Rangitāiki River Forum
Rārangi Take (Agenda)

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the next meeting of the
Rangitāiki River Forum will be held in Mataatua Room, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Building, 5 Quay Street, Whakatāne on:

Friday 15 March 2024 COMMENCING AT 10:30AM


Fiona McTavish

Chief Executive, Rangitaiki River Forum

7 March 2024



Rangitāiki River Forum



Terewai Kalman (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa)

Deputy Chairperson

Te Taute Taiepa (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare)

Tangata Whenua Members


One appointed representative each:


Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa

Karito Paul (Alternate)

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare

Jane Nicholas (Alternate)

Ngāti Tūwharetoa (Bay of Plenty) Settlement Trust

Katishe McCauley

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa

Miro Araroa

Mihipeka Sisley (Alternate)

Hineuru Iwi Trust

Koriiana Hooker

Ngawai Crawford (Alternate)

Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua

Ngapera Rangiaho

Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Whakaeke Ritete

Ngatoru Wall (Alternate)

Council Members


One appointed member each:


Whakatāne District Council

Cr Tuwhakairiora O’Brien

Cr Wilson James (Alternate)

Taupō District Council

Cr John Williamson

Cr Yvonne Westerman (Alternate)

Up to five appointed members:


Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Cr Malcolm Campbell

Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti

Cr Kat Macmillan

Cr Ken Shirley

Cr Kevin Winters


Three iwi members and three Council members and must include a Ngāti Whare member and a Ngāti Manawa member.

Meeting frequency


Other iwi and local authorities through consensus of the Forum, may join the Forum.


Te Mana o Te Wai – The First Right to Water is to the Water.


Te Reo o Te Wai - Te Mana – The voice of the Water, restoring Te Mana o Te Wai.


To protect and enhance the environmental, cultural, and spiritual health, wellbeing and sustainable use of the Rangitāiki River and its resources, for the benefit of present and future generations.


The Rangitāiki River Forum’s scope covers the geographical area of the Rangitāiki River Catchment including the Rangitāiki River, Whirinaki River, Wheao River and Horomanga River as referenced in the following Settlement Acts: Ngāti Whare Claims Settlement Act 2012; Ngāti Manawa Claims Settlement Act 2012; Tūhoe Claims Settlement Act 2014; Hineuru Claims Settlement Act 2016; Ngāti Tūwharetoa Claims Settlement Act 2018.

This is a permanent joint committee under the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA), and co-governance partnership between local authorities and iwi that share an interest in the Rangitāiki River, and must not be discharged unless all of the appointing organisations agree to the discharge.


·                Prepare and approve the Rangitāiki River Document for eventual recognition by the Regional Policy Statement, Regional Plans and District Plans.

·                Promote the integrated and coordinated management of the Rangitāiki River.

·                Engage with and provide advice to:

§  Local Authorities on statutory and non-statutory processes that affect the Rangitāiki River, including under the Resource Management Act 1991.

§  Crown agencies that exercise functions in relation to the Rangitāiki River.

·                Monitor the extent to which the purpose of the Rangitāiki River Forum is being achieved including the implementation and effectiveness of the Rangitāiki River Document.

·                Gather information, disseminate information and hold meetings

·                Take any other action that is related to achieving the purpose of the Forum.

Decision Making

The Forum must make its decisions by a vote at a meeting and must seek to achieve consensus, be consistent with and reflect the purpose of the Forum and acknowledge the interests of iwi in particular parts of the Rangitāiki and its catchments.

Power to Act

The Forum has the discretion to determine in any particular circumstance whether to exercise any function identified and to what extent any function identified is exercised.

Power to Recommend

To the partner organisations on any matters within the Forum’s delegated role as it deems appropriate.

Rangitāiki River Forum members report directly to their respective organisations.

