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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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