Tākiri ko te ata, ka ngau Tāwera

Ko te tohu o te mate i nunumi ake nei

Me ko Whakaahu, me ko Puanga

Ko ngā whetū nui o te rangi e tautohe nei

E tū Puanga i te Tahi o Pipiri, e tū, e tū, e tū!

The past month has been an extremely busy time for the team who’ve been travelling the motu meeting with uri to bring everyone up to date with negotiations. It was wonderful to hear all of the comments and feedback from whanau, as well as providing an opportunity for attendees to ask questions relating to this process currently underway.

We also met with Te Kāhui Maunga in the last weekend of May at Aotearoa Marae in South Taranaki. Te Kāhui Maunga represents iwi who have interests in the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks. Whilst our negotiations are in relation to our tupuna maunga Taranaki, it’s important for us to discuss how we can all tautoko each other as we navigate through this process. The hui was really positive and we look forward to meeting with them again later this year.

There was also in intensive period of discussions with other stakeholders who have an interest in our Maunga, particularly those involved in activities on our around our Maunga. We’re really pleased at the strong level of support from all the groups we met with who indicated the same desire we have to protect and care for our Maunga. They also expressed their willingness to work alongside iwi in the future and welcome the opportunity to do so. Some of the groups included the South and North Taranaki Forest and Bird, the Taranaki-Whanganui Conservation Board and our Regional and District Councils.

Over the next few months we will continue to hold these important hui and discussions amongst ourselves and with all who have an interest in our Maunga so that we can be certain the aspirations of our uri are being heard by all.

The Negotiation team continue to meet with Crown officials regularly to work on an agreed redress package that will meet the aspirations of Ngā Uri o Taranaki and to ensure the mana, care and wellbeing of our tupuna maunga now and into the future.

We had been working towards signing a high level agreement (Agreement in Principle) in August this year. To allow us more time and opportunity to engage with uri and get input from all the iwi of Taranaki, we’ve now agreed with the Crown to spend more time working on the key parts and detail of any agreements, working towards signing a high level agreement by the end of the year. This will also mean that we don’t get rushed by a Crown timetable that needs to fit in with the General Election in September.

We appreciate all the effort that you’ve put in to come on this journey with us and value all of the korero and whakaaro that you’ve shared with the team.

Nei rā te mihi  aroha ki a koutou ngā uri a ō tātou maunga, koutou e ngana nei ki te hāpai ake i te mana me te ora o ō tatou maunga, nō reira, tēnā rā koutou katoa.