Rangitāiki River Forum                                                                                                   15 March 2024

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

Rārangi Take

1.       Karakia Whakatuwhera | Mihi
Opening Prayer | Welcome

2.       Ngā Hōnea

3.       Wāhanga Tūmatanui
Public Forum

4.       Ngā Take Tōmuri
Items not on the Agenda

5.       Raupapa o Ngā Take
Order of Business

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

7.       Ngā Meneti

Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti
Minutes to be Confirmed

7.1      Rangitāiki River Forum Minutes - 16 November 2023                          3

8.       Ngā Whakamārama a Ngā Rōpū

          Update from Partners

8.1      Hineuru Iwi Trust

8.2      Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa

8.3      Taupō District Council

8.4      Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare

8.5      Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa

8.6      Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua

8.7      Ngāti Tūwharetoa (BOP) Settlement Trust

8.8      Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa

8.9      Whakatāne District Council

8.10    Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

9.       Whakahoutanga Kōrero
Verbal Updates

9.1      Resource Consents Update

Presented by: Ella Tennant, Consents Manager, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

9.2      Taupō District Plan Change progress

Presented by: Hilary Samuel, Senior Policy Advisor, Taupō District Council

10.     Ngā Pūrongo

Hei Pānui Anake
Information Only

10.1    Change of Membership                                                                            3

10.2    Long Term Plan 2024-2034 Consultation                                               3

10.3    December 2023 - February 2024 Rangitāiki Catchment Programme Dashboard                                                                                                 3

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

12.     Karakia Kati
Closing Prayer

Rangitāiki River Forum Minutes

16 November 2023


Rangitāiki River Forum

Ngā Meneti

Open Minutes

Commencing:             Thursday 16 November 2023, 9:30 AM

Venue:                         Mataatua Room, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Building,
5 Quay Street, Whakatane


Chairperson:               Terewai Kalman (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa (TRONM))

Heamana Tuarua

Deputy Chairperson:  Te Taute Taiepa (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare)

Ngā Kopounga

Members:                    Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana (BOPRC):

                                    Cr Malcolm Campbell, Cr Kat Macmillan, Cr Kevin Winters

Ngāti Tūwharetoa (BOP) Settlement Trust:

Katishe McCauley

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare:

Jane Nicholas (Alternate)

Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa:
Whakaeke Ritete (Via Zoom)

Taupō District Council:

Cr Yvonne Westerman (Alternate) (Via Zoom)

Whakatāne District Council (WDC):

Cr Tuwhakairiora O'Brien

Te Hunga i Tae Ake

In Attendance:            BOPRC: Chairman Doug Leeder, Chris Ingle – General Manager Integrated Catchments, Stephen Lamb – Environmental Strategy Manager, Shari Kameta – Committee Advisor, Via Zoom: Ella Tennent – Consents Manager, Herewini Simpson – Kaihautu (Te Amorangi Lead)

                                    Presenters: as listed in the minutes

Ngā Hōnea

Apologies:                  Miro Araroa (Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa)

                                    Mihipeka Sisley (Alternate, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa)
Ngawai Crawford (Hineuru Iwi Trust)

Cr Wilson James (Alternate, WDC)

Karito Paul (Alternate, TRONM)

Cr Ken Shirley and Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti (BOPRC)

Cr John Williamson (Taupō District Council)

1.     Karakia Whakatuwhera
Opening Karakia

A karakia and mihi of welcome was provided by Te Taute Taiepa.

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

The Chair welcomed those in attendance including BOPRC Chairman Doug Leeder who may wish to speak to any matters of relevance on the meeting agenda.

2.     Ngā Hōnea


That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Accepts the apologies from: Miro Araroa, Ngawai Crawford, Cr Wilson James,  Cr Ken Shirley, Cr John Williamson, Karito Paul, Mihipeka Sisley and Cr Toi Kai Rākau Iti for absence tendered at the meeting.



