Current activities

Current activities

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama’s role involves representing the iwi on boards and trusts to provide input and feedback on current proposals and initiatives affecting our people. Our engagement in Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass continues to require considerable focus.

New Plymouth District Council Te Huinga Taumatua

We represent our iwi on New Plymouth District Council’s partnership committee Te Huinga Taumatua and are involved in projects that are important to us.

Three waters reforms

The Government wants to change the way the services are delivered for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. The reforms propose to shift responsibility for the three waters from 67 councils to four publicly owned Water Service Entities (WSEs).

We are looking at areas including Māori rights and interests, impacts on existing Treaty settlement provisions, mana whenua representation in water entities governance, and how these reforms relate to other reforms including resource management and freshwater rights and interests. 

This work is ongoing.
Resource management reforms

The Government plans to repeal the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and replace it with three new pieces of legislation. The current resource management system has not delivered on its desired environmental or development outcomes. RMA decisions have not consistently given effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi.

We are working through our expectations for the new system and how to ensure the views of our people are integrated into the plans.

Freshwater reforms

Work to restore and protect freshwater is being rolled out. The changes aim to improve water quality within five years, and have healthy freshwater resources, waterways and ecosystems within a generation. This also includes achieving efficient and fair allocation of freshwater resources, considering all interests including Māori, and existing and potential new users

Ngā Iwi o Taranaki Collective

As a member of the collective of recognised Taranaki iwi, TRoNT is involved in decision making about current issues including the following:

  • Covid-19 response in our region
  • The collective continues to work with Taranaki District Health Board to respond locally to Covid-19 as the situation evolves.
Taranaki Maunga

A settlement on the maunga is being negotiated with the Crown. This initiative involves conveying the maunga with values and the legal status of a person.

Taranaki Māori Trust Board (TMTB) disestablishment

The TMTB is being wound up and pay-outs distributed among the eight Taranaki iwi. There are plans to formally mark the disestablishment and creation of a new iwi regional entity.

Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger bypass

We continue to work closely with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and its alliance partners on the project, including meeting with them fortnightly/monthly.

Our work to date has involved providing:

  • detailed knowledge about Ngāti Tama land to be used for the project
  • a Māori Values Assessment as required for the project’s resource management applications
  • input into the route selection process
  • advice and guidance for the bypass design and cultural expression
  • expertise in developing the project’s environmental programme
  • a plan for cultural monitoring of the project.
We engaged with members for our major transaction vote in July 2020 to explain the project, what had been offered and its benefits for uri. This included planning, preparing information, running workshops and information sessions, and reaching out to whanau around the country and overseas.

Te Rūnanga is focussed on getting the best for our people from the contracting, employment and other opportunities available to us through the project agreements.

Read more about the project and our work.

Te Whare Punanga Korero Trust

We represent Ngāti Tama on Te Whare Punanga Korero Trust (TWPK), Taranaki's regional Māori health governance body, made up of members from Taranaki's eight iwi.

We are providing feedback on proposed changes to our health system to address unequal health outcomes for Māori. The reforms are designed to give Māori rangatiratanga over hauora Māori and greater influence throughout the health system.

Te Korimako o Taranaki

Te Rūnanga o Te Reo Irirangi o Taranaki Charitable Trust holds the licence for Te Korimako o Taranaki 94.8FM. Ngāti Tama and the other Taranaki iwi have representatives on the Trust to run the station. It is the sole local Māori radio station in the region and provides a variety of programmes including local news, current affairs, interviews, sport, youth focus, and music.
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