Film & Photography


Permission from Te Arawa Lakes Trust is required if you plan to undertake any filming on a Te Arawa Lake. This includes the use of UAV / drones.


As part of the application process you will be asked how you have considered the cultural values of our lakes and how your activity impacts or enhances these values. This includes the capturing and use of images that may cause offence and avoiding sites of importance to Te Arawa iwi and hapū. The proper use of Te Arawa history and stories is also paramount. Te Arawa Te Arawa Lakes Trust recommends that prior to your lodging of the application that you peruse our cultural value framework Te Tuapapa o Nga Wai o Te Arawa as well as iwi and hapū management plans associated to the lake on which you are applying to hold your event.


An application will need to be submitted to Te Arawa Lakes Trust at least 6 weeks prior to the proposed date of filming. Once we have received payment of the application fee you will be contacted within 10 business days with a decision or request to provide further information.


To apply for a licence please click here