Whanake Taiao is the Board’s environmental team and was established in May 2013.
The team supports mana whenua in their kaitiaki roles and responsibilities. The main focus is on all environmental matters and the implementation of the co-governance and co-management arrangements over the Upper Waipa River established in the Ngā Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012 and the 2012 Co-Management Deed.

2015 – 16 Milestones

  • 15 collaborations have been undertaken with marae, schools, communities, Crown Research Institutes and funders to deliver on the Environmental Management Plan implementation
  • The Environmental Management Plan, APP and Video launched
  • The Maniapoto Upper Waipā River Fisheries Plan completed
  • The Maniapoto Waipā River Clean-Up Priorities Plan completed
  • The Taku Taimoana Strategy completed
  • 3 MMTB Project applications to Waikato River Authority/Waikato River Clean-Up Trust successful
  • Accord Implementation Plans signed with Local Government, MBIE Energy and Resource, Land Information NZ, the Commissioner of Crown Lands and Primary Industries

2014 – 15 Milestones

  • Completed the Maniapoto Upper Waipa River Fish Plan. Launched March 2016
  • Completed the Maniapoto Environmental Management Plan. Launched March 2016
  • Completed the Maniapoto Waipā River Clean-Up Priorities report.
  • Three Hui-ā-Taiao held throughout the year
  • Seven Accord Implementation Plans were signed with
  • Government Agencies. These were for the:
– Māori Affairs Accord and the Waiwaia Accords
– Environment Accord
– Local Government Accord
– Energy and Resources Accord
– Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and the Commissioner of Crown Lands
– Taonga Tūturu Accord
– Primary Industries Accord
  • Repatriated one taonga as a registered collector of taonga tūturu. This taonga was a Patu Aruhe and is currently in the Archives Collection at the Waitomo Discovery Centre.
  • Establishment of Te Mana Taiao Advisory Group

2015 – 16 Highlights

  • 100% success rate in delivering on agreed involvement in six river restoration projects
  • Co-governance and co-management obligations achieved as part of healthy rivers plan with other rivier iwi and Waikato Regional Council
  • Co-governance and co-management obligations achieved as part of the Waiwaiā Accord Ministerial Forum which included Maniapoto rangatahi
  • Co-governance and co-management obligations achieved for Joint Management Agreements (JMA) with council
  • Delivered on Wetlands Inventory Project deliverables
  • Supported Piopio College combined Youth/Matariki Forum
  • Developed the Ngā Repo o Maniapoto Project – Wetlands Inventory

2014 – 15 Highlights

  • Held First Maniapoto Youth Biodiversity Forum in Waitomo. Attended by Year 11 Students from Te Kuiti High School, Ōtorohanga and Piopio Colleges.
  • Submitting on environmental matters of iwi wide importance to Maniapoto.
  • Assisted whānau with marae environmental projects, NZQA education program and developed a river enhancement sustainable business model.
  • Community planting days on the Mangapū River, Te Awakōura, Wairere and Mohoanui Streams.
  • Additional planting and releasing sessions for rangatahi from Pukenui School, Te Kuiti High School and youth organisation Number Twelve.
  • Supported two Maniapoto students for the ‘Summer Student Placement’ at Waikato Regional   Council.
  • Held a ‘Practical Funding workshop’ and ‘Meet the funders workshop’ in collaboration with the Waikato Biodiversity Forum
  • Assisted whānau and RMCs with resource consents and submissions (as requested)
  • Working with whānau to develop our tribal taonga register (Geographical Information System (GIS) Mapping Technology). Have mapped 75 sites and developed the “Mana whenua sites/areas of interest and importance” information sharing protocol
  • Active engagement and participation in co-governance and co-management arrangements for the Healthy Rivers Plan for Change project
  • Hosted several hui with Iwi Leaders Group for Freshwater and Te Ture Whenua Māori Reforms

In Progress

  • Riparian restoration of the Mangapū River
  • Restoration projects for Te Awakōura, Waipā River and Mohoanui Stream
  • Research project regarding Maniapoto interests in Natural Resources

Te Taiao Projects

Maniapoto Environmental Management Plan

The review and update of the 2007 Environmental Management Plan (the Plan) – He Mahere Taiao project has contributed to achieving the Waipa River Act 2012. This statutory legislation provides for co-governance and co-management for the Waipa River. The Plan is a key resource management document designed to enhance Maniapoto participation in the management of Ngā wai o Maniapoto and natural resources in the rohe.

Maniapoto whānau have contributed to the update of the Plan and include an Advisory Group and hui-a-taiao workshops. Whānau, hapū and Marae may have their own environment management plans and may use this Plan to complement their own Plans.

The Plan has also given rise to the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board vision: For a unified Maniapoto Iwi achieving cultural and social wellbeing, environmental sustainability and economic growth.

This plan was released on the 27th March 2016 at Te Kuiti Pā.

To view the Maniapoto Environmental Plan, please click here.

Maniapoto Mahere Taiao  |  The Maniapoto Environmental Management Plan App is Now Available

The Maniapoto Environmental Management Plan Maniapoto Mahere Taiao is now avaialble for download from the Apple iTunes, and Google Play stores. You can download the app from your mobile devices by clicking on the appropriate app store link for your device.

