Wāhi Tuarima | Part 5
Ngā Take ā-rohe Me Ngā Kaupapa | Regional Issues and Policy
5.1 Kaitiakitanga [K]
Kaitiakitanga is fundamental to the relationship between Ngāi Tahu and the environment. It is the intergenerational responsibility and right of tāngata whenua to take care of the environment and resources upon which we depend. The responsibility of kaitiakitanga is twofold: ﬁrst, there is the ultimate aim of protecting mauri; and second, there is the duty to pass the environment to future generations in a state that is as good as, or better than, the current state.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi guarantees tāngata whenua the right to fulﬁll their kaitiaki obligations to protect and care for taonga in the environment, including land, waterways, natural features, wāhi tapu and ﬂora and fauna with tribal areas. However, there are important questions about the ability of current laws and policies to support these kaitiaki relationships to the degree required by the Treaty.
The Mahaanui IMP is a written expression of kaitiakitanga, setting out how to achieve the protection of natural and physical resources according to Ngāi Tahu values, knowledge and practices. As a tāngata whenua planning document with the mandate of six Canterbury Papatipu Rūnanga, the IMP is the basis for working with local authorities and other agencies to achieve sustainable management, mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei.
Ngā Paetae | Objectives
(1) Te Tiriti o Waitangi is recognised as the foundation of the relationship between Ngāi Tahu and local government.
(2) Papatipu Rūnanga are able to fulfill their role and responsibility as kaitiaki within management and decision making processes.
(3) Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd is a well performing and innovative resource management consultancy working on behalf of Papatipu Rūnanga to protect and enhance Ngāi Tahu values.
(4) The Mahaanui IMP 2013 is embraced and implemented as a manawhenua planning document for the six Papatipu Rūnanga across Ngā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū.
(5) The capacity of Papatipu Rūnanga to participate in natural resource management policy and planning processes is increased.
(6) Ngāi Tahu is able to lead the way and set an example on the landscape with regard to best practice and sustainable cultural, environmental, economic, and social outcomes.
Ngā Take | Issues of Significance
K1: Recognition of Manawhenua
Issue K1: The need to recognise manawhenua, and therefore engage with the appropriate Papatipu Rūnanga.
K2: Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Issue K2: Recognition of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the basis for the relationship between Ngāi Tahu and local government
K3: Effective Recognition of Kaitiatikanga
Issue K3: Eﬀective recognition of kaitiakitanga in natural resource management and governance processes.
Issue K4: Working together with agencies, communities and people with responsibilities and interests in the protection of natural resources and the environment.
K5: Leading the Way
Issue K5: The kaitiaki responsibility of Ngāi Tahu is to set an example of best practice on the landscape.
K6: Capacity Building
Issue K6: There is a continuing need to build capacity within Papatipu Rūnanga to participate eﬀectively in natural resource management and governance.
END NOTES / REFERENCES
Waaka-Home, M., on behalf of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, 2011. Submitter evidence for the Rakaia Water Conservation Order application by TrustPower Ltd (s.4.15).
Waitangi Tribunal, 2011. Ko Aotearoa Tēnei: A Report into Claims Concerning New Zealand Law and Policy Affecting Māori Culture and Identity, 2011. Wellington.
Goodall, A., 2001. Ngāi Tahu and the Crown: Partnership Promised, In: Cant,G. & Kirkpatrick, R. Rural Canterbury: Celebrating its History. Wellington, Daphne Brasell Associates and Lincoln University Press, pp. 14-15.
As per Ngāi Tahu Values for Ngāi Tahu Holdings Group businesses. http://ngaitahuproperty.co.nz