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.