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Waikato Regional Council Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai

Waikato Regional Council is working with stakeholders to develop changes to the regional plan to help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers, which are key to a vibrant regional economy.  Once developed, the plan change will help, over time, to reduce sediment, bacteria and nutrients (nitrogen and phosporus) entering water bodies (including groundwater) in the Waikato and Waipa River catchments.  Waikato and Waipa River iwi and Waikato Regional Council are partners on this project, as set out in settlement and co-management legislation for the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Healthy Rivers Plan for Change

 

 

Access to Waikato Regional Council resource consent information within the rohe ō Maniapoto and Waikato region.

http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Services/Maps/

Visualising Māori Land: A prototype tool for accessing and interpreting environmental information about Māori land

This website is primarily intended to help Māori land owners and managers to find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of their Māori land blocks.

http://whenuaviz.landcareresearch.co.nz/

Joint Management Agreement

The Maniapoto Maori Trust Board (MMTB) has signed a Joint Management Agreement (JMA) with the Otorohanga, Waikato, Waipa and Waitomo District Councils and the Waikato Regional Council.  The purpose of the JMA is to provide a platform for MMTB and the councils to work together on collective responsibilities to restore and maintain the quality and integrity of the waters of the Waipa River.

Accords

The Ministerial Accords provide a commitment of intent and an agreed framework of actions. Each accord is between the relevant Ministers (and/or persons), and Maniapoto. The accords are created to achieve and implement the agreements reached in the Maniapoto Deed in relation to co-governance and co-management of the Waipa River, recognising that the accords operate within statutory frameworks.  There is an overarching accord between Maniapoto and the Crown which is the Waiwaia Accord.

Maniapoto Upper Waipā River Fish Plan

The Maniapoto Upper Waipa River Fisheries Plan (fish plan) was prepared by the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board’s Fisheries Reference Group on behalf of and in consultation with Maniapoto kaitiaki, whānau and marae along the Upper Waipa River.

The fish plan was launched 27th March 2015 at Te Kuiti Pā.

To view the Maniapoto Upper Waipa River Fisheries Plan, please click here.

Fisheries Regulations and Bylaws

The regulations that are developed will give authority to Maniapoto to manage customary fishing on the Upper Waipa River (from the Puniu to Pekepeke) through the issuing of customary fishing authorisations. Regulations encourage the making of bylaws that will restrict or prohibit fishing on the Upper Waipa River; however those bylaws may not have an undue adverse effect on fishing.

Upper Waipā River Integrated Management Plan

The purpose of this project is to achieve an integrated approach for managing aquatic life, habitat and natural resources within the Waipa River catchment, consistent with the overarching purpose of the Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act and the Waikato River Vision and Strategy. The collaborative approach will involve engagement with relevant departments, relevant local authorities and other river iwi.

This is currently on hold until the Waikato Regional Council have completed the Healthy Rivers Plan for change by April 2016

Waipā River Clean-up Projects

It will take a community approach to achieve the overarching purpose for the Waipa River, which is to restore and maintain the quality and integrity of the waters that flow into and form part of the Waipa River for present and future generations.  This will be achieved by identifying the key issues and hot spot areas in the catchment, so that a collective effort can be taken to prioritise, cost and implement remediation initiatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upper Waipā River Integrated Management Plan

The purpose of this project is to achieve an integrated approach for managing aquatic life, habitat and natural resources within the Waipa River catchment, consistent with the overarching purpose of the Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act and the Waikato River Vision and Strategy. The collaborative approach will involve engagement with relevant departments, relevant local authorities and other river iwi.

This is currently on hold until the Waikato Regional Council have completed the Healthy Rivers Plan for change by April 2016

Maniapoto Priorities for the Restoration of the Waipā River Catchment Report

This report is a direction setting document for the clean up of the Waipā River. This report is not the last word in our journey to resotre the Waipā Rover; it contributes informatio nto shape, inform and guide future river clean up priorities and actions. This report sits alongside other key documents such as the Manipoto Environment Management Plan and Maniapoto Fisheries Plan (as above). It will require the efforts of many and collaboration with local authorities.

Deed Review – The Waikato and Waipā Rivers Co-governance and Co-management Arrangements

The Waikato and Waipā Rivers co-governance and co-management arrangements were established as a result of negotiations with the Crown by five river Iwi, Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Raukawa, Te Arawa, and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.  The overarching purpose of these arrangements is to restore and protect the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River for present and future generations.  For Maniapoto, the overarching purpose is to restore and maintain the quality and integrity of the waters that flow into and form part of the Wāipa River for present and future generations and the care and protection of the mana tuku iho o Waiwaia.  Under the Deeds and Acts that established these arrangements, there is a requirement for each of the River Iwi to meet every three to five years, review their settlement deed with the Crown and identify any actions needed to preserve the integrity of the Deeds.  The attached questionnaire is being used to receive internal  Maniapoto feedback.

 

The process to undertake the Deed Review involves feedback from all stakeholders and river iwi.  The Ministry for the Environment and Te Puni Kōkiri are also involved in the process.

 

It was considered that the best way to receive feedback was to provide multiple opportunities and media.  The questionnaire will also be posted on Facebook, the MMTB website, and emailed out to people.  Governance and staff will also be asked to provide feedback.

 

The next Te Mana Taiao Advisory Meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, 21 February, 2017, has been brought forward to Tuesday, 24 January, 2017.  The main agenda item/s will focus on the Deed Review – Waikato and Waipā Rivers Co-governance and Co-management Arrangements.  An invitation to attend this hui is extended to the wider Maniapoto whanau.

 

Feedback closes on Friday, 10 February, 2017 (5:00pm).  Please email your completed questionnaire to whanaketaiao@maniapoto.co.nz; alternatively you can drop it off at the Maniapoto Māaori Trust Board Office – 49 Taupiri Street, Te Kuiti.

Waikato and Waipa River Iwi Deed of Settlement Review 2016/17 Questionnaire can be found here