Lucy is the Environment Manager (interim) at Ngati Paoa Iwi Trust whose footprint covers from Matakana in the north to Matakana in the south. She is currently supporting the post-settlement governance entity for Ngati Paoa in the area of both Resource Management and Local Government matters. In 2013 Lucy was appointed as one of four SWG mana whenua representatives.
“I have been at the coalface for as long as I can remember, having graduated from kaimahi on the Marae to committee member to Trustee and traversing from the paepae to the Board room with relative comfort. I am passionate about both my kainga/places of upbringing, i.e. Te Puaha o Waikato (Port Waikato at the river mouth) and at Kaiaua (on the western shores of Tikapa Moana).
“I grew up with a close affinity to Tikapa Moana and acknowledge my tupuna and our waahi tapu/urupa that feature along the foreshore having an outlook across Tikapa Moana to the Coromandel ranges.
“As a seafaring Iwi, Ngati Paoa are fortunate to be able to engage in the ancient cultural practice of Waka Taua and in 1989 launched our Waka Taua, Te Kotuiti Tuarua – still a formidable sight on the water seating 60 kaihoe/rowers.
“Iwi of Tamaki Makaurau, of Tikapa Moana/Te Moananui a Toi aspire to ensure that their cultural practices are provided for and therefore are not being ‘planned’ out of their traditional practices they wish to uphold, to continue to navigate these waterways and to honor, mitigate and protect the bounty and mauri of Tangaroa.”