3.     Wāhanga Tūmatanui
Public Forum


Scotty Muir and Colin Holmes on behalf of the Galatea Farming Community – Impact of Aniwhenua Hydro Scheme above Rabbit Bridge

Tabled Document 1 - Scotty Muir - Written Statement: Objective ID A4540544 

Tabled Document 2 - River and Stream Channel Information: Objective ID A4536215   


Key Points:

·    Brought attention to the long-term ongoing issue of sedimentation build-up within the delta at Lake Aniwaniwa that was having a detrimental effect on farmland and affected owners (refer Tabled Documents 1 and 2)

·    Believed the issue would reach Murupara in a decade if it wasn’t addressed

·    Wished to see some conditions included in the Aniwhenua Hydro Scheme resource consent to keep the channels clear upstream and downstream of Rabbit Bridge

·    Having updated cross-sections of the river and stream channel would be important to understand the current state of sedimentation build-up, particularly for consideration of the resource consent

·    BOPRC needed to play its role and that an integrated multi-party discussion and approach was needed on solutions before a consent hearing process.

In Response to Questions:

·    An updated graphic of the increase of current sedimentation build-up could be viewed on Google Earth

Key Points - Members:

·    Acknowledged the issues raised in regard to upstream river management

·    The same impacts also affected a number of iwi/Māori landowners

·    Noted iwi’s inherent responsibility towards Te Mana o Te Wai and providing a voice for the river

·    Recognised the impact of climate change and the need for urgency to understand the impacts and ecology of the environment.


Items for Staff Follow Up:

·    Arrange drone footage and a site visit in March/April 2024 of the affected area for interested Forum members and parties (with an invitation to Pioneer Energy) to provide further understanding of the issues raised.


Post-Meeting Note: Forum members formally resolved at the end of the meeting to receive the tabled documents that had been circulated during the Public Forum item.


That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Receives Tabled Documents 1 and 2 circulated at the meeting during the Public Forum item.



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

None declared.

5.     Ngā Meneti

Kia Whakaūngia Ngā Meneti
Minutes to be Confirmed


Rangitāiki River Forum Minutes - 1 September 2023



That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Confirms the Rangitāiki River Forum Minutes - 1 September 2023 as a true and correct record, subject to the following amendment:

Minute Item 5.1: Fonterra Edgecumbe presentation (refer agenda page 9, bullet point 9) – insert “(refer Tabled Document 1)” and attach graphic table to the minute attachments document.



6.     Whakaaturanga


Southern Generation Partnership Limited (SGPL)/Pioneer Energy - Aniwhenua Hydro Power Station Update

Presented by: Peter McClean - General Manager Contracting, Pioneer Energy (Via Zoom) and Craig Rowe, Regional Manager Contracting


Key Points:

·    SGPL owned the Aniwhenua hydro power station, which Pioneer Energy managed/operated and was a 50 percent shareholder

·    Acknowledged the dam’s impact on sedimentation build-up within the delta at Lake Aniwaniwa, however believed the issue was wider reaching and that the community should play a part in providing solutions

·    SGPL had lodged a resource consent application with BOPRC to excavate gravel from the main river channel and remove some debris islands within the delta. They had requested the consent to be publicly notified and it was currently available to view on BOPRC’s website (refer following link Notified applications (boprc.govt.nz))

·    Pioneer Energy was gathering information to inform long-term options ahead of lodging renewal of the dam’s consent in 2026 and welcomed any input that the Forum wished to provide in the formal process

·    Regarding the tuna trap and transfer programme:

o SGPL sponsored the programme that was operated by the Kokopū Trust and funded by Manawa Energy

o Upstream elver pass at Aniwhenua Dam barrage - was being upgraded with the input of the Ngāti Manawa trap and transfer team

o Downstream tuna passage:

§ Pioneer had been working with Mr Toitoi for the past six years and while there had been reasonable success, only a small percentage of adult tuna were being captured for transfer

§ A meeting held on 11 September 2023 with Ngāti Manawa and others had discussed a number of solutions, including the proposed option to install a tuna passage/siphon system at the head pond of the power station, which could be used to trap/transfer tuna below Matahina

§ Budget was available this financial year for design and build and a concept plan was being provided to the working group for approval.

o Upstream fish passage - a smaller workstream was underway to trial and improve the knowledge and effectiveness of the existing fish pass.

In Response to Questions:

·    Pioneer Energy welcomed open engagement with iwi via Craig Rowe

·    Had been collaborating with Manawa Energy on solutions for uninterrupted passage however, noted that Pioneer Energy was only responsible for its asset, the Aniwhenua hydro scheme.

