Draft Kātiki Point management plan released
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is now accepting public submissions on its draft plan to protect Kātiki Point for future generations.
Kātiki Point – which receives up to 40,000 visitors a year – is a headland that forms the southern tip of Moeraki peninsula in coastal North Otago. It is home to unique wildlife, scenery and history, including Te Raka o Hineata Pā and the largest number of nationally endangered hōiho (yellow eyed penguin) in Te Waipounamu.
Te Rūnanga o Moeraki ūpoko David Higgins says Kātiki Point is a site of tremendous historic and cultural importance to Ngāi Tahu.
“Many generations of tūpuna have lived, gathered kai and practiced tikanga in this place, so it’s of great importance to us as mana whenua. We want to be able to share the culture and wildlife of Kātiki Point with manuhiri now, but also with our future tamariki and mokopuna,” says Mr Higgins.
“The draft reserve management plan is about finding a way to balance the protection of cultural and natural values of the property while allowing tourism and visitor activities to continue,” he says.
“We acknowledge the input of our local stakeholders as we have been compiling the draft plan particularly, the Department of Conservation, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, Waitaki District Council and Penguin Rescue. We look forward to finalising the plan after all public submissions are received and considered,” he says.
While Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu controls and manages the reserve in conjunction with Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, the Department of Conservation has an ongoing role offering technical advice and support.
“The protection of native wildlife, particularly tītī and hōiho, is a critical part of the management of Kātiki Point and we look forward to continuing our partnership role alongside the local iwi,” says Senior Ranger John Barkla, the Department of Conservation representative on the Kātiki Point Management Group.
Public submissions are being accepted until 15 November 2019. The draft plan is available for viewing at Waitaki District Council service centres in Oamaru and Palmerston, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, 15 Show Place, Christchurch and the Dunedin office of the Department of Conservation. An electronic copy is available on the Moeraki Runanga website www.moerakirunanga.nz