Ngā Kirimana: Bypass agreements

Ngā Kirimana: Bypass agreements

The project provides substantial benefits for Ngāti Tama from the agreements with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

These include gaining 120 hectares of our tupuna land and restoring the environmental values of Parininihi through an extensive pest management programme, protecting taonga species and planting. There are jobs and contracting opportunities for us.

Ngā Kirimana: Work programme

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A priority for the rūnanga is to ensure opportunities, arising from the bypass agreements with Waka Kotahi, are identified and realised.

A suite of work on Ngā Kirimana (the agreements) is underway to prepare Ngāti Tama for Te Ara o Te Ata’s ongoing environmental work and the lead up to and during construction. This work will help to position and prepare us for many of the opportunities offered by the agreements.

The work is being done collaboratively and involves engaging with members. This includes our Kaunihera Kaumatua and our affiliate trust, Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi. As appropriate we are also talking to other local iwi, councils and community groups, and other government agencies.

Check out iwi news to see some of the work we’ve been doing on Ngā Kirimana.

Work on Ngā Kirimana

Summary of the agreements and key benefits from the agreements with Waka Kotahi.
Property Agreement with the Crown
Land exchange, purchase and lease
Waka Kotahi buys approximately 20 hectares of Ngāti Tama land at the agreed market valuation for the road.

In exchange, Ngāti Tama receives a property on Gilbert Rd, approximately 120 hectares of coastal land at Pukearuhe.

Waka Kotahi leases approximately 16 hectares from Ngāti Tama during the bypass construction phase – returning it once construction is finished, and the land has been restored.

Funds from the land purchase.

  • The Gilbert Rd property:
    • has significant wāhi tapu, pa sites and wai tapu
    • contains regenerating bush that backs onto a huge conservation area
    • provides us with direct access to our ngāhere.

  • Funds from the lease arrangement.

  • The leased areas will be planted to preserve our land’s conservation values.
Cultural Mitigation
Agreement with Waka Kotahi
Recognises Ngāti Tama’s cultural connection with the area being used for the Mt Messenger Bypass.

Cultural compensation payment of $7.7 million paid into the Te Manawaroa o Ngāti Tama Charitable Trust, established for this purpose.
  • Opportunities for our people to be employed and participate in pest management and planting. The Project’s 3650-hectare pest management area includes approximately 1580 hectares of Ngāti Tama’s land.

  • Assisting Te Rūnanga to get advice on business development, and access to government support for business development.

  • The project provides further training, work and contracting opportunities for iwi members.

  • Cultural expression is part of the project’s design.

  • Funding to enable our people to provide on-site cultural monitoring of project works.
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PO Box 143 Waitara
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