Key Points - Members:

·    Acknowledged the conversations and solutions that were in progress in regard to tuna passage

·    Appreciated the update and planning that was underway ahead of consent renewal in 2026.



Update on glass eel research on the Rangitāiki Awa

Presentation - Glass Eel Update 2023: Objective ID A4546629   

Presented by: Siobhan Nuri - University of Waikato/NIWA (Via Zoom)


Key Points:

·    Siobhan’s study of glass eels had extended from a Masters to a PhD to understand environmental drivers of glass eel recruitment/traits, determine birth dates, growth rates, spawning locations and dispersal routes

·    2019-2021 sample results had found peak migration times for longfin tuna (July-August) and shortfin tuna (June-August)

·    A fine scale study in 2021 had provided some important environmental indicators for tuna migration and an early indication of correlations with the luna phases and maramataka (Māori lunar calendar)

·    Next steps were to determine birth dates, age and spawning grounds

·    Acknowledged and thanked those that had been involved in the project and given their time, in particular local members of Ngāti Awa.

In Response to Questions:

·    Regarding climate change impacts, earlier studies had suggested glass eels used the Eastern Australian Current, which was decreasing in strength across the Tasman. If the current became too weak or ceased, glass eels would not be able to make it to New Zealand which could lead to having no tuna populations in the future.

Key Points - Members:

·    Congratulated Siobhan on her mahi, passion and knowledge

·    Acknowledged the connection of western science and Mātauranga within  the study and the Forum’s support if and where needed.


10:45 am – the meeting adjourned.


10:45 am – Cr Yvonne Westerman and Whakaeke Ritete exited the meeting.


11:06 am – the meeting reconvened.



Rangitāiki Floodway/Spillway Project Update

Presentation - Rangitāiki Floodway Upgrade: Objective ID A4540898   

Presented by: Niroy Sumeran - Project Engineering Team Leader, BOPRC Toi Moana


Key Points:

·    Provided an overview of Stages 5, 6 and 7 of the Floodway and Spillway Project between Hydro Road/State Highway 2 at Edgecumbe through to the Rangitāiki outlet at Thornton

·    Earthworks and increasing stopbank profile/heights to accommodate the floodway/spillway had been carried out over the last five years and was now complete

·    Construction of the spillway was the final stage of the project. Preliminary work to establish the site would start on 11 December 2023 before construction progressed after the Christmas period

·    A lot of engagement and consultation had taken place with the community, with the involvement of respective BOPRC councillors

·    McCracken and McLean Road swing gates had been constructed and would be used and manually operated during flood emergency events with the necessary traffic management controls.

In Response to Questions:

·    Floodway and spillway gates provided additional contingency and control to protect the community from flood emergency events

·    BOPRC in conjunction with the hydro dams had flood emergency management plans in place that included advance warning systems to manage/control water flows during flood events

·    The left-hand stopbank at Thornton would be upgraded from Thornton Bridge to just before the Thornton boat ramp

·    Whitebait spawning areas and habitat had been constructed within the Reid Central Canal as part of the project.

Key Points - Members:

·    Acknowledged the work being progressed to help with flood and emergency response

·    Referred to the class action that was being taken against BOPRC in relation to the April 2017 Edgecumbe flooding event. As the matter was before the Court, Council members and staff had been advised that they should not comment or disclose any information that was before the court.

7.     Whakahoutanga Kōrero
Verbal Updates


Verbal Updates from Forum Members


Terewai Kalman – Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Manawa

·    Noted that a number of rangatahi from some of the iwi partners were attending the Te Wai Māori Conference in Nelson.

Chairman Doug Leeder - BOPRC

·    Provided insights from Local Government New Zealand’s Regional Sector Group/regional councils (RSG) in regard to the National party’s proposal for the new Government to refocus freshwater policy ‘to better reflect the interests of all water users’:

o The RSG considered that the Government’s refocus on freshwater and
Te Mana o Te Wai (TMoTW) principles would still require regional councils to define catchment limits, which co-governance forums should look to play an integral part and lead engagement with their respective communities

o In regard to TMoTW there would be no pushback from RSG who would look to advise the new Government of the substantial investment and progress made so far towards improving water quality attributes using western science and Mātauranga Māori

o Noted that freshwater farm plans may take higher precedence to inform water quality limits.


