Tāngata Whenua Roopu

Tangata Whenua Roopu and Lead Team Members

Ko te kauri he whakaruruhau mō te Iwi katoa

Kia toi tū he whenua

Kia toi tū he kauri

The kauri is a shelter for all peoples

So that the land is sustained

So that the kauri stands proud

In 2009, The Kauri Dieback Joint Agency Response Programme ('The Programme') facilitated seven initial hui with tāngata whenua in the kauri rohe which is inclusive of Kawhia to the west, across to Tauranga Moana and Hauraki in the East, up to and including the West and East coasts of Te Tai Tokerau. 

The hui sought the views on how to engage with tāngata whenua in the response while taking into account practical issues around resourcing.  The hui [report][i] identified that Māori wanted to be involved at all levels of the engagement.

In 2010, The Programme called for tāngata whenua who hold mana whenua interests over whenua where kauri exists, to indicate their interest in being involved in a strategic roopū which would work with The Programme partners, to prevent the spread of PTA and ensure the longevity of kauri. 

The purpose of the Tāngata Whenua Roopū (TWR) is to provide strategic advice into all aspects of the long term management plan focusing on:

■            preventing the spread of Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA - Kauri Dieback), 

■            addressing the impact of PTA on tāngata whenua and their communities 

Both [The Programme Charter][ii] and the  [TWR Terms of Reference][iii] inform the parameters of the involvement of tāngata whenua in The Programme.  Marae, hapū, iwi, or Māori land blocks within the kauri catchment can appoint a representative to the programme by filling out an [Expression of Interest]viii

The TWR works to ensure that The Programme incorporates mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge and knowledge systems) in the response, and includes opportunities for tāngata whenua to build capacity to undertake surveillance, monitoring, managing and appropriately treating the disease and preventing the spread of the disease.

The TWR has completed a number of projects, which have contributed to the long term management of preventing the spread of PTA.

■            [Tangata Whenua Roopū  - Cultural Impact Assessment][iv]

■            [Tangata Whenua Roopū  - Cultural Health Indicators][v]

■            [The Programme Relationship Monitoring Framework - Draft 2012][vi]

Current mahi

Early this year The Kauri Dieback Programme and the TWR convened a Kāhui Kaumātua hui to provide kaumātua with an update of progress regarding the long term response.  Kaumātua will be meeting in early 2012 to discuss and advise how they consider they may best inform the development of the Kauri Dieback response and to ensure effective and consistent information across kauri rohe can be communicated to whanau, hapū, iwi and their communities.

The next Kāhui Kaumātua hui will also explore mātauranga and its application, and check that the response is consistent with [The Kauri Dieback Programme Charter][vii].

For further information regarding the Tāngata Whenua Roopū

Contact:               Steven Wilson
                                E: steven@maximize.co.nz 


[i] Initial Engagement Hui - 2009

[ii] The Programme Charter v1 -   2010

[iii] Tangata Whenua Roopu - Terms of Reference

[iv] TWR - Cultural Impact Assessment (2012)

[v] TWR - Cultural Health Indicators (2012)

[vi] The Programme Relationship Monitoring Framework - Draft (2012)

[vii] The programme Charter v1 - 2010

[viii] Expression of Interest




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