Partnering with Waka Kotahi

Partnering with Waka Kotahi

Ngāti Tama became involved in the project in 2016 when Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency approached us as we are manawhenua of the rohe and options for improving the road crossed our whenua.

Since then, we have worked closely with the Mt Messenger Alliance (Waka Kotahi and its partners who are delivering the project) to build a trusting relationship that ensures our manawhenua is respected and kaitiakitanga upheld.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama gifted the name ‘Te Ara o Te Ata’ to Waka Kotahi for the project.

Major transaction vote

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Tama made the decision to carry out a major transaction vote on Waka Kotahi’s offer to Ngāti Tama, for Te Ara o Te Ata to go ahead. A special resolution was put to iwi members that required a 75 percent positive vote for it to be passed. Te Runanga developed approaches for engaging with iwi to raise awareness about the project and encourage them to vote. This included information-sharing hui about the project, held in Waitara, Manaia and Porirua during February and March 2020.

Details about key aspects of the bypass design, environmental programme and agreements offered by Waka Kotahi, were distributed in the illustrated booklet Mt Messenger Bypass project – the story. 
The voting process closed in July 2020 with 82 percent of voters in favour of the agreements with Waka Kotahi.
Read our media release
The Taranaki Daily News story
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