Co-Governance Secretariat Update

Presented by: Jane Waldon - Co-Governance Secretariat, Pareārau Limited


Key Points:

·    The Tarawera Awa Restoration Strategy Group (TARSG), established under the Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Act 2022, had released its Aspirations document as a pre-cursor to developing its Tarawera Awa Restoration Strategy Document

o One of the key aspirations was to rechannel the course of the Tarawera, Rangitāiki and Orini Awa back through Te Awa o Te Atua and out to sea at Mihimarino

o Letters had been sent out to the first tranche of stakeholders to inform them about the TARSG and Aspirations document with further letters to be sent to resource consent holders within the catchment early next year

o Noted the opportunity for the two forums to work together

·    A Freshwater Workshop for the Forum’s iwi members was held on
24 October 2023 to consider freshwater statements. Positive feedback had been received and a second workshop was planned to be held in Murupara in mid-December 2023 to consider setting cultural health indicators. The intention was to prepare a scoping report that would be presented to respective iwi and to the Forum at a future meeting.

Key Points - Members:

·    The Iwi Freshwater workshop had provided the opportunity to discuss the various cultural aspects that needed to be considered in freshwater management and progressed with the partner councils

·    Encouraged Iwi Forum members to attend the second workshop in Murupara

·    BOPRC was required to engage with iwi/hapū/whānau on freshwater limit setting, therefore any leadership and advice from Forum members in regard to engagement at the various levels would be appreciated

·    Support was noted for a one river approach and to utilise the Forum as a platform to feedback information to and from the respective mandated iwi authorities.

8.     Ngā Pūrongo

Hei Pānui Anake
Information Only


July-November 2023 Rangitāiki Catchment Programme Dashboard

Presented by: Charles Harley - Team Leader Coastal Catchments

Key Points:

·    Noted programme highlights that included discussions with Ngāti Manawa’s Chief Executive on aquatic weed spraying at Lake Aniwaniwa; and positive monitoring results for rat/possum control at Pūtauaki which had been the lowest recorded over the past 20 years.

In Response to Questions:

·    Confirmed that pest control at Pūtauaki (including dama wallaby control) was carried out twice yearly in spring and autumn by Ian Tarei who employed rangatahi from within the Rangitāiki catchment.



That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Receives the report, July-November 2023 Rangitāiki Catchment Programme Dashboard.





Essential Freshwater Policy Programme Update

Presented by: Michelle Lee - Planner (Water Policy)

Key Points:

·    Acknowledged the matters discussed under Members Verbal Updates in regard to freshwater

·    BOPRC’s freshwater programme was progressing to meet tight legislative timeframes for public notification by 31 December 2024

·    Drew attention to feedback received from engagement drop-in sessions

·    Tangata whenua would be continually invited to provide advice and recommendations through the freshwater policy process

·    Anticipated a draft plan would be available for targeted engagement with tangata whenua in early 2024.

Key Points – Co-Governance Secretariat:

·    Noted that tangata whenua feedback themes aligned with those captured at the Iwi Members’ Freshwater workshop held on 24 October 2023.



That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Receives the report, Essential Freshwater Policy Programme Update.





Update from the Rangitāiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme Advisory Group

Presented by: Chris Ingle - General Manager Integrated Catchments

Key Points:

·    Acknowledged the Forum Chair’s attendance at the River Scheme Advisory Group (RSAG) meeting on 13 September 2023 and the value it has on strengthening communication between the two groups on relevant matters. Noted as an example, the Chair’s invitation to the meeting’s Public Forum speakers who had presented to RSAG in September

·    Noted the updates within the report on the two items received earlier on the agenda for the Rangitāiki floodway and gravel extraction in the upper catchment, while recognising the need for appropriate management of the latter.

