitters aware of the 10 minute speaking limit and questioned if it was sufficient for the commitment/time that it took submitters to submit and engage in the process

o   Having equity and transparency between Māori and general community engagement was important.

Key Points - Members:

·       Thanked the speaker for her feedback on LTP processes.



Shaan Kingi - Tuapiro Marae Chair


Key Points:

·       Acknowledged the support of the Komiti Māori Chair regarding matters pertaining to Tuapiro Marae/Ngāti Te Wai hapū and the exemplary presentations provided by presenters

·       Restated the sentiments of previous speakers and sought BOPRC support regarding:

o   Taiao management/resilience

o   Safer boating/harbour master training/boat/equipment

o   Emergency management/marae resilience/response

1:22 pm – Cr Paula Thompson exited the meeting.

o   Raised issue with the shipping lane and increase of ships that passed in front of Tūhua Island, and noted the aspiration of the iwi/hapū for shipping route to change to recognise/respect the island as a taonga/tupuna of importance to Tauranga Moana iwi

·       Acknowledged the past challenges and efforts/leadership of Ngāti Te Wai kaumātua, the late Nepia Brian and the work/proactivity of respective hapū members and presenters that had presented at the meeting

·       Noted the importance of fostering good relationships and maintaining whakapapa links that were connected with respective marae.

Key Points - Members:

·       The Chair extended thanks to the hau kainga for hosting the meeting.


Item for Staff Follow Up:

·       Meeting to be scheduled at Tuapiro Marae in the New Year with respective representatives of the three marae to discuss the various matters that have been raised by hapū representatives in support of the mahi that is being progressed.


10.   Closing Prayer
Karakia Kati

Provided by Shaan Kingi.

1:35 pm – the meeting closed.



Confirmed 27 February 2024                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                     Cr Matemoana McDonald

Chairperson, Komiti Māori