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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.

Support and enable our Maniapoto Whānau to exercise their Kaitiakitanga, mana whenua, Mana wai within their rohe

Maniapoto Cultural Assessment Framework Project completed

A multi-year project undertaken by Maniapoto Māori Trust Board and NIWA to create a better understanding of environmental issues for Maniapoto marae and whānau has been completed.
The project was a three-year piece of work to build the capacity and capability for Maniapoto by delivering marae based wānanga. These wānanga delivered opportunities for Kaitiaki to learn and explore issues related to land use activities and associated environmental effects on the awa. It also enabled whānau to learn and adopt a suite of tools associated with freshwater fisheries monitoring and water quality monitoring using both cultural frameworks and scientific methods.

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.

Big mihi to NIWA, WRA and those whānau that were a part of this awesome kaupapa.

2018 – 2019 Highlights

  • Secured co-funding to implement Cultural Assessment Framework in the Waipā Catchment
  • Appointment of Maniapoto representative to Te Awa Pupua / Te Kopua
  • Contribution to development of Te Heke Ngahuru Strategy
  • Influenced RMA planning and decisions affecting Maniapoto marae and hapū
  • Published research article in the New Zealand Ecological Society journal – https://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3391
  • Supported the opening of the Maniapoto Whānau Community Health Centre
  • Submitted article for the second edition of Te Reo O Te Repo – https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/publications/te-reo-o-te-repo/
  • Secured co-funding to implement restoration of oxbows in Otorohanga
  • 231 sites submitted to Waitomo District Council for inclusion into the Operative District Plan
  • Convened a hui to glean Iwi input into the Sub-Regional Waikato Economic Action Plan
  • Convened (x3) hapū hui to build capability for the Ō-Rākau Battle Site return
  • Supported the transfer of the carved taonga Maniapoto of Daniel Ormsby from the Hmailton Museum to the Wharekura o Maniapoto

2018 – 2019 Milestones

  • Co-governance hui:
    • Joint Management Agreement held at Te Kōpua Marae
    • Ministerial Forum held at Lake Karāpiro
  • Submissions:
    • Healthy Rivers Wai Ora Plan Change 1
    • Conservation Amendment Bill
    • Draft Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy for Aotearoa 2019-29
  • Workshops:
    • RMA 101 with Ministry for the Environment
    • Bio-security with Te Tira Whakamataki
  • Wānanga:
    • Development of Cultural Assessment Framework x3
    • Stream Health Monitoring Assessment Kit x2
    • Tuna Monitoring x2
  • Restoration project:
    • Installed fence and gate surrounding the Puna at Haurua
    • Planted 2,740 native plants
    • Installed seating and picnic table
  • Activated the Upper Waipā River Integrated Management Plan (UWRIMP)
  • Completed legislative review and implications for the UWRIMP
  • Launched Manga-o-kewa Cultural Health Indicator App with Te Korapatu Pā

2017 – 2018 Highlights

To lead and insprire our Iwi to enhance and improve upon our natural resources and taonga

  • 3 Kaitiaki wānanga held on Stream Health Monitoring Assessment Kits (SHMAK) and TUNA
  • 1 Maniapoto recipient of Te Atairangikaahu Scholarship
  • 2 Internships
    • Waikato Reigonal Council
    • Ministry for the Environment
  • 1 Presentation at the National Wetlands Symposium
  • 1 National Insistue of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) 2-day staff noho held at Te Keeti Marae
  • 2 Sucessful Waikato River Authority proposals
    • Maniapoto Kaitiaki Wānanga
    • Te Puna o Te Roimata

2017-2018 Milestones

  • 10 submissions
    • Variations 1 to Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1
    • Draft Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill
    • Draft National Planning Standards
    • Taranaki Regional Council Long Term Plan
    • Waikato Regional Council Long Term Plan
    • Waikato District Council Long Term Plan
    • Waipa District Council Long Term Plan
    • Taranaki Regional Council Coastal Plan Review
    • Horizons Regional Council Long Term Plan
    • Waitomo Distric Council Long Term Plan
  • 266 Sites mapped for Ngā repo o Maniapoto
    • 104 Repo
    • 86 Puna
    • 75 Wāhi tapu / whakawhirahira
    • 24 Taonga species
  • 129 sites confirmed for inclusion in the Waitomo District Plan
  • 4 Tribal members supported to attend conferences
    • Indigenous Mapping Wānanga
    • National Wetlands Symposium
  • 2 Sucessful Waikato River Authority projects completed
    • Mangaokewa Cultural Health Indicators
    • Taonga Regisiter Project
  • 2 Rangatahi contracted for transcribing services
  • 10 Tūhonohono hapori
    • 3 Kōhanga reo
    • 2 Marae
    • 1 Wharekura
    • 4 ētahi atu rōpū Māori

2016 – 17 Highlights

  • 100% support given to RMC’s with all resource consent applications referred to MMTB
  • 100% of requests to support whānau in resource management matters are answered
  • Hosted 4 Te Mana Taiao Advisory Group hui
  • Presented on MMTB projects at Waikato River Authority AGM
  • Tūhonohono – connecting people and place with mātauranga
  • 1 conference attended on Māori tuna
  • 1 NIWA 2-day staff noho held at Te Keeti Marae
  • 1 paid Summer Policy Internship secured with Ministry for the Environments
  • 2 taonga repatriated to Maniapoto as a registered collector of taona
  • 2 Joint Management Agreement Co-Governance Forums held
  • Supported 5 Whānau in RMA matters
  • Contributed to 5 council planning documents
  • 6 MMTB Environmental/Management Plan workshops
  • 10 Waikato Regional Council Healthy Rivers Wai Ora Plan Change Hui

2016 – 17 Milestones

  • Collective Deed Review for the Waikato/Waipā Rivers completed
  • MMTB Joint Management Agreement review with Waikato Regional Council completed
  • Working with 1 Wharekura, 2 Marae, 3 Kōhanga Reo and 3 Hapori to implement mahere ako (lesson plans)
  • 1 annual Ministerial Forum completed
  • 1 collective One Plan for Crown/Maniapoto to progress the Accords
  • 2 river riparian restoration projects in the Waipā Catchment successfully completed
  • 5 successful funding bids to the WRC, WRA, MBIE and Te Wai Māori Trust
  • 8 Maniapoto Priority Projects included in the Waikat/Waipā River Restoration Strategy

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.