Key Points - Members:

·    The Chair commented on the benefit of attending RSAG meetings to understand the different perspectives and represent the views of the Forum and Ngāti Manawa in regard to RSAG engagement from an iwi perspective.

·    Hoped that the Forum’s Deputy Chair would be able to attend future RSAG meetings alongside the Chair.


Items for Staff Follow Up:

·    Invitation to the next River Advisory Group meeting to be sent to the Forum Chair and Deputy Chair.



That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Receives the report, Update from the Rangitāiki-Tarawera Rivers Scheme Advisory Group.



9.     Chairperson's Closing Remarks

Thanked everyone for their attendance at the meeting and wished them well for the Christmas period and New Year prior to seeing everyone again in 2024.

10.   Karakia Kati
Closing Karakia

A karakia was provided by Te Taute Taiepa.

12:08 pm – the meeting closed.




                                                                                                                                     Terewai Kalman

Chairperson, Rangitāiki River Forum





Pūrongo Ki:
Report To:

Rangitāiki River Forum

Rā Hui:
Meeting Date:

15 March 2024

Kaituhi Pūrongo:
Report Writer:

Shari Kameta, Committee Advisor

Kaiwhakamana Pūrongo:
Report Authoriser:

Chris Ingle, General Manager, Integrated Catchments


To update and advise the Rangitāiki River Forum (Forum) of a change of membership.



Change of Membership


Executive Summary

This report is to advise and update the Forum of a change of membership for Hineuru Iwi Trust. Koriiana Hooker has been appointed as the appointed member and Ngawai Crawford as the alternate member, replacing Tracy Bush.



Ngā tūtohutanga

That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Receives the report, Change of Membership;

2        Notes the appointments of Koriiana Hooker as the appointed member replacing Ngawai Crawford; and Ngawai Crawford, as the alternate member replacing Tracy Bush for Hineuru Iwi Trust.


1.       He Whakamārama

Under the Ngāti Manawa and Ngāti Whare Settlement Acts[1], members are appointed and discharged by their appointing body. A member appointed by an iwi may resign by giving written notice to their appointing body; and where there is a vacancy on the Forum, the relevant appointer must fill that vacancy as soon as is reasonably practical.

Hineuru Iwi Trust has advised of a change in membership. Koriiana Hooker has been appointed as the appointed member and Ngawai Crawford as the alternate, replacing Tracy Bush. The Forum’s Terms of Reference has been updated with the change accordingly.

Forum membership allows appointing bodies to appoint an alternate member to attend and speak at meetings, and to vote on the primary member’s behalf if they are absent. This provision enables appointing bodies to be represented and vote on decisions at meetings when the primary member cannot attend.

1.1      Koriiana Hooker: Pepeha/Introduction

Kō Koriiana Hooker tōku ingoa

I te taha o tōku Pāpā kō te whānau Anaru ōku tīpuna

He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Hineuru, Ngāti Marangatūhetaua (Ngāti Tū) Ngāti Kahungunu hoki

I te taha o tōku Māmā he uri tēnei nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa, me ngā hapū o Omahu Marae

Engari, he hononga ki Ngāti Awa ki Tuariki hoki

Ko au te Pou Taiao mō ngā tangata o Hineuru

Mauri ora.

2.       Ngā Mahi Whai Ake
Next Steps

Information about the Forum is provided to newly appointed members, as soon as practicable after receipt of notice to support their role on the Forum, and any additional advice that they require can be provided by staff and/or from the Chair on request.





Pūrongo Ki:
Report To:

Rangitāiki River Forum

Rā Hui:
Meeting Date:

15 March 2024

Kaituhi Pūrongo:
Report Writer:

Merehine Waiari, Senior Advisor and Herewini Simpson, Kaihautu (Te Amorangi Lead)

Kaiwhakamana Pūrongo:
Report Authoriser:

Kataraina O'Brien, General Manager, Strategic Engagement


To inform the Rangitāiki River Form of the draft Long Term Plan 2024-2034 that Toi Moana will be consulting on.



Long Term Plan 2024-2034 Consultation


Executive Summary

Toi Moana is currently working on the Long Term Plan 2024-2034 (LTP). The LTP will set the strategic direction for Toi Moana over the next ten years, including the work we deliver, and how that work will be funded.

