May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Otorohanga District Council signs an historic agreement with Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo

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On 16 November 2010 the Chairperson of Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo, Kingi Porima signed an information sharing agreement with Dale Williams, Mayor of the Otorohanga District Council.

This agreement represents a new development in the way Iwi Kaitiaki manage their responsibilities for heritage sites within the Otorohanga District.

We have undertaken extensive research into all historical areas of significance to us and have recently published Te Tahuanui: Ngati Hikairo Heritage Management Plan, said Mr Porima. The Plan sets out our approach to the management of our w?hi t?puna and w?hi tapu within our rohe. A key focus of the project was to gather together information and record all sites of importance to us so they can be protected into the future, he said.

Veiw of Kawhia Moana from Tirohanga

Mr Williams said the Council was very pleased to be associated with the work undertaken by Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo. The Council is committed to developing robust and effective relationships with mana whenua across the district. We see this collaboration with Ngati Hikairo to manage heritage information to be an important practical way we can respect mana whenua while doing our job as a Council. The information relates to sites of cultural, historical or spiritual significance, wahi tupuna and wahi tapu (sacred sites), he said.

The Runanganui has agreed to make available to the Council a layer of information relating to Ngati Hikairo heritage sites so that the Council can fulfill its legislative responsibilities of managing and sustaining cultural heritage into the future. This layer clearly demarcates information that can be used in the Council setting and that which is restricted to the Iwi, said Mr Porima. I am proud of the way our Resource Management Subcommittee has put this project together and completed it so professionally on behalf of the tribe, he said.

Mr Porima said he was looking forward to working with Mayor Dale Williams, to further develop the relationship between the Council and Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo on matters that concern the two organisations into the future. Mr Williams also mentioned the ongoing relationship development work that the Council is undertaking with the Runanganui. He said There are many opportunities to work together with Ngati Hikairo on matters of mutual interest and concern. The Council has been looking for ways to move forward that are relevant to the overarching community of interest held by mana whenua. We are all here for the benefit of the District, he said.

Contacts for further information:

Tony Spelman
Te Runanganui o Ngati Hikairo
09 636 2107

Reginald Proffit
Policy Manager
Otorohanga District Council
07 873 8199

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