Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan

Ngāi Tahu provide guidance for environment and cultural decisions in wider Canterbury

Ngāi Tahu rūnanga have created the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan to help guide councils and other agencies decisions about the environment and protection of resources.

The plan gives valuable insight to Ngāi Tahu values, issues and aspirations for the recognition, protection and management of taonga (treasures) and cultural interests.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Kaiwhakahaere, Tā Mark Solomon says the iwi management plan demonstrates our responsibility as kaitiaki (guardians).

“The iwi management plan carries the mana of all the Canterbury rūnanga and is an expression of our responsibility as kaitiaki. The plan is a step in the right direction to help councils and other agencies better understand our intimate relationship with the environment.”

Six Ngāi Tahu rūnanga – Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki), Koukourārata, Ōnuku, Wairewa and Taumutu – worked together through their environmental company, Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd and facilitated by Dyanna Jolly Consulting, to prepare the plan.

Chair of Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd, Iaean Cranwell (Wairewa) says the plan reflects a collective approach by the rūnanga and hopes the plan is used by all to gain an understanding of our world view.

“The iwi management plan reflects three years of hard collective work from the rūnanga. We are proud of the final plan and hope that it’s utilised by rūnanga, councils and other agencies when they are making decisions about the management of resources and the environment.”

Developing the iwi management plan has been a significant collaborative undertaking involving hundreds of hours and almost $250,000 on the project. The plan covers the area from the Hurunui River in the north, through Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, south to the Hakatere/Ashburton River.

Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council were major funders of this because the iwi management plan will be an important document to assist them to fulfil the requirements set out in the Local Government Act and the Resource Management Act. Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils also supported the development of the plan.

On Friday 1 March the six rūnanga will be hosting the Environment Canterbury commissioners, the mayors, councillors, senior managers and staff of the local authorities at Tuahiwi Marae, to formally lodge the Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan.

People wishing to obtain copies of the plan, can contact Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd by visiting, emailing [email protected] or calling 03 377 4374.