Culture and partnerships

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Culture and partnerships

Ngāti Kuia and Rangitāne have maintained their relationships with Te Hoiere and Kaituna Catchments for centuries; these associations are reflected in the numerous significant cultural sites found across the catchments. As the kaitiaki and landowners in the rohe, Ngāti Kuia have partnered with community groups on environmental issues and hosted events at Te Hora Marae to advocate for national level policy to protect taonga in the rohe.

There is a need to facilitate capacity for Iwi to partner with larger organisations such as DOC and MDC.

Ngāti Kuia seek to protect taonga through funded kaitiakitanga management regimes and wish to improve economic returns from Māori lands and resources. There is also a need for the development of a tribal economy. It is important that the Project provides: live, work and play opportunities for whānau; management of Te Oranga Mātaitai Reserve; and supports Ngāti Kuia decision-making in relation to the management of the awa.

The meaning and value that Te Hoiere holds for people needs to be recognised and protected for present and future generations – the community are at the heart of this project. This is a diverse community with differing interests therefore Te Hoiere Project presents an opportunity to unify everyone under common aspirations to achieve transformative change.