Te Papa Ahurewa
Te Papa Ahurewa is a taiao hub established to provide independent advice to Te Arawa whānau, hapū, and iwi and responds to a clear call from within Te Arawa for technical assistance on resource management processes.
The overarching purpose of Te Papa Ahurewa is to ensure Te Arawa values and aspirations are driving environmental reform, policy, planning and resource consenting within the Te Arawa rohe. The taiao hub is available to any Te Arawa whānau, hapū or iwi who request Te Papa Ahurewa assistance on resource management processes.
Whilst the team are available to assist in a technical capacity, Te Papa Ahurewa is not designed to make decisions on behalf of whānau, hapū, or iwi. The mana of each whānau, hapū and iwi rests with those rōpū and external agencies, such as local and regional council, have an obligation to engage directly with whānau, hapū and iwi as Treaty partners.
Based at Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Te Papa Ahurewa is a team of highly qualified technicians with kaupapa Māori and resource management skills.
For more information on Te Papa Ahurewa and to inquire as to how Te Papa Ahurewa could support your Te Arawa whānau, hapū or iwi, please head to tepapaahurewa.nz.
In its initial stages, Te Papa Ahurewa will be focused on engagement with Te Arawa whānau, hapū and iwi on the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 as well as analysing Te Arawa capacity and capability to engage in resource management processes. For more information on these projects, please head to tepapaahurewa.nz/projects.
Te Papa Ahurewa acknowledges the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for the funding and support they have provided Te Papa Ahurewa to assist with its establishment.
Te Papa Ahurewa also acknowledges Te Arawa Lakes Trust for bringing Te Papa Ahurewa to life through its vision to strengthen Te Arawa environmental advocacy.