Toi Moana is focused on working collaboratively with Māori as key contributors to strategic direction and leadership in the region. The Rangitāiki River Forum was established via the Ngāti Whare and Ngāti Manawa Treaty Settlements. We recognise the Rangitāiki River Forum and the role we have in administering the Forum.

We are consulting directly with tangata whenua from now until Tuesday 9 April on the draft LTP and the kaupapa Māori initiatives that have a direct impact on our partnerships with Māori. Through consultation, tangata whenua will have an opportunity to provide feedback that will help to inform the final decision-making for the LTP 2024-2034.


Ngā tūtohutanga

That the Rangitāiki River Forum:

1        Receives the report, Long Term Plan 2024-2034 Consultation.


1.       He Whakamārama

Every three years we work with our community to create an LTP. The LTP sets the strategic direction for Toi Moana over the next ten years, including the work we deliver and how that work will be funded. Effective consultation with the community ensures that we make the right decisions for future generations. Toi Moana is also committed to ensuring we improve opportunities for Māori to contribute to local government decision making, including through the LTP.

We have developed this LTP during a period of change. We are proposing a dedicated community outcome Te Ara Poutama, which focuses on how Toi Moana will continue to work collaboratively with Māori over the next ten years. This will provide direction and identify key actions that are required across Toi Moana to enhance our partnerships with Māori.

This report provides an update on what Toi Moana will be consulting on for the LTP 2024-2034 that are most relevant to kaupapa Māori initiatives and the Rangitāiki River co-governance area. 


2.       LTP Consultation with Māori

2.1      Partnerships with Māori

The principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi and the partnership upon which it is founded are an established part of the local government framework. Māori hold a unique role in shaping and contributing to regional leadership and direction.

One of the proposed community outcomes, Te Ara Poutama, builds on Māori partnerships as a key priority and impact area. Through Te Ara Poutama, Toi Moana will work with tangata whenua to support enhanced Māori participation in operational activities, support Māori capacity and capability building, ensure an equitable approach to the four well-beings and delivery of community outcomes and partner with Māori to enhance delivery and share decision-making.

We welcome feedback from Māori on the proposed new community outcome Te Ara Poutama and the activities that will contribute to supporting this strategic direction. Forum members are encouraged to provide any feedback they wish to which will inform the final LTP decision-making.

2.2      Consultation Questions

Toi Moana is now consulting with the community on three key issues in the consultation document until Tuesday 9 April and are seeking feedback on the options for addressing these issues and any other matters related to our services and rates.

The consultation questions focus on public transport, regional parks and a staged sell down in our Port of Tauranga Limited shareholding (via Quayside Holdings Limited). In December 2023, we notified iwi leaders that we would be consulting on the potential sell down in our Port of Tauranga Limited shares. We acknowledge that there are tangata whenua interests in the Port and welcome feedback on this proposal.

The LTP consultation document that discusses the consultation questions in detail is publicly available on our Participate webpage.

2.3      Direct Engagement with Māori

We have invited direct engagement with iwi authorities, co-governance entities and other Māori leaders with our Māori Councillors on the draft LTP during the consultation period.

We are also holding online hui in each of the three Māori constituencies on the following dates:

·      Mauao: Thursday 14 March 2024 at 12.30pm

·      Ōkurei: Monday 18 March 2024 at 12.30pm

·      Kōhī: Thursday 21 March 2024 at 12.30pm

The online hui are primarily focused on the kaupapa Māori initiatives within the draft LTP but also cover the three key issues Toi Moana are consulting on. Attendees can ask our Māori Councillors questions and discuss the issues and options with other key staff to help inform any feedback.

Toi Moana staff will also be attending community events during the consultation period. Further details regarding the community events and online wānanga will be available through the Participate webpage and emailed to our Māori contacts list.

Friend of the Submitter

A ‘Friend of the Submitter’ is additional support provided to a potential submitter to help them communicate their views clearly and effectively without influence. Toi Moana has previously engaged Friend of the Submitter support for tangata whenua in plan change processes to assist in the lead-up to hearings and remove barriers to participation.

