Māori Involvement in Reserve Management

Pirongia Village

A committee has been established to oversee the management of key reserves in Pirongia Village.

The reserves, which are subject to the provisions of the Waikato Raupatu Settlement Claims Act, are currently administered by the Department of Conservation.

In line with community expectation, we have sought an appointment (pursuant to the Reserves Act 1997) to control and manage these reserves.

Given the significance of these reserves to local Māori, representatives of Purekireki Marae and Te Kauhanganui O Waikato are appointed as members of the committee, as well as local community representatives and Pirongia Ward councillors.

Maungatautari Scenic Reserve

In light of the scale and significance of the Maungatautari Ecological Island project, a committee was established to oversee the management and development of the Maungatautari Scenic Reserve.

The maunga (mountain) has particular significance to local Iwi, and we have recognised this in the membership of the Maungatautari Reserve Committee, with five of the 10 members being tangata whenua representatives.

The remaining members represent the wide range of other stakeholders with an interest in the ecological island project.


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