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Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua

Updated 12 August 2019 12:47pm

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua process is the collaborative discussion on the future of our streams and rivers, the water that connects us, the land and our communities, and how we manage and protect our natural resources.

Stu Farrant, Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee Chair

Ngāti Toa Rangatira statement

The Ngāti Toa Rangatira statement outlines the aspirations of Ngāti Toa Rangatira and explains their cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional associations with Te Awarua-o-Porirua and the wider catchment. The Ngāti Toa Rangatira statement and the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Implementation Programme should be read together and implemented together to ensure the objectives and recommendations in both documents are reflected in regulatory and non-regulatory programmes.

The statement can be downloaded here Ngāti Toa Rangatira statement April 2019

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Implementation Programme completed

The Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Implementation Programme (WIP) is the culmination of careful deliberation, consultation and analysis over the last four years, led by the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee.

The Committee worked with council officials, scientific and technical experts, Ngāti Toa Rangatira and local communities to develop the WIP. The WIP contains objectives, strategies and actions that will form a programme of work for the management of land and water in Te Awarua-O-Porirua Whaitua to improve fresh and marine water quality. The Committee has made 75 recommendations in the WIP, comprised of both regulatory and non-regulatory measures which aim to achieve the objectives the Committee has set for the Whaitua.

The final WIP can be downloaded here Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua WIP – April 2019.

The WIP and Ngāti Toa Rangatira statement were received by GWRC at a Council meeting on 10 April 2019. The regulatory recommendations will be included progressively into the Natural Resources Plan by way of plan variations. The non-regulatory recommendations will be implemented over time by GWRC with mana whenua partners Porirua City and Wellington City Councils as well as other key organisations.

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee

Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee is a group of local people that was tasked with recommending ways to maintain and improve the quality of our fresh water. The Committee, established in December 2014, has been working to collect and relay environmental, mana whenua, economic, and technical information and community knowledge between the community, committee and the Regional Council.

Meet your Committee members.

You've spoken, we've heard

Key to the work of Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua Committee was to identify what the community values about the waterways within the whaitua.  Find out what we all value about water in Te Awarua-o-Porirua.

All the information discussed at the Committee meetings is available on this website, under Presentations and Reports.

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