The Hauraki Gulf / Tīkapa Moana – known also as Te Moananui-ā-Toi has been valued ever since the first waka navigated its waters around 1,000 years ago. It is one of New Zealand’s earliest places of human settlement and an iconic taonga (treasure) and kainga (home) for Mana Whenua.
Mana Whenua are key partners across the Tai Timu Tai Pari – Sea Change Project to collectively safeguard this national taonga.
The Project Steering Group (PSG) reflects a Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi partnership model, with eight mana whenua representatives, including a Mana Whenua-selected co-chair (Paul Majurey), working with eight central and local agency representatives to provide governance and strategic oversight of the project and outcomes. The Mana Whenua members to the PSG are Shane Ashby, Terrence Hohneck, Pirihira Kaio, Paul Majurey, Nicholas Manukau, Liane Ngamane, Jodi-ann Warbrick and Karen Wilson. The PSG Mana Whenua members were selected through a Mana Whenua process.
The Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) has four Mana Whenua members. The Mana Whenua members to the SWG are Laurie Beamish, Joe Davis, Tame Te Rangi and Lucy Tukua. The SWG as a whole operates in a collaborative, consensus-driven context to define and produce the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan. The SWG Mana Whenua members were selected through a Mana Whenua process.
Te Kotuiti Tua Rua, of Ngati Paoa Iwi who, over 25 years continues to traverse Tikapa Moana and uphold their mana and rangatiratanga. Opening of Te Ara Moana (the seagoing pathway) Waka Trail 5th April 2014 Tawhitokino
Mana Whenua involvement
Mana whenua have led a series of hui during the course of the project, promoting awareness of Mātauranga Māori as well as hui-ā-iwi among Mana Whenua. Further hui-ā-iwi will be held during the course of 2016. The Tai Timu Tai Pari – Sea Change project Mana Whenua representatives encourage and support all Mana Whenua participation at these hui.
Knowing the space
Both Auckland Council and Waikato Regional Council have published online information to assist with Tai Timu Tai Pari – Sea Change, such as data sets, map viewers and spatial information. This information adds to the overall understanding of the Gulf – how it used, the pressures it faces and how it might be shared into the future. Links to the relevant information on the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana can be viewed here.