Rising sea levels, greater fluctuations of lake levels and increasing water temperatures pose a genuine threat to many hapū and their tāonga around the Te Arawa rohe, and a new group established to address these concerns has already identified key areas where it can make an impact. The Te Arawa Climate Change working group, established…

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We are embarking on a long term project to measure and monitor the health of our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands, from a cultural point of view. We want to develop a way of doing so that is simple, measurable, and recognises the different ways in which whānau at each lake know that the environment…

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Resource Consents

There has been a steady reduction of resource consent applications for lake structures since the cultural values work begun. May last year saw 51 consent applications for new and modified lake structures, compared to 26 currently being processed. Jetties make up approximately 90% of the applications. Tangata whenua participation in the cultural mapping project has…

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Te Arawa Lakes Trust

The Ministry for Primary Industries has publicly notified proposed new Te Arawa Lakes Fisheries Bylaws, which aim to protect the sustainability of freshwater taonga species and recognise traditional Te Arawa fishery practices. The proposed bylaws have been developed by Te Komiti Whakahaere, the Te Arawa Fisheries Committee, which sits within Te Arawa Lakes Trust. They…

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A new working group has been set up to help Te Arawa iwi and hapū with the growing issue of tackling climate change. The Te Arawa Climate Change Working Group has been established following feedback from iwi and hapū and aims to ensure tangata whenua are leading the discussions about what can be done on…

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