Mahaanui Iwi Management Plan (IMP)


This Iwi Management Plan reflects three years of collective effort by the six Rūnanga of Kā Pākihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū. An outstanding effort, and an outcome to be celebrated.

Ma te kotahitanga e whai kaha ai tātou.
In unity, we have strength.

The words in this plan come from the whānau who gather, live and work in the takiwā, and who tirelessly uphold the kōrero for the protection of the culture and identity of their hapū and Rūnanga. To all those who contributed their knowledge, ideas and experience, this plan would not have been possible without you.

Of these whānau, special thanks goes to the IMP Working Group for guiding the waka from start to end. Through the ups and downs of whakapapa, policy and political debate, this group held firm to the goal of a collective IMP as a vital tool for Ngā Rūnanga to ensure the recognition and protection of Ngāi Tahu values. The IMP Working Group consisted of the following representatives:

  • Iaean Cranwell – Wairewa Rūnanga
  • Clare Williams and Hoana Burgman – Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga
  • June Swindells and Te Whe Phillips – Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki)
  • Peter Ramsden, Charles Crofts and Wade Wereta-Osborn – Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata
  • Waitai (George) Tikao – Ōnuku Rūnanga
  • Terrianna Smith and Craig Pauling – Te Taumutu Rūnanga

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With your contribution, with my contribution, we will sustain the people.

Numerous others provided support, advice and technical assistance during the development of this plan. You know who you are! Particular thanks to Toitū Te Whenua (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) for support and advice throughout the plan development process, and for preparing all the maps in the plan.

Also, without the understanding, expertise, skill and patience of Dyanna Jolly, this plan would not have been brought to life from the kōrero of the six Rūnanga. Thanks is also due to Jo Petrie and Hori Mataki for their skills and specialist creativity, that has enabled this plan to reflect the culture and identity of the people, and their relationship with the whenua.

A special thank you also to the staff of Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd who have assisted in many ways to the development of this plan over the last three years.

The preparation and publication of the Mahaanui IMP would not have been possible without the early and significant funding support received from Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Contributions from Waimakariri District Council and Selwyn District Council also ensured production of this plan to a high standard. These contributions are all acknowledged with gratitude.

Nei rā te owha, te whakamiha ki a koutou katoa.