Te Awa Lakes sits within the tribal boundary of Waikato-Tainui, and as such Waikato-Tainui has the Mana Whakahaere (authority) over its rohe (region) and resources, including the Waikato River and its associated natural environs.
In May 2017, a Tangata Whenua Working Group (TWWG) was established, made up representatives of Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Mahuta (Turangawaewae Marae), Ngā Tokotoru (representing Ngāti Tamainupō, Toa Kotara, Te Huaki) Ngāti Wairere, Ngāti Māhanga and Ngāti Hauā who collectively share kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of our rohe.
As a collective voice to collaboratively engage with the kaitiaki (guardians) of Te Awa Lakes, to uphold the local cultural, environmental, and holistic well-being of the natural environment.
As a collective voice, the TWWG reaffirms the holistic wellbeing attributes of the project, ensuring that Te Awa Lakes considers social, environmental, and cultural values related to the development in accordance with Tai Tumu Tai Pari Tai Ao (Waikato-Tainui Environmental Plan).
“Te Mauri o Te Awa, Karanga Ra.”
“Within the line of sight of Taupiri, the Hakarimata and Mangaharakeke Pa lies Te Awa Lakes; we greet and call you”.
Kaumatua Sonny Karena gifted the whakataukī (or proverb) to the development on behalf of the Tangata Whenua Working Group.
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