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Environment Management Plan

Draft Iwi Management Plan


We are developing a pan-tribal Iwi Planning Document, commonly known as an Iwi management plan.

This Plan will:

  • outline issues, objectives and policies for our lakes and lake catchments.
    Only where generalities apply, and consistency is required (e.g. lakes structures, pest fish, water quality)
  • be a rohe-wide Plan but will not delve into lake specific matters.
    That is the role of individual iwi and hapū management plans as well as engagement with our hungatiaki (kaitiaki) for each lake.


We want to have greater impact and influence in the management and restoration of our Lakes.

Our values framework - Te Tūāpapa o nga wai o Te Arawa (Te Tūāpapa) - provides a solid foundation but to have greater impact, we need to articulate our views in a format and language familiar (e.g. policy) to those who make decisions and/or fund projects for our lakes.

We need a document that is more directive, particularly to Councils, stating what we want and don’t want. For example, we have an internal lakes structure policy to guide how applications for lake structures should be handled. However, it has no ‘teeth’. The Iwi Planning Document holds mana externally in a way our internal policies cannot.

Councils are continually reviewing their regional and district plans (‘rulebooks’) and planning their work programmes. Having an Iwi Planning Document means that we are proactive and prepared to front foot these processes.


Local & Central Government

Many of the policies will be aimed at use in Council planning and resource consent processes and decisions. This Plan will also influence the Te Arawa Lakes Programme and other operational teams (e.g. utilities, land management).

  • While there are no specific obligations by central government agencies to take this Plan into account, it will be used to build and/or enhance our relationship moving forward.
TALT & Te Arawa Iwi and hapū

This Plan is also for us! It will support the work that we (TALT / Te Arawa Iwi and hapū) do and help us to be more influential within our own areas of interest.


Like Te Tūāpapa, this Plan will apply to:

  • the 14 lakes subject to the Te Arawa Lakes Settlement Act 2006
  • the rivers, streams, tributaries, puna (springs) and other freshwater sources (including waterways) in the Te Arawa rohe as proclaimed under the Waitangi Treaty claim Wai 1875.