Department of Conservation


The Ngāi Tahu Treaty Settlement Negotiation with the Crown: Key players and background

In August 1986 Henare Rakiihia Tau, on behalf of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Trust Board (NTMTB), submitted a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal about the government’s announcement that it would transfer Crown land interests to State-Owned Enterprises. Ngāi Tahu and Māori across the country were worried that after the government privatised land and assets they would become unavailable for transfer in future Treaty settlements. Over the following year-and-a-half, seven further amendments to their statement of claim were made that set out the grievances arising from land purchases and the lack of reserves provided by the Crown, and the loss of access to food-gathering areas (mahinga kai), including both sea and inland fisheries. Tau was the Deputy Chairman of the Trust Board, and the Upoko of Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Tā Tipene was the Chairman of the NTMTB, and he and Tau formed an effective partnership in leading the Ngāi Tahu claim in the 1980s.

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Ngāi Tahu Tourism opens new Franz Josef visitor hub

A major new visitor hub housing the Department of Conservation, Franz Josef Glacier Guides (owned by Ngai Tahu Tourism and part-owned by Te Rūnanga o  Makaawhio) , Glacier Hot Pools, i-SITE Franz Josef and a café has opened in the village of Franz Josef. Built and owned by Ngāi Tahu Tourism, the building  –  Te…

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Whānau assist with mōhua transfer

The mōhua (yellowhead) population in the Eglinton Valley, Fiordland, recently received a boost with the release of 80 birds that were transferred from Anchor Island in Dusky Sound. The Mōhua Charitable Trust supported the transfer, working in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. Ōraka Aparima members, John Roberts and his…

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Little spotted kiwi returned to Dusky Sound

Little spotted kiwi/ kiwi pukupuku were recently returned to Dusky Sound in Fiordland for the first time in more than a century. Twenty birds were transferred from Kapiti Island north of Wellington to predator-free Anchor Island/Pukenui in Dusky Sound, to start another population of this endangered kiwi. The kaitiakitanga of kiwi pukupuku on Kapiti Island…

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Local support for Te Matatini 2015

The saying many hands make light work, is fitting for Te Matatini 2015, as many organisations from around the Waitaha region are offering to support this year’s competition. Environment Canterbury (Ecan), the Department of Conservation (DoC), and Christchurch-based charitable trust, Greening the Rubble have all generously offered to provide different resources for the event. Over…

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Staying at Nohoanga

Nohoanga provide Ngāi Tahu whānau with an opportunity to experience the landscape as their tīpuna did; and to rekindle the traditional practices of gathering food and other natural resources. The term ‘nohoanga’ (literally meaning ‘a place to sit’) traditionally refers to the seasonal occupation sites which were an integral part of the mobile lifestyle of…

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Whale recovery at Pareora

Te pou i te ara tika i ngaro The kaikaraka called to her, from Pareora Beach. The whānau gathered. Knives glinted in the sun. She knew, her koha would be honoured. Teoti Jardine 29 May, 2014. A dead 11.3 metre sub-adult humpback whale washed ashore last month at Pareora and the Department of Conservation granted…

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Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out

Around sixty volunteers gathered at Ahuriri Lagoon in late May for the first Whakaora Te Waihora staff plant-out for Ngāi Tahu, Environment Canterbury, Department of Conservation and Te Ara Kākāriki staff. The plant-out was just one part of the greater Whakaora Te Waihora restoration planting programme that aims to restore native vegetation specific to different…

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Saving rare kiwi

As part of their kaitiaki responsibilities, Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio has been supporting a number of initiatives aimed at saving the very rare Haast tokoeka and rowi (Ōkārito brown) from extinction. Operation Nest Egg (ONE), managed through DOC has been one such initiative, where eggs are taken, hatched in a specialised facility and then taken…

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The Conservation Conundrum

Over the past four years, the Department of Conservation has had $54 million slashed from its budget. What will these cuts mean for Te Waipounamu and Ngāi Tahu? It was a small farewell at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Bluff, late last year – an end to a relationship that had spanned several decades.

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