Work­ing the work

The Northland Age - - Opinion - Ana­hera Her­bert-Graves

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 . . . "

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