Working the work
As usual, the last month has been hugely busy for the four of us who run the strategic directions of Te Ru¯nanga-a¯-Iwi o Nga¯ti Kahu.
Here’s is a brief summary of just a few of the matters dealt with during March.
Aquaculture Settlement Allocation: Nga¯ti Kahu refused to sell our aquaculture rights and responsibilities in our rohe moana, including our sovereign power and authority to determine what aquaculture activities, if any, occur in our rohe moana.
Snapper Sampling: Eight sample sites were visited in total over two days. These are the same sites as those visited three years ago. Our aim is to monitor the health of the harbour and its snapper nursery.
Te Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe Workshop: The Environment Portfolio had prepared to attend the hui set for 13 March and had invited all the Resource Contact people from each marae to join them. But due to cyclone Hola the hui was cancelled. We are waiting to hear if it is rescheduled.
National Climate Change Summit: We sent a small roopu to this hui in Wellington this weekend to bring back information, analysis, strategies and networks to help Ngati Kahu Te Iwi whanau and hapu take action NOW to mitigate the worst effects of abrupt climate change.
Land Use Applications: We dealt with three land use applications during the month, as well as four subdivisions and an application for the seawall at Taipa¯ .
Waiporohita Project: We continue to work with NRC on the next year of this project.
Taipa¯ Bridge Project: This month the base of the south-side approach ramp has almost been completed. Matakairiri and the Hapu¯ Integration Group (HIG) maintain the Mana Whenua integrity of this project report monthly to the rest of the Marae.
Doubtless Bay Working Group (DBWG): We attended the March 19th hui where the focus was on remedying the impacts of the Mango¯nui Causeway at Paewhenua Island and restoring the mauri of the harbour and river.
One Billion Trees Programme: We are thoroughly researching this to ensure any of our people who participate retain control of their land and get a genuine benefit from any trees —no long-term leases, no rights of renewal, no low stumpage clauses, etc.
Free Specialist Advice / Services: Through Dr John Mutu-Grigg of te Whanau Moana Te Rorohuri, we provide access to a range of free specialist orthopaedic advice and services for registered Nga¯ti Kahu iwi members and their immediate whanau.
Advocacy: We supported two Ma¯ori Land Court applicants and one CYFS complainant this month.
Overall our tikanga is simple — it would be nice if the government and Crown would work with us as they should.
But we have the support of our Ru¯nanga and Portfolio leaders, Te Taumata Kauma¯tua o Nga¯ti Kahu and many others to help us do what we must to work the work.
"Nga¯ ti Kahu refused to sell our aquaculture rights and responsibilities in our rohe moana including our sovereign power and authority to determine what aquaculture activities, if any, occur . . . "