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Te Arawa Cultural Values Framework / Te Tuapapa o nga wai o Te Arawa

Te Arawa Lakes Trust has developed Te Tūāpapa o nga wai o Te Arawa / Te Arawa Cultural Values Framework.

It is a values-based Policy Statement that articulates our values in relation to the long term aspirations for the Te Arawa Lakes.

How has it been developed?

This Framework was developed through engagement with Te Arawa hapū and iwi in February to April 2015.

Why has it been developed?
We need to ensure that the Te Arawa Lakes are managed through our values. For this to be achieved, we have collated your feedback and articulated what is meant by Te Arawa values, in a form that is easy to understand and apply.

This Framework will:

  • Ensure that the Te Arawa Lakes are managed and restored with a ‘cultural lens’, alongside science and technology.
  • Effect positive change - environmentally, socially, culturally and economically
  • Improve awareness and knowledge about the traditional relationship of Te Arawa with the Lakes.
  • Show leadership for intergenerational benefit

What are our guiding Te Arawa values?

Our guiding Te Arawa values (Te Whakapapa o te Wai) are: Wai, Waiariki, Waiora, Wairua and Waiata.

What are our guiding principles?

This Framework identifies two Guiding Principles to provide a ‘bridge’ between the conceptual components of Te Whakapapa o Te Wai and the tangible actions. These Principles enable the Lakes (and surrounding land and waterways) to be seen, valued and managed through a Cultural Lens.

  • Guiding Principle 1 - Value the role that the Te Arawa Lakes Trust and Te Arawa have to play regarding the Te Arawa Lakes 
  • Guiding Principle 2 - Value Te Ao Maori


Pukenga Koeke o Te Arawa

The establishment of a "Pukenga Koeke" body to:

"Provide advice, guidance and leadership to the Te Arawa Lakes Trust on matters pertaining to Tikanga, Kawa, Whakapapa and Te Reo"

Rangatakapu- Te Arawa Emerging Leaders

This initiative is designed to pilot a leadership development programme for emerging leaders committed to the future of Te Arawa (Rangatakapu between 20 and 45 years old) which builds on succession leadership competency. It was widely acknowledged in the Tahana Report 2006 that there was a lack of effective leadership in Te Arawa and it identified strong support for creating a unified voice or entity to lead the collective development of Te Arawa while simultaneously strengthening leadership.

The outcomes of the programme are to develop the customized needs of Te Arawa and its emerging leaders; emerging leaders achieve new knowledge and levels of competency that enhances their role as the future leadership of Te Arawa; and the evaluation report should reflect the programme's success and on going need for continuity.

Iwi Futures- Massey University

This is an exciting research initiative Between TALT, Massey University and Paehinahina Mourea.  The Massey research programme is called: "Iwi Futures" - Integrated Maori Land and Resource Development: A decision support framework.  It is a 2 yr 8 month collaborative research project between The Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Massey University, Scion and Landcare Research.  It is funded by the Foundation for Research and Technology.  The Maori incorporations (landblocks) that will be involved in the project are Paehinahina Mourea, Ngati Hine Health Trust (Taitokerau) Waimarama Incorporation (Kahungunu) and Aohanga Incorporation (Kahungunu).   The case studies of these landblocks will assess current land utilisation and production systems and develop alternative development scenarios or future pathway choices.  Tepora Emery is the researcher assigned to the Paehinahina Mourea case study with Tanira Kingi the main Massey coordinator.

NIWA- Lakes Contaminant Health Risk Project Kai Moana, Kai Awa, Kai Roto

A three year joint project between TALT, NIWA, Dr Gail Tipa (Tipa & Associates), Ngāti Hokopu ki te Hokowhitu and Kai Tahu which has been funded by the New Zealand Health Research Council.  The research project is to investigate the contaminant levels and risk to Māori health associated with ‘wild kai' - food gathered from the sea (kai moana), rivers (kai awa), and lakes (kai roto). The ultimate aim of the research is to improve Māori health by identifying, quantifying, and communicating the risks associated with the collection and consumption of wild kai.

The project builds on previous research undertaken by NIWA, Ngāti Hokopu and Te Rūnanga o Awarua, which investigated the relationship between Māori and aquatic environments, documented how these relationships had been modified, and how this affected the spiritual and emotional health of the two hapū. Research on traditional food species in the Te Arawa lakes also complements this project.

Mahinga Kai Project:

The three year programme between NIWA and Te Arawa Lakes Trust continues to make good progress towards its aim to provide science based guidelines and tools to develop a sustainable management framework for Te Arawa Lakes customary fisheries.

A lot of the work has focused on knowledge gaps identified during the first year of the programme specifically koura (freshwater crayfish), kakahi (freshwater mussel) and the fish koaro, tuna (eel) and inanga (smelt). The programme forms the basis of an effective mechanism for integrating scientific and traditional approaches to sustainable management of natural resources and could provide a formula for other iwi and resource managers to follow.

Recent project tasks were based around models and frameworks, communication and information and focus on increasing the profile of the programme within Te Arawa.

One of the purposes of the research was to provide information that could possibly guide the drafting and development of bylaws to be included within the freshwater fisheries regulations.

Tau Koura Monitoring Project:

The Tau Koura Monitoring Programme is well underway with Willie Emery and Ian Kusabs. The winter season proved testing in terms of getting monitoring results however the warmer whether has meant Ian and his team (Joseph Butterworth) are making the most of the weather. Two Tau koura were placed in various Te Arawa Lakes over the three months which assisted in further monitoring of koura presence, population, and size and planning for effective restoration of this taonga species.

The Trust is also keen to develop protection mechanisms around this device in terms of Intellectual Property rights through a developing relationship with the Ministry of Economic Development. This project has been successful to date and we acknowledge and value the contributions many people have made through sharing their oral histories, stories, experiences and skills of tau koura as well as those who have attended the presentations.