Development Plan for Tuahiwi, Kaiapoi Maori Reserve 873.
Ko o matou kainga nohoanga ko a matou mahinga kai, me waiho marie mo matou, mo a matou tamariki, mo muri iho i a matou;, Our places of residence and our cultivations are to be reserved for us and our children after us.
Many of you will be aware that Waimakariri District Council and ECan plans have limited our people in building upon the Reserve land in the way that was envisaged by our ancestors. Mana-Waitaha Charitable Trust led by Te Maire Tau, Arapata Reuben and Aroha Reriti-Crofts along with the Ngāi Tū-āhu-riri Runanga (Chair, Clare Williams) and the Tuahiwi Marae Trustees (Chair, H.R Tau) have jointly agreed to commit towards a process of submitting a plan for the development of the Kaiapoi Māori Reserve to the Waimakariri District Council.
Please note that at this stage we are not looking for any decisions. It is a pre-consultation where the three parties will outline their preliminary ideas for you and your whanau to collectively consider once community wānanga occur. Our primary concern is to ensure you are informed. To that end information will be available from Friday , 21th of October on the draft development ideas for the Kaiapoi Māori Reserve.
The report will be available for discussion and may be found online at www.manawaitaha.org.nz. or alternatively, by visiting the offices of Waimakariri District Council, Ngāi Tūāhuriri Runanga and Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu where copies are available. We are hoping to get feedback from you and your whanau about your thoughts and ideas. If you have anything that you want to contribute please go the Rūnanga offices and place your feedback there by 12pm on the 18th of November 2011. It is important to bear in mind that this is a preliminarily consultation and this will not be the only time you will be consulted on the plan development.
We also want to bring to your attention the Council’s current consultation on the proposed water supply for Tuahiwi. This is an important issue as without a water supply of reasonable quality Tuahiwi does not have the capacity to develop. We want you and your whanau to consider what should be done for the future. Information on this issue can be accessed through the Waimakariri District Council website at www.waimakariri.govt.nz by following the ‘Let’s Talk’ link.
When our elders set aside the Kaiapoi Māori Reserve with the Crown in 1848, a series of guiding principles were outlined which we have provided for your consideration when evaluating the development plan.
- Kaianga nohoanga (place of residence). This meant that the land was set aside for our ancestors and their descendants to live upon.
- Mahinga kai: The right of our people to cultivate, hunt and gather their traditional and modern foods was assured. The fundamental right here was that ‘fresh flowing water was assured by the Courts for all our mahinga kai.
- The right to subdivide. In 1862 our ancestors demanded the right to sub-divide the land before Governor Gore-Browne. This right to sub-divide was qualified by the principal:
- That as a fundamental condition of the proposed grants, the estates and interests created thereby should be entailed, so as to make them inalienable to persons of other than the Maori race.
Mana Waitaha have made available for download the Development Concept plan and the Feedback form. You may deliver your feedback to either the Tuahiwi Marae Office or to the following email address at the Ngai Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury:
Ms Sarah Down
Ngai Tahu Research Centre
University of Canterbury