Media Release - September 10, 2022

Official blessing for Te Ture Whaimana

The work to undertake a review of Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato (Vision & Strategy for the Waikato River) has been officially marked with a karakia at the base of Taupiri Maunga. 

Te Ture Whaimana is the primary direction setting document for all activities around the Waikato River and Waipā River catchments, and is backed by parliamentary legislation.

The multi-year review project is the most comprehensive reassessment of the objectives and strategies underpinning Te Ture Whaimana since it was established 12 years ago. The review is a co-design process between River Iwi and the Crown who are the ultimate decision makers on any potential changes.

Co-chair Paula Southgate says the review is one of the biggest tasks to be undertaken by the Authority since it was established.

“The scale and importance of the review means we have had to be thorough in our preparation, however we have our team and approach confirmed and so are ready to get underway.” 

Co-chair Tipa Mahuta says a transparent and consultative process is vital given the importance of the awa to those who depend on it from a cultural, social, environmental and economic perspective. “All views need to be heard and considered as part of this review.”

The first stages of consultation on the review will take place in the next couple of months.

The morning karakia was attended by Waikato-Tainui including Te Arataura Chair Tukoroirangi Morgan together with board members and staff from the Waikato River Authority as well as representatives of the consortium carrying out the review work on behalf of the Authority.