Toi Moana is providing the Friend of the Submitter service to tangata whenua and the community during the consultation period to enable participation and support effective submissions to the LTP. Huiarau Stewart is a whenua and Māori development specialist who is fully independent and is not involved in developing the LTP. Huiarau will be available to assist tangata whenua with submissions to the LTP as a Friend of the Submitter. The contact details for Huiarau are available on the Participate webpage. There is no cost to tangata whenua for using this service and we encourage members to get in contact with Huiarau if they wish to access this support.

LTP Hearing on the Marae

Toi Moana are currently in the process of confirming dates and venues for the LTP 2024-2034 hearings that are scheduled to take place for four days on 10 May and 14-16 May 2024. The hearings provide an opportunity for tangata whenua and the community to present their views on the LTP to Council before the LTP is adopted.

To support submissions from tangata whenua, Toi Moana will be holding a LTP hearing on the Marae for Māori submitters on 10 May 2024. Submitters will have the option to present in English, te reo Māori or sign language and will be appropriately supported during the LTP hearing process. Details regarding the hearing on the Marae will be available on the Participate webpage following the consultation period.  

3.       Ngā Whakaarohanga

3.1      Ngā Mōrea me Ngā Whakangāwaritanga
Risks and Mitigations

There are currently high engagement demands on Māori, which may make it difficult for Toi Moana to secure Māori participation during the consultation period. This has been mitigated through pre-engagement where possible.

3.2      Huringa Āhuarangi
Climate Change

The matters addressed in this report are of a procedural nature and there is no need to consider climate change impacts.

Climate change impacts will be considered by Toi Moana in the LTP and will be supported by Te Ara Poutama regarding how Toi Moana can partner with Māori to address the climate challenges in the future.

3.3      Ngā Pānga ki te Māori
Implications for Māori

The LTP sets the strategic direction for Toi Moana over the next ten years, including the work we deliver and how that work will be funded. Māori hold a unique role in shaping and contributing to regional leadership and direction as a te Tiriti/Treaty partner.

Council must use the special consultative procedure in adopting the LTP under sections 93(2) and 93A of the LGA. This requires Council to clearly present the significant issues, plans and projects proposed for the LTP and provide an opportunity for the community to give feedback that will help to inform the final decision-making. Under section 81(1)(a) of the LGA, Council must also establish and maintain processes to provide opportunities for Māori to contribute to decision-making.

Toi Moana is committed to providing opportunities for effective consultation with Māori on the LTP 2024-2034, so that Māori are informed and can provide feedback on the significant issues, plans and projects that are relevant for Māori over the next ten years. Toi Moana Māori Councillors and staff are open to meeting with co-governance entities and iwi leaders to discuss the LTP during the consultation period.

3.4      Whakawhitiwhiti ā-Hapori
Community Engagement


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To obtain input or feedback from affected communities about our analysis, alternatives, and /or proposed decisions.


Toi Moana has invited direct engagement with Māori during the LTP consultation period from Friday 8 March to Tuesday 9 April. This has involved direct engagement with Māori leaders and co-governance entities as well as online hui and staff presence at community events.

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

Many of the core functions of Toi Moana directly impact on the mauri of the Rangitāiki River. The services we deliver and how they are funded that are set in the LTP, are therefore relevant to the purpose of the Rangitāiki River Forum. This includes how we aim to partner with Māori in achieving shared outcomes over the next ten years.

3.6      Ngā Pānga ā-Pūtea
Financial Implications

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

4.       Ngā Mahi Whai Ake
Next Steps

Following consultation on the LTP, Toi Moana will hold hearings in May 2024. This will provide submitters with an opportunity to speak to Toi Moana Councillors about their submission.

Council will then review all feedback and formally adopt the final LTP 2024-2034 in June 2024.



Rangitāiki River Forum                                                                                                            15 March 2024


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[1] s108 Ngāti Manawa Claims Settlement Act 2012, s112 Ngāti Whare Claims Settlement Act 2012