- Support and enable our Maniapoto whānau to exercise their kaitiakitanga, mana whenua, mana wai within their rohe;
- Maximise and leverage opportunities for Maniapoto whenua through investment from local and central government;
- Nurture and maintain our native biodiversity;
- Protect our waterways, wetlands, air and land from the effects of harmful behaviour.
The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (MMTB) is committed to the preservation and protection of ngā taonga tuku iho o Maniapoto.
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.
Maniapoto Cultural Assessment Framework Project completed
The Waikato River Authority has supported the wider project through two funding rounds in 2017 and 2018 with total funding of $157,000. The project has also seen the development of Cultural Health Indicators of several of Maniapoto Marae.
Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho Projects
Maniapoto Geographic Information System (GIS)
The impetus for this project was an incident that resulted in the destruction of a taonga known as ‘Rongomai o te Kakara’ in the Marokopa area in March 2010. A national inquiry lead by the Minister of Māori Affairs resulted in various interventions. One intervention is the taonga register GIS project to protect and preserve wāhi tapu and sites of significance within the Maniapoto rohe. Stage 1 involved the establishment of an advisory group and a series of hui with regional management committees to identify waahi tapu and sites of significance. Stage 2 is currently underway and involves the implementation of a GIS platform.
The land is our life, without it we can’t survive. It’s as simple as that.