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2.2.4 Ngati Maniapoto

Ngati Maniapoto is one of the iwi of the Tainui waka. They take their name from their eponymous ancestor Maniapoto. Ngati Maniapoto occupy the south west area of the Tainui waka rohe. The extensive tribal estate spans Te Rohe Potae (King Country).

The environment is of paramount importance to the iwi and hapu of Ngati Maniapoto. There are many activities within the Maniapoto territory that cause Ngati Maniapoto concern about the welfare of the environment. Ngati Maniapoto waterways, forest, coastlines, air and lands have been affected by agriculture, tourism, forestry, industry and urban settlement. While Ngati Maniapoto are not opposed to development, they consider the historic cost to the environment to be unacceptable.

The Maniapoto rohe contains a number of environmental features of national and regional significance including:

  1. The Mahoenui giant weta.
  2. Eel and whitebait fisheries.
  3. One of the three largest areas of karst in New Zealand.
  4. Waitomo caves.
  5. Waitomo ecotourism.
  6. The most southern site of Kumarahou.
  7. Limestone outcrops of rare Koromiko.
  8. Herangi ranges.
  9. Pureora forest.
  10. Waipa and Mokau Rivers.

Te Rohe Potae is characterised by its limestone, karst formations and caves of the Waitomo area. The caves are of customary significance to Ngati Maniapoto and are of national importance for their ecological and ecotourism value.

Ngati Maniapoto consider that they have disproportionately contributed to commercial development and the public good in Te Rohe Potae (Maniapoto territory) and that they have sacrificed lands, clean waterways, food resources, and tribal health and well-being for the sake of progress. The iwi is firm in its commitment to protect and restore the health of the environment within their rohe.

Ngati Maniapoto do not subscribe to the principle of identifying only some specific areas protection and limiting use in these areas. The Ngati Maniapoto philosophy is that all aspects of the environment are important and equally worthy of protection. The use may differ according to the nature of the site, e.g. land use of urupa* will differ from land use of food sites, however, all must be protected from degradation and pollution. Matters of Concern to Maniapoto

Note: The following is a summary of some matters that are a concern to Ngati Maniapoto. It is not comprehensive and does not attempt to do any more than note the issues. This information is sourced from ‘Maniapoto Maori Trust Board’s comment on the Waikato Regional Council’s draft Regional Plan’ (June 1998). Reference to Ngati Maniapoto representatives and authorised documentation is recommended in order to fully appreciate the Ngati Maniapoto perspective and its context.

  1. Water Quality
    The quality of water in rivers is of paramount concern to Ngati Maniapoto. Ngati Maniapoto consider that the practices of farming, forestry, sewage disposal and industry have caused water quality to deteriorate, affecting aquatic life, food resources, and recreational activities. Ngati Maniapoto aim to prevent the direct discharge of pollutants into their waterways.
  2. Dams
    Dams are artificial barriers to the natural progression of eels and elvers from the rivermouth to the riverheads. Ngati Maniapoto wish to see the owners of dams provide for the upstream migration of eels.
  3. Waahi Tapu
    There are numerous waahi tapu within the Te Rohe Potae. Ngati Maniapoto require that none of its waahi tapu are damaged or desecrated through farming, forestry or other activities of resource users.
  4. Caves
    Caves are a significant feature of tribal custom. Ngati Maniapoto wish to see no further desecration or disruption of caves or karst formations by tourism, land excavations, pollution, quarrying or rubbish dumps.
  5. Wetlands and Whitebaiting
    Ngati Maniapoto are concerned about the retention and protection of wetlands which provide important habitat for eels and native fish. They also wish to see better management of whitebait stands on streams and rivers.
  6. 1080
    Ngati Maniapoto wish to be consulted regarding the use of 1080 to control possums so that they can have effective input to these operations.
  7. Consultation on Resource Consents
    Ngati Maniapoto consider that they are an affected party to any resource consent application in its rohe and therefore expect to be consulted on all applications, whether notified or nonnotified.
  8. Regional Council Process
    In addition to resource consent issues, Ngati Maniapoto also have an interest in being consulted in regard to regional council processes generally and especially where they have a direct or indirect effect in the Rohe Potae, such as in plan and policy development, and the establishment of consent assessment guidelines and consultation guidelines.
  9. Kaitiaki
    Ngati Maniapoto are Kaitiaki of their rohe. As Kaitiaki, Ngati Maniapoto would like to have a greater role in the monitoring and management of the natural and physical resources in their rohe. Recognition

Waikato Regional Council recognises and acknowledges that Ngati Maniapoto are tangata whenua of their rohe. Waikato Regional Council also recognises and acknowledges that important physical, spiritual, cultural, social and economic values held by Ngati Maniapoto in regard to the natural and physical resources in their rohe.

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